Courtesy of FlyBarre
Maybe it was the overwhelming obsession with Black Swan, but it seems that barre fitness classes are popping up all over the place. Though once thought of as only a prop used for ballerinas, this skinny little bar has a lot of body boosting benefits. We tested the latest fitness craze to see what all the fuss is about.
It's not just about the barre. Yes, a majority of the time you use the barre to lean up your legs and abs, but the program uses other props as well. Balls, straps, and hand weights are incorporated in the 60-minute session to shape and tone your muscles. Throughout the class you'll be challenged with cardiovascular and yoga circuits, four sets of strong abdominals exercises, 15 minutes of glute work, and an exhaustive three-set thigh series.
You don't have to be a ballerina. No dance moves necessary. Though the program takes pieces of ballet (like plié squats) to work on your legs, there's no dance recital at the end or tutu required.
It's heavily interval based. The core to FlyBarre's method are quick sets of intervals, focusing on each different muscle group. Just when you think you can't lift your leg another inch, the instructor will tell you to sink once inch lower and kick a little higher. The intervals are quick and yes, a little painful, but the results are well worth it.
To see if FlyBarre has a studio near you, and learn more about the program visit flywheelsports.com.