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by Liz Bowen

Does the Bar Method Really Work?Are you tired of the same old, same old when it comes to working out? Interval weight training got you down? Perhaps you are in need of some new and creative tips to stretch and mix up your workouts. You may want to try the latest fit craze—the Bar Method.

Bar workouts are a dance class that combines ballet moves with core conditioning, yoga, Pilates, and weight training. Typically, they last for about an hour. Recently, the Bar Method, as well as other bar-based and ballet-based fitness programs have seen a surge in their popularity. But why have these workouts grown so much? They have been helping men and women of all ages and fitness levels drop pounds, sculpt their bodies without adding bulk, and gain more energy in a group class.

When you take a Bar Method class, usually it will include 10 minutes of upper body, 15 minutes of thigh exercises, 15 minutes of feet work, and 15 minutes of core exercises. When going into a class, you should have certain expectations of what to expect. What you should anticipate with the Bar Method is interval training, calorie burning, and muscle shaping.

Surely the one question you have is: will the Bar Method work for me? Well, take a look at the pros and cons of this type of workout. The biggest pro to these types of workouts are that you start to see noticeable results pretty quickly. You also won’t need any kind of special skills to take the classes. The exercises are low impact and usually the heaviest weight that is used is five pounds, so you won’t need crazy strength, either.

The biggest con, however is that the class can be costly and not every gym offers bar classes. The Bar Method does sell DVDs so you could do the classes on your own at home, if one isn’t offered near you.

If you aren’t sure if the Bar Method is right for you, try a class before you commit to it. If you enjoy it, have at it!

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