Last Thursday was Thanksgiving and whether you’d like to admit it or not we all know you over ate a little (or a lot) and most likely all weekend long. High five! I did too…because that’s what the holidays are about…eat, drink, be merry and then do The Bar Method to burn that shit off!
But no really, we all have the fear of weight gain around this time of year as we fall out of our routine and struggle to stay disciplined in the eye of the holiday storm. So the question comes up…how many calories do you burn in a barre class? Even though no scientific assessment of caloric burn-rate in bar method has been done yet, most of the articles I’ve read, including the this one written by our founder Burr Leonard, report a burn of about 300-400 calories per class. Results obviously vary depending on body size, gender, age, muscle mass, level of fitness and familiarity with the workout so unfortunately it’s not a zero sum game and that’s okay.
What’s more noteworthy and especially important during the holidays when we tend to eat more and sweat less is the post workout caloric burn that The Bar Method ignites in your body. The best “fat burning” beauty of the bar method is that it builds dense muscle mass in your largest, most calorie hungry muscle groups…your glutes and thighs. As you build these muscles, they require more energy and will therefore burn more calories during and after your workout. Furthermore, your body burns more calories to maintain muscle than it does to maintain fat, which means the more muscle you build the more calories your body will naturally burn. So, even though we can’t assign an exact calorie count to our class, you can rest assured that taking class 3-5 times per week, pledging to work hard for the hour without distraction and fighting hard to stay in the muscle will pay off with remarkable changes in your body that go beyond the calorie count. Happy Holidays Barre Babes!