rinn Strange, owner of Gainesville’s Barre Forte, breaks down the barre workout and shows us how the barre is still a place to gather with friends for a fun time.
VJ: What are barre workouts, and what makes them so effective? BS: The creator of the barre workout was a dancer who, while recovering from an injury, decided to blend her ballet strengthening moves with physical therapy, as a result, the format requires no-impact on one’s joints and is appropriate for nearly all fitness levels. The barre classes offered at Barre Forte are a unique combination of ballet toning moves, Pilates core conditioning, and Yoga stretches. Our classes utilize small, isometric movements to overload muscles—building endurance and definition, followed by stretching the muscles to help them become long and lean. VJ: How would you describe a barre workout? BS: Barre workouts offer total body toning
set to high-energy music with motivating, welcoming instructors. At Barre Forte, our classes begin with a short warm up followed by upper body strengthening using light weights held away from the body with high repetitions. Then, relevés, or calf raises tone the backs of the legs while plies work the quads. We also focus on the inner thighs by repeatedly squeezing small Pilates balls and outer thighs using a Pilates band. Next, the hamstring and gluteus are targeted before moving on to additional core building exercises followed by more stretching. The goal is to isolate and overload muscle groups before stretching and elongating them. It is normal to experience some shaking in TheVillageJournal.com | 61
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