TRENDSPOTTER: BARRE X IS SCULPTING LEANER, STRONGER BODIES

Barre is making a major come back in 2014—with a more sophisticated take on sculpting leaner, stronger and sexier silhouettes. 

What happens when two creative minds collide? Genius designs. Take, for example, Jen Rehm and Nadia Walker-Arnold, owners of the body barre in Colorado. The two long-time friends melded together their mega talents in art, sport and fitness, and the result is (we think) absolutely inspired: Barre X.

Barre X is not your average barely-break-a-sweat dance-inspired studio session. No, it’s much, much more than that. Barre X is an arduous body-blasting mash up of signature barre movements (of course!), high-intensity intervals, muscle-carving strength moves, and isometric holds performed on a TRX suspension system that’s guaranteed to exhaust every last fiber in your body. Hang tough in this workout, and you’ll rock a more solid core and stronger, leaner muscles all over in no time. But wait—your 60 minutes isn’t up yet. You’ll follow up the heart- and muscle-pumping portion of this barre session with a few deep, soothing stretches to take your muscles into long and limber mode, so you’ll leave the studio high on life and altogether exhilarated.

We asked the ladies at the body barre to give us the lowdown on some of Barre X’s powerful body-blasting moves. Here’s a peek at just a few of the ones responsible for perking up many of Colorado’s derrieres. (Sorry, ladies—but you’ll have to hit their studio if you want more of this incredible workout!)

PLANK

Barre X workout. Woman in plank position.Works: Core, arms

The Move: Hold body in plank position.

Modification: Place one foot on the floor.

Progression: Cross one leg over the other.

ARABESQUE

Barre X workout. Woman in arabesque position.Works: Glutes, hamstrings

The Move: Lift and lower leg up and down an inch (small pulses) while keeping heel of standing leg off the ground, hips squared, back straight and head forward.

Modification: Perform the exercise at the barre or holding onto a stable fixture.

Progression: Raise the heel of the standing leg.

ATTITUDE DEVANT 

Barre X workout. Woman in attitude devant position.Works: Adductors

The Move: Lift and lower leg up and down an inch (small pulses) while keeping heel of standing leg off the ground.

Modification: Perform the exercise at the barre or holding onto a stable fixture.

Progression: Raise the heel of the standing leg.

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