The 7 learning styles: What type of learner are you?

There’s a lot to learn in the IBBFA training manual. We learn about counting music, how to cue exercises, ballet terminology, as well as how and when to give students modifications and challenges.

Utilizing different learning styles is key to finding success as you go through your instructor training. There are seven different learning styles, they are: auditory, visual, tactile (kinesthetic), verbal, logical, social and solitary. So, what type of learner are you?

If you don’t already know your preferred learning style, take a short quiz online (we use this one) to discover your learning tendencies. Knowing what learning methods work best for you will help you make sense of what you are learning and help retain the material better.

Read each of the seven learning styles below to see which one(s*) is a good fit for you. *It’s possible more than one option applies to you!

Auditory learners

You think the videos and lectures provided in the Barre Level 1 online course are super helpful!

Tips: To help guide you through the material, you may want to skim the written material first, watch all related videos second, and then closely read through the material again to catch things you missed before.

When teaching, it may be helpful to record your class and listen to the cues you provide. Make sure they are clear and audible trough the entire class.

Visual learners

The photographs in the manual help you make sense of it all.

Tips: Use the photographs in the Level 1 manual to help guide through the step-by-step instructions for each exercise.

When building a class outline, use visual cues like arrows or brackets to inform you how the class flow will go. Creating more of a flow chart than traditional outline may make it easier for you to keep track during your classes.

Tactile learners

You can’t learn a new exercise without trying it out yourself.

Tips: When going through the learning materials in your instructor training, you may want to clear out some space to actually perform the exercises when learning how to set up, modify and correct errors.

This is also a helpful learning style as a student. Remember to take some time to allow students to feel and really notice the difference between correct and incorrect form.

Here’s an example an exercise to help student find proper alignment:

1. Have the student stand in a parallel position and arch their back so the tailbone reaches backwards.

2.Tuck the pelvis to reach the tailbone under the body and then forward.

3. Finally, have students find a middle ground where the tailbone is heavy to the floor and the spine is in a neutral position.

If you tried the exercise after reading, you are probably a tactile learner.

Verbal learners

Are you reading this aloud or to a friend?

Tips: If you are a verbal learner, you may enjoy going through the program with another instructor. Discuss each chapter and ask questions along the way.

Since the IBBFA barre certification program is 100% online, you may find the support team to be beneficial. You can call or email them with any questions at: +1 (888)-215-0101 or support@barrecertification.com.

Logical learners

The anatomical explanations of the exercises and postures are your favorite part of the IBBFA manual.

Tips: Logical learners tend to find patterns or reason in what they are learning. Many instructor trainings simply provide choreography with no reason for why an exercise works targeted muscles. As a logical learner, be sure you understand why exercises are set up in certain ways. You will learn how to set up from the ground up. Perhaps flashcards with quick set-ups and targeted body parts will help you keep track of the many variations for each exercise.

Your class structure should have some reason and familiarity to it too. When you begin to design your classes, keep things consistent. Students will appreciate the ability to know what to expect in class.

Social learners

You believe one of the best ways to train as instructor is to put yourself in the shoes of your students.

Tips: One of the final steps to becoming barre certified is to film yourself teaching a mock class with one student. Make this a fun event for the student you choose. Many people are nervous when teaching in front of a camera but use your student to provide feedback. Use someone you trust who will put energy into this experience. You only need to submit video footage of the actual exercises, but use the time with your student to test out different cues or phrases.

You can also take barre classes taught by other instructors. Stay after class to bounce ideas off one another and ask questions.

Solitary learners

You appreciate IBBFA’s self-paced, online course.

Tips: You will appreciate the individualized feedback after you submit your practical video exam. If you’ve already completed the course, go back and look at the reviewer’s comments every once and while and see what you can apply to your class.

Trust your gut. Your attention to detail allows you to anticipate the needs of your students and provide modification options throughout class.

So what do you think? Let us know how your instructor training is going, and if knowing your learning style has helped you find success.

10 summer infused water recipes

Summer is here, and we all know how important it is to stay hydrated. Especially when we are attending our favorite barre class, of course!

Drinking enough water can be difficult, but filling your favorite reusable water bottle with water and tasty fruits makes staying hydrated easy. IBBFA compiled a list of some delicious combinations to make your water anything but boring.

