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Barre Fusion

What is Barre Fusion?

Pronounced ‘Bar’… yes, like the ones that shut at 11:30pm only in Bangalore ūüôā

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.

Barre Method

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.

Callanetics

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.

Not only for women!

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.

 

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Pilates one-on-one

 

Pilates one-on-one

A Pilates one on one session is suited for people who are looking to enjoy a class is that is tailored to suit your needs and objectives. These sessions allow for greater progression and development and are a must for anyone requiring that individual attention. They are also suitable if you have special needs such as arthritis, back pain, pregnancy etc. and need to execute modified versions of exercises.
A private session is appointment based so it allow you the flexibility of working out at your convenience.

How is a Pilates one-on-one session different from a group class and who should opt for them?

A private Pilates session is more intense and focused as the instructor will be guiding you through exercises that are tailor made for your needs while still working at a pace that is comfortable for you.

A one on one Pilates session is a beneficial for people who are:

  • Training for a particular fitness goal, sport – the instructor can tailor the classes to target specific areas where strength, stability and mobility can be improved.
  • Recovering from an injury that has greatly reduced their strength or range of motion where within a group class setting the exercises may not be suitable for them.
  • Already doing group classes but would like to benefit from the individual attention every now and then so they can focus on areas of improvement and use that to make their group sessions more meaningful. Doing three group classes a week and adding a private session every fortnight or month is not uncommon.
  • Already familiar with Pilates and are returning after a break and may need a refresher before diving in to an intermediate class.

Benefits of Pilates

Some of the benefits of Pilates are:

  • longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • improves postural problems
  • increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
  • helps prevent injury
  • enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
  • balances strength & flexibility
  • heightens body awareness
  • no-impact, easy on the joints
  • can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
  • complements other methods of exercise
  • improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating etc.)
  • improves balance, coordination & circulation

 

What to expect in your first Pilates class

Your first Pilates class is more a pre-Pilates class. The idea is to introduce you to basic principles of Pilates that you will use throughout your Pilates classes. It is important that basic concepts in Pilates are well understood before we move on to exercises so that the class is more meaningful and you are able to gain maximum benefit from the class.
The basic principles we cover in the first class are related to:

  • Breathing
  • Pelvic Placement and learning to connect with your deep abdominal muscles
  • Rib-cage placement
  • Shoulder stability
  • Head and neck placement

 

What is a typical Pilates class like?

The Pilates class is a 45 min session that begins with simple breathing exercises that help us learn how to breathe into our ‚Äėsides‚Äô (the back and the rib cage).

  • First few warm up exercises are mobilization for your joints ‚Äď like knees, back, neck and shoulders- they are mostly done lying supine (on your back)
  • We move on to simple abdominal work where you will learn how to engage the correct muscles as you go through the movement
  • We slowly progress to prone (lying on the tummy) ¬†and seated exercises
  • Finally exercises where you are on your hands and knees that require you to stabilize and work through movement with a smaller base of support.

Throughout the class the instructor will encourage you to breathe into your rib-cage and connect with your deep abdominal muscles. The number of repetitions of each exercise are typically 6-12.The focus is on form and executing each movement correctly.

 

Pilates are for men too!

Do I have to be super flexible and strong to do Pilates?

There seems to be a general feeling that Pilates is only for those who are already fit and strong! The truth couldn‚Äôt be further‚Ķ over the years I have taught people who have never exercised in their life and were attempting it for the first time in their mid 30‚Äôs and 40‚Äôs to people who have always been fit and are looking for new ways to challenge themselves. The thing about Pilates that I love the most is that it can be modified and exercises made challenging or easy based on need. At Transform Pilates the environment is relaxed and personal and everyone is learning and working on their respective areas of fitness which are different and unique. Can‚Äôt get something right after attempting it for the fifth time? no problem we just call it ‚Äúwork in progress‚ÄĚ and keep at it!

