Western Suburbs Weekly - - Healthy Communities -

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.

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