Although I have never had formal ballet training, I love the focused lower body & core work at the barre. It is a great way to add a new dimension to your fitness routine because the benefits of standing exercise are so easily transferred into our day-to-day activities.
What is barre fitness?
The class combines basic ballet barre exercises with Pilates, body conditioning moves and stretches. It is the perfect class for you if you want to see definition and tone in your muscles without adding bulk.
Although this is a low impact class, you can expect to sweat and feel the burn!
It takes the very best from the work of Joseph Pilates and applies it to standing ballet barre exercises, for a workout that anyone can do – dancer or not.
The exercises are designed to strengthen and tone your bottom, legs, core and arms whilst improving your posture, balance and flexibility. As we are standing throughout the class, it is also great for building bone-density, crucial as we age.
What does a Barre Fitness session involve?
Barre Fitness is taught to music and the exercises are designed to flow seamlessly through the 45-minute class. Each session typically consists of the following components:
- a 5-10 minute warm up away from the barre
- 30-35 minutes at the barre
- standing stretches to finish
What should I wear/bring?
- wear comfortable clothing which stretches to allow you to move freely – you do NOT need to wear a tutu (but I will absolutely love it if you do!)
- you can choose whether to exercise in bare feet or wear socks – there are advantages to both so you can see which works best for you
- please bring a bottle of water with you
When are the sessions?
Please refer to my class timetable for session times and venues.
As each term-time course becomes available to book you will find availability here:
Once a term has started, availability will not show up but it may be possible for you to join part way through the course – please contact me for details (link below)