 

If I’ve never done Pilates before is there a beginners class?

For those who have never done Pilates before or who may have taken a long break from Pilates and would like to ease back into it we recommend the Pilates Discovery Classes. Pilates Discovery is a basic course designed for people new to Pilates.

Fundamental principles of Pilates are taught and the focus of every session is to use the principles while executing each exercise and to gain better core stability. Each session will progress with additional exercises that will challenge stability and coordination of movements.

Basic props such as flex bands and mini stability balls will be introduced to help with muscle connections or to simplify an exercise.

 

What happens once I complete the Pilates Discovery classes?

Once you complete your Pilates Discovery classes you will be ready to take on more challenging exercises and move to intermediate level classes. These classes are held through the week and are also 45 minute sessions.

sculpt & tone

Core Connect, Sculpt & Tone, Fitness Circle Fun, Ball Pilates: These are ongoing classes for clients who are ready for more challenging workouts and have understood and can demonstrate the basic Pilates principles through every exercise. These exercises challenge the core muscles, stability and endurance. Additional props such as fitness circles and toning balls are introduced to progress exercises.

Foam Roller Challenge, Pilates & Barre: These are classes are for the experienced Pilates clients who want to continue to practice Pilates and continuously improve their strength, flexibility and endurance. These exercises are typically more complex in their choreography. The pace of the class is more challenging and exercises move from one to the next seamlessly with props like the foam roller, bosu and large stability balls.

 

If you are recovering from an injury or have back pain or knee pain

If you have any health concerns you should definitely discuss it with the instructor before the class.
Pilates is a low impact gentle workout that does not have any jarring motions. For this reason it is safe for most existing health conditions like knee injuries, back pain, neck pain or lifestyle ailments like diabetes, thyroid conditions, PCOD etc.

Pilates is a great way to strengthen you back, knees and other joints. It irons out any muscle imbalances that typically lead to overuse of certain muscles over others causing pain.

If your condition does not allow you to do execute certain movements or leaves you with a limited range of motion then exercises can be modified to suit you.

However, you must first get your doctors approval before starting any fitness program.

 

What do I wear to a Pilates class?

Pilates and men

  • DO¬†wear regular exercise clothing like track pants/capris/shorts and t-shirts
  • DO wear socks ‚Äď carry a pair with you. Sport shoes not required.
  • DO NOT¬†wear overly loose clothing like salwar-kameez
  • Stick to fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and have some element of stretch (lycra/spandex etc.) this will allow you to move your body without any hindrance.

 

Please refer to the FAQs to know more about Pilates and how you can benefit from it.

 

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Pilates Group Matwork

Pilates-Mat

Pilates group matwork classes are suitable for those who are looking for a fun group fitness activity. It combines the energy of the group class and yet gives you the personal attention you need as class sizes are small (a maximum of 8 people). These classes are best suited for those who are looking to improve fitness levels and have no special needs (serious injuries, pregnancy etc.)

Benefits of Pilates

Some of the benefits of Pilates are:

  • longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • improves postural problems
  • increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
  • helps prevent injury
  • enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
  • balances strength & flexibility
  • heightens body awareness
  • no-impact, easy on the joints
  • can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
  • complements other methods of exercise
  • improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating etc.)
  • improves balance, coordination & circulation

What to expect in your first Pilates class

Your first Pilates class is more a pre-Pilates class. The idea is to introduce you to basic principles of Pilates that you will use throughout your Pilates classes. It is important that basic concepts in Pilates are well understood before we move on to exercises so that the class is more meaningful and you are able to gain maximum benefit from the class.
The basic principles we cover in the first class are related to:

  • Breathing
  • Pelvic Placement and learning to connect with your deep abdominal muscles
  • Rib-cage placement
  • Shoulder stability
  • Head and neck placement

What is a typical Pilates class like?

The Pilates class is a 45 min session that begins with simple breathing exercises that help us learn how to breathe into our ‘sides’ (the back and the rib cage).

