Class reunites pilates conditioning and elasticity of classic ballet
Pilates became the beloved class of academies and all thanks to the potential to tone the muscles and realign the posture. Now imagine this technique combined with the classic ballet? Well know that this already exists and has a name: XTend. The class is dynamic and ideal for those who have always wanted to learn ballet, but think age no longer favors. Created by dancer Andrea Rogers, the show is a success in the United States and has just arrived in Brazil, brought by Bio Ritmo Academia.
"The lesson is the first intense muscular and cardiovascular conditioning training that combines the principles of strength and safety of pilates with the benefits of dance, "believes the technical leader of Bio Ritmo, Saturno de Souza. But beyond pioneering, XTend offers much more to practitioners. "The exercises sculpted the body in a proportional way, that is, the whole musculature is stimulated differently, but with the same intensity," says the professor.
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And it's not just this, in addition to the intense cardiovascular work, Saturn de Souza says that this combination of typical ballet poses combined with traditional repetitions and performances of pilates make the class extremely dynamic and also pulled.
How does it work?
The XTend is made with the support of several accessories that make up the two sports modalities. Ball, elastic and anchors are used for the gymnastics part and the ballet bar is also present. Some basic ballet steps are incorporated as well. The soundtrack of the class is due to more agitated songs, similar to those used in aerobics class.
Unusual mix is also a great alternative to exterminate extra pounds. The technical leader of Bio Ritmo confirms that, per class, there is the expense of 350 calories. To get an idea, calorie expenditure is equivalent to half an hour of Body Combat and an hour of water aerobics.
XTend classes last for one hour and classes are composed of 20 to 30 people. "To ensure good effect, the recommendation is for classes to be done two to three times a week," says Saturno de Souza.
But who does not know anything about ballet and never did pilates in their lives? "No problem, XTEND is a democratic class, that is, everyone can practice. The only restriction is for pregnant women who need to see a doctor before doing physical activity with a high overload."
Men and women can participate, although Saturn affirms that the female public is the one that most seeks the modality. However, regardless of the target audience, the class can be a good tip for those who suffer from spinal problems, since it proposes a work of corporal and postural reeducation.
Nowadays, it is commonplace to write or say that regular physical exercise brings health benefits. We note that the aspects most addressed by newspapers and magazines concern the health of the heart and the aesthetic and functional benefits. But, fortunately, the advantages are broader. From ancient times, physical exercise began to be recognized as an intervention that would bring advantages to its practitioners.
People already know the benefits that constant physical activity can bring, such as increasing their expectations and quality of life, helping to prevent heart disease such as heart attack and stroke, as well as other problems such as obesity, develop greater muscle strength, increase energy, help reduce stress and also a good way to reduce appetite and burn calories.
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