Fitness | My First Barre Class

July 08, 2015

Hello Freckles Fitness The Barre Workout Studio Newcastle
Barre workouts are the new 'in' thing and when I found out a local studio was celebrating its' birthday and offering free tasters, I couldn't sign up quick enough! Here's what I thought when I headed along at the weekend.
Hello Freckles Fitness The Barre Workout Studio Newcastle Plank
Hello Freckles Fitness The Barre Workout Studio Newcastle
The Barre is a studio on Newcastle Quayside, near the Swing Bridge and the humble destination has just turned 6 this weekend. The studio has a very minimalist decor with the open brickwork, wood and hanging lightbulbs, not to mention the huge 'b' you can't miss when you walk in.

With all classes at The Barre, you don't need your trainers, so slip off your shoes and leave them on the rack outside the changing rooms (which are all separate cubicles, great if you're not one for communal changing) Any belongings can be stored in the lockers provided and there's plenty of seating if you're extra eager and arrive early for your class, like we did!
Hello Freckles Fitness The Barre Workout Studio Newcastle
Our barre class was a 30 minute introduction, unlike the usual 1 hour classes. Maxine, our instructor made us work hard and I really enjoyed how different it was to my usual workout classes (the likes of spinning, metafit etc.) Barre classes have their roots in the resistance training found in classical ballet. While it's not like 30 seconds of burpees, you will break a sweat and get that wobbly leg feeling. Using targeted movements designed to really work your muscle groups, you'll lengthen and stretch them before you feel that burn with your pliés. The class uses the barre, mats and free weights, though we're only talking 1-3kg so don't expect deadlifts...

If like me, you've never given ballet a go, don't be put off trying out a barre class. I've wished I had taken up ballet for a few years now and I'm yet to find a local adult class I could get myself along to (recommendations please, tutu optional). Barre workouts are open to all abilities, 1st Barre being the ideal option for beginners and your instructor will let you know when you're ready to move up to 2nd and 3rd barre where the moves get more challenging! There's also Open Barre classes where there's a range of moves to test you. Whilst we were there Plié Relays were happening, Plank Challenges and a whole load of cake and treats too - well it was their birthday - it's definitely a fun place to be and I'm so pleased to finally find somewhere in the North East offering barre classes! All the instructors I spoke to were lovely, Maxine was really encouraging and supportive and there was a great atmosphere in the class.
Hello Freckles Fitness The Barre Workout Studio Newcastle Post-Workout
Hello Freckles Fitness The Barre Workout Studio Newcastle Stretching
Hello Freckles Fitness The Barre Workout Studio Newcastle Plie
Post workout photos and stretches were clearly a must, how else was I going to show you what the studio looked like... or our almost completely coordinated attire! Thanks Maxine for putting us through our paces and pushing us during our taster class. I know we both really enjoyed it and I'm ready to work for my dancer body without the dancing! Strong, toned and some upper body strength and definition wouldn't go amiss! It may be a while before I join the 100 Shot club though...

Have you tried a Barre workout? What did you think?

For more information on The Barre Workout studio, please see their website.
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14 comments

  1. Etrois do adult ballet classes at Freelance Dance in Jesmond - I highly recommend them! X

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  2. I want to do barre so much, I'm obsessed with yoga and pilates and want to try this but can't seem to see anywhere in manc that does it! :( x www.thegirlwiththestrawberrytattoo.com

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    1. Aww there has got to be somewhere in Manchester! Let me know if you find somewhere and how you get on x

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  3. I would love to try this sort of class out! I used to go to Ballet classes a lot and really miss them. Love your workout top!! xo

    jpoppy-thats-just-me.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It was a really good class, I'd recommend it if there's somewhere local to you :) x

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  4. I've been to Barre before and I loved it! Such a great way to get fit whilst having fun. Some of those moves burn x

    Amanda / Amanda's Escape

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  5. I used to do ballet and really miss the muscle work out it gave me. I'd love to try and track down a barre class local to me now!
    Megan x
    London Callings

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    1. Good luck finding a local class, Megan! x

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  6. This is a great way to workout. I am also in dance fitness group and it is amazing. We learn the choreography and dance on many types such as hip hop or ballet.


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