More men are stepping up to the barre

Kimberly Adams
July 28, 2018 - 3:22 pm
Instead of hitting the weight room, these men are hitting the barre.

Kim Adams | KYW Newsradio


CHERRY HILL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A popular exercise routine has seen an increase in participants at one Cherry Hill gym — mostly by men.

But instead of hitting the weight room, these men are hitting the barre. 

"It's very hard, different coordination ... it's [a] completely different level," said Dmitry Dombrovsky of the challenges of the class.

The core-building class is taught at the Cherry Hill Racquet Club utilizing a ballet barre. It includes high-intensity interval training inspired by a combination of ballet and pilates — which definitely means it can be a full-body challenge.

The class has been taught for some time. Often of a class of 10 people, about half are men.

"I have men take my class and they can't walk for days," said barre instructor Heather Overholt. "It works all the muscles they don't work all the time, and it actually will help them get stronger." 

Barre participant Donald Marx applauds the intensity of the workout and the benefits.

"No aspirations to be anything like [dancer and choreographer Mikhail] Baryshnikov," alluded Marx. "A lot of other classes are harder on knees, harder on joints. This class tests you mentally, physically." 

"I just wanna be standing the next day."