We learned about the functional training of Barre back in January 2017 (and released a training with these exercises). Then this type of fitness was actively developing in America, in Russia they just started to learn about it. Now Barre is one of the most popular destinations in various fitness clubs and studios.
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It is believed that Barre was invented by ballet dancer Lotte Burke in 1959.
After a back injury, she got the idea to combine exercises from ballet with rehabilitation therapy. So it turned out a new system of classes, and Burke decided to open a studio in London. Her clients included actress Joan Collins and singer Barbra Streisand. Later, one of Lotte’s students, Lydia Bach, opened the Lotte Berk Method Studios in New York in 1971. So Barre learned in America.
This type of fitness gained great popularity there in the 2010s: more than a hundred studios offered this direction. This success is associated with the release in 2010 of the Darren Aronofsky film "The Black Swan", which shows the history of prima ballet theater.
In 2018, the international company Les Mills also opened and certified the direction of Barre. Now he teaches trainers and runs these group classes around the world. This program is most often found in Russian fitness studios.
There is still a body ballet, but it differs from Barre in that it requires ballet equipment. To do Barre, you do not need to install ballet machines and buy pointe shoes. All that is needed is just a couple of small dumbbells.
The training is divided into blocks: ballet pas, cardio and power complex using light dumbbells. All this is necessary to work out the muscles responsible for posture, the muscles of the hands, especially the triceps, buttocks and inner thigh.
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Anyone who does not have contraindications to fitness.
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The great advantage of the Les Mills Barre direction is that the company regularly updates training programs. Every three months, the company creates new combinations of movements, which does not allow participants to get tired of the same exercises.
The format remains the same, but interesting additions await athletes with each release.