Barre Classes: Find Your Perfect Fit

Barre Classes: Find Your Perfect Fit

Trust me, you will become obsessed just like I did!

After having experience from taking a barre class I can easily say that it is the best form of exercise I have ever practiced. You are forced to push your body to the best shape that it can be and see many great results too.

After reading this article you will be able to identify what type of barre class is the best fit for you, know what to expect from a barre class, find out what to wear and learn about memberships and online classes!

1. Barre3

Barre3 is for people of all shapes and sizes. They do not believe in one-size-fits-all approaches when it comes to exercise. Barre3 focuses on empowering everyone to modify postures and grow body awareness in order to receive lasting results. Through exercising, each client will go through a very deep muscle burn which helps to create stronger muscles. Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest methods outlined to balance your body. Each workout that is practiced in the studio will reshape your body and bring many lasting results.

"After my first class, I was hooked. Barre3 is not just a fad. This is the only form of exercise that I’ve wanted to stick with since I ended my days as a competitive athlete. I feel unstoppable."

- Annie Geibel

2. Pure Barre

Pure Barre is a very fast and effective way to see results in your body. It is a full-body workout that concentrates on the specific areas of the body in which women tend to struggle with: hips, thighs, seat, arms and abdominals. Pure Barre has a very low-impact technique which protects the joints through avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strengthening section of the workout is then followed by stretching. Stretching helps to create a muscles that are long and lean without making them appear very bulky. Pure Barre really allows people to block out other distractions for an hour while in class. Pure Barre uses concentration that mimics the practice of yoga and meditation which brings many mental benefits. Pure Barre gives people a transformed body and a clear mind in just an hour - it can’t get much better than that.

"Since I have joined Pure Barre, the difference in myself has been amazing. Not only do my clothes fit better, but I am physically stronger and my flexibility and even my posture have improved."
- Krystyna K.

3. Cardio Barre

Cardio Barre is a high-energy no-impact class which brings the highest form of cardio compared to all of the other barre classes. This high energy class is practiced without any major movements of the body. Cardio Barre will push each person and will get their heart pumping every class they take. Not only is Cardio Barre about the intense cardio but focuses on correct technique. Having a good technique will prevent you from injuries and will lead you to having better results.

“Cardio Barre® strives to bring our clients world-class service, a friendly environment and the most inspiring instructors the industry has to offer. And it just happens to be one the best fitness classes on the market.”
- Richard Giorla

4. The Bar Method

The Bar Method classes focus on targeting the muscles in your body that play a role in body change. These muscles continue to work hard in order for them to grow stronger. You are then pushed by working each muscle through stretching to ensure that your muscles change. The Bar Method workouts are very fast-paced and focuses on burning calories not just during class but after too. This style of workout gives a chance for clients to have slimmer bodies after attending classes daily for a few months straight. Not only do you get a great workout at The Bar Method but are taught by teachers that care about their clients. The instructors will take the time to learn everyone's names, get to know their goals, and guide each person towards achieving their end result. Receiving personal attention from your instructor brings confidence and pushes you to reach your goals.

“The studio felt more like a spa than a gym and I instantly saw myself being comfortable at Bar Method, even though I didn’t know a soul… The customer service at Bar Method is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. Everyone is so friendly, helpful and welcoming. I am constantly greeted with a smile when I walk in and everyone has taken the time to learn my name.”
- Sarah

What To Expect

At many barre studios you are expected to come prepared. If you have any injuries you are supposed to notify your instructor before class so that they can help to give you accommodations for certain workouts. This is supposed to help you not injure yourself more. Your are also supposed to become prepared by bringing any equipment that you need whether it is a yoga mat, weights or medicine ball. But most important of all make sure to bring a reusable water bottle so that you stay hydrated before, during and after class!

