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?”