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Key Tips For Nailing Your Barre Technique

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If you haven’t tried barre before, you might be mistaken in assuming it’s a dance class. But let me get one thing absolutely clear, Xtend Barre is not
just a workout for dancers. People with dancing backgrounds often love Xtend Barre (myself included) but it’s a workout that can be enjoyed and sustained
by anyone.

Every workout is certain to challenge you (in a good way) and get you engaging muscles in ways you’ve never felt before!

Go into your next class mindful of these key tips for your barre technique – so you can get the most out of each and every movement!

Draw your belly button in towards your spine

Every movement comes from our centre. Our core is important for stability, which our body relies on to hold a position steady. To activate your core
– and give you a strong base to move from – think about drawing up your pelvic floor muscles (like you’re stopping yourself from going to the bathroom)
and drawing your belly button in towards your spine.

Keep your knees over your toes

To have your knees positioned in the right place, try pulling your butt cheeks towards each other and activate your glutes to keep the knees supported.
Think of your knees as pointing out over your second toes when moving into a bend.

Bring your head to the ceiling

Imagine someone pushing their knuckles just between your shoulder blades, melt open your chest, put your head on top of your body instead of in front
of it, and then pull up tall. It might sound funny to put your head “on top of your body”, but we are all familiar with what it looks like to have
the shoulders slouched inwards and the head coming forwards. People who sit at a desk for hours each day are especially prone to this posture. Our
Xtend Barre movements can help to combat this – bringing your shoulders wide and extending your spine.

Bring your heels over your second toes

When lifting your heels, keep your heels in line with your second toes. Concentrate on pushing the heels up higher, while keeping your ankles straight.

Keep your elbows up when bringing your arms out to the side

Embrace your inner ballerina when holding your arms to the side. With your arm held to the side, try to rotate your elbow upwards rather than letting
it droop down and then feel breadth out to your palm. By keeping your elbows lifted, you’ll improve your balance and get a better workout overall by
working the arms from the back.

Remember to breathe

Lastly and most importantly, remember to BREATHE. Listen to your instructor, they are there to guide you through the motions. Aligning your breath
with your movements is essential for good barre technique – and just like everything in barre – practice and persistence makes perfect.

For your next barre class visit Xtend Barre located in The Dymocks Building, in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Contact: Xtend Barre

Address: Suite 6 Level 3, The Dymocks Building, 428 George Street Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 02 9161 0000

Email: sydney@xtendbarre.com

Website: www.xtendbarre.com.au/

Instagram: Xtendbarresydney