10 Benefits of Taking a Barre Class

If you are interested in improving your conditioning for marathon running, cycling, athletics, or even just everyday life, you might want to look into taking a barre classes. But what are barre classes?

To sum it up, barre classes are a mix of Pilates, dance, yoga, and functional training all rolled into one unique and music-inspired session that helps sculpt, slim, and stretch the entire body. The classes offer different sessions with the use of mini-balls, small hand weights, and other items that pump up the energy level and zone in on targeted areas of the body. The main focus of barre is to improve your lower body, and develop strength and flexibility from the ankles through the calves, knees, thighs, and glutes.

Is this the first you are hearing of barre classes? The idea of the exercises dates back to 1959 when ballerina Lotte Berk created it in her London basement after suffering a serious back injury herself. Berk, a German dancer, found a way to pair dance conditioning with rehab therapy, opening up a studio that year. Berk even helped the likes of Hollywood icons Joan Collins and Barbara Streisand improve their conditioning during her training sessions.

A few years later, it was brought to the U.S. by one of her students, Lydia Bach. It took until 2010 for the idea to really take off, which was sparked by the release of the hit movie Black Swan starring Natalie Portman. Barre has also experienced an uptick in users because it can be viewed online and includes the use of minimal equipment for those who prefer to workout at home and not in front of a class of followers.

So, what are the benefits of taking a barre class? Here are 10 reasons the unique exercise class just might be for you.

10. Good for All Levels

With the majority of barre being about increasing flexibility, instructors know every single person taking part is going to be at a different level. This helps break new people in rather quickly because you can take each move and slow it down. Nobody has to be as flexible as a ballerina when they start the program, as each session will help you get to a new level of fitness.

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