BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Boca Raton residents looking for a powerful, effective workout are increasingly turning to Pilates of Boca on North Federal Highway.
According to American College of Sports Medicine’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2012, dance workouts are debuting in the Top 10 list for the first time ever. This may be due in part to the growing popularity of shows such as “Dancing with the Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance” and movies such as “Black Swan”, which have propelled these methods into the spotlight for their ability to create a long & lean physique, and slimmed down silhouettes.
Andrea Rogers, local Boca resident and founder of one of the most popular dance workouts, Xtend Barre, explains how incorporating dance into her Ballet-meets-Pilates-meets-Cardio routine, helps people to push past their plateau, and frequently transforms the bodies of even her most fit clients. “By using dance in a workout, you’re adding a cardio element that’s constantly changing—this helps you avoid overusing a single muscle group,” says Rogers. “We call this ‘Muscle Mixing’. The result? Serious sculpting and intense calorie burning in a way that’s not only effective, but fun!”
Rogers, who was a professional dancer & choreographer before offering her first Xtend Barre class in 2007 in Boca Raton, has turned her expanding method into an international success, with over 100 locations offering Xtend Barre classes, including London, Paris, Australia, Dubai, Brazil and more.
“As a dancer all my life, I loved traditional Pilates—but I still missed the cardio element,” says Rogers. “I began implementing some dance moves into sessions for my private Pilates clients, and it was an instant hit. As more people requested it, I carefully developed a curriculum, and just two weeks after launching, we had a waiting list for our classes. I knew I was on to something. What once started as a handful of local Boca clients has now turned into thousands of Xtend Barre devotees around the globe.”
Xtend Barre uses the traditional ballet barre, small hand weights and floor work to provide a full-body workout that can burn up to 500 calories per session. After attracting the likes of Hollywood hard bodies such as Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, Madonna, Kelly Ripa and more, barre workouts have become one of the most talked about fitness routines available.
In the area, Xtend Barre classes are currently offered and taught by Rogers at Pilates of Boca.