Where To Buy From

There are many stores that have very cute and stylish workout clothes that are perfect for when attending a barre class. Typically at these classes people dress up in very nice workout clothes. I recommend buying nice athletic clothes that you can rearrange with different outfits to get more use out of them. If you are willing to pay a little extra for nice, stylish, well-made athletic wear I recommend shopping at Alo and Athleta. Both of these stores have a great selection of athletic wear to pick from that is very durable. You just have to be willing to be spend more money for a better quality type of athletic wear. If you want nice and fun workout clothes and do not want to spend as much Victoria's Secret Sport has a great variety of clothes to buy from. They are known for having very cute and funky workout pants with crazy patterns. If you want workout clothes that are more simple, good quality and not as pricy, Gap Fit has a very good selection of clothes to choose from.

Online Membership/Classes

Many Barre classes offer online memberships. Typically you will pay monthly and will be able to have access to online classes. You will have an online account where you are able to go online and take classes with an instructor as if you are in class but even better you are working out right from your home! Online Memberships are great for people that want to workout but do not feel comfortable working out with or infant of other people. It is very beneficial for those who have busier schedules and do not have time to go to a set workout class and want to exercise on their own time. It is even good for when people go on vacation and want to continue to workout and do not have a barre class nearby. With an online membership they are able to continue to workout while on vacation. Online memberships are even favorable to those who have young kids and are unable to attend a barre class because they do not have someone to watch their children. This way they can workout at home and are still able to keep an eye on their kids.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

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Tanya Gold, Your Fatphobic Article Is Uneducated And Arrogant

BREAKING NEWS: Women come in all different shapes and sizes!


Just recently, Nike released a plus-size mannequin at one of their stores in London that showed off their plus-size leggings and sports bra. And, because we live in a world where being fat or overweight or obese is somehow the worst thing in the world to some people, this has sparked a lot of discussion.

Tanya Gold wrote an article for The Telegraph saying that this mannequin “cannot run" and is “likely pre-diabetic" and “on her way to a hip-replacement." Not only is Tanya's article uneducated and poorly written, it's completely fatphobic and embarrassing.

What I would like to know is this: why can't plus-size women work out in Nike clothes just like a size 2 woman? People want to scream from the rooftops that plus-size women are fat because they don't exercise and when companies FINALLY start catering to plus-size women with clothes they can EXERCISE IN, people lose their minds and think that they're promoting obesity.

What are plus sized women supposed to work out in if they can't even wear Nike leggings without being fat-shamed?

Would you rather them wear jeans? Overalls? A parka, maybe? What about a garbage bag?

Let's also discuss the fact that being overweight doesn't equal being unhealthy, just like being at a “normal" weight doesn't make you healthy. Did you ever stop to think that some women have diseases that make them gain weight that they, in return, can't lose? Some women can eat salad for every single meal, seven days a week and they still can't lose weight.

Let's all say this together: SIZE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FITNESS. Being thin doesn't equal being healthy and being overweight doesn't equal being unhealthy.

Everyone (and yes, I mean EVERYONE) should be able to be comfortable in their own skin AND in their clothes.

You can't sit and pout saying that fat people don't care about their health and then when they want comfortable clothes to wear while they're EXERCISING, hell has frozen over and how dare Nike cater to people who aren't a size 2.

Tanya, be honest with yourself. You aren't anywhere near a size 2, either, so where is all of this coming from? Are you self-loathing? Do you have some kind of internal fatphobia?

Pick a side, Tanya. You can't hate people who are overweight because you think that they aren't exercising and then when they do exercise and they get clothes that cater to them, it's all of the sudden wrong and horrible.

We are damned if we do, damned if we don't. As if women (and men) weren't already being shamed enough for being plus size, we're now being made to feel bad because a brand caters to our size so we can wear the same clothes all of the other sizes can wear.

Thank you, Nike, for making your brand more inclusive for all shapes and sizes so we can ALL feel confident in our clothes.

I think it's worth mentioning that Nike released their plus-size line in 2017 AKA 2 years ago... Why weren't you mad then?

Oh, and, Tanya Gold, you might want to stop smoking since you're all about being healthy, right? You don't want to get lung cancer or anything, do you?

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