Scott Morrison learns what barre is as he celebrates end of Melbourne’s Covid-19 lockdown

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Everything’s cracking’: Scott Morrison tries his first barre moves as he finally learns what the workout involves after mispronouncing it as ‘barr-ay’ in ‘ultimate dad moment’

  • Scott Morrison mispronounced barre as ‘barr-ay’ in two press conferences about coronavirus in March 
  • He admitted he had no idea what the exercise class was in what was described as ‘ultimate dad moment’ 
  • Mr Morrison, 52, tried out a plié and a stretch over the barre at Heal’r Specialised Studios in Melbourne
  • He exclaimed ‘everything’s cracking’ as he performed the moves during tour of businesses in the city

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Scott Morrison tried a barre class in Melbourne on Monday to finally learn what the workout involves as he celebrated the end of the city’s crippling four-month lockdown.

The prime minister – who made headlines in March for mispronouncing the workout as ‘barr-ay’ and admitting he had no idea what it was – exclaimed ‘everything’s cracking’ as he perfected his first plié. 

‘Ah so this is a barre studio,’ Mr Morrison said as he entered Heal’r Specialised Studios in Carnegie, south-east Melbourne with local Liberal MP Katie Allen and business owner Tanya Lee. ‘So the barre is actually a bar,’ he added.

The 52-year-old, who tries to swim a few times a week to keep fit, then took off his shoes and jacket – but kept on his mask and tie – as he tried a series of moves including a plié, a glute-strengthening exercise similar to an arabesque and a side stretch over the ballet barre.  

Shoes off: Scott Morrison tried a barre class in Melbourne on Monday to finally learn what the workout involves. He is pictured performing a plié alongside teacher Tanya Lee (right) and Liberal MP for Higgins Katie Allen (behind)

Stretch: The prime minister made headlines in March for mispronouncing the workout as 'barr-ay' and admitting he had no idea what it was. He is pictured performing a stretch over the barre

Stretch: The prime minister made headlines in March for mispronouncing the workout as 'barr-ay' and admitting he had no idea what it was. He is pictured performing a stretch over the barre

Stretch: The prime minister made headlines in March for mispronouncing the workout as ‘barr-ay’ and admitting he had no idea what it was. He is pictured performing a stretch over the barre

In focus: Mr Morrison took off his shoes and jacket - but kept on his mask and tie - as he tried a series of moves. He is pictured performing a glute-strengthening exercise

In focus: Mr Morrison took off his shoes and jacket - but kept on his mask and tie - as he tried a series of moves. He is pictured performing a glute-strengthening exercise

In focus: Mr Morrison took off his shoes and jacket – but kept on his mask and tie – as he tried a series of moves. He is pictured performing a glute-strengthening exercise

Mr Morrison also toured the business’ neighbouring pilates studio where he a pointed to a vibration machine, designed to improve core strength, and said ‘what’s this?’ before politely declining to have a go. 

Barre – pronounced ‘bar’ – is a fitness class which uses ballet-inspired moves with elements of pilates, dance, yoga and strength training. 

In a late-night press conference at the start of the pandemic, Mr Morrison mispronounced the word and admitted he had no idea what it meant. The gaffe was described as an ‘ultimate dad moment’ and prompted a flood of memes gently mocking the father of two for his lack of fitness knowledge.

Listing activities that would have to stop due to coronavirus, he had said: ‘Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, ”bar-ray”, I hope I pronounced that correctly, I might need help with that.

‘I’m not sure quite what that is to be honest, but B-A-R-R-E, for those looking for the specific definition.’

'Ah so this is a barre studio,' Mr Morrison said as he entered Heal'r Specialised Studios in Carnegie, south-east Melbourne

'Ah so this is a barre studio,' Mr Morrison said as he entered Heal'r Specialised Studios in Carnegie, south-east Melbourne

‘Ah so this is a barre studio,’ Mr Morrison said as he entered Heal’r Specialised Studios in Carnegie, south-east Melbourne

Mr Morrison also toured the business' neighbouring pilates studio where he a pointed to a vibration machine (pictured), designed to improve core strength, and said 'what's this?' before politely declining to have a go

Mr Morrison also toured the business' neighbouring pilates studio where he a pointed to a vibration machine (pictured), designed to improve core strength, and said 'what's this?' before politely declining to have a go

Mr Morrison also toured the business’ neighbouring pilates studio where he a pointed to a vibration machine (pictured), designed to improve core strength, and said ‘what’s this?’ before politely declining to have a go

The prime minister visited several businesses on Monday as he celebrated the lifting of Melbourne's lockdown restrictions. He is pictured performing a plié at a barre studio

The prime minister visited several businesses on Monday as he celebrated the lifting of Melbourne's lockdown restrictions. He is pictured performing a plié at a barre studio

The prime minister visited several businesses on Monday as he celebrated the lifting of Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions. He is pictured performing a plié at a barre studio

Two days later at another press conference, Mr Morrison mispronounced the word again.

‘Even ‘barr-ay’ classes. I now know what they are, you will be pleased to know,’ he said before a journalist corrected him.

‘Bar, is it? I will get the pronunciation. Thank you. One press conference I will remember,’ he said.  

The prime minister visited several businesses on Monday as he celebrated the lifting of Melbourne’s lockdown restrictions imposed in July after the virus escaped from two quarantine hotels and spread rapidly around the city, causing about 800 deaths.

Gyms, health clubs and fitness classes in Melbourne were allowed to re-open on 8 November as the last of restrictions imposed to halt the spread of a deadly second wave of Covid-19 were removed.

During his first trip to the city since 18 February, the prime minister also visited a physiotherapy clinic, a business forum and had a private meeting with Premier Daniel Andrews.

Victoria on Monday recorded zero cases of coronavirus for the 17th day in a row.

Mr Morrison's gaffe was described as an 'ultimate dad moment' and prompted a flood of memes, like the ones above, gently mocking the father of two for his lack of fitness knowledge

Mr Morrison's gaffe was described as an 'ultimate dad moment' and prompted a flood of memes, like the ones above, gently mocking the father of two for his lack of fitness knowledge

Mr Morrison’s gaffe was described as an ‘ultimate dad moment’ and prompted a flood of memes, like the ones above, gently mocking the father of two for his lack of fitness knowledge

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