Eyes-Free Fitness® Has A Barre Method Workout For People Who Are Blind (Part One)
We did it! We have expanded our collection with a new fitness choice for the blind community. In this two-part blog post, I'll give you all the information you'll need to decide if this is a good workout for you and help you get started.
After months of working with our instructor, Jennifer Kern, the music composer Chris Belle, and the entire BlindAlive Team, a new program has been born. Every time a new workout is released, I feel like a parent sending my child off to school. I am excited to propel my creation out into the world. I want it to succeed and to do good things.
Barre workouts are all the rage right now because they produce rapid, measurable results. They are based on the exercises dancers use to create strong, flexible muscles. The movements are small and powerful, and orientation is not a problem because you stay in one place and holding on is just fine.
Is this workout for you?
This program is designed for those who are new to barre workouts, but may not be best suited to those who are just starting to exercise. It is intense like all barre workouts are, since the movements are designed to exhaust muscles so they get the signal to lengthen and grow. This creates a long, lean look and feel.
Barre workouts are equally effective for both women and men. We all want strong, lean bodies and this barre workout will do that for us. Men might want to use heavier weights for the arm section.
What equipment do I need?
It is not necessary to have a traditional ballet barre. You can use a sturdy chair, door frame, heavy furniture, kitchen counter, bed post, or you can get yourself a barre. I am using this one. You might like some hand weights which you can find at Amazon or purchase locally. You can always use cans, water bottles or nothing at all. There is a floor section for the core work. You might like a mat for comfort but a carpeted floor will work too.
This program can be done all at once, or you can use the separate segments in the way that works for you. I like to do half one day and the other the next. You can also just do one segment a day. You will want to take it easy at first. Full descriptions and modifications are provided in audio and text.
If you want to learn more about barre workouts, I found this website to be helpful.
We will have more information coming in an upcoming podcast, as well as on next week's blog.
To get your free segment of this workout so you can get started and find out what it is allabout, simply sign up on BlindAlive’s main page
Good health to you,