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BARRE...After injuring her back, Lotte Berk, a German dancer living in London developed the Barre concept. She had the idea to combine her dance conditioning routine with her rehabilitative therapy. She opened her first studio in 1959 in her London basement, where famous faces such as Joan Collins and Barbara Streisand regularly came to lift, tuck, and curl.
Barre classes at K2 Pilates use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.
Benefits of Barre
* Improves Your Posture
* Targets Every Muscle Group
* Low-Impact, small isometric movements
* Excellent Core Work
* Helps Your Muscles Work Correctly
* Increases Muscle Flexibility
* AMAZING for the derriere
* It’s fun!
Although barre takes some positions and movements from ballet, a barre class is totally different from a dance class. You won't typically find much cardio in this workout, but rather a series of strengthening exercises targeting your core, arms, legs, and, of course, your bum.