I used to do fitness competitions and heavy weight lifting but to be honest after doing the same things so many times it gets very old. I was looking for something new and using class pass to jump around to a lot of gyms trying basically any new class that was fun and different. Now, I had tried Barre before at another studio (which I won’t name) and I did not enjoy it. The instructor called me out by name when I wasn’t in perfect form (which was A LOT since I’ve never taken ballet), the class was very boring and repetitive, and I just didn’t leave feeling good about myself or my workout. So when the Barre Code studio near me won an award for best studio in Plano, specifically for their Brawl class (a hybrid kickboxing & barre routine) I went to check it out. I loved it. Brawl is a combination of fun and intense 30 min of learning a kickboxing routine (reminded me of high school cheerleading) with 18 min of Barre style strength training spread throughout.
Now that I was officially hooked, I completed a 3 week challenge in which the goal was to take 18 classes of all different formats in 21 days. The formats are as follows:
- Barre Code – traditional 46 min Barre + 4 min stretch
- Brawl – 32 Min Kickboxing + 14 Min Barre + 4 min stretch
- Barre-Dio – 32 Min Learning a fun dance routine + 14 min barre + 4 min stretch
- TBC – Total body conditioning – 17 Min Cardio + 30 Min Strength + 3 min stretch
- BarRestore – 32 Min Barre + 18 min stretch
- HIIT Restore – 32 Min high intensity Cardio + 18 min Stretch
After the 3 week trial I was asked to become and instructor and the rest is history. But everyone asks why I love barre so much and recommend it. There are a few reasons:
- Barre Code & restore are incredibly low impact and the instructors are all about good form and safe movements. You can do it even if you have knee problems, low back problems, torn muscles, etc. and still get a great safe workout in that leaves you sweating and feeling strong.
- The multiple formats offered at a studio like Barre Code means that you an get your cardio, mediation, stretch, and strength all at one place.
- The community. Now maybe this is just my Barre Code (however much I may doubt it) but the women I work out with and work with are incredible and the entire studio is all about building everyone up and growing together.
- The new and different challenges. Every Week Every instructor has a new routine and we use 9 different types of props to challenge the body in new and different ways. I’ve been going to barre code just over a year and every time I take class my legs shake, my shoulders want to give out, and my core BURNS. And thats the best feeling of all.
I highly encourage everyone to try it out for themselves and see if Barre is the workout for them.