What is the Elements Barre Method
The Elements Barre Method is a fitness program designed by Andrea Fornarola, owner and operator of Elements Fitness and Dance, LLC. This method is a fusion of isometric exercises and interval training coupled with the principles of Ballet conditioning, Yoga, and Pilates. This method is a revolutionary conditioning system that reshapes and reforms the body. The class is choreographed with a series of exercises linked together strategically to follow ballet barre conditioning and “The Principle of Overload”.
“Definition: The principle of overload states that a greater than normal stress or load on the body is required for training adaptation to take place. The body will adapt to this stimulus. Once the body has adapted then a different stimulus is required to continue the change. In order for a muscle (including the heart) to increase strength, it must be gradually stressed by working against a load greater than it is used to. To increase endurance, muscles must work for a longer period of time than they are used to. If this stress is removed or decreased there will be a decrease in that particular component of fitness. A normal amount of exercise will maintain the current fitness level.”
The Elements Ballet Barre class is a 60 minute group fitness class that consists of exercises executed at the ballet barre, in the center of the room, and on the ground. These exercises use hand weights, the playground ball, stretching band, yoga blocks, and mats.
The choreography is based on the phrasing of the music, very similar to a ballet class. The class is structured to work each major muscle group for a specific length of time.
Class Structure and Formula
Class Formula: A 60 minute total body conditioning class that combines weight training, ballet conditioning, isometrics, pilates, and yoga.
The Elements Barre Method as part of a Fitness and Dance Repertoire
The Elements Ballet Barre Method is a fitness conditioning system that reshapes and reforms the body. One class provides a total body workout by combining ballet barre conditioning, pilates, weight training, yoga and isometrics. Elements Barre Method teachers are a warm, friendly group of dedicated professionals who work with all levels of fitness and experience, from top athletes to beginners just looking for a new approach to getting fit and toned.
Benefits of the Elements Ballet Barre Method
- Tightens Glutes, Thighs and Legs
- Sculpts and Defines Abs and Strengthens Core Muscles
- Tones the Arms, Shoulders and Back
- Provides a Workout Community that is Relaxed, Non-judgmental and Empowering