Thursday 18 July 2013

Why Every Martial Artist Needs a Ballet Barre

Is your child enrolled in a Martial Arts program? Does he or she try to bring up those leg kicks like the great Martial Arts stars demonstrate in their movies?  Do you dream of being able to do these high-flying kicks?

Most instructors stress the point that a good martial artist has to do a lot of weight training to build up the muscle mass.  The more muscle the stronger the impact of the kick or punch.

But what about the height of the kick?  The flow of the kick?  Those legs don’t get up there just naturally.  The traditional way in Martial Arts is to start training with a good thorough stretching session.  This is the best way to avoid injuries like pulled muscles, or even a torn muscle.  However it improves the height of the kicks only slowly, and after a certain point the progress will stall.

There are a lot of unwritten rules in Martial Arts - and then there is ingenuity.  Nothing prevents you from being inventive in finding new ways to improve your performance.  Remember a martial artist is like a bamboo, flexible but strong.

There is a great way to improve your flexibility.  The ballet barre. Well, a true martial artist might relate this name to tutus, pink ballet slippers, and classical music.  You should, however, try to think outside of the box.

Some simple stretching exercises on the – let’s call it “High Kick Barre” for this article - will help you gain the inches needed to feel good, look good, and above all perform like a pro.  The “High Kick Barres” sold by Boss are very sturdy, durable, well balanced, and support those muscle toned legs of yours, or your child.  The company Boss Steel is actually a leader in the steel industry for making many different products, including corner guards.  It stands behind its products whether they are corner guards, ballet barres, or “High Kick Barres”.

The barre is easy to set-up and take down, does not take much room to store, and in a studio it can even be used to divide the room. So if you dream of performing these high flying kicks remember there is a remedy, the Ballet Barre a.k.a. “High Kick Barre” by Boss Ballet Barres
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Thursday 11 July 2013

The Ballet Barre - No Longer "Just a Chick Thing"

What do you think of when you think of a ballet barre?  Most likely you picture skinny, fit women in pink tights or tutus with their feet in an awkward position as they bend and wave, bend and wave.  Women have sworn by this form of exercise for years, but when men were invited to join they mostly replied with "That's just a chick thing."  Well, hold on gentlemen because men are now starting to realize the benefits of barre exercise. 

For example, take the case of Ben Winslow - graduate of the infantry officer school, a lieutenant in the army, a successful lawyer, biker, swimmer, runner, golfer, endurance trainer, and an "Escape from Alcatraz" triathlete.  At age 68, Ben swears by the Barre Method of exercise.  At the prodding of some female co-workers, Ben decided to prove he was open minded and attended.  He's never stopped and has involved his wife in the classes as well.  Here’s what Ben said about what it’s like to be a male student at the Bar Method. 

What man wouldn't want to get a great workout that puts your muscles to the test, increases strength and agility, and improves coordination?  As with any workout, it's really true that you get out of it what you put into it.  Although this form of exercise was originated by a dancer, it was later modified to be used in physical therapy as a way to rehabilitate muscle without putting strain on the joints.  Through the years, it has proven to be an convincing form of exercise for those serious about physical fitness.

Gentlemen, the door to a new form of effective exercise has opened to you!  Will you walk through it? 

For more information on our ballet barres, contact us today!