It’s 6 a.m. on a Friday morning in Eugene, Oregon. While most college students are still fast asleep, Kailey Regoli is teaching an exercise class at Barre3 downtown. Barre3 is a workout studio with classes that work and tone the entire body utilizing micro-movements, small movements designed to fatigue muscles, along with isometric holds, contractions of a particular muscle group, to align and strengthen the body.
The three in Barre3 stands for balance, strength, and flexibility. This class differs from other exercise routines because it is highly efficient and works every part of the body. This 60-minute class serves as a way to center both the body and mind, making it a popular workout all over the country.
When entering the class students are given a mat, a small exercise ball, a strap, two one-to-three pound weights, and are set up next to the ballet bar. Regoli begins with standing breathing postures taken from yoga and Pilates like Lotus and Tree Pose for 3-5 minutes.
Regoli then has her students do a cardio warm up for ten minutes with movements like jumping jacks, high knees, and jogging around the room to increase the heart rate and make students sweat.
Once everyone is sweating, Regoli has the students work their arms, chest, back, and shoulders for 10-15 minutes. Students use the hand weights and perform micro-movement exercises that work all the small inner muscles of the upper body. Exercises in this portion of class include chest press movements, tricep extensions, bicep curls, shoulder presses, and back extensions.
Regoli then moves to the lower body for 10-15 minutes to work the butt, inner and outer thighs, calves, and quads. The yoga movements are modified to incorporate the micro- movements and include Warrior One and Two, Reverse Warrior, Sumo Squats on toes, and alternating lunges. Students can use the strap to help with flexibility and the small exercise ball tones the inner thighs with resistance and weighted exercises.
Regoli ends her class with a killer core workout for 10-15 minutes. The mat and ball are used to strengthen every part of the core and align the spine for good posture. Sit-ups, oblique twists, and toe touches are all part of this rock hard abs routine.
After all the hard work is done Regoli cools down her students with exercises that relax the muscles and the mind of the student after the workout. This includes exercises like the bridge lift, lateral oblique stretch, neck stretches, and cat/cow poses for the back.
Becoming a Barre3 instructor changed Regoli’s life for the better by allowing her to improve others lives through her passion and knowledge of fitness.
“Combining the knowledge of yoga, the strength of Pilates, and the ballet bar, Barre3 class flows in a sequence with low impact dynamic movement to energize the heart rate and provide fast body shaping results with long term postural benefits,” said Regoli.