Welcome To Your First Barre Fitness Class
As a new Barrecore client, we advise that you join us first for a BarreFORM or BarreSIGNATURE class to get comfortable with the basics.
BarreFORM incorporates more repetitions and slower transitions to better isolate muscle groups and help you perfect your technique. It's a great class if you're new to barre fitness, recovering from injury or are pregnant - but it's also attended by our hardcore clients as it's still a very challenging class!
BarreSIGNATURE is our famous original class. The teacher will offer you modifications throughout the class to decrease or increase the intensity, so this class is suitable to newbies as well as our long-term clients. None of our classes are ever identical, but as with BarreFORM, this class use a combination of bodyweight resistance, light props, work at the barre and high repetitions to exhaust all your major muscle groups.
When you feel you like you've mastered the basics, you can mix in one of our specialty formats.
BarreSCULPT uses resistance bands to add intensity to classic Barrecore exercises and further chisel those muscles. The bands restrict your range of movement which allows you to feel isometric connections more easily, and generate a greater muscle burn out. Add this class to your schedule once a week and you'll notice even faster change in your body.
BarreSWEAT offers continuous movement through a combination of traditional Barrecore movements and low-impact cardio exercises. The class will improve your coordination, increase detoxification, and also decrease your blood pressure and resting heart rate. This means your heart doesn't have to work as hard all of the time, which is beneficial for your entire body.
BarreEXPRESS is perfect if you’re short on time and need to fit your workouts in around a hectic schedule. Quicker transitions between sets and less time spent on stretching means your workout is done in just 45 minutes. Each class will focus on a specific area of your body - thighs, seat, abs or upper body.
BarreRESTORE uses a unique combination of fascial release techniques, breathing techniques and lengthening stretches to help you achieve transformative results even faster. The resulting supple, flexible muscles will improve your positioning in all our classes, which means you'll be able to hold poses longer and achieve an even deeper muscle burn.
When you've become a master of the Barrecore technique, we invite you to join our most hardcore class.
BarreADVANCED entails higher repetitions, less recovery time between sets, and all the advanced modifications to get you burning and shaking as quickly as possible for as long as possible. The class moves fast and is technically challenging, so if you aren't sure whether you are ready to progress, chat with one of our teachers and they can advise you.
Barre is one of the best ways to exercise while you are pregnant. To learn important modifications, please ask the studio for more information and book into a private session to make sure you keep you and your baby safe. We also offer a special prenatal class in some of our studios.
BarrePRENATAL will enable you to exercise safely and effectively throughout your pregnancy to help reduce aches and prepare your body for birth. The class is specifically tailored to suit a pregnant body, and our teachers will also guide you to adapt your movements to match your trimester and personal needs.
We Recommend Comfortable But Fitting Clothes
We recommend wearing fitted clothing to properly see your technique in the mirrors. Leggings and a vest or t-shirt are perfect. Leggings with zips might prove uncomfortable during floor work, so we recommend leggings without them. A low impact sports bra should provide adequate support as all our classes are low-impact.
Wear Grippy Socks To Stay Grounded
No need to drag shoes to Barrecore! Trainers restrict your range of movement and since you'll spend a lot of time moving through your feet, we wear grippy socks in our classes. Grippy socks also help you hold each position that bit longer without slipping. As soon as you slip, you have to reset and you lose that crucial burn that Barrecore is all about. Socks also help ensure we keep our carpets clean and hygienic (which is why we ask that you don't wear shoes, come barefoot or wearing toeless socks). Bring your own, or buy a pair in the studio!
No Need To Bring Any Equipment
All mats, weights, balls, resistance bands and any other props you may need during class are provided. Before the start of class your teacher will have set up an example equipment station at the front of the room, so you can see exactly what you need. If there's anything you're unsure of how to use or can't find, just ask - teachers or fellow class-goers are always happy to help. You can also purchase our Accessory Pack if you wish to do our Online Workouts from home or when you travel.
Arrive A Few Minutes Early
If you're joining us for the first time, please come by the studio a few minutes early so that we can show you around the studio and facilities. We'll also introduce you to your teacher who can ensure you have everything you need ahead of class. It's important to us that you feel right at home, from your very first visit!
Be On Time To Participate In The Warm Up
Being on time minimises risk of injury as warm-up is a vitally important part of class. It also limits disruption to fellow clients. In fact we'd love it if you could join us a few minutes before your class is due to start. That way you'll have plenty of time to sign in and set up.
It is important to stay hydrated when you're working out, so all of our studios have filtered water dispensers. We also sell reusable water bottles and bottled water in our studios.
Should you need a pick-me-up snack pre or post class, you'll find lots of delicious and healthy options on the shelves in the majority of our studios.
The Structure Of The Class
All our classes (except BarreRESTORE) begin with a fast-paced warm-up followed by full-body barre and floor work incorporating various props and weights, and ends with stretches and a final relaxation. Our teachers are on hand to guide you through every step so don't be nervous - you'll do great!
You'll Get Help To Find The Right Technique
Your teacher will explain each move as well as where you should be feeling muscle burn, and give hands-on adjustments throughout class to ensure you’re getting the most out of every exercise. Technique is key in barre fitness so getting correct positioning from the start will help your confidence, progression and ultimately ensure you see quicker results.
Modify For Higher Or Lower Intensity
Modifications are given for every move, so you can choose whether to take a less strenuous or more advanced route. Should you have any concerns or questions, our teachers are always happy to chat before or after class.
Embrace The Shake
It may feel like a very strange sensation the first few times you experience it, but shaking in class is a good thing! It means you have hit that sweet spot where your muscles are tearing (don’t panic, these are tiny, microscopic tears) which allows for more muscle fibres to be created as these little tears heal. This is what creates toned, lean muscles.
Small Movements Will Work You Harder
Keep your movements in class as small as possible. They should hardly be visible. This will work deeper in the your muscles and target areas you have probably never worked before.
Push Yourself To Your Own Edge
The beauty of Barrecore workouts is that they are always changing and confusing the muscles. When muscles are ‘confused’ they have to work harder and more calories are burned. The key is to continue to find the shake and burn throughout class. Always push your limits and you will not plateau until you are the leanest and strongest you can be for your body type.
Don't Forget To Smile!
It will make everything seem better and feel like less effort. Plus you'll release endorphins and serotonin!
Congrats! You made it through your first Barrecore class!
It's Normal To Ache
Remember, it’s totally normal (and a good sign) if you ache a little after your first few classes. It means you made a deep connection in your muscles and are continuing to burn fat even after class has finished.
Get Back In Studio Within 2 Days
Try and get back to class within 48 hours, working your muscles again will help reduce any soreness you may be experiencing.
4 Is The Magic Number
4 classes per week will get you the quickest results, but taking class 2-4 times per week is the perfect amount for maintenance and overall cardiovascular health, strength and conditioning. Regularity is the only way to see serious, lasting results in your body.