Behind the Barre

7 reasons not to let your phone spoil your workout…by Anna Kotwinski of Shine Offline
19/04/18 -

Constantly checking and fiddling with your phone can wreck your workout.  Have a look at our top tips on why you should consider taking a break from your emails and Instagram feed when exercising. GET INTO THE ZONE – You can’t get the most from your work out and get into the ‘zone’ if you […]

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How can ballet training enhance athletic ability in other sports..?
18/03/18 -

  Although ballet and diving appear at first to be very different, similarities do exist between the two activities. The same muscle groups are used, similar skills are required and even some of the same injuries are common. Practicing ballet as a form of cross-training could certainly improve a diver’s performance on the boards. The […]

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Nutrition at the barre – how to optimise your workout…
04/02/18 -

I’m Ruth Sharif, a nutritional therapist and an enthusiastic barreworks studio member! When it comes pre and post workout fuel, there are so many different sources of advice, it can difficult to know exactly what we should be doing to get the best results. So let’s have a look at some principles and practical suggestions […]

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Welcome to our blog, ‘Behind The Barre’…
29/09/17 -

Established in 2010, Barreworks was the first dedicated, independent studio to introduce barre and ballet-based exercise to the masses and continues to be the longest-standing barre and ballet studio in the UK. With 13 expert instructors from a wide range of backgrounds, we thought it was high time we opened our doors and took you […]

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Get ‘skin fit’, by Cherry Woods
12/11/17 -

I’m Cherry, an anti-ageing facialist, a self-confessed beauty junkie and  a “no boloney here”, straight talking kinda’ gal. When it comes to skin care products and ‘proper’ facial treatments what really gets me excited is coaxing our skins into ‘working harder’ for us. So, Vicki and I were out chatting over a juice (or a […]

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Why working out BEFORE work is the best-kept secret…by Lucy Potucek
18/10/17 -

I ALWAYS start my day with a workout and want to share with you the seven reasons why I think it’s important to kick-off your day with some exercise. The first rule: Get up before your rational brain is even in gear to discuss the issue… 1. Feeling satisfied – if I don’t do anything […]

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#RetreatLife…7 ways (in just 7 days) it made a noticeable difference…by Vicki Anstey
16/10/17 -

A week on a fitness retreat in idyllic Kefalonia…an incredible experience and chance to re-boot, for sure. But can seven short days really make a long-lasting, noticeable difference? As many of you know, I recently had the opportunity to take Barreworks out of Richmond and into a stunning spot in the middle of the sun-kissed […]

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Seven things I wish I’d known before my first barre class, written by Laura Denham Jones
26/09/17 -

You do not have to be a dancer If you are not, or never have been a ballet dancer and already you’re thinking ‘this can’t be for me’ think again. The beauty of our workouts is that they are for anyone. You do not need any previous dance or general exercise experience and all classes […]

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Think barre and ballet are ‘just for girls’..? Think again.
15/09/17 -

Five reasons why men, sportspeople (anyone!) should train with us… 1. Protect yourself from injury… Focus on controlling momentum. Athletes (and many amateur sports-people, by association) typically train with explosive movements, but neglect the eccentric muscle patterns that play the biggest role in protecting their bodies from injury. Think of it as ‘putting on the […]

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My day on a plate…by Zhivka Slavova
15/09/17 -

Ever wondered how a Barreworks Instructor stays fuelled throughout the day? Balancing the need to remain light on their feet whilst being satiated enough to keep going through a gruelling schedule of classes…? Here’s the low-down…are you taking notes? 6am My alarm goes off just after 6am. I like to get going as soon as […]

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