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What is Barre?

This increasingly popular exercise regime incorporates the precision of Pilates with the positions, moves, grace and technique of ballet. Add to this the alignment of yoga and the strength from sports conditioning and you will have all the typical elements of a Barre workout.  

The combined elements of these different methods fuse to form a challenging and exciting workout, which stretches and sculpts the muscles, whilst burning fat. Balance, strength, stamina, power, flexibility and motor control all improve. This workout produces dramatic results that sculpt and redefine the entire body. This low impact, total body workout lifts the butt, tones the thighs, flattens the abs and sculpts the arms, whilst protecting the joints. 

Small repetitive muscle contractions are performed and integrated with an interval training approach that burns fat and improves cardiovascular fitness. 

Watch your body change in just 10 sessions as this workout quickly reshapes the entire body in a way that is fast and effective. Posture, flexibility, stamina and core strength improve. The result is a body that is realigned, rebalanced and works harmoniously and efficiently. Stretches are performed after each strength section of the class to ensure the muscles are re-lengthened to create a body that is strong without the added bulk of other regimes. 

This workout is suitable for anyone as various adaptations can be made throughout the class to suit the abilities of all students. Classes usually last an hour and are set to upbeat music with a typical session involving bands, weights and toning balls as well as utilising the ballet barre. This low impact workout delivers profound results. 

Sessions typically begin with a 10 minute warm up, followed by 40 minutes at the Barre for a combination of butt, thigh, upper body & core conditioning exercises, finishing off with 10 minutes of mat work, a cool down and a stretch sequence. 

The pace is vigorous and is sure to make you sweat. The principles of Pilates are incorporated into the workout with most exercises being performed with a neutral spine and a firm emphasis on breathing, alignment and correct posture. Individual muscle groups are targeted using small but intense movements that result in an entire body workout, leading to a toned, lengthened and sculpted body. 



Barre builds powerful core strength and a long, lean physique. It provides a full body workout targeting specific problem areas. It tones, tightens and lifts the butt & sculpts the arms. It improves posture and alignment while increasing stamina and strength.  As it is a weight bearing activity it also increases bone density. Moreover, it improves flexibility, energises both body and mind and relieves stress. As a form of low impact exercise Barre is kind to the joints reducing the risk of injury. 

Who is it for? 

Barre classes are for everyone. Age & ability are no barrier & you don’t have to be a dancer! All exercises can be modified or adapted to suit varying levels of fitness. Classes are also suitable for those with joint problems, back problems and minor injuries and will help in the rehabilitation process. 


Since Barre sculpts the entire body, whilst focusing on lengthening and strengthening the muscles in proportion, the result is a long, lithe and lean physique without the bulk of other conditioning methods. You will notice the difference in just 10 sessions.

Why not give it a try? We run several classes per week, check out our home page for class days & times.





Posted by Karen Raine MSc. BSc. MCSP on 26 May 2018 18:22

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