If you’re looking for a way to tone up, feel lighter on your feet and build muscle without bulking up, then it’s time to hit the barre.
Ceri Hannan, Virgin Active’s National Product Development Manager states: “Barre 180 was developed to offer a truly holistic approach to body shaping, which will leave you feeling ten feet tall. It provides stability and support, allowing you to maximise the conditioning benefits of ballet, yoga, Pilates and functional fitness, which are all combined into one body challenging workout.”
Created by Jane Nicholls, UK-based multi-award winning fitness expert, Barre 180 is a full-body workout that doesn’t require any ballet experience – you don’t have to don your tutu and prance around on your tippy toes to feel the burn!
Virgin Active’s Barre 180 is taught by professional barre instructors, who are constantly refreshing their techniques and routines. Here are 5 reasons to give Barre 180 a try:
1. It’s a little bit of everything
Barre 180 offers a combination of ballet-inspired workouts, yoga, Pilates and functional fitness training. The combination of exercises means that you’ll leave a class feeling like your whole body has had a workout.
2. You’ll feel it in multiple areas
Most of the class takes place on a barre (in some classes members will use a portable barre) that’s designed to build flexibility and strength in the legs, hips, core and upper body. For an extra challenge, there are jumps, twists and turns for a unique cardio workout.
3. Two left feet? No problem!
Barre 180 requires no previous dance experience or skill. The ballet component is only there to influence the type of exercises done and in the use of the barre.
4. No expensive clothing needed
You don’t need any specific equipment or clothing to do a Barre 180 class. You can even leave your shoes at home as the class can be done barefoot or in socks.
5. Enhance mind-body connection
On top of improving posture, core strength and flexibility, Barre 180 also offers increasing awareness of your body because of the focus on small movements. During the 45-60-minute class, you’ll be tuning into your body and tuning out stress.
To see if your local Virgin Active health club offers Barre 180, visit: www.virginactive.co.za
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.