Trendy ballet style workouts barely have any effect on fitness levels, says former member of the New York City Ballet
Thanks to the promise of long lean muscles, ballet style workouts have become essential for those looking for a dancer’s physique. However, the effectiveness of these classes is up for debate.
According to Brynn Jinnett, owner of the Refine Method studio in New York’s Upper East Side and a pro dancer herself, taking the occasional ballet class will have no effect on fitness or weight loss for the average person.
Speaking to Page Six magazine, Jinnett criticised sedate barre workouts, saying, ‘We have women who come and say they’d rather do barre classes because they can walk out and their hair hasn’t been messed up’.
The thinking behind Jinnett’s own studio workout is that the toning exercises that keep already-trained dancers in top condition will not work to change the physique or fitness level of a typical gym-goer by themselves.
Popular ballet-style exercise regimes focus on using the body’s own weight as resistance in order to stretch and tone muscle, rather than traditional cardio and weight training.
However Harvard educated Jinnett, who also appeared in the hit film Black Swan, took a different approach and went to Mike Boyle of the Boston Red Sox for advice on pulling non-dancer bodies into shape.
The result led to the addition of kettleballs and weight lifting in her classes. Jinnett says ‘For me to recognise that as a woman you could lift weights and perform sort of more masculine exercises – and that that was the key to looking leaner and better overall – was a surprise for me.’
Marie Claire Newsletter
Celebrity news, beauty, fashion advice, and fascinating features, delivered straight to your inbox!
The leading destination for fashion, beauty, shopping and finger-on-the-pulse views on the latest issues. Marie Claire's travel content helps you delight in discovering new destinations around the globe, offering a unique – and sometimes unchartered – travel experience. From new hotel openings to the destinations tipped to take over our travel calendars, this iconic name has it covered.
Chia water is all over TikTok claiming to boost gut health and satiety - but after trying for a week, it's not for me
The results were.... interesting
By Sofia Piza
People are using face tape to minimise wrinkles, but does it work? After asking a plastic surgeon, I tried it for myself
Turns out, TikTok might've duped us on this one
By Tori Crowther
This weekly Olaplex mask is my answer to frazzled winter hair - the before and after pictures have to be seen to be believed
And it just takes 10 minutes
By Tori Crowther