Spend Some Time With Us at the Barre
Everyone leads a busy life nowadays. So, why not let us take care of your health and fitness needs. You’ll see your body tone like you never thought possible, create strength in all the right places, and will leave you feeling energised, empowered and perhaps just a tad bit shaky...
It’s fun (and addictive when you see how quickly it shapes your body).
Barre Attack Classes
Monday 6.00am and 5.30pm
Tuesday 6.00am and 5.30pm
Wednesday 6.00am and 5.30pm
Friday 6.00am and 9.30am
Barre classes are for everyone. You don’t require any special dance or Pilates experience. Like anything, with more experience you will improve and some of the moves will come more naturally. A good instructor will also lead you to harder variations.
When you the studio you will find a large open room with fixed barres running down one or more walls, with mirrors. Each person in the class will have their place on the barre and will stay more or less in the same spot. You should ensure a good arm’s length distance from other participants. Social distancing rules are followed.
Within a Barre class and in addition to the barre itself there may be some extra equipment. With the Barre Attack method you will typically see elastic draped over the barre, a Pilates ball, small hand weights and a mat. Depending on the class you could use all of these, or none.
Throughout the class the instructor should be visible and may lead by example or walk around and demonstrate from different positions. If this is your first barre class it’s a good idea to let the instructor know so they can help you with technique if necessary. You should also let them know if you have any health issues, injuries or if you’re pregnant.
Classes range from 45min to 60min and are held to fun upbeat music. Classes will start with a warmup and then include a mix of barre, cardio and stretch sections that could include using the barre, elastic, ball, weights or mat.
For much of the class you’ll have one or both hands on the barre or be doing exercises just off the barre.
Don’t overdo it. Focus on your body position, breathing and timing. Have fun, and just go with it. Barre classes are a full body workout so expect and accept that it could be hard and might work areas that will surprise. If you need to take a break, take it. Remember those around may have been doing Barre Attack classes for years… those great legs and butts don’t happen by accident.
For those who dream of dancing you will get a taste. Expect to hear terms like first position (heels touching, feet pointing in opposite directions), second position (heels at least shoulder-width apart and feet pointing in opposite directions), and plie (a smooth and continuous bending of the knees outward while keeping the upper body held upright). But it’s not all dance… you could also be doing burpees, lunges or a range of stretching.
Finally, if you stick with Barre, you can expect results! Just take a look at anyone who has been doing barre classes a few times a week for several months.
Please note: Barre classes need to be booked. You do not need any special equipment, many people wear typical gym attire and bare feet or ‘grippy’ socks. Grippy socks are available to purchase at the studio.