In today’s day and age, the array of workout classes seems, practically, endless. In fact, you can probably name any type of dance or exercise imaginable and we’re highly certain that there is a class out there designed, in some style, after the activity. While ballet dancing has never really been “out of style,” gyms and studios across the globe have recently started to incorporate ballet bars into their classes, bringing the dance (and brutally challenging exercise!) back into the limelight.
Now, we all can clearly see the benefits of ballet dancing (really, have you ever laid eyes on a ballet dancer’s body?!), but most of us don’t know exactly why and how this miracle dance is able to sculpt long, lean muscles and, well, frankly you don’t have to. Thankfully, the geniuses behind Core Fusion, The Bar Method and Physique 57 have definitely done their homework…and lets just say we give them an A+. While each of the three presents a slightly different challenge, all bring something new and exciting to the table – and all use the ballet bar. And no, you don’t need ballet shoes, a tutu or an incredibly flexible body. Now, we are giving you fair warning: these classes will make you work (reaaaaally hard), but the results are worth every droplet of sweat and every cent of money!
Core Fusion. Designed to build a strong core with a focus on tighter abs, improved posture and a more focused mind, this class combines core conditioning, pilates, strength training, dance, orthopedic back exercises and yoga all in one class. Cofounders Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp, experts of 50 years, set out to create a workout that delivers consistent results – and that they did. There are a variety of different levels and types of classes. For more information on Core Fusion, click here.
The Bar Method. This one hour, total body workout class challenges the body’s endurance and strength through bursts of intense strength-training intervals. Rather than using machines and doing mat work (like in pilates), you use your own body weight to carve out your muscles in The Bar Method. The result of all the hard work in this class? Sculpted arms, flat abs, a lifted tush and lengthened thighs. For more information on The Bar Method, click here.
Physique 57. Like The Bar Method, Physique 57 uses your own body weight to target muscles and strengthen them. However, in this class, the ultimate goal is to exhaust (and we mean E.X.H.A.U.S.T!) muscles through a series of dynamic exercises before stretching out those fatigued muscles to create a longer, leaner body. Not convinced it’s worth the pain? Physique 57 classes are frequently attended by celebrities such as Kelly Ripa, Christy Turlington and Kim Raver – so, if nothing else, go for some star-gazing! For more information on Physique 57, click here.