  • First few warm up exercises are mobilization for your joints – like knees, back, neck and shoulders- they are mostly done lying supine (on your back)
  • We move on to simple abdominal work where you will learn how to engage the correct muscles as you go through the movement
  • We slowly progress to prone (lying on the tummy) ¬†and seated exercises
  • Finally exercises where you are on your hands and knees that require you to stabilize and work through movement with a smaller base of support.

Throughout the class the instructor will encourage you to breathe into your rib-cage and connect with your deep abdominal muscles. The number of repetitions of each exercise are typically 6-12. The focus is on form and executing each movement correctly.

 

Pilates are for men too!

Do I have to be super flexible and strong to do Pilates?

There seems to be a general feeling that Pilates is only for those who are already fit and strong! The truth couldn’t be further… over the years I have taught people who have never exercised in their life and were attempting it for the first time in their mid 30’s and 40’s to people who have always been fit and are looking for new ways to challenge themselves. The thing about Pilates that I love the most is that it can be modified and exercises made challenging or easy based on need. At Transform Pilates the environment is relaxed and personal and everyone is learning and working on their respective areas of fitness which are different and unique. Can’t get something right after attempting it for the fifth time? no problem we just call it “work in progress” and keep at it!

 

If I’ve never done Pilates before is there a beginners class?

For those who have never done Pilates before or who may have taken a long break from Pilates and would like to ease back into it we recommend the Pilates Discovery Classes. Pilates Discovery is a basic course designed for people new to Pilates.

Fundamental principles of Pilates are taught and the focus of every session is to use the principles while executing each exercise and to gain better core stability. Each session will progress with additional exercises that will challenge stability and coordination of movements.

Basic props such as flex bands and mini stability balls will be introduced to help with muscle connections or to simplify an exercise.

 

What happens once I complete the Pilates Discovery classes?

Once you complete your Pilates Discovery classes you will be ready to take on more challenging exercises and move to intermediate level classes. These classes are held through the week and are also 45 minute sessions.

sculpt & tone

Core Connect, Sculpt & Tone, Fitness Circle Fun, Ball Pilates: These are ongoing classes for clients who are ready for more challenging workouts and have understood and can demonstrate the basic Pilates principles through every exercise. These exercises challenge the core muscles, stability and endurance. Additional props such as fitness circles and toning balls are introduced to progress exercises.

Foam Roller Challenge, Pilates & Barre: These are classes are for the experienced Pilates clients who want to continue to practice Pilates and continuously improve their strength, flexibility and endurance. These exercises are typically more complex in their choreography. The pace of the class is more challenging and exercises move from one to the next seamlessly with props like the foam roller, bosu and large stability balls.

 

If you are recovering from an injury or have back pain or knee pain

If you have any health concerns you should definitely discuss it with the instructor before the class.
Pilates is a low impact gentle workout that does not have any jarring motions. For this reason it is safe for most existing health conditions like knee injuries, back pain, neck pain or lifestyle ailments like diabetes, thyroid conditions, PCOD etc.

Pilates is a great way to strengthen you back, knees and other joints. It irons out any muscle imbalances that typically lead to overuse of certain muscles over others causing pain.

If your condition does not allow you to do execute certain movements or leaves you with a limited range of motion then exercises can be modified to suit you.

However, you must first get your doctors approval before starting any fitness program.

 

What do I wear to a Pilates class?

Pilates and men

  • DO¬†wear regular exercise clothing like track pants/capris/shorts and t-shirts
  • DO wear socks – carry a pair with you. Sport shoes not required.
  • DO NOT¬†wear overly loose clothing like salwar-kameez
  • Stick to fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and have some element of stretch (lycra/spandex etc.) this will allow you to move your body without any hindrance.

If you have more unanswered questions please refer to the FAQs to know more about Pilates and how you can benefit from it.

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