You learned about the difference between Pilates and Yoga. You've tried out all kinds of workout between sweaty crossfit and relaxing ariel yoga. Now you're looking for a workout that just has it all. Well Xtend Barre might just be the thing you need. Why? We'll let Fang from Flex Studio tell you. Read on!
What exactly is Xtend Barre?
Andrea Rogers, the creator and founder of Xtend Barre, it is Pilates and dance amplified. It brings in elements of dance, ballet and Pilates to create an adrenaline-fueled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body. Each class features an elegant yet energetic combination of movements that enhance flexibility, improve balance, and challenge the core. We take pride in our clients’ sweat and guide them to jaw dropping results by doing everything we can to keep their bodies on point in the studio and beyond.
How does that compare to other activities like Pilates or TRX?
They are all different. Our studio offer all these classes so we usually recommend our clients to try them depends on each individuals need. Xtend Barre is a faster pace full body workout with more cardio. You workout with the music, perhaps challenging your coordination more than Pilates or TRX as well. Pilates is slower in a way that you have more time to bring awareness to the body and do the exercises more precise and correctly, but not necessary easier. TRX you play with the suspended cable which challenge the core and upper body in a different way. Each exercise method have its own challenge and benefits in its own way.
There’s also Xtend Barre stick classes – what’s the difference?
Xtend Barre Stick repertoire utilizes the PilatesStick apparatus and spring based resistance attached to the Xtend ballet barre. The workout, like Xtend Barre, is comprised of a cardio warm-up, an upper-body segment, lower-body segment, and abdominal focus. The workout draws upon the Xtend Barre fundamentals, chiseling every angle of the body in an intense cardio sculpting workout, but with the spring based resistance, the Xtend Barre stick class adds the challenge of Pilates stability, cardio conditioning, and core training.
In Xtend Barre that use different small props like ball, yoga straps, resistant band and light weights. More choreography are offered than the barre sticks, however similar in the class structure.
Does Xtend Barre have better effects on your body compared to just running regularly?
Yes, you do get the cardiovascular aspect of workout as running, however, much more to it is that we target a full body workout. Upper body, lower body, core, not only bigger muscle groups, we work on the smaller stabilising muscles as well and challenge your coordination and balance.
What kind of music plays during Xtend Barre classes?
We use different remixes base on 128-132 beats per minute. The instructors usually update the playlist to keep it fun to dance to.
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Questions by Karen Chiang