About DiscoBarre™

 

Disco Barre combines all these techniques with core work, strength training, isometric holds and small but intense and sexy, choreographed moves, bridging the gap between dance and fitness and helping you achieve a sculpted, lean but strong body  - fast.  

All set to a personal soundtrack of underground disco and house favourites from fitness and boogie connoisseur, Sophie Ritchie - Classes take place in unique spaces and are done by the light of a Disco Ball. Close your eyes and you could be in Studio 54 or the Paradise Garage.  

Work that body, feel the burn and get down to the music.  No dance experience necessary.  

WARNING:  ADDICTIVE. 

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DISCOBARRE™ Benefits

There are so many benefits to trying a Disco Barre class, but here are the main ones.  

Makes you stronger >

The isometric contractions that make up the bulk of a barre class occur when the muscle tenses without changing length. What’s wonderful about the one-inch movements is that you can hold a posture and benefit from continuously engaging the muscle, but you also get a mini-recovery with each pulse, so you can stay in the hold longer.

Impoves posture >

As a Level 3 Pilates teacher, I am constantly analysing your alignment throughout the class and making corrections. After even one class, clients report they stand taller and are far more aware of any postural issues and are able correct themselves. Over time, it becomes second nature.

Targets multiple muscle groups >

It's a highly efficient workout since you're doing two to four movements holding, pulsing, stretching at a time in each move. Working all these areas at once also helps raise the heart rate.

Improves mind body concentration >

The smaller movements in a barre class can bring a new level of awareness to the body that you don't get in regular strength workouts. Barre can improve muscular activation for frequently underused muscles by strengthening the neuromuscular (mind-body) connection.

Improves flexibility >

Stretches are a major part of the session done at the end of each interval, so the muscles are elongated, bulk is reduced and therefore balance and alignment are achieved.

Protects joints >

The phrase "works muscles I never knew existed" is often heard after a class. That's because we also focus on the small muscles that surround the joints, thus supporting them and preventing injury. It's also low impact, so no pressure is put on them.

Increases bone health >

Your muscles get stronger and the constant tension and resistance placed on them has an effect on bones that makes them stronger, which is key to warding off osteoporosis with age.

Core strength >

The beauty of working at the barre is that you engage your core the entire time so even if you are working the arms or thighs, you are always engaging, and therefore strengthening, the core as well. A strong core can increase your performance in all other activities in your life and Time Out London believe Disco Barre has the toughest ab section around.

It's fun >

You won't hear any cheese at Disco Barre, but an eclectic mix of disco, house and boogie and the surprise hit. So this helps when faced with challenging exercises. Each class is different, so you'll never get bored.

ABOUT SOPHIE

 

Sophie is a Level 3 Pilates teacher and Personal Trainer with a strong dance background and completed the Barreworks  training programme with Vicki Anstey in Richmond in July 2013.  Vicki trained in the Lotte Berk method and New York City Ballet work out, both of which Sophie has practised since her teens.

Disco Barre combines all these techniques with core work, strength training, isometric holds and small but intense and sexy, choreographed moves, bridging the gap between dance and fitness and helping you achieve a sculpted, lean but strong body  - fast.