Fitness Friday: Barre

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – Many consider athletes as the ultimate examples of physical fitness and dancers are no exception.

Welcome to barre class! If you’ve ever envied a dancers long toned legs and thought..”How’d they do that?” This is the workout for you.

But calm down, there’s no need to whip out the dance slippers or pointe shoes. This is a traditional ballet, strength training, yoga and pilates fusion.

At Raising the Barre, we have a certified instructor who’s undergone hours of training combined with her own love of dance, so needless to say, she know what she’s doing.

We start off with strength exercised for our arms, and core, but then it’s time to move to the barre.

You’ve probably seen dancers use this equipment in movies for stabilization. and this class is no different.

We get into a series of lifts, and plies that really target your inner thigh muscles. And the kickers is, that you stay on one leg for a whole series of the exercise to really make it burn.

And to make it hurt a little more, we do pulses in the same position until it’s time to switch.

Doing barre means you’re always moving around, so there’s no time to get bored. And of course no dance class would be complete without a little freestyle.

Finally, after your legs have pretty much turned to jelly, we work with a ball and a resistance band just to punish those tiny little muscles even more.

But no worries your legs and seat will definitely thank you later.

Raising the Barre Website

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