Barre

Benefits Of The Barre: Ballet For Beginners

Whoever said that ballet is just for kids has another thing coming! Barre classes are one of the trendiest new workouts developed in the last few years, which doesn’t mean they’re easy to do.

They help to promote flexibility by building up your inner core muscles, and even mix pilates and yoga training as well. But what is it about the barre, and what can if offer you in terms for an all-body workout?

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No experience required

Barre classes don’t require any former experience, since they teach you everything you need to know in-class. The specially qualified instructors will carefully guide you through each step, and work on your strengths and weaknesses as the classes develop. Great for anyone who is just starting out, or even those who have some ballet background, which will make it easier to get into position.

All-body workout

Just like yoga and pilates, the barre offers a complete body workout – which is fantastic bang for your buck. After each class, you will feel that almost every bone in your body has had a proper workout. Stretch well beforehand to avoid causing any damage to your muscles!

Any age

You don’t have to be at a certain age or fitness level to begin barre classes. If you feel like you’re lagging behind, the instructors can easily change the exercises to your own personal fitness level.

Flexibility

One particularly attractive aspect about the barre is that it increases your flexibility over time. This is due to the repetitive exercises (just like ballet), which help to strengthen your muscles without hurting your joints.

Tone your body

If you’re looking for a way to tone up and don’t know where to begin, then barre is one of the best workouts at the moment. Not only will it keep you engaged throughout the duration of the class, but encourages blood flow and will give your body a sudden burst of energy. It’s even easy to tone those traditionally difficult places such as the tummy and inner thighs.

Fast results

If you’re planning on taking bare classes more than 2 times a week, you can expect to see results within the first month. Of course it’s always best to pair a workout routine with a relatively clean eating schedule, since this will have you feeling great on the inside and out. You will begin to notice changes in your posture, arms, back, and even flatter ab muscles.

Would you ever try a barre workout?

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September 28, 2014

Fitness Trend: The Barre Workout

The latest fitness craze is a ballet-inspired workout aimed at strengthening your core and helping sculpt a long, lean figure with the aid of a ballerina’s best friend – the barre. While the popular training method first appeared in the 1950s, it has returned to the mainstream with celebrities like Madonna and Kelly Ripa paving the way for a new generation.

If you don’t think Madonna is sufficient testimony to the benefits of the barre, here are few extra reasons you might want to try it out:

1.  Whole-body benefits

For those who think the barre workout is a gentle alternative to other types of training, think again. Barre boasts results in strength, tone, flexibility, posture, balance and co-ordination. Barre disciples often talk about “shaking” during a workout. Shaking will happen when your muscles are exhausted, ultimately making them easier to mold and stretch. When you finish, you will feel the burn in your abs, legs, arms and seat, like you’ve just finished a marathon. However, keep it up and you will see your body take the lean, toned form of a ballerina.

 2. Diversity

Barre fitness is the perfect antidote to workout boredom. While it draws upon ballet-basics, elements of weight training, yoga and Pilates are also incorporated into the routine. Typically, an hour-long workout will include a warm-up, weight exercises, barre exercises, floor work and stretching. Not only is the workout diverse and exciting, it is also appropriate for a range of different body shapes, fitness levels and abilities. It is also unique in its feminine form. You can enjoy the benefits of a strenuous workout, but without the huffing and puffing associated with cardio-intensive exercises.

3. You can do it from home

The great thing about barre fitness is that you don’t need a barre to do it! As I’ve mentioned, there is a range of other elements in the workout that don’t require the barre, such as weight lifting and floor work. For the few exercises that do require assistance, you can substitute a barre for a stable chair or ledge. There is also range of barre DVDs available to guide your home workout.

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July 24, 2014