It seems that more and more studios and gyms are offering the barre fitness classes. This is a ballet-inspired type of a workout. While all barre workouts differ slightly in structure, most methods incorporate exercises done at a ballet barre (you can use the back of a chair at home) combined with elements of ballet, Pilates, and yoga.
I recently have taken some “booty barre” class with a friend. This form of the barre fitness incorporates a mix of pilates, yoga, and strength-training moves (utilizing resistance bands and fitness balls). Many of the exercises rely on using one’s own body strength for resistance. The moves challenge your core stability and balance. This workout helps improve your posture, and give you a stronger physique. “You should feel more stronger, flexible, and coordinated with each class.” Though it seems to be more geared toward women, men can benefit from this challenging workout too. Huffington Post featured an article on this a few months ago, to prove the point.
The Chicago Tribune recently featured an article on the barre workout, including a bungee ballet version.
Not ready to brave the barre class? Self has some at-home techniques to try.