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.
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!
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.
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.