The BarreBody Edge™ has at its roots the methodologies derived from the Lotte Burke Method, Burr Leonardʼs Bar Method, Pure Barre, Barre3, and Barre Physique. Lotte Burke is considered the founder of the the original bar system workout and all the other systems are offspring from this original. Burr Leonardʼs The Bar Method™ is the only bar method that is a direct descendant of the Lotte Burk method as Burr was a former student of Lotte Burkʼs and with Lotteʼs blessing, created a more universal bar system that could be used by anyone and not just injured dancers. She worked with physiologists to define and refine Lotte Burkeʼs methods.

The BarreBody Edge™ is the most recent bar method and it differs from the bar methods currently being taught insofar as it utilizes up to 3 of the various yogic breathing techniques in each class to maximize the benefits of not only shaping, sculpting, and elongating the muscles, but also to maximize the respiratory capacity. Attention to the breath during the class will increase the abilities of concentration and awareness of what your muscles are doing each step of the way. The BarreBody Edge™ has a more “Zen” approach and also focuses on the complementary stretching to the muscle toning work. The S BarreBody Edge™ primarily uses the body working with itself to do this work--- much as dancers and yogis--and most of us would like to achieve those physical results!

Because the low impact technique protects your joints as it does not involve any high impact movements such as bouncing or jumping, and because all movements are coordinated with breathwork, the BarreBody Edge™ is viewed as a mindful approach to body/mind reshaping. After each strength segment of the workout there is a stretching segment. This is done in order to create long, lean muscle without bulk. The workout launches a targeted blitz on the areas of the body almost all women struggle with such as stomach areas, hips, rear, arms. Not to mention the stress that we encounter on a daily basis. The class requires such focus physically and mentally that what ends up happening is that you block out the stresses of daily life for the hour allowing you to obtain the mental and emotional benefits typically achieved in only yoga or meditation. The BarreBody Edge™ is one of the best ways to metamorphose, not only your body but also your mind in just one hour. Multitasking at its best!

Also different than other methods, the BarreBody Edge™ incorporates a 5 minute quiet, non-guided “svansana” at the end of each class. This is to lower the cortisol levels (cortisol is the “stress” hormone produced when we are under tension and it is the hormone responsible for keeping that belly fat on around the abdomen). Therefore, lowering the cortisol levels=lowering the stress level= increased ability to get rid of that belly fat. Svasana after a good physical workout not only lowers cortisol levels, but allows the muscles a chance to incorporate into muscle memory the work that they have just been doing. So while the physical workout is very effective (and of course the reason most people take the BarreBody Edge™), the svansana is equally important at the end of class so that the body and mind have a chance to fully incorporate what has just been accomplished and achieved and also has had a chance to relax before heading back out into the world.

To sum it up, the BarreBody Edge™ workout creates a dancer-like lean, firm, toned body by combining the muscle-shaping principles of isometrics, the body- elongating practice of dance conditioning and stretching, the intense pace of cardio and interval training, and the meditation and relaxation aspects of yoga into an exercise format that reshapes and elongates the thigh muscles, lifts the rear, and flattens the abdomen as well as calming the mind. To gain the most benefit and change, it is recommended to take between 3-5 classes a week. Most students see results in just 10 classes which can be in as little time as 2-3 weeks.

Results you may expect from the BarreBody Edge™

If taking the recommended number of classes during the recommended time frame