If you’ve tried to take a barre class even once, you know how challenging and tough it is. I’ve been running regularly for years, taking spinning classes, work out at a gym as often as I can, yet barre was surprisingly the most difficult class I’ve ever taken.
Now that I’ve been doing that for almost 3 months at least twice a week in different studios – thanks to ClassPass – one can expect me to say it no longer makes me want to scream every time the thigh workout begins. Nope. It’s still as painful, as challenging, yet unexpectedly satisfying.
Anyone not familiar with barre method, it’s a 1-hour torturous class that allows you to focus on muscles you didn’t even know existed. You might keep ignoring them, I bet you’ll survive. Yet seeing how your body is getting in shape and toning even after 3-4 classes make you want to keep pushing yourself.
It’s usually women only. I remember the awkward look everyone had in their face when once there was a very straight looking guy in the class. You need a couple of pink (or a very cute shade of purple) weights, a small and squishy ball that’s been very close to vaginas of god knows how many women, and an always and always blue elastic strap. Those will be provided by the studio. You only need your $12 to $14 grippy socks. And yes, you need them. I tried a couple of class without them and it gets quite slippery.
Anyways, most classes start with arm exercises, then the extreme painful thigh one starts, then we proceed to ass (hips) and lastly the abs. The best part is, of course when the lights get turned off, and we stretch and thank our body (and our poor soul who happen to be there all class long, suffering just as much if not more).
Since with Classpass, we’re limited to use a studio only twice, I’ve been all around the city trying whichever without much thought. Now I want to share my experience. Just a dip-note; I live in LES, so the studios I’ve tried are pretty much around lower east or west village.
This one is one of my favorites. I tried the West Village studio couple of times. Classes are always packed with very good looking women. You get motivated. That also happens to be the only one you do bare feet. So get that pedicure done before heading. West Village studio is usually and seriously packed after hours. Also, classes get booked really fast.
That’s my least favorite. Again I’ve been to the West Village studio. The instructors are awesome, every class attendee seems to know what they’re doing, but I totally don’t get their ab workout. It’s pretty much tucking in and out and it doesn’t do me much. The least challenging classes I took were at Pure Barre West Village, so I’m trying not to take as many. After hours classes are never too packed
I tried 2 locations of Pop Physique, Nomad and Bowery. Hated Nomad and loving Bowery. That’s my first option usually. Close to my place, great workout, great attitude, fun classes – sometimes packed – but always challenging. It also seems to be the one that focuses more on stretching your body for better flexibility. Because of all that awesome reasons, I purchased their grippy sock and paid $12. And that guy in the middle, he is at the front desk with the sweetest smile each and every time.
My favorite. I loved every class I take at their Spring St. location. I took my first classes there and they somehow made me feel not so ridiculous during the most awkward days of barre. Their socks are $14. I thought it worths it. Love it that much. I’m not there yet to purchase their workout tank tops though. Maybe later.
I’ve been to their Gramery location which is inside Gansevoort Hotel – and believe me – very hard to find. They don’t have lockers or changing rooms, so you gotta get all that done in the hotel’s restroom. The night I was there, there was an event next door. It was a strange experience changing in the bathroom with a whole bunch of very well dressed females refreshing their make-ups.
Anyways, the class was only 3 people and I was the worst. It was my third class or something. Yet could have been my tenth, and I would still be the worst. That sort of a 3 people group. The instructor sort of ignored me which I was happy and sad at the same time. Too many emotions for a barre class. I would never go again, but truth be told, it was a challenging class.