UK's only qualified BarreConcept instructor aims to help Scottish women get fit through ballet!
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JOAKIM VALSINGER insists the classes he runs in Perth are fun but will burn more calories than what can be achieved through normal pilates.
HE’S the only man to teach the latest exercise craze sweeping the globe – and he does it in Scotland.
Joakim Valsinger, who runs the Bälans Pilates Studio in Scone, Perthshire, has trained in BarreConcept – the ballet technique loved by celebs such as Madonna, Kelly Osbourne and Drew Barrymore.
And newly married Joakim knows how to get attention – by being man enough to don a tutu.
Joakim, 42, said: “This is a great, fun class, as well as a brilliant way to tone up and stay fit.
“We want to have fun at these classes and tutus are optional.
“I knew wearing a tutu would entertain but don’t worry, I don’t always wear it.
“I decided to train in this technique because I’d heard it was so effective.
“When I had my first session with Emma Newham (founder of the BarreConcept), I was struck by the awesome challenge of keeping up with her graceful moves.
“At the same time, I was mesmerised by how this revolutionises the pilates world.
“It was a real lightbulb moment.
“It provides a pulse-raising option for people who still want great posture and bearing.
“This class is accessible, fun and burns calories fast.”
BarreConcept is done at the barre, the way ballerinas work during a ballet class.
But it’s not just for girls. Joakim wanted to show just how hard it was, so he invited a Scottish
ice-hockey team to try it out.
“At our launch party, creator Emma Newham put the Dundee Comets ice-hockey team through their paces,” Joakim said.
“Now these guys are fit and Emma gave them just a little taster – maybe 20 minutes’ worth – and the sweat was pouring off them.
“It’s great for co-ordination and I know the team were surprised just how physically demanding it was.
“I also put the instructors from British Military Fitness through a workout and we caught it all on camera. It is hilarious to see
these butch, fit men struggling to keep up.”
Set to catchy aerobic-type music, it’s one of the hardest techniques out there – which is why all the celebrities are doing versions of it.
You burn hundreds of calories combining the precision of pilates with the technique of ballet.
Joakim, a Swedish national who was brought up in Australia before making his home in Perthshire a decade ago, explained: “Barre work stretches and sculpts the muscles, while burning fat. It also improves balance, strength and flexibility. The workout tones thighs, flattens abs and sculpts arms.
“The result is a body that is realigned, rebalanced and worksefficiently.”
So if you want a strong and sculpted body, head for the barre... just remember, tutus are optional.
Classes are Mondays 7.15pm, Wednesdays 9.30am, Thursdays 7.15pm and Fridays 9.30am at Bälans Pilates Studio & Treatment Rooms, 114 Nugent Drive, Perth Airport, Scone, PH2 6PL. Call 01738 550 396.