Yesterday was day 1 of the Pure Barre Boston spring challenge of attending 20 classes in 30 days. My first class back to the barre was with Megan who I had a class with one other time and loved it. She had great attention to detail with her students and a clear enthusiasm. I was pretty pumped that she even called out Kristina and I in class yesterday complimenting our effort and good form. Like it all exercises, if you don’t have the proper form, you don’t get the most out of your exercise and-more importantly-you could get injured!
One of the first things you learn when you get to Pure Barre Boston is the “tuck”. Essentially, the tuck protects you from injuring yourself and helps you focus the exercise in the right muscles. Throughout the Pure Barre workout, you will be tucking in every which way and every way possible with all the different exercises. You will hear your instructor cue you to tuck and say that it is the same tuck you have been doing in all the other exercises. So even though the muscles you are focusing on or the parts you are trying to protect may change, the form doesn’t really change.
Proper form requires you to have your shoulders in line with your hips and your hips tucked forward (hence the name “tuck”). When you are cued to “tuck”, tuck your hips a little bit more forward and then release them back. Movements should be small and nothing too drastic. In the picture below, Megan and I are showing some good form. In the particular pose we are in, you get on your toes and tuck. You might also go up an inch and then down an inch. If you’ve done this in class before, you know the true meaning of burn and will even get your legs shaking! But as they say, I really do “embrace the shake” because I want to change my body and I know that it’s not supposed to be easy!
One of the common mistakes in this move is arching your back. When I posed for the picture below with Megan, it actually made my back feel really sore! I can’t even imagine what it would do to my body if I tried to complete a full class with incorrect form. But why does bad form happen? Obviously, it happens if you don’t know what you are doing (which can be easily fixed because the instructors will help you) but it also can happen because your body is tired. It takes effort to keep good form and works your body. Try to fight that urge to get in bad form and maybe adjust something else so that you maintain it.
The Pure Barre choreography changes so even the regulars have to learn form again at certain points. So don’t be afraid or intimidated to give Pure Barre a try. The instructors aren’t shy at all and will come and correct your form without embarrassing you. They also are sincere and very welcoming, making you feel like you truly belong. I have to admit that the whole “tucking” thing did make me giggle a little when the entire class was doing it. But I ended up being quite a serious tucker because this workout is no joke! I can’t believe how natural it feels to be in the class and how I can actually start to feel the different muscles activate when I execute the move properly.
I don’t know about you-but I can’t wait to get my tuck on! Just think…while you are reading this post…I’m tucking away or maybe even already finished my class! So maybe tomorrow you should get your butt up and join me!
Have you ever gotten injured because of bad form during an exercises?
What is one exercise you are really conscious of your form?
[Disclaimer: I'm not a Pure Barre instructor. For the exact information on proper form, you should consult your local Pure Barre instructor!]