2017 was a year of firsts for the Jungle Babes. We broke out of our comfort zone and tried a lot of new activities that was a first for many of us:
- Ice Skating
- SkyTrex Big Thrill and Extreme Challenge
- Rock Climbing – yes, not my first time ever, but first time back in after 10 years.
We also tried a few new workouts, including this one called “Bootybarre”. If you’re wondering why it’s called “bootybarre”, it’s because it works your butt and you use a bar while you work out.
What is Bootybarre?
It’s a type of workout that combines Pilates, Yoga and Dance. The dance style is not unlike ballet – hence the use of a bar. It was founded by a fitness and wellness expert, Tracey Mallet, whom you can read more about here.
What’s the Calorie Burn?
Unfortunately, my Garmin Fenix 3 HR doesn’t offer a function for these sort of workouts so I can’t offer any insights into this. I was going to hazard an average calorie expenditure based on my daily totals except that I have been doing double workouts on all the days I’ve had Bootybarre so that’s thrown those numbers. Yes, we’ve been working hard for Spartan.
According to Livestrong, it’s somewhere between 200 to 300 calories depending on how much you weigh and the type of movements your instructor chooses. So if you’re looking for a Calorie Torcher, this is probably not the workout for you.
What’s Involved in the Workout?
The following description from Livestrong is pretty much what happens in an average Bootybarre class:
“…each lesson includes ballet-inspired exercises like plies along with core-toning staples and Pilates movements, like planks and leg lifts. You’ll often start each class using light weights to perform arm-toning exercise, then move into isometric exercises that involve 1-inch movements — for example, leg lifts — to tone your midsection and lower body. Each class ends with a brief cool-down, when you’ll perform stretches to increase your flexibility.”
If it doesn’t sound like much, I can assure you that it is a killer workout on the muscles – especially on the legs. By the time class was over, I couldn’t walk without trembling.
For those of you who fancied being a ballerina growing up, you can almost imagine you’re in a ballet class practicing plies. Is it a fun class? Well, I think any workout can be fun if you’re there with your mates.
What Bootybarre Does for You
I can’t say what these classes have done for me since I haven’t been to enough of them to comment, but it does feel good and it certainly shakes up my workout rhythm. You know how they say that you should vary your workouts so your body doesn’t get used to them? Well, adding Bootybarre into my mix certainly does that.
According to Livestrong, Bootybarre will help you get stronger, improve your body alignment and boost your flexibility. Sounds good to me.
I think it is worth noting, however, that Bootybarre is hard on the knees. This is probably something to consider if you’re an older lady with occasional knee troubles. My left knee has been playing up lately and I found that I couldn’t go as low with the squats.
Zenith Pilates are now offering Bootybarre classes at:
- RM45 for drop-in
- RM400 for 10 classes
- RM700 for 20 classes