Choreographing your Next BeyondBarre Class with a Ball

One of the advantages of BeyondBarre is Method is the ability to pull props into the workout to add interest as well as a fun challenge The process is a snap.

Begin by choosing a BeyondBarre workout.  Next study the BeyondBarre manual to learn the suggested ways to use the Ball during each exercise.

Here are the classes:

Intro to BeyondBarre – The basics, with a strong focus on proper form and technique.

BeyondBarre Grace – A ballet-inspired workout with flowing, graceful moves and long stretches.

BeyondBarre Fit — Incorporates small props for added variety and extra fun. Hand-weights, small fitness balls, resistance bands, and the BeyondBarre GlideBoard add zip to every class.

BeyondBarre Cardio – A heart-pumping workout that moves seamlessly between the ballet barre and the GlideBoard or center work cardio. There’s plenty of sweating and smiling in this class.

BeyondBarre Simply Barre –– A workout choreographed specifically for those that don’t have or don’t use a GlideBoard.

 

Secondary theme —

The Secondary theme will be the addition of the ball.

Elements

When you’re choreographing a workout, it’s important to keep the BeyondBarre “Elements” in mind. The Elements are arranged to specifically touch on all of the major muscle groups, and many of the minor muscle groups, too. As long as you follow the BeyondBarre Elements when you choreograph, the workout you create will be sure to meet the requirements of a BeyondBarre full-body workout.

There are seven Elements (eight if you include GlideBoard) to every BeyondBarre workout. BeyondBarre workouts are designed to have the option to incorporate the BeyondBarre GlideBoard. If you are using the BeyondBarre GlideBoard, include it after the Weights Element and before the High Barre Element.

Always follow the proper order! The Elements create an easy way to compartmentalize the workout to make it simple to memorize and to follow.  Here are a few suggestions for how to use the Ball during each Element.

Begin with the Warm-up Element. The Warm-up heats the body and begins to get the body moving.

  • Hold the ball in the hands.
  • Pass the ball back and fourth between hands.
  • Pass the ball under the legs.

Second the Weights Element works on toning the arms and back.

  • Hold the ball between the thighs.
  • Add pulses in on the ball.
  • Add squeeze holds on the ball.

If the BeyondBarre GlideBoard is being used insert it here.

  • Hold the ball in the hands.
  • Pass the ball back and fourth between hands.
  • Pass the ball under the legs.

Next are the Barre Elements to sculpt the legs. The High Barre Element focuses on the quadriceps and calves. Mid Barre Element gives attention to the hamstrings and glutes and the Low Barre Element strengthens the inner thighs and abdominals.

  • Hold the Ball between the thighs.
  • Add pulses in on the Ball.
  • Add squeeze holds on the Ball.
  • Hold the Ball behind the knee.
  • In the Low Bar Element place the Ball between the ankles during Beats.
  • In the Low Bar Element place the Ball under the extended leg during One Leg Series.

The Floor Work Element incorporates additional abdominal exercises and gives the instructor a chance to go back and focus on body parts that may need extra work.

 

  • Hold the ball between the thighs.
  • Add pulses in on the ball.
  • Add squeeze holds on the ball.

Lastly, the Wrap-up Element provides an ending for the class with either a high-energy finale or a cooling stretch and balance.

 

  • Hold the Ball between the thighs.
  • Hold the Ball in the hands while preforming Balance.

Keep it simple.  Pick a workout and add the Ball in for the theme.  The Ball will provide a challenge and add additional work to the body and brain.  Have a Ball!