There are no ifs or butts about it … we’ve never been more serious about getting gorgeous glutes! The good news is that you don’t have to spend hours doing deadlifts or squats to get results – all you have to do is spend a little more time at the barre …
Barre is the the perfect mix of ballet, yoga and Pilates. It will tone, define and chisel your whole body, and the best part is, you don’t need any dance experience to reap its abundance of benefits. It is so much fun, you’ll forget you’re even working out!
The more lean muscle mass your body has, the more calories you’ll burn at resting heart like when you are sitting, sleeping, and the isometric movements and isolated muscle contractions that make up a bulk of the class will help you get there. The isometric movements in Barre like plie pulses, target slow-twitch muscle fibres to help build strength and endurance, imperative for activities like long distance running, swimming and cycling.
It might not be a HIIT class, but the short bursts of cardio intervals are designed to drive your heart rate up and push your body into the fat burning zone. What’s more? The added elements of dance and strengthening exercises will see you get your serious sweat on, and after all, good things come to those who sweat!
For anyone who has taken up weight training, you’ll know one of the first things to go can be your flexibility. With each rep of a heavy set, your muscle is shortening and without adequate stretching, your flexibility will decrease and you’ll end up with a lower range of movement. In a Barre class, you will focus on stretching and lengthening the body, so you’ll walk out feeling insanely strong and ridiculously limber. Win win!