Hi Martina –
Over the last couple of years I’ve participated in a few types of barre classes (The Bar Method, Core Fusion, Physique 57 and some other variations). I enjoyed the ballet inspired exercises targeting buttocks, hips, thighs and abs while emphasizing good form/alignment and using low weights/high reps. Although it’s a total body workout, an unexpected but welcomed result was a noticeable slimming effect on my hips/thighs after taking just a few classes spread over a couple of weeks. In most instances the instructors I had were well trained and offered useful cues and corrections. The classes I took were not cardio but I sweated enough for a great training effect and my posture was definitely taller afterwards. I certainly recommend taking a barre class from any of the methods mentioned above for an interesting and challenging change of pace.
Your body will thank you. 🙂
They remind me of the original Jane Fonda style workouts!
The trainers do not need a accredited certification to be able to teach these classes.
I’m sure there are some very good instructors and classes but like everything else, do your homework!
In my opinion, there is not just ONE method that does it all, I believe in cross training and always mixing it up!
I have not taken a Barre Class that includes Cardiovascular work.