Welcome To Your First Barre Fitness Class
Choosing The Right Class
All our classes are low impact and work your entire body. However, depending on your fitness level, goals and personal taste, we have a few classes on offer for you.
If you're completely new to Barrecore, or perhaps injured or pregnant, we suggest that you start with BarreFORM, until you are really confident with the structure and speed of classes as well as the fundamentals. BarreFORM will teach you the foundations of barre fitness, how best to refine your positioning and how to connect your mind and breath to get the most out of your barre practice. This 55-minute class incorporates greater repetition of moves and slower transitions between sets to isolate muscle groups so you can really feel the intense muscle burn we’re famous for. We also restrict the numbers in class so that our teachers are able to give you more individual attention. But don't be fooled, it's still a very challenging class!
Alternatively, you can go straight for our BarreSIGNATURE. This is the original and most loved Barrecore class that all our classes build on. You will be taken through our unique combination of isometric exercises (small intense movements) alternated with stretching to help you create the longer, leaner looking physique associated with working out at the barre. In this dynamic 55-minute class you’ll use a combination of bodyweight resistance, light props, work at the ballet barre and high repetitions to exhaust all major muscle groups.
When you feel you like you've mastered the basics, you can mix in one of our specialty formats;
BarreSCULPT is all about the use of resistance bands to add intensity to classic Barrecore moves. By restricting your range of movement, the bands allow you to feel isometric connections more easily and therefore generate a greater muscle burn out, which can then be applied in other classes. Add our 55-minute BarreSCULPT class to your workout schedule once a week, alongside BarreSIGNATURE classes and you'll notice even faster change in your body.
BarreSWEAT is a 45-minute class with a unique mix of traditional barre movements and low-impact cardio exercises. This fun yet challenging format is divided into four time-efficient cardio sections - ideal for those looking to raise the intensity of a BarreSIGNATURE class through increased continuous movement. You'll improve your coordination, increase detoxification as well as decrease your blood pressure and resting heart rate. This means your heart doesn't have to work as hard all of the time, which is beneficial for your entire body. Add this challenging class to your weekly routine for one of the quickest ways to get great, lasting fitness results and a hit of feel-good endorphins.
BarreEXPRESS offers the same workout intensity and muscle burn-out as our longer BarreSIGNATURE session, but quicker transitions between sets and less time spent on stretching means your workout is done in just 45 minutes. Classes will focus on one of four specific areas of the body - thighs, seat, Abs or arms & back.
If you’re short on time and need to fit your workouts in around a hectic schedule this fast-paced class is for you. You’ll notice a greater emphasis on strengthening and will feel the Barrecore burn quicker in this class than any other.
Once you have really mastered the technique, we welcome you into our BarreADVANCED. A step-up in intensity from our BarreSIGNATURE class, this 55-minute class is all about higher repetitions and less recovery time between sets. As you would expect, all modifications in this class are advancements to get you burning and shaking as quickly as possible for as long as possible. The class moves fast and is much more technically challenging, so if you aren't sure whether you are ready to progress, chat with a teacher after class and they can advise you.
It's not just whilst you're burning and shaking at the barre - but also during recovery - that you are creating lasting change in your body. We therefor also highly recommend adding a BarreRESTORE class per week to your workout routine, to achieve transformative results even faster. This 55-minute class uses a unique combination of fascial release techniques, breathing techniques and lengthening stretches to increase your flexibility, aid muscle recovery and ease any stiffness, aches or pains in your body. Supple, flexible muscles ultimately makes correct positioning easier - and the more accurate the alignment in your barre poses, the longer you can hold them for, and the deeper your burn!
Low impact exercise during pregnancy is widely recognised as being beneficial to both mother and baby, so for our prenatal clients we also provide a BarrePRENATAL class, enabling you to exercise safely and effectively throughout your pregnancy. This class builds on our famous BarreSIGNATURE, but is tailored to suit a pregnant body. In addition to this, our teachers will also adapt movements to you individually to match your trimester and personal needs, improve your posture and strength during pregnancy, help reduce pregnancy aches and prepare the body for birth.
