As Pilates continues to grow into mainstream fitness, Pilates fusion classes continue to develop and expand keeping Pilates at the forefront of mind/body fitness programming. From Piloxying to Pi Yo to Yogalates, Pilates Barre classes are the latest form of fusion classes to emerge and gain in popularity. Based off the warm ups used by professional dancers, this method incorporates dance with intense core, thigh and glute and sculpting techniques to intensify training and provide optimal results.
The barre method is not new to dance or Pilates, it was originally created by 1930’s world renowned ballerina Lotte Berk. Berk created the method as a rehabilitation exercise to help her strengthen her spine after an automobile accident. In 1959 Berk opened a studio in London and began to teach the method to dancers who had also suffered injuries similar to her injury. The success of her work helped her clients to decrease pain while strengthening their muscles. In 1970 Berk’s student Lydia Bach bought this method to the United States where it gained in popularity first in the dance world and now into Pilates classes.
Today Berk’s method is now used under the name the Bar Method founded by Burr Leonard another of Lotte Berk’s former students. According to The Bar Method website this workout “creates a uniquely lean, firm, sculpted body by combining the muscle-shaping principles of isometrics, the body-elongating practice of dance conditioning, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training into a powerful exercise format that quickly and safely reshapes and elongates muscles. “
Other Pilates Barre classes include Pure Barre created by Carrie Dorr and the Booty Barre Method created by Tracey Mallett. Each workout uses basic barre exercises infused with Pilates exercises and a personal touch from each of their creators to add a unique touch to the barre class experience.
Pure Barre Method, created by Carrie Dorr “Works from the core and strives for mindfulness like Pilates.” Tracey Mallets’ Booty Barre Method with its strong emphasis on lower body sculpting is true to its title and has participants coming back for more, more, more.
These are just three of the popular methods of Pilates Barre workouts available to help add more variety to your Pilates workout experience. For more details on these workouts, visit the websites listed below:
In the Chicagoland area, you can find Booty Barre Pilates classes taught at Core Pilates… 742 Sheridan Road… Suite 4… Highwood, IL…60040.