Hit the bar for a new workout routine? No, not that kind of bar , we’re talking about Barre (pronounced “bär”), the latest fitness trend spreading across the globe, with a celebrity following that includes; Madonna, Drew Barrymore and Natalie Portman to name a few!
This summer Melissa Scott Total Body Training (based at the beautiful Chenies Manor) added Barre to the timetable so Nicola and I headed along last week to test it out. We were a little apprehensive at first – ballerinas we are not ! Luckily though Barre requires no previous ballet experience and our teacher Hilal Leigh was lovely and very welcoming.
Barre Concept works to hone the body based on the disciplines of both Ballet and Pilates. This increasingly popular exercise regime is a combination of key components from Pilates, Yoga, Core Conditioning and of course, Ballet. Barre workouts utilize the ballet barre as a prop. The goal is to create long, lean muscles and a toned bod. We like the sound of that!
Classes are broken down into Warm Up, The Barre Workout, Floor Section (combining Pilates, Yoga and Abdominal work), followed by the Stretch.
Chiltern Chatter Verdict
I’m not going to lie to you, this was a hard workout on the legs. The workout however is suitable for all abilities as variations are offered throughout the class. A friend of mine has been attending a Barre class weekly for over a term and she said that she has noticed a difference in her core strength and posture. So I think to see changes you need to commit to once a week over a longer period of time to gain the full effectiveness of the workout. It’s clearly a popular class though as quite a few of the ladies are regular attendees, practising a few times a week. I can see us getting addicted!
Apart from really enjoying the class, I love the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Melissa Scott TBT. Sometimes it can be daunting going somewhere new and trying a new class, but Melissa Scott TBT is such a lovely place to be – I always come away feeling so happy and relaxed. If I could I would be there every day!
Will we go again? Hell yes, we’ve booked in for next week!
The cost: classes cost £12 for a drop in class. A block of 14 classes can be purchased prior to term starting, costing £140 (£10 a lesson).