Behind the Barre

You want to try Pilates but are keen on fast-paced workouts with quick results? Then the Barre, or as we call it, P-Pulse at Moushu’s Pilates is the right choice for you.

What is Barre?

The main difference between Matwork Pilates and Barre is that the first is more floor work and the second is primarily a standing workout.

The exercises in any Barre class focus on small measured movements with the emphasis on form. It involves isometric strength training, i.e. holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles until you shake and feel the burn.

Laila Ali, a Balanced Body certified Barre instructor at Moushu’s Pilates conducts the P-Pulse classes. “Each class is different, and so are our clients. I make sure that I plan the class, keeping in mind the different clients and their requirements. Sometimes I incorporate a boxing warm-up for the arms. Since I have learnt Muaythai, I include some aspects of that as well. We perform variations of similar exercises to keep the class fun and dynamic for all. Of course, in all of this, we do not move away from the key principles of Pilates”

P-pulse delivers a full-body workout, but it’s great for strengthening your core and toning your glutes and legs. These exercises are low impact, weight-bearing exercises which improve bone density, speed and agility. The class is designed to work muscles more than we normally do. You will be using your arms, legs, glutes and core throughout the class. It takes only a few classes to see the difference in your body – and if you go to the barre classes regularly, you’re likely to see increased strength and a more toned physique.

Laila pushes her clients till their muscles are shaking and burning. “Most clients are stronger than they realise. As an instructor, I feel the need to keep pushing their limits in the controlled environment of the studio. And ultimately, the stronger you get, the more calories you burn round the clock!”

To add to Laila’s motivation, there is music to this dance-like workout. All the exercises are rhythmically set and choreographed to fun and peppy music tracks. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s hit the bar(re)!


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