Thursday, November 11, 2010

A different kind of workout

I'll always be devoted to swimming as my workout of choice, but over the years I've tried my hand at different forms of exercise, including spinning and biking, to mix things up. I'm now intrigued by studio's (located at 14th St & Rhode Island Ave NW) new fitness class called "barre."

Barre is based on the Lotte Berk method, which concentrates on targeting specific areas for strength and flexibility training. The "core" is the focus of everything in this workout.

Local blog, Borderstan, caught up with's owner, Linda Bachrak, who offered more detail on how the barre classes work.
Class starts with a 10-minute warm-up focusing on the upper body. The center warm-up involves some light weight training, as well as push-ups, planks and pilates. The warm-up is followed by exercises at the barre targeting the quads. Each exercise isolates the muscle, working it to the point of exhaustion. Glutes and hamstrings are also worked at the barre, and then the class moves to the center for an intense ab workout.
This sounds like a great combination of yoga, pilates and dance. I want to give it a try. If you already have, let me know what you thought of it!

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