Monday, 13 May 2013

Lazy Girl: Barre Class

When I decided to broaden my fitness horizons and try new things, Barre was at the top of my list. A lot of people I follow on twitter are barre regulars and rave about the benefits. I have been wanting to try it for a while now but always came up with excuses not to. I watched youtube videos and decided it was far too intense and I was far to unfit to even attempt it. Of course this is utterly ridiculous but that little nagging voice of doubt tends to be pretty ridiculous.

So back to The Barre. What is it I hear you ask? Well, it is based around ballet/dance. It is a series of small intense movements which targets individual muscle groups to achieve a burn, followed by stretching. The workout not only burns fat but also tones and improves flexibility.

The Barre studio in Newcastle is located behind central station in one of the railway arches. It is a little on the small side, with room for only 10 people in each class. While this does make for a nice atmosphere, and ensures one-on-one attention from the instructer, it does mean that the cost of each class is quite high.

Each 60 minute session is £12, although the first one is half price. You can also purchase blocks to bring the cost down slightly.

So how did I find the class? Well, I did feel a little like one of those hippos from fantasia trying to get my legs up on the bar, and get into certain positions. However, I did really feel a good burn and got complete jelly legs afterwards which must mean it was doing something good right?

Personally, I would love to incorporate Barre into my weekly workout. It is low energy yet effective and really conveniently located for me. Unfortunately I just cannot afford to spend £12 a week (or fortnight) on it.

Here is me after the class, I worked up a bit of a sweat and felt pleasantly sore. I definitely was feeling those lovely endorphins at this point.

So I give The Barre 3/5 stars. The place and the people were amazing, but the cost just isn't practical for me at the moment.

Have you tired a fun new exercise class or routine? I am always looking for new things to try.

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1 comment

  1. Beaming smile = you're doing it right :) It sounds like fun! I wonder if there's any places that do it in Leicester. I'll have to have a look.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I always like to try new things where fitness is concerned. I'm slim but I worry about being unhealthy on the inside so I try to keep my fitness level up :)



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