What is Barre Fusion?
Pronounced ‘Bar’… yes, like the ones that shut at 11:30pm only in Bangalore 🙂
Using classical ballet exercises, this fusion class is based on the theory of Callanetics, that the surface muscles of the body are supported by deeper muscles, exercising these muscle and their cross fibers with small but precise movements as opposed to working on the superficial muscles.
It is a combination of the Barre Method, Callanetics and Yoga.
Barre Fusion relies heavily proper body alignment and mechanics to create lean strong muscles that support the spine and limbs without creating bulk. It involves high repetitions that are anaerobic in nature, making it safe for all ages and abilities.
Benefits: Functional strength, flexibility, improved posture and muscle tone.
Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Some classes incorporate light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.
The Callanetics exercise program was created by Callan Pinckney in the early 1980’s. It is a system of exercise involving frequent repetition of small muscular movements and squeezes, designed to improve muscle tone. The program was developed from classical ballet exercises.
The theory of callanetics is that the surface muscles of the body are supported by deeper muscles, but popular exercise programs often exercise only the surface muscles. According to callanetics, deeper muscles are best exercised using small but precise movements. Exercising the deeper muscles also leads to improved posture.
Barre Fusion Benefits
The major benefits of barre are improved posture, muscle definition, gradual weight loss, increased flexibility and reduced stress. Plus, people at just about any fitness level can sign up for a class.
People see results quickly with Barre, it’s a one-stop shop that includes all the essentials of a well-rounded exercise program.
How is a Barre Fusion class structured?
The instructor will take you through a dynamic and invigorating workout. You’ll start with a warm up and sequence of upper-body exercises, which include free weights, push-ups, planks and other moves to target the biceps, triceps, chest, and back muscles. Next, you’ll use the ballet barre and your own body weight for resistance to focus on the thigh and seat muscles. Your core will be engaged the entire class and then targeted at the end. For the cool down, you’ll go through a series of stretches to increase flexibility and allow your muscles to recover. The class is 60 minutes in duration.
Barre Fusion Wear
Wear regular fitting exercise clothing that has some Lycra or spandex as you will be stretching your legs and arms.
Avoid loose fitting salwar-kameez, formal trousers or anything that is fussy and will get in the way of bending, squatting, stretching the legs etc. This class is done barefoot so shoes/socks are not needed.