Healthy Living: Bar fitness
The latest craze in exercise is called Bar Fitness. You don't have to be a ballerina, and you don't need to know how to dance. Our Marcie Fraser has more.
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If you like music and need flexibility, it can be done in a fitness class called Bar Fitness, in which no shoes or dancing is required. Mary Valente does not desire to be a ballerina, but she does desire a better body.
"For someone my age, it is tough, the balance. I happen to have rheumatoid arthritis, so I have an extra battle there going on," explained Valente.
In the Bar Fitness class, getting into shape is not an option. The ballet bar is used for tightening and toning.
"I think what most women want is the long lean body, and that is what you can really accomplish here," said Jennifer Oberting, class participant.
Valente added, "Not that my weight has changed any, but it has come in and is tighter."
The intensity burns the fat, and a combination of exercises works the entire body. In addition to yoga moves and pilates, they use free weights and bands. The one-hour class is open to anyone. If you have limitations, you can simply modify the moves.
"There are always ways to modify, using lighter weight, not stretching as far, and really just listening to their body," explained Emily Clausi, EStudio owner.
After being gone on vacation for a few months, it wasn't long before Oberting was back at the bar.
"I came back and I could not stand on one foot, and within a week I could stand on one foot, lift my right leg to the sky and stay there for minutes at a time," noted Oberting. "It's amazing. Hands down, there is no better class to take but this one. I wouldn't go anywhere else."