My thighs shook and my glutes burned. I knew my feet would give way if I let myself relax a little. The wooden floor and the barre glistened with my perspiration. I lifted my heels higher and held the moist barre tighter. The somewhat distant voice told me to squat a little lower, and to feel the burn a little longer. “Just hold on for 8 more pulses and we’re done.” I kept thinking. But deep down I knew it was never going to be just 8 more.
I didn’t stop. Everyone else in the spacious studio hung on. A peculiar sense of unity manifested in the room as each second trickled by. The beat of the music accompanied our rhythmic movements, every single count and every single burn.
When it came to that last bow to signal the end of the ordeal, exhilaration took over. I was overcome with an emotion akin to that of winning: a giddy sense of euphoria and gratification after conquering a tumultuous challenge. Everyone joyously engaged in a mini celebratory exchange with their xtendbarre comrades, then scurried home, refreshed. I worked my ass off, increased my cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength, and not to mention, I believed I was a step closer to achieving a ballet dancer’s body – long, lean and toned.
For those who are not familiar with the workout, xtendbarre is a cool hybrid of Pilates, dance (ballet), aerobic and strength training. Each session usually incorporates the arm series, leg series as well as abs series. The workout is first offered in the newly minted Studio 360. The studio opened its doors early this July, making them the first xtendbarre-equipped studio in Jakarta. Since its opening, Studio 360 has garnered a loyal stream of members and newcomers, and has also increased the number of classes and hired more trained instructors to accommodate their members’ needs. Read more about Studio 360.
Now, are you up for an instantly gratifying workout?
Let’s go to the barre!
My favorite instructor, Bianca, shows us how to tone our arms using 1-kg dumbbells as a part of the arms series.
Start out in your plié position, girls!
The Arms Series: This movement works both our biceps and triceps!
The Legs Series: The instructors use fancy terms such as 2nd position relevé plié for this one. It basically means: open your legs wide, lift your heels, and bend down in a squat position.
Squeeze the ball and feel the burn on your quads, inner thighs, and the glutes!
Hanging in there…“8 more counts!”
At this point, Bianca was barking, “Pulse! Pulse! Pulse! Don’t put your leg down! Feel the burn! Keep your left leg bent!”
The Abs Series: Scoop the abs and lift your legs high!
Oh yeah, just a little more to go…
Form a c-curve spine and activate your core muscles to stay still at the position. Feel the abs burn!
Planking with 1 leg lifted. 2 x 8 counts and switch legs.
Those are just a few of the movements we’ve learned in xtendbarre. Pictures don’t do justice to the fun exercises. Give Studio 360 a try and experience the music! Experience the xtendbarre rush!
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