Tuesday October 27, 2015

Active v. Passive Recovery
posted by Founder, Amy Barnes

The recovery phase of your workouts is just as important as the workouts themselves, not only to maintain performance levels but also to release stress and ease the mind. 
There are two systems of recovery: active (light form of exercising) and passive (relaxation). What are the benefits to both, and better still, which one should you choose? Answer that question and comment in our BLOG HERE.
Active recovery includes light exercises that generally keep your heart-rate around 100 BPM. This could be a gentle yoga class, our new Stretch Out class, or a fun walk with the family.  The International Institute of Exercise states that active recovery gives the average athlete more performance and relief over time by removing the lactate (soreness) and improving blood circulation. As barre enthusiasts, we know how hard we work and can take a mental note from the athletic world.  
Passive recovery has its benefits too. The same institute explained that passive recovery (or relaxation), in supine for example, will bring your heart rate down faster and provide more of a feeling of recovery.  In other words, you can recover quicker from better blood flow but it does not add performance to your practice.  
So I had a thought!  To get the best out of barre, we recommend 3-4 classes per week. If you want to get there faster, follow an active recovery plan; you will work out the soreness faster and build a stronger base to your performance at the barre. 
Our Stretch Out class would be a perfect addition to your Barre:60 and Burn:60 classes. 
Passive recovery would be for someone who dabbles in several forms of exercise like barre, running, or cycling (at our own sister studio Swet Ride for example) but is not trying to increase their performance at any particular one. 

No matter your fitness path, the important thing to remember is to have fun, make a plan, and try your best.  You're less likely to quit if you're working hard.  
Keep Tucking! 
BARRE TECH. Founder, Amy Barnes