@ The Barre

While Barre has origins in dance, the rhythmically challenged should not worry. No tapshoes, leotards, or any fancy footwork are required. You don’t need any dance experience.

Many clients say you see changes in your body, gain strength, and tone those hard-to-target muscles in your core, arms, and legs. And the best part: Anyone, no matter their age, weight, or fitness level can hit the bar and get results. With claims like these, who wouldn't want to plié

 

What does Barre involve? A mat-based warm-up, a series of arm exercises, lower-body section to work your thighs and glutes and a series of core-focused moves at the bar or a short session on the mat.

 

As for gear, the moves are typically bodyweight only, but you can use light hand weights (usually one or two kilos) or resistance bands to level up your arm exercises. For lower-body work, a soft exercise ball is used to help engage leg muscles.

 

Barre is a really good workout because the one-inch increments are enough to fire up the muscle and make it more elastic, but not too big to tear the muscle.

You’ll target multiple muscle groups at once. It's a highly efficient workout since you're doing two to four movements - holding, pulsing, stretching for example all at a time with each move.

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These beautiful programs fuse Pilates, fitness training, yoga, Ballet and various dance forms together in a total Barre class. Using the Ballet Barre, resistance bands, small balls, weights, gliding discs and yoga blocks we integrate the fundamentals of Pilates, a strong core workout, functional joint protecting, low impact gym exercises and dance for a complete all round fun filled workout.

 

We will also teach you to avoid injury as our belief is in 'prehabilitation' i.e. prevention is better than cure!


New teaching trends come onto the market all the time and this timeless way of exercising will bring you desired changes of body, mind and spirit. Offering variety in our classes is the key. Each class is structured with its own unique combination of exercises, integrated with the latest trends in music, fun golden oldies and innovative workouts to challenge our participants and offer choices in what Barre workouts suite their individual needs and bodies.


We are committed to assisting and inspiring you along your new fitness journey through Barre. We love to evaluate your goals and discuss ways to implement them, encouraging you all the way to reach your personal goals and success.

@theBarre Amplify is our signature class. A strong challenging low impact, high intensity cardio and strength workout to fun popular music using balls, weights, stretch bands and gliding discs as an added extra! Most important is the fun element! The music is great! You will learn expert technique to avoid injury, gain stamina and focus on endurance. This timeless way of exercising will bring new vigour and energy, through imaginative workouts. This program will bring you definite body changes and desired results!

 

What are gliding discs?                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Gliding discs are designed to slide smoothly on carpet or hardwood floors and

allows you to do smooth, graceful movements that firm and tone your muscles, great for adding a new component to your upper and lower body exercises                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                    Benefits include:

- Cardio vascular endurance

- Strengthening and lengthening of muscles using full range of motion

- Concentric movement

- Eccentric movement

 

The gliders target:

- Lower body

- Glutes

- Hamstrings

- Quadriceps

- Inner thigh

- Outer thigh

- Upper body endurance using biceps, triceps, pectoralis major and minor

- Backs, Lats, scaps, traps!

@ The Barre lyrical is our signature class. It is done to romantic music and is a graceful, flowing, dynamic combination enhancing flexibility, improving balance, reinforcing the core to re-shape your body. But don't be fooled! When slower isometric movements are applied it intensifies the workout, targeting the fascia and increasing strength in all areas of the body! Using yoga blocks, stretch bands and small balls you will be surprised at the intensity of this workout. You will learn and experience how we integrate Pilates fundamentals, Yoga stretch techniques to encourage long lean limbs without bulk, Gym workouts with small weights that create bone strength and shape, Ballet and Dance techniques to gain stability, balance, endurance and tone. Offering variety in classes is a key to its success. This will change the shape of your body!

 

Benefits include:

- Breathing techniques to strengthen the intercostal muscles

- Strengthening and lengthening of muscles using full range of motion

- Concentric movement

- Eccentric movement

- Stretch and tone

The balls and bands target:

- Hip placement and strength

- Glutes

- Hamstrings

- Quadriceps

- Adductors

- Abductors and I.T. Bands

- Upper body stretch and strength using biceps, triceps, chest shoulder strength, injury prevention, healing and stability

- Backs and spinal lengthening, strengthening and blood flow

Monique is a qualified and licensed Barre Ballet instructor and Personal Trainer/Group Fitness instructor. She is a health and wellness advocate and most importantly a mother and a wife. She understands physiology and anatomy of the body together with safety, health and nutrition. She also has a dance background of Jazz ballet, gymnastics and various dance. 

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