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How ballet-inspired workouts became popular

posted on Monday, 24th October 2016 | find under Fitness
1 million views later, Sweaty Betty’s most popular workout ever is making a comeback. Ballet Bootcamp has been toning and honing physiques to such an extent that we've taken it to the next level. Wondering how perfecting your plie became so popular? We’ve taken a look.

how ballet became popular
Filk wears the Mukha Cami and Power Leggings and Victoria wears the Shanti Bra and Chandrasana Leggings 

It all started with the Oscar winning film Black Swan. As Natalie Portman stunned as a professional ballerina, her svelte dancer’s physique had everyone talking. Her secret? Mary Helen Bowers, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet. As Natalie’s trainer on the film, the Ballet Beautiful founder was pushed into the limelight after the film’s release, with her New York studio becoming the-place-to-be-seen getting fit.

Originally popular in the 1960s, dancer Lotte Berk’s conditioning classes in her London basement were frequented by Joan Collins and Barbara Streisand. It is only in the last few years that ballet-based workouts have morphed from a secret for those in-the-know to the mainstream. Since two former Lotte Berk teachers left to join Exhale Spa in 2003, it began to become difficult not to find a studio filled with a band of grippy sock wearing devotees.

It’s safe to say that this trend is far away from your childhood ballet classes, though the combination of small isometric movements, pulses and stretching has gained a serious following, with everything from traditional ballet to fusion workouts gaining popularity. SleekTechnique (the brains behind Ballet Bootcamp enCORE) was created by former professional dancers Flik Swan and Victoria Marr to provide a ballet-based workout through online. Combining dance techniques with fitness training for a highly effective, attainable series of conditioning workouts, ballet-based workouts are no longer just in your local studio, they've moved to the comfort of your living room. 

Want to try it for yourself? Obviously we recommend trying Ballet Bootcamp enCORE at home, but here are a few of Tamara’s favourite barre studios.

London: Barrecore

New York: Pure Barre, Exhale Spa and Chaise Fitness

LA: Xtend Barre and Physique 57

Find out more about Ballet Bootcamp Encore here and try a free in-store class at your local shop every week until 8 November or try the home workout video.
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