It’s safe the say the jazzercise of the 2000’s is the barre class. Barre classes are a combo of ballet, yoga and pilates and work your arms, butt, thighs, and abs and engages the core in every exercise. Imagine lunges on relevé (tip toe) and exercises called the “pretzel”. It’s motivating and exhausting but afterward you feel amazing.
There are a lot of different versions depending on where you live – Physique 57, Fluidity, Purre Barre, Bar Method, and more! I started with Fluidity and Physique 57, both while living in NYC. After I moved I purchased the bar (shown below) and a variety of videos so I could workout at home.
There are bars available from many of the studios. I personally love the fluidity one and my sister-in-law-to-be has the ballet bar from Physique!
I now own all of the Bar Method and Physique 57 videos and take a Physique class every time I visit old friends in the city.
I absolutely love this work-out and am now participating in the Physique 57 Bridal Challenge at home. If you’re in NYC it’s a great deal – take 4 classes a week for 4 weeks and receive 15% off the total package. Since I no longer live in the city I am doing a combination of all the videos at home (either a full length or 2 express), 4 times a week for 4 weeks. I started week 2 today and am loving it! I encourage anyone who loves these workouts to try the challenge, bride or not!
I can’t vouch for the book yet but it’s en route from Amazon and supposedly has great recipes and playlists!