”Meet You at The Barre” has a whole new meaning with this class!

Toning up the lower body at the barre

The Barre workout is a new fitness craze that is sweeping across the country and here in Westerville.  Since the premier of the Black Swan, it seems women have sparked an interest in the ballet based Barre workouts.  They have caught the attention of movie stars like Madonna and Zooey Deschanel.  Why?  Because they work and they target the areas that women want to work; arms, abs, glutes, and thighs. 

 The Xtend Barre Workout debuted in Westerville last September at Turning Point Fitness and has been very popular.  Xtend Barre is a vigorous workout that combines serious sculpting exercises at the ballet barre with lively music and an abundance of energy.  It is a full body workout and no dance experience is necessary.  Created by former dancer and choreographer Andrea Rogers, the Xtend Barre Workout combines exercises at a professional ballet barre with precise concentrated movements to target small muscle groups.  Plies, releves and a series of cardio exercises are combined with traditional principals as well as light weight training. The focus is on “shaping” muscles by first increasing muscle strength and then lengthening the muscles by stretching.  Their tag line is, “Pilates and Dance Amplified”.

 There are other barre workouts out there but they all follow a similar pattern and have something just a little different to offer.  A typical class will start with a 5 minute warm up in the center of the room.  Then you have some upper body toning with light hand weights, typically 1 to 3lbs, but a higher rep count.  You’re not finished yet, grab your mat and head to the floor to do some pushups, planks, and tricep dips.  Then you are off to the barre to do a series of toning exercises, sometimes using a ball or band.  Xtend Barre even offers cardio segments that can take that heart rate up.  After about 30 minutes at the barre you grab your mat again and head to the floor of some abdominal work and additional lower body toning.  Between each segment you will do some stretching for the muscles you just worked. 

 Most barre workouts were developed from the Lotte Berk Method, which was started in 1971 New York, by a German dancer named Lotte Berk.  Since then it has developed and Pilates and yoga based concepts have been added to the workout.   It is a great opportunity for Pilates students to add a new workout into their routine, or it can lead students to Pilates.  Most Pilates students feel like it is an upright Pilates mat class, which offers a whole new level of challenge.  Not to mention barre classes are taught to upbeat music which differs from Pilates, and adds an additional element of fun. 

 If you haven’t tried a barre workout and are looking for something different to spice up your workout, you might want to give the barre a try.  Or should I say, “I will meet you at the barre!” 

 

 

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