What to Wear
We recommend wearing fitted clothing to properly see your technique in our mirrors. Leggings and a vest or t-shirt are perfect. If possible avoid leggings with unnecessary zips (these can prove uncomfortable during floor work). A low impact sports bra should provide adequate support during the majority of classes, however as you progress and start adding BarreSWEAT classes to your weekly workout you may wish to wear something more structured.
Don't Forget Your Socks
At Barrecore, shoes are not permitted in the studio and wearing non-slip socks is required in all classes. These help ensure stability during class, so you can hold positions for longer and ensure we keep our carpets clean and hygienic. We sell Barrecore grippy socks in our studios, should you need to pick up a pair before your first session (please be aware that the bare-feet and toe-less styles are not permitted).
No Equipment Needed
There's no need to bring any equipment with you to class. All mats, weights, balls, bands and any other props you may need during class are provided. Before the start of class your teacher will have set up an example equipment station at the front of the room (usually beside the longest mirrored wall in the room), so you can see exactly what you need. If there's anything you're unsure of how to use or can't find, just ask - teachers or fellow class-goers are always happy to help.
Arrive A Few Minutes Early
If you're joining us for the first time, please come by the studio a few minutes early so that we can show you around the studio and facilities. We'll also introduce you to your teacher who can ensure you have everything you need ahead of class. It's important to us that you feel right at home, from your very first visit!
Be On Time To Participate In The Warm Up
Being on time minimises risk of injury as warm-up is a vitally important part of class. It also limits disruption to fellow clients. In fact we'd love it if you could join us a few minutes before your class is due to start. That way you'll have plenty of time to sign in and set up.
It is important to stay hydrated when you're working out, so all of our studios have water dispensers. We also stock water bottles and sell bottled water.
Should you need a pick-me-up pre or post class, you'll find lots of delicious and healthy snacks on the shelves in the majority of our studios.
The Structure Of The Class
All our classes (except BarreRESTORE) begin with a fast-paced warm-up followed by full-body barre and floor work incorporating various props and weights, and ends with stretches and a final relaxation. Our teachers are on hand to guide you through every step so don't be nervous - you'll do great!
You'll Get Help To Find The Right Technique
Your teacher will explain each move as well as where you should be feeling muscle burn, and give hands on adjustments throughout class to ensure you’re getting the most out of every exercise. Technique is key in barre fitness so getting correct positioning from the start will help your confidence, progression and ultimately ensure you see quicker results.
Modify For Higher Or Lower Intensity
Modifications are given for every move, so you can choose whether to take a less strenuous or more advanced route. Should you have any concerns or questions, our teachers are always happy to chat before or after class.
Embrace The Shake
It may feel like a very strange sensation the first few times you experience it, but shaking in class is a good thing! It means you have hit that sweet spot where your muscles are tearing (don’t panic, these are tiny, microscopic tears) which allows for more muscle fibres to be created as these little tears heel. This is what creates toned, lean muscles.
Small Movements Will Work You Harder
Keep your movements in class as small as possible. They should hardly be visible. This will work deeper in the your muscles and target areas you have probably never worked before.
Push Yourself To Your Own Edge
The beauty of Barrecore workouts is that they are always changing and confusing the muscles. When muscles are ‘confused’ they have to work harder and more calories are burned. The key is to continue to find the shake and burn throughout class. Always push your limits and you will not plateau until you are leanest and strongest you can be for your body type.
Don't Forget To Smile!
It will make everything seem better and feel like less effort. Plus you'll release endorphins and serotonin!
Congrats! You made it through your first Barrecore class!
It's Normal To Ache
Remember, it’s totally normal (and a good sign) if you ache a little after your first few classes. It means you made a deep connection in your muscles and are continuing to burn fat even after class has finished.
Get Back In Studio Within 2 Days
Try and get back to class within 48 hours, working your muscles again will help reduce any soreness you may be experiencing.
4 Is The Magic Number
4 classes per week will get you the quickest results, but taking class 2-4 times per week is the perfect amount for maintenance and overall cardiovascular health, strength and conditioning. Regularity is the only way to see serious, lasting results in your body.