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Old 06-04-20, 07:05 PM  
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Barre on hard floor or squishy floor?

Given the choice, what do you prefer/think best?

Most barre vids seem to be using a yoga mat over wood-type floors. The Bar Method workouts use little squishy pads (?) under their feet sometimes?

I have the options of a carpeted floor with yoga mat over (new carpet = squishy thick carpet pad). Or I can drag out my yoga board (very rigid) and put a mat over it.

I'm just wondering about what's healthiest for feet (does squishy lead to overextension of toe joints). I'm also wondering if I'm overthinking this, haha. (Yes!) But I tend to have problem feet so I want to make the best choice before I cause injury...

So what do you prefer for barre: firm or soft flooring?.
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Old 06-05-20, 12:25 PM  
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Alison, I've seen it done both ways professionally as well. What feels better for you?
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Old 06-05-20, 12:43 PM  
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Alison, I've seen it done both ways professionally as well. What feels better for you?
This morning I did a hard surface with yoga mat over. That felt fine -- I have a feeling I'll prefer this since my joints tend to be hyper mobile. I'll try it on the squishy carpet next time for comparison's sake.
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Old 06-06-20, 06:40 AM  
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I'd vote for squishy. I have a bunion on my right foot, and just generally less padding in the ball of my feet than I used to.

I think studios often have hard floors just because they're easier to clean. But Bar Method studios pride themselves on their nice squishy carpet.

But again, it's very individual. sounds like you liked the firmer surface!
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This morning I did a hard surface with yoga mat over. That felt fine -- I have a feeling I'll prefer this since my joints tend to be hyper mobile. I'll try it on the squishy carpet next time for comparison's sake.
That’s what I prefer. I have a 6’ round yoga mat on my laminate floor that I use for pretty much everything. I like to do all my workouts, except step, in bare feet.
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Old 06-06-20, 12:39 PM  
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Having had 8 years classical ballet training, hard floor, definitely. Preferably a wooden floor that has some "give", not concrete, terrible for joints. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-06-20, 11:38 PM  
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I have only done barre at home and my exercise room has carpeting. I have a fluidity barre, then lay a yoga mat on top of their mat. I also have the Bar Method cushions.

Over the years, the only thing that I've changed is replacing my 5mm yoga mat with an even thicker yoga mat for barre.
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