Workout of the Week:
Camaro Barre Club
New website, so that means new blog and more blog posts coming your way. Each week I’ll try to share a Workout of the Week which highlights awesome fitness studios, classes, meetups and events (offered in English!) in Amsterdam.
We’re going to need some motivation to stay active and fit during the dark and cold winter months so hopefully this will inspire you to get off of your couch and try something new. Which is why I’m bringing you the most badass Workout of the Week to start: CAMARO BARRE CLUB.
Before I moved to Amsterdam, I had never taken a barre class in my life. I thought only dancers and graceful/coordinated/flexible people took barre. If you know me, you might know I prefer high-intensity workouts with lots of sweat and hard work. I shied away from trying barre because I didn’t think it was intense enough for me. But then I met Shane Camaro from Camaro Barre Club and I realized how wrong I was about barre. Barre is badass.
First, what is barre?
Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates. But you don’t need any dance or yoga experience (thank god!) to rock this workout. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.
After a warm-up, you head to the barre for a lower body-focused section to work the legs and booty followed by extra exercises for the arms and core, finishing with a stretch and cooldown. Props like resistance bands, light weights and soft exercise balls are used to help engage leg, arm and core muscles. Oh yeah, and the best part? You don’t need shoes for this type of exercise, so let your little piggies run wild.
Camaro Barre Club will rock your world
Now that we’ve covered the basics of a barre workout, let’s flip it on its head, add some sick beats, interval training and mobility conditioning and you’ve got a serious workout for both men and women. That’s what Shane Camaro-Caldwell has done at Camaro Barre Club. Originally from Southern California with an eclectic background in just about anything you can imagine (physics, football, dancing, singing, fashion, fitness), Shane started Camaro Barre Club after moving to Amsterdam and freelance teaching to sold-out classes. Described as a "rave for your entire body", Shane gives you a fun but rigorous workout to her meticulously-curated playlists, clear anatomical instruction and focus on mind-body connection.
I’ve started joining Shane’s Friday morning 9:30 classes. It’s a jam-packed full-body, high-intensity but low-impact hour where we use a variety of resistance bands, soft exercise balls and even a good roll out at the end to give your body a delicious little massage after all that hard work. The class sizes are small enough so you can have personal attention and correction from the instructor. It’s like personal training but in a fun group setting. The room is also cozy (gezellig!) so that when you’re holding a pose at the barre and you're sweating and your legs are shaking and you’re thinking to yourself, “This is crazy, I’m feeling the burn” it’s at that moment that you lock eyes with the person next to you or across from you and there’s a small nod of agreement from them like, “Yeah, it’s crazy, I’m feeling it, too.” Expect to laugh, get a great workout and want to come back for more. I’ve noticed that after doing barre a few times a week, I really start to see the definition in my muscles, especially in my legs, butt and core.
Bad ass bodies, good ass vibes
You’re in luck, more classes have been added to the schedule at Camaro Barre Club because winter bodies need love, too! I’d recommend trying the 3 for €30 Intro Offer. So now you really have no excuse but to try a class and if you can make it on Friday morning at 9:30, you’ll probably see me there!