A few weeks back the girls from Vie activewear invited me along to their Xtend Barre session. Always one for a) making friends and b) fitness, I went along with a smile on my face and an eagerness to get involved. Being a gym lover, I had no idea what doing 'Barre' actually involved, and part of me went in with an expectation it would be reminiscent of my ballet lessons when I was 6 years old.
Warm up was (and always is) a nice, delicate part of any fitness routine. After few friendly hello's and a warm welcome from the bubbly instructor Ash and we were straight into it. Using body weight as resistance, our bodies were challenged as we were encouraged to do many, many reps. Knowing this is the way to tone and sculpt my limbs into lean, longer versions of themselves, I happily obliged. For any other novice, it was an experience similar to pilates, but standing next to a barre, with a side of ballet thrown in for a little interest.
As we progressed, we added some light weights to further push our bodies (read: create definition) and really started to feel the work. Maintaining posture and correct form, I learnt, is the key to achieving maximum results. Opposed to training at the gym which is more focused on making you sweat like you're a raver at Future Music Festival; Barre is about gentle, controlled movements which require precision and stability. The result is greater balance, flexibility, core strength and and improved posture.
Thank you so much for the team at Vie and Xtend Barre for having me along - looking forward to the next lengthening session! Xtend Barre has a range of studios in Sydney - and many of them stock the amazing Vie Activewear range too!
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