Updated: Sep 1, 2020
That was the question I got 90 percent of the time when I was explaining people here in #Spain, or better said #Barcelona, what kind of instructor I am. They knew about #Pilates, they knew about #Yoga, they also were familiar with #Workouts I offer. But that „Barre“? This reached the limits of their imagination. And actually it’s pretty simple. I am more than happy to be part of guiding Spain to the amazing discipline of #Barre and establishing not only this term, but the workout itself!
Well, what is it now?
Not yet! First, a quick history overview: Barre was created in London in 1959 by the german ballerina Liselotte, known as „Lotte“ Berk. Wow, yes I know. It has been over 60 years barre was born, and people are still asking what it is. As Lotte injured her back she got the idea of combining her ballet barre routines with her rehabilitative therapy to form a workout which is helping to strengthen muscles, but still will lengthen them as well as improve flexibility. Amazing right!? So Lotte opened the very first barre studio in 1959 named „The Lotte Berk Studio“. As then, years later in 1971, one of her students - Lydia Bach - brought barre to the US - barre was established. Okay, okay - I admit, but not popular yet - not yet! ッ Barre rapidly expanded in popularity in the 2010s. By 2015 only #purebarre had over 300 studios all over the US. That's where we are going to stop. Because in Spain, or Barcelona.. we just started! ♡
Now, what the heck is „BARRE“:
Barre is a hybrid workout class. Based on beautiful ballet-inspired movements which have the poise of pilates, the flowing sequence of yoga and the finesse of ballet. The low-impact conditioning class is a total three-for-one: It combines the movement of ballet, the strengthening of pilates, and the stretching of yoga, all within one 60-minute class. Again: amazing right!?
It’s a super-energizing whole-body workout that’s great for everyone - from beginners to pros. Even I still shake sometimes. (To know what I mean by saying "shaking" - you need to try yourself to get that „aha-experience" ↟). Each and every single class works to build alignment, strengthen your core, tone and elongate muscles. Think of it as offering all the body benefits of a ballet dancer - without actually having to attempt a sauté, jeté, assemble or sissonne. We do not implement ballet jumps into our barre workouts. Not yet at least. ㋡
What do I get?
What you get is a total body and comprehensive workout as you lift, tone, sculpt and lengthen your muscles, through small isometric movements. As well as an increase of endurance and mind x body connection. The actual „barre“ in class is only used as a prop to help you balance, leaving you to focus on isometric strength exercises. The barre supports you, by holding your body still while you contract a small and specific set of muscles. The movements might be small - yes. BUT trust the #BarreMethod - you will feel the burn! Especially when you seriously use the barre as a prop for balance and support, as I said earlier, and not as a prop to lift your body up from a grand plié by cheating with your arms - it´s your quads’ and gluteus’ work! ♥
Try it yourself: it’s a challenging, but fun workout that shows fast results.