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The Bar Method Super Sculpting II Workout

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  • Burr Leonard, a former journalist, has been practicing and improving on the exercises that now make up The Bar Method exercise system since 1991. Burr had been an avid Lotte Berk Method student since 1981 and had been teaching since 1991 when she was The Lotte Berk Method's sole licensee. In 1991 Burr and Carl Diehl, a lawyer, opened their first exercise studio in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2000 they founded The Bar Method, Inc. and the next year opened their flagship studio in San Francisco.

    The Bar Method’s version of the squat uses the bar to help you keep your torso vertical rather than having it lean diagonally forward. This difference acts to make your quads more elastic, increase the range of motion in your hips, and give your legs a streamlined look. If you experience knee discomfort in any of The Bar Method exercises, be sure to notify your instructor. There are a variety of ways to modify the exercises and ensure the effectiveness of the workout for you.

  • In The Bar Method Exercise DVD, Bar Method founder Burr Leonard demonstrates various high-calorie-burning, body-sculpting exercises. Check out these sample clips below!

    JB writes: “I have recently heard of the Barre Method or bar method of exercise, referred to being similar to a ballet workout. Is this form of exercise related in any way to New Age? Is it OK to do?”

  • Burr Leonard, a former journalist, has been practicing and improving on the exercises that now make up The Bar Method exercise system since 1991.

    In 1991 Burr and Carl Diehl, a lawyer, opened their first exercise studio in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2000 they founded The Bar Method, Inc. and the next year opened their flagship studio in San Francisco. Since then they have built and franchised many Bar Method studios around the country.

    The Bar Method Berkeley opened in May 2013.

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The Bar Method exercise program guides practitioners through periods of strenuous exercise interspersed with periods of relaxation and deep stretches for the legs and back. This challenges your body both anaerobically (by building muscle mass and strength) and aerobically (by working out the cardiovascular and respiratory systems) at the same time, to increase your body's ability to burn calories and significantly raise your metabolism. Interval training programs like the Bar Method can help you push your body to new levels of fitness by constantly forcing you to perform at your highest level. Practicing the Bar Method three to five times weekly can permanently raise your metabolism to help you keep the weight off. FitDay can help you keep track of your weight loss progress.