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Breaking Down the Barre Craze: Which Ballet-Inspired Workout is On Pointe for You?

Ballet dancers have flexible bodies conditioned from hours of training. Their specialized workouts create long and lean frames — think Natalie Portman in Black Swan. Their shapely legs, abs, thighs and buttocks come through hybrid weight training, Pilates and cardio workouts with some straight-up ballet pole (barre) stretching.

Their moves are spreading like wildfire, and barre-style workouts are popping up throughout the world with a variety of applications. From sweat-inducing cardio sessions that are hardly a dainty ballet class, to classes that stay true to their ballerina roots, there is a barre workout for you!

If you don’t want to dance in Swan Lake, but do want to get a more toned ballet-ready body, read on as we break down the different methods and tell you which celebrities are on pointe for this craze.

It doesn’t matter which class you choose — you are gonna WORK! 

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BEYONDBARRE

Feel the burn and see the results in your core, arms and legs, and the glutes.

You’ll need a ballet barre, a handrail (or a counter top), and a super cool GlideBoard.

Inspired by ballet, ice skating, and intense cardio classes.

Differs from others because of an intense approach that incorporates cardio for fat burning and endurance.

Attend a class at one of a dozen studios in the U.S.

 

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BARRE3

Described as ”ballet meets yoga and Pilates”

Utilizes a 3-step method where poses are held for longer periods with focus on small muscle movements. Session ends with a cardio blast.

Celebrity fans include Madonna, who may be striking a pose beside you at your next Barre3 class.

Required accessories include a yoga mat, small “prop” ball, ballet barre or sturdy chair.

Classes popping up in over 30 US cities, Canada and even the Philippines with more coming soon. DVDs: Seven different workouts sold on the Barre3.com website.


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5 Dance Fitness Classes to Get You Swimsuit Ready

If you are looking for fun and different ways to get your body swimsuit ready as well as meet a great community of new friends , we’ve found some great options. We have our top five picks of the best dance classes that will have you moving to the groove and slimming down with friends in no time!

1. Zumba

Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beat. It is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive and fun.

Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has rapidy become the world’s largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries.

It’s also easy to feel part of a community when you continuously attend the classes, not to mention fun and exhilarating!

2. Turbo Kick

Turbo Kick classes, created by Chalene Johnson, is a fat-blasting, ab cardio workout that can have you burning up to 1,000 calories an hour! The class is a mix of kickboxing and simple dance moves set to fast paced dance music that is guaranteed to have you feeling the results. It’s a great way to feel energized and empowered and you’ll never leave a class feeling bored.
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Tracey Mallett Says Healthy is the New Skinny for 2012

You never know what you’re going to get when you come face to face (or at least Skype to Skype) with one of the A-listers of the fitness world. They can be divas, they can be aloof, and they can even come across like one of your best friends. This is what I found in my interview with Tracey Mallett, founder of the Booty Barre that has spawned a fitness craze. It’s in relaying her job title to our viewers that set us off on the giggles. I introduced her as the founder of Booty Barre, she responded that she is often called The Booty Queen.

Spoiler Alert: We say “booty” in this interview a lot. And we laugh about it. A lot.


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