There are many benefits to drinking infused water besides the amazing taste. Drinking infused water helps to boost your metabolism, provide energy, flush toxins, and it can even satisfy your sweet tooth!

Pro tip: Try these recipes with coconut water instead of filtered tap water for some added flavor and extra potassium and sodium (electrolytes that help your body absorb water and retain hydration)!

Here’s the how-to:

Step 1: Grab your favorite water bottle, or jar.

Step 2: Add your choice of ice cold water or coconut water.

Step 3: Round up your favorite mixture of fruits and herbs.

Step 4: Let it sit in the fridge (the longer the water sits the better the flavor).

Step 5: ENJOY!

Pro tip: Keep ingredients pre-washed and cut and stored in fridge or freezer for easy access.

The recipes:

  1. Strawberry/Lemon
  2. Watermelon/Cucumber/Mint
  3. Lemon /Raspberry/Rosemary
  4. Strawberry/Mango
  5. Cucumber/Mint
  6. Raspberry/Blueberry
  7. Strawberry/Tangerine/Basil
  8. Raspberry/Lemon
  9. Pomegranate /Strawberry
  10. Orange/Kiwi

These are some of our favorites, but you can always experiment to find your perfect combination! We’d love to see you staying hydrated with infused water in your barre classes. Share pictures with us of your favorites and use #barrecertification!

Teacher Feature: Gina Harris

Taking a barre class with IBBFA-certified instructor Gina Harris is different from any other barre classes you’ve taken before. For starters, you may not be physically near her. She streams her classes online. But the real kicker? She’s on a boat.

Gina loves to travel just as much as she loves ballet-based fitness. Being a former dancer and barre enthusiast, Gina knew she wanted to become a certified barre instructor but was never in one place long enough to go to an in-person workshop. Then she found Barre Certification and we are so glad she did! Gina continues to travel and spread her philosophy of a “feel good” lifestyle everywhere she goes. We asked her a few questions about how she takes barre along for the ride.

What was your dance or fitness experience prior to getting barre certified?

I grew up dancing ballet and jazz. For ten years I spent more time in the studio than anywhere else! As many dancers do, I injured myself out of a career and after three years of physical therapy I decided to explore other avenues of fitness. I started running, strength training and fell in love with boxing! A boxing ballerina, can you imagine?!

Why do you love teaching barre?

Part of my rehab post-dance was barre. It was a safe place to regain physical strength and emotional courage after losing something I loved so much. For me, teaching barre is a way of giving back through an avenue that brought me so much joy!

What’s your favorite part of class– do you have a favorite exercise?

When my students yell “we’re shaking!” Haha! I like to mix the ballet exercises that I learned from years of training with high-intensity strength training for a “barre bootcamp” type of class. I love working the booty and am a huge fan of weighted leg presses at the barre. Who knew a three pound weight could build a perky tush?

How has barre impacted you and or your community?

No matter what has happened in my day or what mood I’m in, the second I walk in the door, I know I’ve got to show up. After a long day at work, my girls show up for themselves, they work their butts off and they give it their all. I have to give them my all. The energy that comes from so much dedication and positivity is priceless. I haven’t had a single class without cheering, laughter and a whole lot of sweat!

Tell us a little about your travels. Was choosing a certification program that is online and allows you to go at your pace important to your lifestyle?

Since 2010, I have been traveling on and off pretty regularly. I lived in France. I bought a sailboat and traveled over 10,000 miles from San Francisco to Fiji. I practiced meditation in Bali. I took a road-trip along the west coast. Since I’m hardly ever in one place, IBBFA’s online certification program couldn’t have been more practical for me! I was able to study on the plane, take my exams from a coffee shop in Portland and record my sample videos from Mexico. IBBFA made achieving a dream accessible to me in a way it otherwise wouldn’t be.

Any upcoming travels? How will you take barre along for the ride?

I am planning on heading back to Fiji for the summer where I will teach barre bootcamp classes via social media streaming from my sailboat! Anyone can benefit from a barre workout, no matter where they are!

Any current goals?

I work a lot to promote living a “feel good” life. Feeling good in your skin is so much more than eating healthy and working out. It’s a mindset– it’s dedication and acceptance. I’d love to organize workshops where I travel that help empower women to live a balanced, “feel good” life!

You can follow along with Gina’s travels and barre classes through her blog.