THE HISTORY OF THE BAR WORKOUT
The Lotte Berk Method was created by former ballerina Lotte Berk in London in 1959. The premise of the Lotte Berk Method centered on using one's own body weight and a wall-mounted ballet barre to develop whole-body strength and flexibility - to develop a dancer's body. The Lotte Berk Method Studio opened in New York City in 1972 and quickly built an intensely loyal following that included Madison Avenue socialites and Hollywood celebrities. While steep in tradition, the Lotte Berk Method and other bar workouts derived from it have not evolved with a modern-day understanding of physiology. Fluidity brings the classic bar training method to the next level with these 5 points of difference:
The Fluidity Bar provides the stability of a wall-mounted ballet barre in a home setting thus not compromising the integrity of the original studio workout. Better still, the Fluidity Bar adjusts to your hip height and level of flexibility.
Fluidity focuses on strengthening the back of the body more so than the front. Daily habits like sitting for extended periods of time strengthen the front - and weaken the back - of your body. Fluidity develops your back line to create whole-body balance and beauty and improve functional strength…something you can't do with a chair!
Fluidity movements are performed in a neutral pelvic position (a position where the pelvis aligns properly with the lumbar spine and tailbone) as this position supports the spine and enables optimal movement. Most other bar methods train in a posterior pelvic tilt thereby creating dysfunction.
Fluidity uses your own body weight to strengthen the arms whereas other bar workouts alienate this genius of muscle integration and turn to free weights (weights isolate muscles and develop the arms disproportionately).
Fluidity recognizes that the shoulder is a complex joint requiring special attention (itís often the first to deteriorate with age) and incorporates resistance bands to therapeutically strengthen this vulnerability.