Ballet for Blokes at Xtend Barre Northern Beaches
Move over yoga and pilates, owner of Xtend Barre Northern Beaches, Liz Nable, tells COVERED. the top three reasons more blokes are braving the barre and what the benefits are.
This is strength and conditioning training at a ballet barre.
“Forget twirling around the room like a ballerina, that is quite possibly the biggest misconception about what we do. This is a tough workout and unlike any that most of our clients, not just the men, have ever done.
“If you surf, ski, swim, run, cycle or play golf or footy, this is the perfect complement to your existing training,” says Liz. “Even if you do none of the above, it’s still an insane stand alone,
Xtend Barre is designed to help strengthen the muscles that support the joints. It focuses on areas like hip stability, core strength, upper body strength, balance, flexibility and co-ordination.
“The class format is cardio, sculpt, balance, repeat or, ‘Sweat, Shake
and Hold’, as the instructors like to call it! Combined, those three things are very difficult to execute all at once. The shaking in particular, really takes our new clients by surprise but it happens all the time.”
It’s as hard as youR toughest HIIT class, but in a totally different way.
Do not be fooled by the half-kilo weights, Xtend Barre is the opposite of traditional, old school weight training. We emphasise the importance of light weights, lots of reps, so that a half-kilo weight feels like a 100 kg sandbag in no time.
The classes are taught by highly trained instructors who focus on form, engaging the core muscles correctly and isolating those exact muscles you are aiming
at working in that specific exercise. They are worked to the point of fatigue, then it’s time to move to the next muscle group. Xtend Barre has had Olympic athletes actually put down the half kilo weights halfway through the set.
Core is at their Core
This is all we do all day - help train your core muscles to do their job, which is to support your spine and keep you standing upright until you’re 100 and beyond. Core training does two other really important things — it makes you look thinner, and it helps with anything that involves balance, for example: skiing, snowboarding, surfing, paddle boarding and running, to name just a few. Name a sport and you can almost guarantee a certain degree of core strength will be required.