Working in a neutral spine with a neutral pelvis is the safest alignment when working at the Barre. This posture distributes weight correctly over the body resulting in an effective and injury free workout.
A tucked pelvic alignment is associated with poor posture, back pain and inefficient movement patterns. It’s a common cue in some Barre studios, but it de-stabilizes and restricts correct abdominal muscle engagement. This position also over-taxes the hip flexors and other muscles of the pelvic region
Having been in the fitness industry for over 30 years, I’m shocked at how many barre instructors are credentialed with just being a former dancer or cheerleader and who have not been trained in basic biomechanics, kinesiology, and anatomy, therefore lacking the knowledge of what safe movement is. Many instructors are merely required to memorize routines during crash-course training.
My message to clients is to be sure your instructor has been properly educated and trained, or anticipate injuries that will age you out of Barre, rather than building the stronger and more functional body that you are working to achieve.
Proper form during exercise maximizes the moves you do by strengthening your body and by protecting both younger women and mature women from injuries.
Watch this video to learn how to properly achieve the Neutral Spine position.