Raising The Bar
“Great shaking!” might seem like unusual encouragement from a fitness instructor. But devotees of the Bar Method exercise centers embrace their post-workout muscle shakes—technically called endurance tetany—like a badge of honor.
East Bay denizens can now try the Bar Method. The San Francisco–based business recently opened its first Walnut Creek location. Hour-long classes alternate strengthening with stretching, weights, and ballet barre exercises to enhance muscle strength and form, reduce body fat, and encourage upright posture.
Exercises rely primarily on the body’s own weight and small, controlled movements with an emphasis on hips, buttocks, shoulders, and abs. Instructors describe the Bar Method’s machine-free exercises as “more intense” than Pilates and say that a regimen of three to five workouts per week will create a more cut, defined physique.
Men are as challenged as their female classmates, particularly when it comes to flexibility. Should they stick with the method, however, they’ll no longer have a belly with which to belly up to the barre.
The Bar Method Walnut Creek is located at 1946-A Mt. Diablo Blvd., (925) 933-1946, www.barmethod.com.