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Barre Wars: Fitness vs. Ballet?

barre-balletAfter work, a lot of folks are hitting the barre for a healthier happy hour!

Now that barre work has become all the rage, which barre is right for you?

As with any piece of equipment we sell, the first questions to ask, if you own a business are: “How can I best meet the needs of my market and how will I deploy this piece of equipment in the services my business offers?”

If you’re looking for a home studio solution, quite simply, “What am I, likely, going to want to do with it?”

To help you answer those questions, let’s explore the physical, material differences between a ballet barre and a fitness barre and how they’re typically used.

Our By GMR, ballet barre is made with hand sanded, unfinished ash wood giving it that timeless, blond wood, classical ballet barre look and feel. A ballet barre is, typically, used mainly for a light hand or ankle placement for balance, as the dancer develops the proper form and relies on their core strength in preparation for floor work and performance. Because less pressure is desired, the ballet barre in a dance studio is a bit more flexible and longer between the supports, allowing the dancer to gauge how much they’re relying on the barre, rather than their body, for support.

Our By GMR, fitness barre is made with hand sanded, unfinished ash wood, perfect for staining. A fitness barre will likely be used for classical ballet barre type work, but will also be used to incorporate other types of exercises and movements that borrow from beloved disciplines like yoga and pilates. In short, more is usually required from a fitness barre in terms of support, than is needed for a ballet barre used mainly to aid in balance.

Barre work for fitness often sees the athlete, dancer or rehab patient relating to the barre in a variety of ways; whereas the ballet dancer, generally stands next to or in front of it.

The fitness barre worker might work underneath it and use it to pull their body up. They may attach a theraband (a stretchy strip of rubber) to work different limbs. They may use it for support as they lean their body away from the barre. Imagination is the mother of invention with fitness barre work and more and more we see home hobbyists, physical therapists and fitness studio professionals innovating ways to benefit the body through barre work and accompanying accessories like balls and bands.

Because a fitness barre will incur a heavier load than a ballet barre, it is usually shorter and supports are added in shorter distances to each other to eliminate barre flexibility. Wall-mounted fitness barres supports are spaced 4 feet apart. Floor-mounted fitness barre supports are available spaced at 3, 4 and 5 feet. Checkout this video of our fitness barre in action:

The other main consideration when choosing your ballet or fitness barre examines the needs and constraints of the space in which you are going to use it.

Got mirrors you can’t anchor into? We can mount that barre into the floor for you!

Want to tailor your space to the needs of a class in real time, as they evolve? Just want something you can slide out of the way, after your home workout? We got you! Our freestanding barres are sturdy, light-weight and easy to move.

Do you need to be able to adjust the height or length of the barre, but still want it mounted to the wall? Want an adjustable barre that is floor mounted? By GMR offers both!

Do you need a double barre? Check out our freestanding and wall-mounted double barre options for the barre that’s right for you!

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