Welcome To Your First Barre Fitness Class
Get ready to embrace the Barrecore 'shake'. Our intelligent exercise approach works every major muscle group in your body, whatever your fitness level, creating lasting change you’ll start to notice after just a few classes. Here’s a little more on what to expect from your first Barrecore experience.
Choosing The Right Class
If you're completely new to Barrecore, we suggest that you start with BarreLITE (which has a slightly slower pace and focus on correct form) or BarreSIGNATURE, until you are really confident with the structure and speed of classes as well as the fundamentals.
When you feel you like you've mastered the basics, mix in one of our specialty formats BarreRESTORE, BarreSCULPT, BarreHIIT and BarreEXPRESS. These all build on our famous BarreSIGNATURE, but with variation for deeper restoration, sculpting, cardio - or speed!
Once you have taken 15-20 BarreSIGNATURE classes, we would be happy to welcome you into one of our BarreADVANCED Classes. These classes move fast and are much more technically challenging, so if you aren't sure whether you are ready to progress, simply chat with a teacher after class and they can advise you.
What to Wear
We recommend wearing fitted clothing - leggings and a vest or t-shirt are ideal. 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 BarreHIIT 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 Studio, 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.
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!
Please Be On Time
Being on time limits disruption to fellow clients and minimises risk of injury as warm-up is a vitally important part of class. 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. We do allow late entrance up to 5 minutes, but not beyond that.
No Mobile Phones In Studios
To avoid distraction and help you get the most 'me-time' out of your class-time with us, we kindly ask that mobile phones are not brought in to studio rooms. Phones can be left in the lockers provided.
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. We do kindly ask that no open cups are taken into class to avoid spillages.
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 Studios.
Please Respect Our Teachers
Our teachers reserve the right to ask you to leave class, for example if you have not completed the minimum number of classes required prior to moving up a level of class difficulty, or if you're pregnant and have not done our modifications session to make sure you work out safely for you and your child.
No clients under 16
For health and safety reasons we do not allow anyone under the age of 16 to use our studio rooms or attend classes.
200 Hours Of Training
All Barrecore classes are led by our expert teachers who undergo 200 hours of intensive barre training over a two and a half month training period - before being formally tested and qualifying.
Our Teacher Will Help To Find The Right Technique
Our teachers give hands on adjustments throughout class to ensure you’re getting the most out of every exercise. They also provide a commentary relating to the moves being undertaken and the benefits of those on the body, as well as explaining where you should be feeling muscle burn. 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, teachers are always happy to chat before or after class, just ask.
Private Session Options
If you think you would benefit from one to one attention, then please read about our private barre sessions.
All of our classes (except BarreRESTORE) are set to upbeat music and incorporate high repetitions of movement to help craft a long, lean and strong physique.
Class begins 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!
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! If you shake it means you’ve hit that sweet spot, your muscles are tearing (don’t panic, these are tiny, microscopic tears) and then more muscle fibres are created as these little tears heel to create toned, lean muscles.
Small Movements Work 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 To Your 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.
It will make everything seem better and feel like less effort. Plus you'll release endorphins and serotonin!
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.