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When are you ready to commit to a fitness regimen? For those who are considering taking up the newest fitness trend, Pure Barre, the question may arise.
Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Students see results in just 10 classes.
Barre, a fitness phenomenon based on stretches and strength-training exercises performed at a ballet barre, has exploded in recent years. The workout is as challenging as it is effective at sculpting women’s bodies — its enthusiasts are known for being physical overachievers who are already fit but nevertheless driven to chisel themselves to perfection. (Source: www.thecut.com)
But barre classes rarely draw attention to the workout’s sexual undertones — or to the fact that its tucks and thrusts can, as many instructors will privately admit, bring very real improvements to women’s sex lives. Sex is altogether absent from the experience. “It’s kind of like this weird elephant in the room,” my friend M., a 20-something barre obsessive who lives in San Francisco, told me. “No one talks about it. But after you’ve done barre for like four days in a row, you’re not going to lie there like a dead fish during sex. You feel like a strong woman who’s like, rawwwr, you know?” Still, barre studios sell strength — or “long, lean muscles” and a “ballet body” — not stronger orgasms. (Source: www.thecut.com)
Berk, a German-Jewish dancer who fled the Nazis for London after they forbade her from performing, originally invented the workout that would become “barre” to recover from a back injury. Over time, she found that her special combination of ballet moves, yoga, and rehabilitative exercises helped her not only to heal and hold onto her dancer’s figure, but also to get more pleasure from sex. And sex was important to her. As her daughter, Esther Fairfax, told me in a phone interview: “Sex came into everything she did. You know, you felt sex from her.” (In her 2010 memoir My Improper Mother and Me, Fairfax writes about Berk’s passionate, tumultuous, decades-long open marriage to her father and her many lovers. “She had such a natural instinct to flirt, to play the coquette … How quick she was to bed them. How quick she was to throw them out. She was a natural predator with a killer streak.”) After refining her workout, Berk opened a small basement studio on Manchester Street and soon attracted a celebrity clientele, from legendary Irish writer Edna O’Brien to Bond girl Britt Ekland. (Source: www.thecut.com)
In New York, Bach carried on Lotte’s legacy of sexual frankness into the workout. In a 1972 New York Times article about the studio, Bach described the method as “a combination of modern ballet, yoga, orthopedic exercise and sex.” In her 1973 exercise book Awake! Aware! Alive! — Bach devotes the entire last chapter to sex. “All of the exercises in this book are important for sex,” she advises. The press was all over this angle. In a feature on Bach’s book, Cosmopolitan gushed in the headline, “Exercise Your Way to a Better Sex Life!” (Source: www.thecut.com)
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