A Guide to Barre Exercise

All about the Barre

Barre workouts involve small and precise movements that focus on perfect form. Movements used are taken from a cross section of dance, ballet, yoga, pilates and other related exercise styles, and as the name suggests a fair amount of Barre work is included. The main function of this workout style is to focus on specific muscle groups that play an important role in postural health, but most of the time are neglected during workouts. Expect to work your inner and outer thighs, glutes, abdominals, and other important postural muscle groups. The strengthening and stretching of theses small muscle groups are critical for correct posture and alignment of the hips and spine. Plus, working them hard will have you crying like a baby, especially if you’re not used to it.

The Barre method was founded by Lydia Bach in 1959, which she called the Lotto Berk Method. It has only really gained popularity over the past few years due to the mass-commercialization of the program – a lot of Barre-type studios have been opened across the world. As Lydia has stated, “you’ve got to have a workout that’s tough but safe, building muscle and flexibility equally.” It is a program that’s challenging yet safe, which is right in the sweet spot of fitness programs and why it has gained so much popularity. People are getting leaner physiques, gaining better posture and becoming more flexible and stronger. Classes are all typically 1 hour in length and are usually held in small groups which helps maintain good form.


Check out one of these Barre locations in Dubai:

Physique 57

WEBSITE: http://physique57.com/dubai/

COST:

First class FREE
AED 680 for 8 classes
10% off the purchase price for 10, 20, or 50 class packages

ABOUT:

The signature Physique 57 class incorporates cardio, strength training, stretching, and recovery for a barre-based workout that is 57 minutes in length. There are beginner, mixed, intermediate, and private classes.

LOCATIONS:
Al Thanya Mall
Al Thanya Street
Dubai, UAE
+971 4 321 0577
Citywalk
Intersection of Al Wasl and Al Safa Roads
(adjacent to Emirates NBD)
Dubai, UAE
+971 4 344 8757

COST:

AED 120 per class
AED 550 for 5 classes
AED 1,050 for 10 classes
AED 2,000 for 20 classes

ABOUT:

FlyWheel Sports launched FlyBarre as a complement to their indoor cycling program. Their barre-based program includes full-body workouts with low weights and high repetitions. The classes are designed to lengthen, tone, and sculpt. They have amazing instructors and these classes are full of ENERGY!

LOCATIONS:

Burj Views, West Tower
Ground Level, Downtown Dubai,
Dubai, UAE
+971 4 423 2544

Gold & Diamond Park
Building 7, Al Quoz
Dubai, UAE
+043389409


Real Pilates

WEBSITE: http://real-pilates.com/

COST:

AED 375 for 5 classes
AED 700 for 10 classes
AED 1,200 for 20 classes

ABOUT:

Real Pilates is a great place to workout and they now offer two great Barre-based classes; Xtend Barre and Xtend Barre Stick. They are 55 minute workouts that focus on conditioning, core, flexibility, balance, and all-around chiseling of the body.

LOCATIONS:
Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Cluster V, JBC2 Tower
Dubai, UAE
+04 4585399
Palm Strip Mall, 1st Floor
Jumeriah Road, Jumeirah 1
Dubai, UAE
+043453228

For a leaner and meaner you give Barre a try!


 

Author: David Kuch
Author Bio: David Kuch is a Nutrition Souq Fitness Champion Editor. He is a certified personal trainer and has completed a Masters of Business Administration Degree, Specialized in Sport Management. With over 10 years of experience as a personal trainer, both independently and in big box chains, David is experienced in fitness training, healthy habits, wellness, functional fitness, and nutrition.