The Benefits of Barre Fitness Classes

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If you’re looking for a total body workout that burns fat and
tones your abs, arms, butt and thighs in record-breaking time, then
Barre fitness may be for you.

Fitness Classes

What Is Barre Fitness?

developed by German dancer Lotte Burk in 1959, this form of exercise
uses a stationary handrail called a “barre” and incorporates ballet
poses and abdominal core training to target the thighs, arms, abs and
buttocks. While based on ballet technique, it is not only for dancers.

theory behind Barre exercises is different from most other fitness
routines because its main goal is not burning calories while performing
the exercises (although you will burn about 500 calories per one-hour
session). The main goal is to develop and tone your large major muscle
groups by lengthening and strengthening muscle fibers deep in each
muscle core. A toned muscle will naturally burn more calories each day
than a muscle that is not developed.

It is this deep core muscle
development that increases daily calorie burn, yet keeps you from
getting the “bulked up” look that other strength training exercise
programs can produce. And because the exercises are anaerobic, you’ll
keep burning calories for hours after a barre session.

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What Is A Typical Barre Workout?

workouts focus on using your own body weight as resistance, in addition
to the isometric exercises that work muscles deep within each major
muscle group trained. In certain routines, light hand weights may also
be used. Due to its low-impact, barre classes are great if you have pain
in your joints.

A typical workout might include working on your:

  • abdominal core with crunches
  • arms with light hand weights
  • thighs with pliĆ©s (basic ballet moves)
  • buttocks with kicks

Each major muscle group is worked until it burns. Fair warning:
Uncontrollable muscle shake is very common after doing many repetitions
of an exercise designed to target just one muscle. That one muscle is
then finished off with a group of exercises designed to lengthen it. It
is this continuous toning and lengthening that gives you the long lean
ballet-dancer look.

The Results?

other exercise programs that take a lot of time before you see any
results, many barre participants report results in as little as ten
sessions. Many beginners try to attend at least three barre sessions per

While you most likely will not see results on the scale
right away, you will experience a loss in inches, increased flexibility
and achieve a more toned, defined look.

Look for barre fitness classes in your area and try something different. Your body will thank you!

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