Tuesday 30 December 2014

The Advantages of Free Standing Ballet Barres

You've seen this scenario many times on TV shows and in movies: a ballerina practicing her pliés and tendus holding onto a wood, wall mounted ballet barre. What you may not know is that ballet barres have developed by leaps and bounds over the past few decades and one of the leaders in portable barre production is Boss Portable Ballet Barres.

Whether you're a studio owner, dance class instructor or a fitness buff who likes to workout at home, there are many advantages to using free standing ballet barres vs. wall mounted barres. Here are the top 5:

1. Portable ballet barres can be configured to maximize teacher/student interaction. Instead of students always facing a wall or mirror and having to turn their heads to see their instructor, Boss Barres are lightweight and can be easily moved from one spot to another or from room to room.

2. Boss Ballet Barres are made of durable long lasting structural steel tubing, designed in collaboration with many studios and schools. In fact, it was the daughter of the president of the parent company, Boss Steel, Ltd., who originally came up with the idea. And, she was an accomplished dancer to boot!

3. Wood barres collect dust, dirt and germs, harboring bacteria and transferring them from person to person. Boss Ballet Barres are easy to wipe down and can reduce the transfer of germs from continued use.

4. Because dancers touch, hold onto and continuously pull on wood barres, they eventually splinter and can cause damage to the walls. That's never the case with Boss Portable Barres because they're free standing and made from sturdy steel.

5. While traditional wood barres are one height and the same distance from a wall or mirror, Boss Barres come in different models -- from the Boss Pro and Intermediate to the Princess Barre for beginners. Plus, our barres come in different lengths with extensions available on some models.

One other great reason to buy from Boss Ballet Barres is that in addition to a durable, long lasting product, customer service is our top priority. Contact us today to find out about the many benefits of our portable ballet barres; we'd be happy to share any information you require.

Friday 19 December 2014

Stay Healthy and Happy with Ballet Barre Exercises

Anyone who is a part of the workout community is most likely aware of the growing trend of dancing workouts, such as ballroom or Bollywood inspired dances. But ballet barre exercises is the latest way of getting the job done for amazing toned legs and all around workouts these days.

Barre workouts are becoming a very fashionable way to get and stay in shape, especially for celebrities. But why is it becoming so popular? Here are a few reasons: 
  • Can be done by anyone, no matter your size, age, or gender
  • It's a complete workout for your entire body that improves your health, posture, and confidence over time
  • It's never dull, you can change it up every day and still see results
  • The exercises are gentle on your joints, but tough on your muscles
Many gyms have begun to offer barre classes as an enjoyable activity and numerous new studios have appeared throughout the country with barre techniques as their form of exercise. But if either one of these options doesn't make you want to move your body, you can always buy your own barre, look up a video, and put on your favorite music within the comfort of your own home. 

Not to mention, physical benefits aren't the only form of exercise you receive. You have to focus for barre exercising, just as a professional dancer would have to. Plus, you can actually dance after you workout and just enjoy moving your body that is wonderfully limber and becoming healthier by the day. Who could ask for a more comprehensive workout!

Feel free to contact us to learn more about ballet barre exercising; we'd be more than happy to answer some of your questions, and share with you exactly how Boss Ballet Barres can be a part of your exercise regimen.

Friday 12 December 2014

Try These Ballet Barre Exercises for Tighter Abs

Though ballet moves are certainly beautiful and graceful, they also require muscle strength that comes from hours of conditioning. Some of the most important muscles for ballerinas are the deep core muscles, which are used to support and stabilize several ballet exercises. What's more, because ballet exercises use the core muscles so much, they are a great way to strengthen them.

Here are several ballet barre exercises that will give you the core strength and physique of a professional ballerina's.

1. Rotating Side Plank

To go into a rotating side plank, start off in a forearm plank position. Now, turn your hips so that one is leaning on top of the other. After that, place your right arm on the floor while the rest of your body is lifted up. The first thing you're going to do is pulse your top leg toward the ceiling several times. Once you're done pulsing, rest your leg back into the side-plank position.

Now you'll want to lift your top hand and twist your body toward the floor until your hand reaches through the open space between your body and the floor (remember, your right arm is still supporting your plank position at this point.) Do this several times and then repeat on the other side. You should be feeling the burn by now!

2. Pelvic Tuck

Did you know that increased motion in your pelvis helps strengthen your lower abdominal muscles? That is what happens when you do a pelvic tuck. To do one, face a ballet barre with your feet separated wide apart. Your hands should be resting on the barre. Start bending your knees while carefully bringing your navel to your spine. While you're doing this, be sure to squeeze your belly button towards your spine. Hold this position for a few counts, release, and repeat!

3. Abdominal Scoop

Abdominal scoops strength the deep muscles of your core. How? Well, when you're doing them you'll be bringing your navel into your spine the whole exercise. To do an abdominal scoop, sit straight on your mat with your knees bent and squeezed together. Hold the back of your thighs and "scoop" your abdomen – that is, create an round shape with your upper body by drawing your navel towards your spine. Lean back slightly, come back towards the center, and repeat the exercise.

Want to learn more about ballet exercises that will tighten your abs? If your answer was "yes!," feel free to visit our website and/or contact us.

Thursday 4 December 2014

The Best Ballet Barre Exercises to Define Muscle

It's not just ballerinas who work out at the barre these days. Celebrities, athletes and every day people are using the ballet barre to build and define muscle with safe, non-impact workouts. A Boss Portable Ballet Barre is the perfect piece of equipment for the perfect workout.

Here are the top 5 ballet barre excercises you can do in the studio, classroom or privacy of your own home. Be sure to warm up first with lots of stretches.

1. Plié: With feet apart and toes pointed outward, bend your knees and lower yourself toward the ground. Keep your heels on the floor.  Put your free arm out straight to the side. This will stretch your thighs and glutes.

2. Grand plié: Similar to a  plié, this time you'll slowly raise your heels as you descend toward the floor until the back of your thighs make contact with your calves. This will give a deeper muscle stretch.

3. Relevé: Again, with feel apart, toes pointed outward and your free arm to the side, raise yourself up onto the balls of your feet bringing your heels off the ground. This move will engage your calves and feet muscles. Be sure to keep your legs straight.

4. Battement tendu: With one hand on the barre and legs together, slide your outside foot out, keeping it on the floor and ending with a point. This will stretch the foot and build overall leg muscles. This is a great way to warm up also. Do several repetitions and then switch sides and work the other leg.

5. Rond de jambe: With one hand on the barre, point outer foot and move in a semi-circular motion keeping toes on the floor. This is like sweeping the floor with your toes. This helps with hip flexibility and defines calve and foot muscles. For a more advanced workout, you can do the same move with your foot in the air. After several repetitions, turn and do the same move with your other leg.

For more information on all of the Boss Portable Ballet Barre products for studios, classrooms and home, please contact us.