Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Xtend Barre

Bar classes are all the rage from Bar Method, Dailey Method, Barre Bee Fit, etc. Everyone from Drew Barrymore to Madonna with Barre3 are taking Bar style classes.

I've taken these Bar Style classes at few different locations now. With my background in Pilates and Yoga I find some of the cuing and exercises in most of these Bar style classes to overuse certain muscle groups and place the body is some poor postural patterns of movement.  Also many of these schools of Bar lack the proper training to instructors and teach a choreography that is repetitive with very little anatomical knowledge.

Xtend Barre is not one of these. "The Xtend workout combines the amazing results of dance with the principles of strength and safety in Pilates." In order to take the training course to teach Xtend you must already hold a Pilates Certification and the classes can only be held in a licensed studio or workout facility.

Out of the many styles of Bar classes I found this style to be the most thorough class. The class moved through all parts of the body from light arm weights, plies, Pilates style ab work, thigh work, and stretching. The cuing was precise and form driven. It was a small class (only 6 people at the location I took class) versus the 20-30 people that are usually in a Bar class. This Bar style also seemed to have a little more of the dance class feel to it instead of the aerobic class feel.

I found Xtend Barre at Harmony Mind Body Fitness in Lincoln Park neighborhood. Definitely the best Bar style class I have found yet. Try it for yourself and Xtend your Bar horizons.

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