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Lifestyle: Keep Fit With Barrecore

The other week, I headed to Selfridges department store in Manchester to do something other than shop. I left the purse, the nice clothes and the beady eyes behind,  and popped on my gym kit for a session of barrecore. So most of you will probably be wondering what barrecore is,  right? It isn’t actually something you regularly do at Selfridges, I was there for a one-off press meeting where a professional from barrecore was introducing me to the fitness regime, giving me a taste of this new work out trend and what it’s all about..

In a nutshell, barrecore is intelligent exercise, integrating the fat-burning format of interval training with static stretches making sure that each major muscle is worked. It avoids creating any boredom like going to the gym and concentrating on one certain work out or asparagus; instead it focuses on quick, intense work outs which exhaust all muscle groups. Phew – pass me the water…

I was told that each 60-minute workout targets the major muscle groups and improves both posture and alignment no matter what your fitness level. The result is effective, efficient and safe reshaping of the entire body, creating the highly coveted barre body. When I had my half an hour taster session, I wasn’t in a real barrecore studio, which I meant I didn’t get the full benefit of the actual class, but I have been invited to come along to the Alderley Edge studio in Cheshire and experience a real one hour session. From what I saw in my half an hour slot, I definitely can’t wait to book in and give it a go! During my 30 minutes, I carried out a mixture of exercises followed by stretches which worked every part of my body: the core, arms, legs and bum. Because it’s carried out in intervals, I never got too tired of one work out, and I made sure I fulfilled each exercise to my full potential. The lady who gave me the barrecore session handed me a few treats from Sweaty Betty afterwards to get me in real work out mode, including this uber cool quirky hair ties that look like mini slinkies!

sweaty betty
From my experience of barrecore at Selfridges, I could see it’s a fun and practical work out for the ladies out there who wish to have the elegance of incorporating a barre into a work out (don’t tell me it doesn’t remind you of Ballerina’s…), who wish to elongate their muscles, reduce body fat, tone up, gain strength and overall increase well-being and energy. My only wish is that I loved closer to Alderley Edge, as if so I would join up immediately as it seems such an efficient yet fun way of keeping fit and improving the body.

After my session, I was treated to a lovely makeover at the Lancome make-up counter in Selfirdges, where a smokey eye look was carried out on me. It was the perfect pick me up after what had been a very intense half an hour!

Have you ever heard of barrecore? Perhaps its a workout class you may be suited to? Find out more here. A huge thank you to the team who arranged my session and my lovely post work-out makeover…

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  1. Heather Nixon
    July 7, 2015 / 8:13 am

    I’ve never heard of barrecore, I don’t think I would personally go to a class but it sounds like a great workout x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

    • July 8, 2015 / 10:01 am

      I just wish they had one in Manch city centre!

  2. July 8, 2015 / 7:28 am

    This sounds like a great workout. I’d definitely love to give it a go. I’ve been thinking about going back to ballet for fitness but I think this would be more suited as I haven’t danced for years!

    • July 8, 2015 / 10:00 am

      If I go to the full class, i’ll let you know how I find it!

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