Gwyneth_Paltrow_2THE latest exercise spreading the globe is Barre Concept; a mixture between ballet, pilates and cardio…

Already popular with celebs, including Madonna, Kelly Osbourne and Gwyneth Paltrow, this new fitness trend will be hitting a studio near you.

This increasingly popular exercise regime incorporates the precision of Pilates with the positions, moves, grace and technique of ballet.

Add to this the alignment of yoga and the strength from sports conditioning and you will have all of the aspects of a typical Barre workout. The combined elements of the different methods fuse to form a challenging and exciting workout, which stretches and sculpts the muscles, whilst burning fat. Balance, strength, stamina, power, flexibility and motor control all improve.

This workout produces dramatic results that sculpt and redefine the entire body, without even being a dancer.

And if you live in Perthshire, Scotland, you can get win a free course at Bälans Pilates Studio, Scone, Perthshire, Scotland, – if you enter our competition. See form below.

8Pilates instructor and Bälans owner Joakim Valsinger, based in Perth said: “Barre stretches and sculpts the muscles, while burning fat. It also improves balance, strength, stamina, and flexibility.”

The low impact, total body workout lifts the butt, tones the thighs, flattens the abs and sculpts the arms, while protecting the joints. Small isometric contractions are performed and integrated with an interval training approach that burns fat and improves cardiovascular fitness.

Posture, flexibility, stamina and core strength improve. The result is a body that is realigned, rebalanced and works harmoniously and efficiently. Stretches are performed after each strength section of the class to ensure the muscles are re-lengthened to create a body that is strong without the added bulk of other BarreConcept workout regimes.

When? Launch party Friday 26th of April 7pm, then Mondays 7.15pm; Wednesdays 9.30am; Thursdays 7.15pm Fridays 9.30am

Where? Bälans Pilates Studio & Treatment Rooms; 114 Nugent Drive, Perth Airport, Scone; 01738 550 396.


What is it? Canfitpro Barre 1

The origins of barre workouts have their roots in the Lotte Berk Method, a jewish ballet dancer who fled to London in the 30’s when she was banned from dancing on stage by the Nazis. Lotte became injured and used her dance training to help with her rehabilitation and hence the Lotte Berk Method was born.

Emma Newham – Creator of BarreConcept in the UK Founder of Pilates Union UK, Emma Newham, 41, has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years, teaching mind body holistic exercise.

The company specialises in Pilates teacher training and her BarreConcept instructor certification course is the first in the UK to be externally verified and accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals. Her BarreConcept Workout training manual – a world first, has seen orders flood in from America. These are exciting times for Emma as her first BarreConcept DVD hits the shelves next month.



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