Coveting the lean, lithe and strong physique of dancer? Want to increase your flexibility and endurance in a complete body workout? Try Xtend Barre, a 55-minute immersive workout that combines elements of dance training and Pilates with targeted muscle exercises and extensions that promises you an amazingly sculptured, toned and energised body.
I've been taking a few classes at the Sense of Space Contemporary Pilates Studio in Subiaco and it never fails to impress me just how intense the workout is considering some of the exercises involve such tiny movements. I put it down to the relentless cheerfulness of Xtend Barre instructor Catriona Drysdale as she encourages you to flow from one movement to another with barely a rest and it's that
Xtend Barre has been credited with helping Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis achieve chiselled ballet bodies for their roles in Black Swan, and while it has been an on-trend workout with celebrities for a few years, it's also suitable for all levels, with exercises able to be modified for beginners,
prenatal conditions and those who have injuries. Workouts can also be amplified to challenge and advance on your existing training.
The Sense of Space studio is easily accessible by public transport, with a convenient central location close to Perth. There is free 1 – 2 hour on-street parking close by and you sign in upstairs before entering the large, light and airy movement space.
Carpet on the floor necessitates socks for grip (you can also purchase Xtend Barre specific ones on site), and a class usually accommodates about 20 people. Though largely female dominant, I have seen men in a class occasionally, so don't be put off by the "ballet" tag, you might be mildly surprised as to what you can gain from the postural, endurance and strength techniques.
Without doubt, Xtend Barre is, and gives, a hard core.