The Barre Essentials Exercise and tone muscles with ballerina’s workout WRITTEN BY AMY JONES PHOTOS BY DAWN HARRISON The classes incorporate a variety of exercise equipment.
veryone already has a mental image of a ballerina’s body — lithe muscles, long legs and a slim silhouette. However, Shelly Smith, owner of Pure Barre in Riverchase, believes that every body, no matter the shape or size, can benefit from a ballerina’s workout. During Pure Barre workouts, participants use a barre — a stationary handrail — to exercise and tone every muscle group from head to toe, Smith says.
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“We incorporate small, isometric movements that stem from contracting the working muscle groups to lift, tone and burn the entire body,” she says. “The best part of class is that we take time after working each muscle group to stretch out the body. This allows you to create long, lean muscles. Think ballerina body.” Smith said no previous dancing experience is needed to excel at Pure Barre. “We have such a wide variety of clients with us at Pure Barre Riverchase that