best barre classes
If you want the long, lean limbs and sculpted body of a ballerina (but don’t have the co-ordination of a dancer or the desire to wear a tuu) then barre is the workout for you. The classes use small holds and isometric movements to tone your bod and improve your posture. They may seem like simple moves but you really do feel the burn, and you get results pretty damn quickly too. Fancy flexing your muscles? These are three of the best barre classes to try.
Barrecore is probably the premier barre studio in town, thanks to its signature method of interval training applied to each major muscle group. As well as a warm up and stretching throughout, the classes have sections for the thighs, the seat and the abs – it’s like legs, bums and tums on steroids.
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This Hackney studio is putting the boogie in barre with its Disco Barre class; the moves are intense and the playlist is banging. There are also a range of combo classes on offer, like Box & Burn, which involves light weights and bands as well as boxing movements, and Barre + Body Conditioning, which adds pilates into the mix.
Created by former Broadway performer Ashley Verma, Define does New York-style barre. And what exactly is that? Well it’s amped up – that means music, energy and non-stop body burning, with classes incorporating balance balls and gliders. And once you’ve experienced it in the studio, there are online vids available for you to practice at home.