Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Benefits of a Barre Workout: General


Today, we begin our series of blogs discussing the amazing benefits of Barre Workouts.  

The movie "The Turning Point" features some terrific closeups of the great Mikhail Baryshnikov warming up at the barre with Grand Battements, Port de bras and Rond de jambes. That's generally the image people have of a barre workout: it's for ballet dancers only.

That's no longer the case. Classes are popping up all over the country offering barre classes and with the advent of cable TV stations offering nothing but workout programs and classes,  it's becoming more popular in homes as well. Whether you're taking a studio class that uses Bass Portable Barres or have decided to purchase one for your home, there's no downside to an energizing barre workout.
  
The benefits of a barre workout: General
  • It's a full body workout that strengthens and lengthens your arm, leg, and back muscles. This is a great alternative for those who suffer chronic back pain.
  • Unlike jogging or high impact exercises, a barre workout puts minimal stress on your joints.
  • A barre workout combines the most effective aspects of pilates, ballet and flexibility training, with the added benefit of accompanying music to get you motivated.
  • You don't have to be a dancer to work out at the barre. No experience is necessary and you can progress at your own comfort level, working in small or expanded movements.  
  • You can purchase portable barres to set up a home to accompany a video workout. They are lightweight, affordable and easy to store.
  • Barre workouts will increase flexibility and range-of-motion which reduces the risk of injury.
  • Isometric movements protect your bone health and increase the percentage of lean muscle mass. This will also help to burn calories throughout the day.
  • You'll never stop moving and virtually every part of your body will get a good workout, after which you'll feel refreshed and invigorated.

Want to learn more about how you can benefit from a barre workout? Just contact us for more information.

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