While you were sleeping, a new fitness trend came to town – and absolutely took over.
It’s called a barre workout and you’ve probably seen it being mentioned all over the place, although you’ve blocked it out until now, because your poor frazzled brain is still trying to come to terms with things like Zumba and Body Attack – let alone an entirely new fitness trend.
But let me take your overwhelmed brain and fill it with further information about barre. Because it’s great to know about – and even if you never intend to try it, at least you can keep up in conversations with your smug fitness-obsessed friends.
1. It was invented a really long time ago but has only just kicked off now
Barre was inspired by a dancer named Lotte Berk. In the 1940s, she injured her back and came up with the idea of making her ballet bar routine into a rehabilitative type of therapy. It’s since turned into a hybrid of yoga, ballet and pilates and incorporates the use of little exercise balls, little hand weights and – of course – the ballet barre.
It’s designed to strengthen and tone your body by using a combination of stretches and isometric exercise. Your whole body gets an effective workout and, with any luck, you end
There are a whole lot of different studios now cropping up all over Australia, each of which promote a slightly different version of barre fitness. Barre Body, Barre3 and Xtend Barre are all great places to start if you’re interested.
2. The celebrities love it
Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Natalie Portman and a whole bunch of Victoria’s Secret angels are all big fans of the barre workout. Until quite recently, I was not a big fan because I had never tried it. Presumably, this is why I look like me and not like Miranda Kerr.
3. It’s really freaking hard
I rocked up to my first class feeling confident that it would be a cruisy, relaxing class that would help to tone and strength my body.
Oh, how wrong I was. By the time we were done with our quick arms routine, the teeny weeny hand weights felt like 75kg free weights and I would have happily removed my arms from the rest of my body, should it have been an option.
By the end of the barre workout, I was cursing the wooden barre and the little exercise ball and everything else involved in the barre workout.