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It is a common misconception that you have to be a ballet dancer to do barre work.  But the reality is that there is absolutely no dance experience required.  It is true that barre is used extensively in ballet training and warm up exercises but barre work is an excellent workout in and of itself. It can help improve flexibility and strength in individuals looking for an alternative workout. Most people are surprised to find out that barre is much more of a workout than it appears.  Here are the top 10 benefits of taking a barre class:

The Village experience is about more than just working out. It begins with carefully planned architecture, welcoming interiors and state-of-the-art equipment to bring wellness to body, mind and soul – whether it be in the spa or on a treadmill. The experience begins before a member even walks through the doors as they’re greeted with a water feature and a statue, each specific and unique to each of the four Village clubs.

Shockingly, 53 percent of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese, up from 45 percent just four years ago. So says Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention in Calabash, North Carolina, who told AP that “overweight pets can suffer diabetes, joint problems, heart disease and decreased life expectancy, just like obese people.”

It's Trainer Tuesday! Gainey Village Trainer Christopher Morrin has been a personal trainer at the Gainey Village for 9 years teaching Kinesis and many specializing in complete body toning. Practicing what he preaches, Christopher has trained hard in the club to broaden his fitness lifestyle outside of the Village. In the last year, Christopher has competed in multiple triathlons, completed a Tough Mudder race, and most recently ran his first full marathon in January! See how he can help you reach your fitness goals on our YouTube channel:

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