At Wilder Pilates Studio you’ll find more than just Pilates, we also offer barre classes including the acclaimed bootybarre classes! Bootybarre is a fun and energetic workout that fuses elements from Dance, Pilates, and Yoga to tone, define and chisel your whole body. This discipline offers the perfect combination of strength and flexibility training with added cardiovascular elements.
What is barre?
barre workout class at Wilder Pilates Studio
The barre is literally a handrail placed at hip height used to help maintain balance during practice. This apparatus is commonly seen in dance and ballet studios. The barre is used to balance while performing isometric strength training exercises that combine techniques from dance, Pilates, and yoga. Using small range of motion with high rep counts activates the muscles just enough to make them more elastic but not so much to cause tears in the muscle. These exercises are a great way to maintain muscle strength and improve flexibility and endurance.
A brief background of barre exercise
After injuring her back, Lotte Berk, a German dancer living in London, came up with the idea to combine her dance conditioning routine with her rehabilitative therapy. She opened her first studio in 1959 in her London basement, where famous faces such as Joan Collins and Barbara Streisand regularly came to lift, tuck, and curl.
Lydia Bach, an American student of Berk’s, brought the workout back to the states in 1971, when she opened the first Lotte Berk Method studio in New York City. Over time instructors began branching off to create their own variations of the workout and eventually the original Lotte Berk Method studio closed it’s doors.
Now barre has transformed from a class geared toward dancers into a fitness phenomenon with studios available across the U.S. and the world. You don’t have to travel far to experience this amazing workout for yourself, just contact Wilder Pilates and come see if it is right for you.
Check out this short workout video, at about the 4:00 mark you’ll see a quick example of how the barre is used during a workout.