Put your ballet moves to the test at Xtend Barre during a lengthening, strengthening workout class that blends pliés and pilates.

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Have you ever been to a barre class and been disappointed by the lack of actual ballet moves? Admittedly, we’ve been there too, so when we tried out an Xtend Barre class we were pleasantly surprised by tons of pliés.

Located in the trendy neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, the Xtend Barre studio is equal parts clean and chic in design. The class seamlessly blends ballet, dance and Pilates for a workout that elongates the body while toning hard to reach muscles like the lower abs and inner thighs.

It’s the combination of classic ballet moves and modern Pilates techniques that make this class such an effective way to tone the entire body. Some movements test your balance, making the abs engage and stabilize the body, while others isolate areas with enough intensity to make you shake.

Xtend Barre is a sweat-inducing workout suitable for all ages. Just when you think you can’t continue, relief comes in the form of an effortless transition into the next exercise, making the hour-long session fly by. If a toned, taut figure is what you seek, then look no further than this transformative class.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

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