08 July, 2011
Fluidity Fitness vs. Bar Method
Dancers have specific exercise routines that have become increasingly popular as fitness workouts because, in addition to improving muscle tone and strength, they also help with posture, balance and caloric burn. There are a number of ways to incorporate dance into fitness regimens. Fluidity Fitness and Bar Method are two of the most practiced. These workouts are both based on dance, but also offer certain key differences.
Fluidity Fitness is based on the Lotte Berk Method, which an exercise that combines strength, cardiovascular and flexibility methods. The main tool used is a portable Fluidity Bar, which is an exercise machine with a bar similar to the ones used by ballet dancers. You can do full-body workouts by following the instructional DVDs. Some gyms do offer classes but Fluidity Fitness is usually geared toward at-home use. Many of the exercises rely on your body’s own weight to provide resistance and the routines target the muscles in the legs, back, chest, shoulders and arms. You can expect to achieve a dancer’s body with Fluidity Fitness because its core movements are based on routines for professional dancers.
The Bar Method was founded by Burr Leonard and is also based on the Lotte Berk Method. It was launched in 2000 and involves active stretching, isometric exercises and cardio movements that burn calories and increase stamina. You can work out the different muscle groups found in the legs, abdominals, buttocks, arms and back with the workout DVDs or an actual instructor and expect to have a well-sculpted figure. If you want to burn calories and improve flexibility you can try the Bar Method.
How They Are Different
Fluidity Fitness is generally done only two times per week with each session lasting 30 minutes. The Bar Method, on the other hand, is done three to five times per week with each session lasting one hour. Fluidity Fitness uses the portable Fluidity Bar and instructional DVDs, while the Bar Method is more commonly done with a static bar fixed on a wall and lessons given in person by an instructor, even though they also offer DVDs for home use. Fluidity Fitness aims to help you increase strength and conditioning and is geared more towards dancers, while Bar Method aims to help with weight loss.
How They Are The Same
Both programs are intended to be done at home with the aid of their instructional DVDs. The exercises are meant to improve flexibility and stamina, although you can expect to burn calories in every workout. Both exercises help you develop upper-body strength and trim your figure so you can expect results in four to eight weeks on the program. Both approaches are based on the Lotte Berk Method, which is inspired by ballet-style exercises.
Other Things To Consider
Before enrolling in a class or purchasing the DVDs and equipment, check your budget. The Fluidity Bar program costs around $475 while the Bar Method costs $35 to $45 per class. Also determine how much time per week you can allocate to consistently work out. There are studios and gyms that offer either or both programs with actual instructors. Fluidity Fitness is more popularly intended for home use because of the Fluidity bar's portability, while the Bar Method, because it involves a bar fixed to a wall, which is uncommon at home, is usually done in city gyms.
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