Although I have never had formal ballet training, I love the focused lower body 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 pilates?
The Barre Pilates Method 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, followed by a short mat-work section, for a workout that anyone can do – dancer or not.
The exercises are designed to strengthen and tone your bottom, legs, core and pelvic floor whilst improving your posture, balance and flexibility.
What does a Barre Pilates session involve?
Barre Pilates 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
- 20-30 minutes at the barre
- a 5-10 minute mat-work section including core exercises & stretches
As the weeks progress we will tend to spend more time at the barre for a more intense leg workout, although some weeks I will add more mat-work for an extra core challenge.
What should I wear/bring?
- wear comfortable clothing which stretches to allow you to move freely – you do NOT need to wear a tutu!
- 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
- you will need to bring an exercise/yoga mat with you as there are none available at the venues
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: