5 Hot Workouts to Try
5. Bar Method. Dancers have some of the most elegant, enviable bodies there are, and for good reason. Dancing requires extreme strength and extreme flexibility, but if you haven’t been to dance class since you were in pigtails, The Bar Method is the next best thing. Based on the principals of ballet, and using the ballet bar, the Bar Method was created by a dance teacher and physical therapist to combat complaints from dancers of pain in the knees, back and shoulders. The Bar Method uses primarily isometric poses that are safer for joints.
What to expect: The Bar Method is a slow, methodical, isolated workout that will produce impressive definition. You will also notice an improvement in posture, flexibility and muscle control.
What you’ll need: Very light hand weights and a ballet bar, but a sturdy chair works just as well.
Where to find it: There are currently 39 locations that offer classes across the U.S., with 20 more slated to open within the year. If you want to practice at home, the Bar Method offers a variety of DVDs for in-home use.
Keep an eye out for these hot workouts to become the talk of the gym water fountain. Be one of the first to jump on the bandwagon and give them a try! Which of these new workouts looks the most fun to you? —Kelly Turner