RAISING THE BARRE
COMBINING yoga, pilates, strength training and dance, the barre technique has become a popular fitness trend for women seeking a fun and effective workout.
The Barre Workout Studio owner Elaine Reynolds said she had noticed a spike in interest in the technique over the past few years.
“The technique was first introduced in the USA in 1971 as the Lotte Berk Method, which was developed by Lotte Berk, a European dancer in the 1940s, and from then quite a few different barre-inspired trends have developed,” Ms Reynolds said.
She said the barre technique was named after the barre that ballerinas used to warm up and develop balance with and was a mixture of pilates, yoga and dance moves done with small targeted isometric movements.
“This style of training allows you to stay in the muscle for a long period of time and takes the pressure off your joints,” she said.
“It is extremely gentle on your joints as the intensity is focused on staying in the muscle, involves concentration and being in the moment, so it has a therapeutic benefit and there is a balance of stretching and strengthening, which is important in developing lean muscle.
“This style of isometric training makes you very strong, giving you great posture and body alignment and when done with intensity it will keep your heart rate elevated for the entire session.”
The Barre Workout Studio owner Elaine Reynolds.