Although many at-home exercises suggest using chairs, tables, or wall ledges as a substitute barre, nothing beats having free-standing ballet barre that you can rely on. Having a good barre is important in all stages of your ballet, barre, dance, physical therapy and other movement studies. Beginners find comfort in the stability of the barre, intermediate users learn minimize their "bad habits," and advanced users appreciate the nuanced ergonomic benefits that barres offer. Here are a few more specific reasons why our free-standing barres are a great deal and wise investment.
These ballet barres are meant to support weight. Unlike a chair, they won't move when you are stretching the splits. Nor will they move if you want to practice beats while jumping. Ever wanted to experience the feeling of an entrechat cinq but you haven't gotten the height and coordination yet? Use a barre to hold yourself up and get those beats into your muscle memory. Plus having a personal barre means that you can practice in the privacy of your own space any time, any day!
2) Comfort and Ergonomic Use
These barres come at varying, yet ergonomic heights, which means they are good for all ages, all heights, and all degrees of flexibility.
When it comes to stretching with a leg up on the barre, think of how comfortably your ankle rests on the curved surface! Sure, you can do the same stretch with your leg on up a table or chair, but chances are you'll feel pain resting your heel on a flat surface, or you'll feel a narrow chair back digging into the tender part of your ankle.
3) Space Saver
Should you want a longer barre for traveling movements, you have the option of putting two free-standing barres together, end-to-end. This gives you long, continuous support that you can break down, versus a permanent wall barre that could impede storage and space options.
If you're at home and tempted to use a chair, think about how after your warm-up tendus, you might want to tendu into a forward lunge, and port-de-bras forward and back. With a chair, you have the hassle of moving it with you, while with a barre, you just have to slide your hand.
A free-standing ballet barre is a great investment with many uses, and with our Boss Ballet Barres, you have a warranty that guarantees the structural integrity of your barre for an entire lifetime!