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Barre exercises include both slow exercises, which stretch and warm up muscles, and fast exercises, which help dancers strengthen muscles and maintain technique at any speed. Each barre exercise has a specific purpose, such as to strengthen feet, increase extension, improve flexibility, and help a dancer find their ballon. Proper placement (positions of feet and arms in ballet) and posture is emphasized in all exercises. The barre helps dancers by providing stability and balance, especially while learning correct placement. Barre exercises are often a significant portion of the beginning dancer's class, but the barre continues to be an important tool in all levels of ballet. Barre work can help to prepare dancers for partnering, with the barre simulating the support of a real partner. Barres are an essential tool for beginning pointe dancers, as their ankles may not be strong enough to support them in the center.
The term suspension training refers to an approach to strength training that uses a system of ropes and webbing called a "suspension trainer" to allow the user to work against their own body weight.The field of suspension training is a form of resistance training that includes bodyweight exercises in which a variety of multi-planar, compound exercise movements can be performed. These are done with the aim of developing strength, balance, flexibility, and joint stability simultaneously.