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Thursday, 03 November 2016 08:48

Barre Classes

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"Change happens through movement and movement heals"
Joseph Pilates

Every few years a new fitness fad rolls into town on shiny wheels promising a full body safe workout that will make you feel good and look better.  Barre Classes seem to be yet another example of hype and marketing and glossy Instagram unbelievable pictures.

As a Pilates and a Yoga teacher I am automatically suspicious of hybrid exercise programs that claim to offer what Pilates and Yoga offer and more. Piloxing (standing Pilates, boxing and dance) Piloga (Pilates and Yoga) Cyclelates, YAS ( yoga and spinning) and Cardiolates (Pilates on rebounder trampolines). While these shiny new workout mashups are great to prevent boredom are they worth doing long term? In particular do Barre classes based on a mixture of Pilates, Yoga and Dance have any long term benefits?

So What is Barre Class?

The first thing that is worth mentioning is that Barre Classes (like the Pilates Method)  are far from new. In fact, the first Barre workouts started over 50 years ago in London. In 1959 Lotte Berk opened up The Lotte Berk Method. While suffering a back injury, Lotte Berk combined her ballet barre training with rehabilitative therapy, and thus The Lotte Berk Method was born. In 1971 the method was introduced to the United States when Lydia Bach, one of Lotte’s students, opened The Lotte Berk Method in Manhattan. Since then Barre workouts have steadily gained popularity.

What to Expect at Barre Class?

What can you expect in a Barre Class? At  BPS Tensegrity we offer a general Cardio Barre class and a Barre Method called the Booty Barre Workout. The Booty Barre Workout is a pre-choreographed sequence of safe and effective dance, yoga and Pilates flow sequences designed by Tracey Mallett, a dancer,  wellness expert and BASI Pilates teacher based in Los Angeles.  In all of our Barre fitness classes you can expect elements of Yoga, Pilates, Dance, and low impact Cardio to combined to create a highly effective and fun workout, specifically designed for busy people to strengthen, stretch and tone the entire body without developing bulk. Expect to tone the butt, legs, abs, arms, hips, shoulders, and obliques.

Best of all Barre classes are fun and set to funky music. Put on your favourite fancy pants  and get ready to sweat as you combine cardio, planks, squats, and dance moves like plies, sautes 'releves' and tendus for a total body-toning experience that will leave you looking and feeling your absolute best.

Come try out one of our Cardio Barre classes.

Thursdays: 9.30 am
Saturday: 8.00 am

Barre Classes

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