Barre Training is the latest fitness trend spreading the globe that has a celebrity following including Madonna, Denise Richards and Natalie Portman to name a few.Thanks to lifelong fitness guru and Pilates master, Emma Newham, this hot new workout is available in the UK.
Here’s what the stars are saying about the workout :
“It just knocks your butt off” – Drew Barrymore
“Just got done doing the Bar Method. I’m dying!!” – Dita Von Teese
“Bar Method is an ass kicker and I love it” – Ricki Lake
“It’s incredible to start getting muscles in places on my body that Inever knew I could get. I really do love my body now” – Kelly Osbourne
What is it?
The low impact, total body workout lifts the butt, tones the thighs, flattens the abs and sculpts the arms, whilst protecting the joints. Small isometric contractions are performed and integrated with an interval training approach that burns fat and improves cardiovascular fitness. 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
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This workout is suitable for everybody as various adaptations are given throughout the class to suit the abilities of all students.
The origins of barre workouts have their roots in the Lotte Berk Method, a jewish ballet dancer who fled to London in the 30’s when she was banned from dancing on stage by the Nazis. Lotte became injured and used her dance training to help with her rehabilitation and hence the Lotte Berk Method was born.
Celebrities such as Joan Collins, Barbara Streisand and Yasmin Le Bon have pursued the method since the opening of her studio in 1959. Britt Ekland introduced Lydia Bach to Lotte and, after training with her, she opened her first studio in Manhattan in 1971 and purchased the worldwide rights. Sadly, Lotte died in 2003 at the ripe old age of 90. Despite her method being over 40 years old, it has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity.