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 Barre workouts question
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ajamieson

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Barre workouts question - Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:28 PM
Can anyone tell me how barre workouts are for people with very severe back and knee damage?  Thanks!
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Re:Barre workouts question - Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:48 PM
I didn't have knee problems until I did an excessive 7 week rotation of barre, now 5 months later I still have a sore knee but it is slowly but surely getting better (I took 4 months off)  I love barre and wish I'd not taken it to extremes - someone with knee problems I don't think I would recommend .. that said, I have lower back problems and barre did not effect me providing I kept a good posture,  I found that the more speed used eg: Cardio Barre hurt me, so I stayed with the slower workouts ..
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Exerciseman

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Re:Barre workouts question - Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:36 AM
I agree with Slinks that the faster barre workouts have an increased risk of injury due to difficulties maintaining good form at "cardio speed". Speed can be a big issue with the low back in particular since it is very important to not throw the leg about and use low back extension when hip extension is called for. A lot of barre also depends on good turnout - the outward rotation of the leg at the hip. For many (and guys like me in particular) who lack this rotation, it is important to not substitute torque at the knee to make up for a lack of hip rotation. If you do, you risk knee injury.

On the positive side though - much / most of barre is low impact, which is good for back and knees. It also helps you work on your posture through both low back / pelvis alignment and the carriage of the spine and shoulders which can be corrective of low back pain (if postural).

I guess I have rambled enough. I hope this helps....D
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Re:Barre workouts question - Thursday, October 25, 2012 1:07 PM
I don't know anything about knees but I have back problems.  I have done Booty Barre Beginners and Beyond once.  She has a tutorial that shows proper form.  I know that if I tuck just enough I don't have a problem. However I did have to keep checking my form because I was paying attention to what she was saying and doing.  Had fun though and look forward to doing it again.
Caroline

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Re:Barre workouts question - Friday, October 26, 2012 9:46 AM
I have Cathe Friedrich's turbo barre and also, Physique 57. I 'cross train' with these, so do not do them exclusively, day after day. I have flat feet and wear othotics, so have found that I have to wear my crosstrainer workout shoes when I do these workouts! I also cannot go really deep on the squats in a V formation. I stay up higher on my toes and make sure to keep my knees behind my toes!!! Also, I keep my spine and neck/head in a straight line with an imaginary string pulling my head up. Alignment is key. From the feet to the knees to the head:).When they go to floor work, off go the shoes. Some of the workout, I can do with bare feet, but I have found it better for me and my knees to stay stabilized and balanced. Without my orthotics, my balance is totally off. And I put lots of pressure on my knees. With all this, I still really enjoy a day of barre. Barre is fun to mix in with weight lifting/cardio, spinning, etc.
Caroline

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Re:Barre workouts question - Friday, October 26, 2012 11:03 AM
I just read my post and thought of something else. Oncologists say, 'When in doubt, cut it out.' So, with that said, I think I would choose from the many other excellent choices you have to pick from. You could possibly do some barre by borrowing from a friend or try it from a library DVD, but I would stay away from anything that could compromise your body. There are just too many wonderful workouts that will strengthen you and not compromise you!
katie

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Re:Barre workouts question - Friday, October 26, 2012 11:57 AM
I have Tracy Malletts Booty Barre for Beginners and Beyond.  It is rated beginner/intermediate and she has a modifier and a tutorial on form that I find helpful.  She also cues well throughout the dvd to keep the core engaged.  As far as severe knee and back damage, that can mean a lot of different things.  I have severe back damage in the form of osteoarthritis , multiple levels being severe to the point of facet joints being bone on bone or close.  I"ve never had a fusion, fracture or herniation.  I can do this and it is helpful but form is key(as with every type of exercise) and being willing to skip an exercise here and there if I feel it's not for me.    I've never had a knee injury...my knees get sore at times mostly from imbalances through the quads or it band.   I probably have arthritis in them but they're manageable and I can't say anywhere close to severe.  If you can, look at some video clips or get them from the library to see if they might be for you or not.  Also consider talking with your provider or can you call a physical therapist you may have seen in the past?  Backs issues are so individual-hope i've been of some help anyway, best wishes, katie
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ajamieson

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Re:Barre workouts question - Saturday, October 27, 2012 2:49 PM
Thank you all so much for the responses.  So glad I asked!!

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