October 18th, 2014

History of Barre

Barre is a form of exercise that originated with German Dancer Lotte Berk in the 1950s. She developed these exercises in an effort to help rehabilitate her back. Since then, in recent years barre classes have swept the nation and we are happy to offer barre-OMĀ®!

Through the use of interval training, barre classes target specific areas including arms, abs, seat, and thighs through tiny isometric movements. Barre classes often incorporate pilates, ballet, and yoga. The over-arching premise is that clients work a particular muscle until fatigue, and then stretch and lengthen the muscle. Classes are usually an hour-long and incorporate light weights, straps, tubing, balls, mats, and of course the ballet barre. Breathing techniques are incorporated in class in an effort to strengthen the core and increase endurance.