Ballet-inspired workouts are all the rage this year; it's likely that you know someone who spends time on the barre. Whether she loves Bar Method, Pure Barre, or Barre3, we have the perfect fitness gift for her!
The success of last year's Black Swan only added to the popularity of ballet-inspired classes. For years, celebs have touted the workouts' abilities to sculpt long and lean physiques, and thanks to ballet's newfound spotlight, new barre workout styles and studios have been popping up all across the country. Whether they are fans of Bar Method, Pure Barre, or any other of the ballet-inspired classes offered, here are celebrities who love to let their inner ballerina show!
Barre-based workouts have become increasing popular thanks to Natalie Portman's dancer bod in Black Swan, the Tracy Anderson Method, and barre3; and Bar Method, a ballet-inspired sculpting program with studios across the US, is no exception. The method, which is taught as an hour-long class, focuses on isometric movements, light weight work, stretching, and subtle moves at the barre. It is also one of the workouts Kelly Osborne used to get fit. As someone who practices it weekly, I can attest it's a serious workout, so I was excited (and even a little scared) to challenge myself with the Bar Method Dancer's Body Advanced Workout DVD ($20).
Led by cheery and pretty-to-look-at-while-you-are-sweating Bar Method teacher and actress Marnie Alton, the DVD offers a variety of the method's staple moves. Like the class, it starts off slow with leg lifts, light arm exercises (it's recommended you use two- to four-pound weights), and then jumps into the method's secret sauce: intense leg work at the barre. They recommend you use a chair or portable barre, but I found a ledge in my living room worked just fine for the "water-ski thigh-work" and more balletic "arabesque" exercises, and the floor and my yoga mat worked swell for the abdominal "clam shell" exercises. The routine was tough, and like the last "Accelerated" Bar Method DVD the ab exercises were killer. I wish the DVD included a chapter showcasing a few of the moves that are easier to perform with a makeshift barre, but the chapters with form instruction made up for it.
Is this DVD good for beginners? Keep on reading for the answer and a video clip of the workout.