1. Using light weights.
Unless you’re working with an injury, go heavy. You’ll feel the burn and shed more calories. Eight-pound weights are my go-to. (Nervous about making the jump from five pounds to eight? Grab both and trade out the fives as needed!)
2. Not committing to yourself.
It’s easy not to want to come back to a class that is incredibly hard and kicks your butt. As human beings, we are not wired for discomfort. However, our bodies change when we are challenged (which is why our Interval Overload technique is so very, very effective).
When you commit to coming three to four times per week, you will gain endurance and stamina, and your body will transform! Don’t quit before the change.
3. Taking on Challenges Too Soon or Adding in Options That Weren’t Given
Although it’s important to challenge your body, you should never feel like you need to take on more than you can handle. While your enthusiasm for the class is appreciated — and duly noted! — your health and safety come first.
When in doubt, listen to your teacher! Your instructors are there to guide you, and they design the entire class to give you a great workout while keeping you safe. Sometimes your body just needs a rest, and these simple workouts are often best because they allow you to use your muscles properly and avoid burnout.
4. Not Using Grippy Socks or Workout Slippers
Our carpet is awesome because it provides a low-impact surface and is easier on your joints. However, without the right foot grip, you may (as in, definitely will) slide.
I personally love wearing Reebok slippers (we sell them in the studio!) – you can go deeper in our positions without losing form, and they look great.
5. Forgetting Your Socks Altogether
As noted, grippy socks are a barre class must-have — they keep your feet from slipping and provide higher resistance to increase your burn and make your class more effective. They’re also great for showing off your Physique 57 style!
If you forget your socks, no worries! We sell workout slippers in the studio and can find you the perfect pair before your next class.
6. Being self-conscious.
Group fitness classes can feel intimidating. Clients will say, “Don’t watch me, I’m not coordinated”, or, “I’m not good at this”, or “I’m not flexible enough.” We re-dub that self-talk track playing in our heads and replace it with what I call affirmative thinking.
Also, nobody’s watching you! Class is challenging and most people are focusing on themselves, their form, and making it through their thigh set.
7. Only taking one type of class.
We have so many great options, whether you want more cardio (check out S.B.T.- Sweat Burn Tone, Cardio Burn and Amped Up!) more abs (try Arms & Abs in 30 or Mat 57), or something at a different pace or incorporating different disciplines like Physique Yoga.
Change things up and tone body parts you didn’t know you had.
8. White-knuckling the barre.
Over-gripping makes you tense your shoulders and takes the work (and results) away from your postural muscles. While working, you want to keep your shoulders “melting” down your back, and your heart and chest “open” when doing exercises at the barre.
9. Sitting at the Bottom of a Rep-Out
Thigh workouts are challenging, and the body always wants to find ways to make it easier. Clients will often go too low or come up too high when repping, but this takes you out of the burn and makes the work you’re doing less efficient.
Instead, take a break and jump back in with the proper form when you’re ready.
10. Holding your breath.
Most clients resort to shallow breathing the tougher it gets. Do the opposite: Breath deeper the more challenged you feel. (I do this outside in the real world, too and highly recommend it!)