Welcome To Your First Barre Fitness Class
For new clients, we have a range of special introductory offers. Simply go to the pricing section of the Studio you're interested in attending to see what's available.
Then you need to get ready to embrace the Barrecore 'shake'. Our intelligent exercise approach works every major muscle group in your body, whatever your fitness level, creating lasting change you’ll start to notice after just a few classes. We look forward to welcoming you in Studio soon!
Choosing The Right Class
When you are starting off at Barrecore it's really important that you book the right level of class. Regardless of your general fitness level, you need to start by learning the right way to do our classic Barrecore moves, before you progress and attempt technically more difficult classes.
We have a host of different class formats to choose from and for beginners we highly recommend you start your journey with our INTRODUCTION class. The focus in this class is on understanding technique, which will allow you to get to grips with the moves before stepping up to your next challenge.
The Introduction class is not currently available at Bristol, Wimbledon Village and Alderley Edge. For new starters at these studios we suggest you start with SIGNATURE LITE
All classes are set to upbeat music and incorporate high repetitions of barre moves to help craft a long, lean and strong physique. Each class begins with a vigorous warm-up (often including small hand weights) and ends with a full stretch and relaxing Savasana, with our instructors on hand to guide you through every step.
You can view more detail on individual classes by clicking on the class names above.
Please ensure that you don’t mistakenly book initially into an Intermediate or Advanced Class. If you have, contact the Studio and they will be happy to re-book you.
What to Wear
It's very important to feel comfortable and be confident in what you wear to workout. The right kit will help you stay focused and motivated throughout class. For barre fitness we recommend wearing fitted clothing - leggings and a vest top are ideal. If possible avoid leggings with unnecessary zips (these can prove uncomfortable during mat work). A low impact sports bra should provide adequate support during the majority of classes, however as you progress and start adding HIIT sessions to your weekly workout you may wish to wear something more structured. Bringing along a long-sleeved layer to slip on for warm-up or during savasana is always a good idea.
Don't Forget Your Socks
At Barrecore, shoes are not permitted in the studio and wearing non-slip socks is required in all classes. These help ensure stability during class, so you can hold moves for longer and ensure we keep our carpets clean and hygienic. We sell Barrecore grippy socks in Studio, should you need to pick up a pair before your first session (please be aware bare-feet and toe-less are not permitted).
There's no need to bring any equipment with you to class. All mats, weights, balls, bands and any other props you may need during class are provided. Before the start of class your instructor will have set up an example equipment station at the front of the room (usually beside the longest mirrored wall in 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 - instructors or fellow class-goers are always happy to help.
Staying Hydrated and Well Fuelled
We know how important it is to stay hydrated when you're working out, so all of our Studios have water dispensers. We also stock water bottles and sell bottled water. We do kindly ask that no open cups are taken into class to avoid spillages.
Should you need a pick-me-up pre or post class, you'll find lots of delicious and healthy snacks on the shelves in the majority of Studios.
Please be Punctual
At Barrecore we have a strict timings policy and do not permit clients into the studio room if they are more then 5 minutes late for class. We hope you'll appreciate that this rule helps limit disruption to fellow clients and minimises risk of injury (warm-up is a vitally important part of class). In fact we'd love it if you could join us at least 5 minutes before your class is due to start. That way you'll have plenty of time to sign in and set up.
If you're joining us for the first time, please do give us a call in advance so we can arrange a short tour of the studio and facilities. We'll also introduce you to your instructor 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!
To avoid distraction and help you get the most 'me-time' out of your class-time with us, we kindly ask that mobile phones are not brought in to studio rooms. Phones can be left in the lockers provided.
Our instructors reserve the right to ask you to leave class if it is unsuitable for a pregnant woman or if you have not completed the stipulated number of classes required prior to moving up a level of class difficulty.
Our Magic Carpet
When you enter our Studios you might be surprised to find that they are carpeted.
You may be used to working out on a hard surface, but there is method behind the madness! The reason for using a carpeted surface is primarily for your comfort and safety. Carpet provides a lower impact surface to workout on, meaning less stress on your joints and more cushioning for floor based moves.
Our 'magic' carpet is also the main reason we require clients to wear socks in class. This, along with a rigorous cleaning schedule twice daily, help us keep our carpets to the highest standard of cleanliness so you can enjoy your workout in the best surroundings possible.
Expert Barre Instructors
All Barrecore classes are led by our specialist instructors who undergo 200 hours of intensive barre fitness training over a two and a half month training period - before being formally tested and qualifying.
Our instructors give hands on adjustments throughout class to ensure you’re getting the most out of every exercise. They also provide a commentary relating to the moves being undertaken and the benefits of those on the body, as well as explaining where you should be feeling muscle burn. 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.
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, instructors are always happy to chat before or after class, just ask.
If you think you would benefit from one to one attention, then please ask at reception about our private barre sessions.
When In Class
During your first few classes there are a few key things you should try and keep at the forefront of your mind
Embrace the Shake
It may feel like a very strange (something embarrassing) sensation the first few times you experience it but shaking in class it s is a good thing! If you shake it means you’ve hit that sweet spot, your muscles are tearing (don’t panic, these are tiny, microscopic tears) and then more muscle fibres are created as these little tears heel to create toned, lean muscles.
Small Movements Work 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 to your 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 leanest and strongest you can be for your body type.
It will make everything seem better and feel like less effort. Plus you'll release endorphins and serotonin!
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.
Try and get back to class within 48 hours, working your muscles again will help reduce any soreness you may be experiencing. Taking class between 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.