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Balletone offers fitness, finesse

TRUCKEE, Calif. - Standing Flow is the "original' Balletone workout blending dance and fitness into a mind-body exercise class that is an explosion of graceful movement. Created by Jody Hoegstedt as a new class designed to strengthen, stretch and motivate, Standing Flow creates a challenging mix of muscle conditioning and stretching exercises designed to lengthen, strengthen and energize the entire body with movements derived from ballet-inspired movements. By blending principles from classical ballet, Pilates, stretching and fitness, Standing Flow delivers a unique approach to creating, delivering and enjoying exercise.The Balletone blueprint for successRemove the equipment. Less equipment equals less intimidation and elevated choreography, as well as instruction. The result: Higher quality classes based in instruction versus distraction.Include "new" patterns for increased muscular and neuromuscular benefit. Familiar movements with a slight variation to make the movements new while still providing familiarity and build confidence while creating new challenges. The result: Success for participants and results that move beyond muscular to neuromuscular gains.Continuous movement for vertical core conditioning. Flowing movements take away downtime and necessitates core control throughout the workout. The result: A functional approach to core training; automatic control and the ability to move in and out of neutral with grace.Mindfulness in every step you take. Bringing focus and quality to each sequence creates awareness and concentrated effort. The result: Personal responsibility and the ability to progress or regress the exercises at any moment within the individual's control.With so much emphasis these days on high-intensity training, heavy lifting, and barre work, we have lost sight of how the body actually works and should move. Balletone is not only a fun and challenging workout, but it's safe and it's for all levels! Balletone is a workout that ends with you feeling better than you did when you started. You get all the great toning benefits of barre work, without a barre and without risking injury to the back, knees, and hips.Is Balletone all things for all people? No. It is an excellent compliment to an exercise program or routine. Balletone will open and release the hips, help eliminate back pain, stretch tight calves, and is gentle on the knees.Join Balletone instructor Carrie Haines at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoons, Community Arts Center in Truckee. Haines has taught group fitness classes since 1984 and has been a personal trainer since 2001. She is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and has certifications to teach the following: Schwinn Cycling, willPower & grace, Balletone, Zumba, Drums Alive, Pilates, YogaFit, and BOSU. Haines is currently working with Leslee Bender on becoming a master instructor for her newest program, Bender Barre Method. She is a master instructor and the Director of Group Exercise for Saint Mary's Center for Health & Fitness/Club One in Reno, Nev.Find her at www.facebook.com/cshaines and www.carriehainesfitness.com.


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