Hey everyone! So I’ve decided that with all of the new things that I’ve been trying lately (and want to continue trying all year round) that I would start a new feature on my blog! On Tuesdays look out for the new things that I’ve been trying out!
For the first edition of Try New Things Tuesday, I’m going to write about the greatest workout class ever: Barre3!
*Disclaimer: I was not compensated at all for this review. Although I did not pay for the class, no one else did either and all opinions are my own. Barre3 has no idea I exist and they don’t care what I write, so keep reading for an honest review!*
I wrote a brief post about Barre3 here, but since then I’ve taken this new workout to a whole new level! I discovered Barre3 from my sister, who used to be a dancer. She did these workouts a few years ago and got super toned (she’s already skinny) and only had good things to say about them. After doing that short 30 minute workout online (which you can find in my link if you’re interested in trying it!), my legs and butt were killing me! I realized that even though running gives me a great workout, I’m not doing enough to tone up or work my non-running muscles, especially my arms and core. So after doing the short workout online, I started googling to find cheaper ways to do Barre3 workouts, and discovered that a new Barre3 studio was opening up in Berwyn! That’s only about 20 minutes from my office, so I was really excited about the opportunity to do these workouts with an instructor who could help me work on my form and get the most out of my workouts! I became even more excited when I learned that during the studio’s opening week they were offering free classes! Friday’s class was full, but I signed up for the wait list and prayed that I could get in. And guess what?
The closer I got to class, the more nervous I got. I’ve only taken 1 workout class before this, and the Barre3 studio was on the Main Line (think lots of skinny pretty rich girls decked out in full Lululemon outfits) so I was a bit intimidated. But when I arrived, I was met by extremely nice employees who made me feel very comfortable. They got me all set up at the barre, and I was ready to get started!
If you’re about to take any type of barre class, here are some things you should know:
- You will be taking the class barefoot unless you have special socks with a sticky bottom to grip the wood floors. This is an important thing to remember in the winter when you’re not keeping up with your DIY pedicures. I would say the worst part about taking this class was how embarrassed I was by my chipped up pedicure!
- Barre classes don’t require you to know ballet. In fact, there was no dancing in this class (thank god!). There were a few movements that we did that had a graceful ballet flow, but we mostly used the barre to do standing planks and push ups.
- Barre3 has many elements of yoga, especially with the breathing. We got tons of instructions on when to breathe in each exercise, and we did a yoga-like cool down. There was even a point after a super tough section where we did child’s pose! That’s my favorite yoga pose 🙂
- Barre3’s exercises revolve around “earthquakes”: you hold a position, and then pulse up and down 1 inch until your muscles are shaking uncontrollably! It’s super tough to keep working through it but I can definitely tell that I’m getting a good workout!
- Just because you’re given 1 or 2 pound weights to do the exercises doesn’t mean that you’ve got it easy! Your arms will by DYING by the end of the arm work! I’m proud to say that I stuck with my 2 pound weights the entire time, even though the instructor said that we could put down our weights at any time.
- You will definitely need a towel. I got to my class last minute, but luckily I was placed right next to the shelves with the class supplies. I had to grab a towel off the shelves because I was sweating buckets only 15 minutes into class! I definitely felt like I got a good workout!
- All exercises can be modified based on your experience, fitness level, and possible injuries that you may have. My instructor had lots of modifications for each new exercise and she was excited to see many people using them during class. She stressed that we need to feel comfortable doing these moves and that we needed to make this workout fit our personal level.
After 60 minutes of warm ups, barre work, lots of leg “earthquakes”, arm work, and the most killer ab workout I’ve ever done, we finally began our cool down. I was totally shocked at how fast the class flew by and was actually sad it was over! I felt tired from all of the intense moves we did yet really calm and energized from the yoga-like cool down. After class the owner gave us free gifts for trying the class. I was really excited to see a card for a complimentary class! I literally couldn’t wait to come back for another workout!
On my Try New Things scale of 1 to 5, I give this new thing a 4!
- Tough workout that can be modified to fit your current fitness level
- In-class workouts that change constantly so you’ll never get bored
- A calm, welcoming atmosphere to work out in – plus the Berwyn location only had 1 classroom so it was not a loud and busy place
- Great staff that were willing to help newbies get set up
- Lots of tough workout moves mixed with yoga-like moves and breathing techniques
- Lots of mirrors so I could constantly check my posture and technique to avoid injury
- It’s low impact so it’s a perfect cross training exercise for runners
- The price – single classes cost $20 and the packages are definitely not cheap. They do have new member packages but I know after those run out I won’t be able to afford classes anymore. But they do have occasional free classes when they are training new instructors so it’s worth checking it out to see what deals they have going on!
There aren’t many cons, but price is a big one. Barre3 offers unlimited online classes for only $15 per month and these workouts change each month so you never get bored. That might be the best option for me if I want to continue doing Barre3!
Have you ever done a Barre3 workout? What new workouts are you trying this week?