New Trilogy Barre classes offer a full body fitness experience like no other





Always at the forefront of innovation, Equinox recently unveiled another take on traditional fitness with the launch of Trilogy Barre. Think you know barre? Think again: this fusion workout combines barre philosophy with pilates and functional movements for a full-body experience like no other on the market.

Nicole DeAnda, Equinox veteran and national barre director for the company, drew on her past experiences with dance and pilates to develop the new program, which officially launched at the River Oaks studio on February 1. At the end of the launch, the course will be available. at 25 Equinox gyms and currently offers waitlists for each session. Each class lasts 55 minutes and welcomes 13 to 20 clients depending on the studio.

As the name suggests, the trilogy barbell workout uses three bars instead of the traditional one or two found in other gyms and boutique studios, but that’s not the only difference. “The bottom bar is really what sets this program and all of our future programming apart,” says DeAnda. “It opened up a whole host of other options from a move repertoire perspective.” In addition, it incorporates resistance training through an exclusive band system, which can be anchored to the three bars at different points in the course, allowing the correct line of pull and muscle targeting thanks to the personalized height arrangements.

Finally, says DeAnda, this class is much more functional than a typical barre class because of the range of motion it incorporates. “We are in all planes of motion: we have the back body, the front body, the side body. So your heart lifts a little [and] even if it’s not cardio, you still have this feeling of being a little out of breath. In a typical barre class you get this quiver [in the muscles]. In this class we don’t have the quiver, we have what we call the smoldering blight. It begins to build and it lasts.

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In other words, instead of holding a position for at least three minutes, which leads to constant muscle tension and complete failure and fatigue, as is usually the case in classic formats, the trilogy bar moves through the exercises at a much faster pace – no more than 16 counts per repetition. — for a burn that doesn’t just pound your muscles.

DeAnda adds that while it was a full body workout, she didn’t want clients to feel like any muscle group was overworked; instead, she hopes they wake up the next morning feeling more supported and aware of their posture thanks to the full routine. “[It is] definitely a conditioning class,” she says. “The ultimate goal is to look toned, to feel lifted, to feel supported, to have a strong core. You’re definitely going to feel those effects. So just like I would always say with Pilates, this look long and lean but still very fit and tight.You can see the lines in the arms, abs.

Whether clients are new to barre in general or just new to barre triology, DeAnda encourages coming with an open mind and a willingness to try new things. Although the terminology may sound familiar, the rest of the class is out of step with traditional formats. “This is a whole new movement for the barre crowd because while bringing resistance into the barre world isn’t necessarily a new concept, the way we do it is,” explains DeAnda. This means that virtually everyone is new and the customer mix is ​​diversifying accordingly. “I think it really appeals to a different crowd,” says DeAnda. “People in barre really like it, but if you’ve never tried barre before it’s actually a great way to get started because it’s very different. We find a lot more men following this class because it’s much more athletic and not as classic.

For newcomers, DeAnda points out that it doesn’t have to feel intimidated at any skill level, although the ability to be rhythmic helps since the moves are set to the beat of the music. Body awareness is another benefit, although this can be learned if someone is dedicated to consistency. Listening to form and muscle cues and accepting tactile feedback from the instructor will reduce the learning curve and help everyone move forward faster. And as with any other fitness class, breaks are encouraged and clients are encouraged to take a break at any time to regain balance or drink water and then step back. That said, due to the rapid bursts of each movement, it is imperative that injuries are reported and discussed prior to class so that the instructor can suggest modifications before class begins. Failure to do so may result in the client wasting time. valuable exercise. “I really wanted to create an accessible class even though the moves can sometimes be complex or require a lot of balance at times, they are also simplistic in nature so you can really build your strength, endurance, balance in this class.”

DeAnda recommends taking classes three times a week for maximum benefit, with the reassurance that the steps will feel more familiar and natural with experience. To make things easier, the class stays the same for at least 4 weeks, giving customers time to adapt and improve before components are reconfigured or replaced. The 55-minute classes are divided into approximately five blocks, each targeting a specific muscle group such as upper body, chest and back or lower body, quads and hamstrings. As skills progress, instructors can then help clients focus on improving specific things like perfecting the nuances of their form or increasing the resistance of Level 1 Gray Band to the more intense black band; overtime customers can switch between tiers for different moves for an extra personalized experience.

Of course, no workout routine is complete with just one component, and DeAnda recommends clients include diversity to ensure a holistic approach to fitness. That means adding some real cardio and strength training with yoga or pilates to help with flexibility and balance. Taken together, each branch of the fitness tree will provide unique benefits for a complete workout routine that is fantastic without exception.

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