June 27, 2023 5 min read
A Barre is a long, narrow piece of wood or metal that is used as a support in ballet and other dance forms. It is typically placed at waist height, and dancers use it to help them maintain their balance and alignment during exercises.
The history of the barre can be traced back to the early 20th century, when it was used as a support in ballet classes. Ballet dancers would use the barre to help them maintain their balance and alignment during exercises.
In the 1950s, Lotte Berk, a German dancer and choreographer, developed a new fitness method that incorporated elements of ballet, yoga, and physiotherapy. Berk called her method the Lotte Berk Method, and it quickly became popular in London.
The Lotte Berk Method used the barre as a support for a variety of exercises that focused on toning and strengthening the muscles in the arms, legs, core, and buttocks. The method was low-impact and gentle on the joints, making it a good option for people of all fitness levels.
In the 1970s, the Lotte Berk Method was brought to the United States by Lydia Bach. Bach opened a studio in New York City, and the method quickly became popular there as well.
Today, there are many different barre workout methods available, but they all have their roots in the Lotte Berk Method. Barre workouts are a great way to get a full-body workout without putting too much stress on your joints. They are also a good option for people who are new to exercise or who have limited mobility.
Barre training is a type of workout that combines elements of ballet, Pilates, and yoga. It uses the barre as a support to help participants perform a variety of exercises that focus on toning and strengthening the muscles in the arms, legs, core, and buttocks. Barre workouts are typically low-impact, but they can be challenging and effective.
Barre training is a great way to get a full-body workout without putting too much stress on your joints. It is also a good option for people who are new to exercise or who have limited mobility. If you are looking for a challenging and effective workout that will help you tone and strengthen your muscles,
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The standard height for a ballet barre is waist level for an average adult. This is approximately 42-44 inches from the floor. For children, the barre should be 32-34 inches from the floor.
If you are taller or shorter than average, you may need to adjust the height of the barre accordingly. You can do this by using a portable barre with adjustable height or by installing a wall-mounted barre that can be raised or lowered.
Here are some tips for determining the right height for your ballet barre:
It is important to find a height that is comfortable and allows you to maintain good form. If the barre is too high or too low, you may put unnecessary strain on your muscles and joints.
Integrated Barres: These barres are built into a mirror, which allows you to see your form as you exercise. They are a good option for people who want a more immersive workout experience. Our professional studio range of Freestand Barres are lightweight but extremely sturdy. They come supplied with adjustable feet to allow for uneven floors.
Constructed from aluminium and finished in smooth silver with an option of either beech or aluminium barre. Additional components can easily be added to make the Barre longer or to create right angles or shapes. Specialist brackets including ‘Under Window’ and ‘Floor Mounted’ are also available to order.
Custom designed brackets and non-stock colours can be manufactured to your specification. Please contact us with your requirements. Ballet barres are only supplied and installed in conjunction with our mirrors.
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Portable single Barre: These barres are freestanding and can be easily moved around. They are a good option for people who want to be able to work out in different places, the 6ft Merrithew stability Barre in grey is shown above, it is also available in white.
Portable double parallel Barre: These barres are two single barres that are connected together. They are a good option for people who want to do partner exercises or who want to have more space to move around. The 12 ft Merrithew Stability Barre in white is shown above, it is also available in grey.