Barre fitness exercises the body in a balanced way, improving strength, core stability, flexibility, and bone density. It also reduces stress and improves your sense of well-being.
— Fred Devito & Elisabeth Halfpapp, Barre Fitness


WHAT Is Barre? 

Barre fitness was originally developed in 1959 when Lotte Berk, a German dancer who had sustained a back injury, melded her dance training and physical therapy exercises into an accessible practice. Barre fitness has grown in popularity and design since then, however, the intention has remained the same: to concentrate on core bracing and also build and lengthen muscles by balancing strengthening series with short stretching sequences. While barre was originally a female dominated method, it has evolved into an intense workout for men as well (especially targeting harder to train areas like lower legs). Barre's popularity can be attributed to its efficacy at changing body shape in a relatively short period of time. 


Sessions are normally 60 minutes and incorporate a ballet barre for support, music to keep you motivated, light weights, and occasionally resistance bands, yoga blocks or playground balls. Grippy socks are the standard foot wear but barefoot/plain socks are both fine here. The goal is to target every muscle using your body weight, light weights and high repetitions of small movements. Barre challenges the same muscle groups as dance, but no dance experience is needed. Although results may vary, the best results are acheived by training 3 times a week, but once a week is also great. Our private setting is the perfect place to give barre a try, join us now! 

What to bring?

Grippy socks required, a towel if you like, and your enthusiasm!