2016 may just be the year where barefoot fitness classes such as pilates and barre steal the health and wellness scene. Get exclusive information regarding barre classes in our article today.

What is barre exactly? We hear you ask. They are fitness classes which use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The classic ballet 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.

The major benefits of barre include improved posture, increased flexibility, and reduced stress. The low impact movements make the classes suitable for people of all fitness levels and ages. For someone who is used to Crossfit or HIIT style workouts, they may think that barre classes won’t work their bodies enough, but that is absolutely not the case. The small isometric movements of your muscles help isolate specific muscles and fatigue them in a way which your body is not used to. Over time, this increases endurance and strengthens your tendons and ligaments, therefore reducing your risk of injury.

Barre classes are going to be the next big hit, and we can definitely see why. People see results quickly with barre; it’s a one-stop shop that includes all the essentials of a well-rounded exercise program, plus it’s perfect for anyone who is short on time. Now that is a workout routine we all need! Currently barre classes are available in Maadi at Let’s Raise the Bar.