Here's What You Need To Know About Hot Barre Workouts

We've all heard of hot yoga -- yoga that is performed in a hot and humid studio, but its heated style is spreading to all sorts of other fitness classes from spinning to boxing. In fact, for some studios offering hot sessions, class enrollment has increased by up to 30%!  With hot barre workouts becoming the new go-to fitness class, you may be thinking about giving it a shot. Before you do, here is everything you need to know! Perhaps you think the idea of working out in a heated environment is insane. But it turns out, there are some small benefits.  “The body has to work a little harder to cool itself off when you exercise in the heat, so hot workouts may increase the metabolic load a bit, but they won’t dramatically increase the calories burned,” says Brian Tracy, Ph.D., associate professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University. One study compared Bikram yoga classes with traditional yoga classes and found that Bikram yoga only burned 35 more calories over a 45 minute period. It can also be incredibly difficult to push yourself to the max when you are feeling toasty and it is believed this may actually work against you in a spin or boxing class. "Training suffers when you’re in very hot conditions all the time,” says Christopher Minson, Ph.D., codirector of the University of Oregon’s exercise and environmental physiology labs. “You get overheated and can’t exert as much effort, so that diminishes your performance.” We know you are thinking "when do we get to the good news?" Here it is: BootyBarre-BallCcurve_Fotor (1) Hot workouts can increase your athletic ability. Cyclists who rode in hot conditions over 10 days boosted their hot AND cold weather pace by 6% according to a study done by Minson. The results found that not only were the cyclists more efficient at sweating, meaning they were better at keeping their bodies cool, their hearts were better at delivering blood to their muscles. They also saw an increase in their lactate threshold! Heat can also help your flexibility. When you are all heated up, your muscle tissues are more pliable and deep stretches feel easier. This is, obviously, most helpful for people participating in hot barre or yoga classes. If you are wanting to try hot workouts, you should start by drinking 10 ounces of water, 20 minutes before you start and sip water constantly during class to keep your energy up and dehydration at bay. Listen to your body and be prepared to take your foot off the gas pedal if needed.  “If you feel faint, modify the exercise or stop—and expect to take a few sessions to adjust,” Tracy says. One more recommendation: bring a change of clothes to throw on after the workout. Getting a good sweat going feels great, putting on dry clothes after the sweat, feels even better. Do you participate in hot workouts? Source: Self Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_114738" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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