STS and Barre Workouts

Candice2015

Cathlete
Has anyone combined a full rotation of STS with barre type workouts. I enjoy barre workouts and am trying to figure out if a putting some barre workouts either upper, lower or total body in place of some of the cardio would be beneficial.
 
Has anyone combined a full rotation of STS with barre type workouts. I enjoy barre workouts and am trying to figure out if a putting some barre workouts either upper, lower or total body in place of some of the cardio would be beneficial.

I have not combined STS with Barre. That said I know You can't really replace cardio with Barre. Barre does not offer enough
metabolic response to burn a lot of fat. It does raise the heart rate to some degree but not enough to significantly improve your
cardio vascular abilities. This is probably not the truth you wanted to hear but I thought I may reply to your question.
All the best. Enjoy STS.

http://cathe.com/barre-workouts-can-they-change-the-shape-of-your-body

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The Downsides of Barre

If you have a substantial amount of weight to lose or you’re trying to greatly improve your functional strength or increase muscle size, barre shouldn’t be your only form of workout. It’s not metabolically challenging enough to burn significant amounts of fat and doesn’t work multiple muscle groups using high resistance, so it won’t give you a bodybuilder’s physique. It also doesn’t get your heart rate up enough to have substantial cardiovascular benefits, although you can increase the aerobic benefits by adding bursts of aerobic activity at intervals throughout the workout. Instead, you get the benefits of more flexibility, greater muscle endurance and will likely notice improvements in posture and the way you carry yourself.

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Candice2015

Cathlete
Thanks. Yeah I know it won't really replace the cardio, but I do enjoy it. I may just throw it in here and there while doing STS. I just didn't know if anyone else had done. I know I am late to the whole STS thing. I need low impact to add with STS. I have been doing the RWH and just go Xtrain and will try to figure out which ones would work best.
 

lily64

Cathlete
Since STS is two upper body & one leg workout each week, you could make Monday & Wednesday your upper body days, Friday your leg day & insert barre on Tuesday. Obviously, the days can change around, but I'd just separate your barre from leg day.
 

KatC213

Member
I have not combined STS with Barre. That said I know You can't really replace cardio with Barre. Barre does not offer enough
metabolic response to burn a lot of fat. It does raise the heart rate to some degree but not enough to significantly improve your
cardio vascular abilities. This is probably not the truth you wanted to hear but I thought I may reply to your question.
All the best. Enjoy STS.

http://cathe.com/barre-workouts-can-they-change-the-shape-of-your-body

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The Downsides of Barre

If you have a substantial amount of weight to lose or you’re trying to greatly improve your functional strength or increase muscle size, barre shouldn’t be your only form of workout. It’s not metabolically challenging enough to burn significant amounts of fat and doesn’t work multiple muscle groups using high resistance, so it won’t give you a bodybuilder’s physique. It also doesn’t get your heart rate up enough to have substantial cardiovascular benefits, although you can increase the aerobic benefits by adding bursts of aerobic activity at intervals throughout the workout. Instead, you get the benefits of more flexibility, greater muscle endurance and will likely notice improvements in posture and the way you carry yourself.

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Pre-pandemic, I started doing AM: barre 5x per week (see: ExhaleOnDemand - Live archive classes) followed by 30 minutes of light walking. In the PM, I did hot yoga (Bikram style). In 6 weeks, I had a new body, and never picked up a heavy dumbbell. I like lifting heavy, but my 6 week barre/walking/yoga experiment showed me that I don't always needed it...
 
Pre-pandemic, I started doing AM: barre 5x per week (see: ExhaleOnDemand - Live archive classes) followed by 30 minutes of light walking. In the PM, I did hot yoga (Bikram style). In 6 weeks, I had a new body, and never picked up a heavy dumbbell. I like lifting heavy, but my 6 week barre/walking/yoga experiment showed me that I don't always needed it...
We all have different body type and divers goal to achieve. If barre is the answer to achieving the body you are after, then stick to it.
 

KatC213

Member
We all have different body type and divers goal to achieve. If barre is the answer to achieving the body you are after, then stick to it.
Your post was so definitive (and not universally accurate) that I thought I'd offer another voice, for those open to other experiences... I wasn't looking for your affirmation or confirmation to 'stick to it.'
 

ashaw

Cathlete
This makes me think of something Cathe says in (I think) HIIT 40/20 "Its all about what works, as long as you're working."

For me, my fitness routine has evolved throughout my life. I was an avid runner until a knee problem forced me to quit back in 2007. At that time, I was able to get an elliptical, so my workouts were 45 minutes a day on the elliptical and Jari Love Get Ripped dvd's 3x per week. Then around 2009-2010, I started doing Cathe's dvds and got hooked. I think I've done 3 or 4 full rotations of STS and 2 or 3 full rotations of XTrain. In between those years, I also did Beachbody workouts like Brazil Butt Lift and I probably did 2 or 3 full rotations of Chalean Extreme. Then I got hooked on Turbo Fire and Turbo Jam. I did the full Turbo Fire calendar at least once and then would make my own routines using Turbo Fire and Turbo Jam for cardio and throw in some Cathe circuit dvds. In 2019, I discovered Pure Barre DVD's and got hooked on those. I did Pure Barre workouts 3x per week for about 2 years. Then I went back to Cathe cardio, circuits, weights all mixed up. Near the end of 2021, I got serious about weight training and got on this kick of not wanting to do the same workout twice in a month. I bought a ton of Cathe dvd's and would follow a week long rotation of something she published. I also did a week of ICE several times, a week of Strong & Sweaty several times. I was combing through her monthly rotations and picking a week of something here and there. I was crushing this until June 11 when I did something to my knee doing the low impact sprinters on Cardio Slam. So, after taking a week of, I had to totally revamp my routine. During the pandemic, I bought the entire P.Volve series but had never used it. Well, now I finally had a use for it and I'm about to finish the 21 Day Butt Lift series. I've mixed in Cathe's upper body weight training dvds because for now, I want to keep lifting heavy like I had been doing before the knee problem. This week consists of 3 P.Volve butt lift workouts, two Cathe STS upper body workouts and Saturday, I'm going to do ICE Metabolic Total Body. I haven't really done any cardio since June 11, except for doing Fit Split's Low Impact Cardio a few times. What has surprised me is that I seem to have lost 2 pounds since I changed things up. When I bought all the P.Volve equipment, I got a free 90 day streaming membership and I'm still trying to figure out how to stream the workouts from the P.Volve app on my iPhone to my Roku hooked up to a large TV. The P.Volve method is like nothing I've ever done before because the lower body workouts I've done (and so far I've only done their lower body stuff because I didn't want to do lunges and squats with heavy weights until I'd given my knee a month of rest) is all about functional movement. It reminds me of barre and pilates, but with different movement patterns. A lot of it is rooted in physical therapy. If I can get the streaming thing to work, I just might activate my free trial of P.Volve and venture further into those workouts because the equipment is interesting - a slant board, the p.band, which is basically a pair of fingerless gloves attached together with a resistance tube, the p.3 trainer which is similar but has a velcro band that attaches to the ankle and you can attach a resistance tube with a handle or a resistance tube with a small ball to hold onto. Some workouts use light handweights, light and heavy ankle weights, light and heavy ankle bands and the p.ball, which is a small ball attached to a wide elastic fabric strap, similar to Cathe's Boss loop, which you put around your legs at the top of your inner thighs and do various squeezes. Its supposed to activate more butt muscles. So that's my fitness journey in a nutshell. I also think changing things up is key.
 

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