My legs were shaking like I was having an orgasm (sorry mom). That's when I knew I had to write about it. It's been a month that this has been happening. Class after class, move after move and it's not stopping thanks to Local Barre. Turns out, shaking is a good thing! Taking any type of barre class? Read this before your next pulse or squeeze. It'll make you want to shake, too.
"Shaking means your changing your body and doing it right," explains one of my Local Barre instructors, Meghan Grant. "You're working your body to exhaustion and changing your muscles by making them nice and lean."
As a fitness enthusiast, you know I've been frequently attending CKO classes and have always tried new classes at my former gym, which have all kept me in shape, but nothing ever made me actually shake. Since ballet inspired barre classes are focused on the core and help to strengthen, lengthen and tone even the tiniest muscles, shaking at times during class is necessary for change.
In order to shake, you need to figure out the technique and check your alignment on every move. Once that's in check, continue to challenge yourself. "Always adjust when your body gets comfortable and don't be afraid to ask your instructor questions," Grant remarked. To achieve the detailed toning you're looking for, kick things up a notch to continue to shake – get higher on the balls of your feet when doing exercises in relevé and try bending down into a lower chair when it's time to work those thighs.
Local Barre is located in Hoboken, NJ.