This hard core class will have you doing more than graceful pliés.
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by Eden Univer, Teen Vogue
Barre pro Kate Albarelli leads a Figure 4 class at Pure YogaIf you think you'd like to try a barre fitness class, be ready for a workout that will push your muscles to their limit. "Barre classes include components of pilates, yoga, and ballet," explains Kate Albarelli, the creator of the Figure 4 barre class at Pure Yoga. "The moves are considered ballet-based but only because they're derived from the Lotte Berk Method. Lotte was a ballet dancer, so she used some of her dance moves when creating the workout, but what we see as today's barre classes have gone through so many tweaks over the years."
One of the most important things to know is that the free weights you see in many bootcamp-style classes are only a tiny part of the overall workout. "It's all weight-bearing work, which means we use all our own body weight to achieve long, lean muscles," says Albarelli. "We utilize small, medium, and large ranges of motion, targeting all the different