ballet-fog-on-floor-sleek-technique-review-by-Healthista.com

REVIEWED: Sleek technique, the new online ballet fitness classes created by two Royal-Ballet trained dancers

Lisa Buckingham tried out the latest ballet fitness class, Sleek Technique.  Ballet isn’t just for the ballerinas anymore with classes online or in studio that work on strength and cardio at once 

Probably like many of you, I went to ballet lessons as a child. I loved them and dreamt of going off to the Royal Ballet School to become a prima ballerina.

ballet-spotlight-sleek-technique-review-by-Healthista.com-

We can’t all be ballerinas, but we can do ballet

Real life and my notable lack of talent saw to that particular ambition, but I still love to watch ballet and wonder with awe how such super-human strength can be combined with those delicate, graceful limbs.

sleek-technique-3-review-by-Healthista.com

Sleek technique founder Victoria and Flik (Swan) are Royal Ballet-trained and opened a studio for all.

Ballet fitness is a growing trend, and one that the two founders of Sleek Technique have tapped into. Flik Swan and Victoria Marr are both Royal Ballet-trained dancers, but instead of opening a studio that only a few people can go to, this clever company offers ballet fitness classes online, so you don’t even have to motivate yourself to get out of the house. Great, too, for people who can’t get out to exercise because of kids or who feel self-conscious at classes.

group-ballet-sleek-technique-review-by-Healthista.com-i

Ballet Bootcamp targets both strength and cardio.

So, after trying a Sleek Technique class, it turns out that super-human strength and delicate, graceful limbs are achieved by putting your body through some serious paces. The class I tried was their new Ballet Bootcamp that targets both strength and cardio fitness.

The fast-paced, fat-busting moves were cleverly combined with ballet positions (‘artistry meets athleticism’, as Flik puts it), and it instantly transported me back to childhood. Doing a class like this a couple of times a week would see some serious results.

ballet-at-home-sleek-technique-review-by-Healthista.com

They offer online classes for self-conscious or busy clients.

Online, they offer a fabulous selection, from slower, classical barre technique (you can use the back of a chair) to a class that specifically works on stretching and flexibility, which is the perfect antidote to the tight muscles I’ve developed from years of running. They’re graded from All Levels to Challenging, so there’s something for everyone.

With eight people in a live class, Flik or Victoria can see you on a screen at their end and correct any technique issues.

You can either follow a streamed workout on your phone, laptop or tablet, or book into one of the live classes. With eight people in a live class, Flik or Victoria can see you on a screen at their end and correct any technique issues.

women-at-bar-sleek-technique-reveiw-by-Healthista.com

Victoria and Flik (Swan) make ballet do-able for all and have fans in 22 countries.

They have a committed fanbase from 22 countries signed up, and I can see why. Both women are ridiculously strong, flexible, lean and fit, which is an inspiration, but they also teach in a way that makes you feel like you too could be a ballerina. Maybe it’s not too late after all…

For more info and classes visit sleektechnique.com

Lisa Buckingham, health and fitness journalist

Lisa Buckingham, health and fitness journalist

Lisa Buckingham is a health and fitness journalist for national newspapers and magazines. Follow her on Twitter: @lisabuckingham1

More Healthista stories from Lisa:

Do compression tights really work? We test the best

The triathlon YOU could do

 

 

 

 

< Back

Also in this week’s magazine

Gear

Best gym gear under £50

Our best gym gear round up is for any Healthista readers that want to spend £100 on more expensive pieces but just don't have the dough - we tested everything to pick the ones that perform like their pricier counterparts

Dina's Transformation week 1 FEATURED weight-loss transformation
Transformations

5 steps to starting a weight loss transformation – your new body starts here

Dina Hinar is embarking on a 12 week weight-loss transformation with top celeb trainer Terry Fairclough - follow her journey in detail every Tuesday. This week - getting started on a weight loss journey

woman doing a good morning lift post featured
Trainer Tips

How to do a good morning – the trainer’s guide

It's one of the best back exercises you can do, but you need to do it right - PT Ashley Capewell shows you how

How yoga helped my eating disorder FEATURED
My Healthista Story

How yoga helped me overcome bulimia

Singer, actress and filmmaker Marianne Dissard reveals how yoga helped her overcome her eating disorder in her new book Not Me

dumbbell lunge, how to do a lunge by healthista.com
What works in the gym

Exactly how to lunge properly – the trainer’s guide

It might sound obvious but your lunges are not on point, you could be doing irreversible damage to your knees - watch PT Ashley's quick how-to video

Autumn fitness kit FEATURED
Gear

23 best autumn sportswear must-haves

To celebrate National Fitness Day, we bring you the hottest fitness fashion for this season. Prepare to drool.

Latest Video Series

Healthista-footer

Wellness Weekly

I agree to my personal data being stored and used to receive the Healthista newsletter.

Top