It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, I barely had any exposure to barre. In the past few weeks, I’ve tried True Barre at Equinox and Pop Physique — and my body definitely feels it. FlexBarre offers a more cardio-intensive variation of your traditional Barre class in a down-to-earth studio designed to make students feel comfortable.
If you read my review of Equinox’s True Barre, you’ll know that I’ve finally come around to Barre. Despite how painful the workout can be, it’s difficult to argue with the challenge it poses. Pop Physique, with its beautiful aesthetic and “J’adore barre” t-shirts, became my next stop. Their newly opened Chateau on the Upper East Side conveniently offered a free class this past week to those who signed up, and of course I jumped right on it! What I got was a full hour of a tough, full-body workout that left me exhausted (in a good way) hours later.
Solace NYC is mostly known for its intense Body classes. If you follow any fitness trainers on Instagram, they will probably have at least one photo featuring Solace’s signature oak walls and ring rows. They will probably be hanging from some crazy contraption or doing a backflip over another person or some other feat of physicality that I will never be able to do. However, in addition to these death-defying workouts, Solace has also started offering a biweekly class called the Brave Body Project. They are in-person versions of popular workout videos that can be done with little or no equipment. Although I have never done the videos, I can tell you that if they’re anything like the in-person version, you’ll definitely feel the burn.
One of my New Years resolutions for 2018 was to do more conditioning workouts, such as Barre and Pilates. While Yoga at that point had already been well-integrated to my team, I knew that I was missing the benefits of the isometric movements that Barre and Pilates offer. This was difficult for me. Up to that point, I had hated basically every Pilates and Barre workout I had done (apart from Trilogy Barre). But after a few weeks of attending Pilates Power at Equinox East 85th, I decided that I was ready for the hour-long True Barre experience.
Sometimes it seems like a new fitness studio opens in New York every week — or at least every month. In February, Balance.Yoga.Barre, a hot yoga and barre studio hailing from Oklahoma, made its New York City debut. Offering a free first class, this yoga studio has also been spreading the word by providing deals on Groupon and Gilt City. Since I never say no to a free class, I decided to give them a try. While a nice change from my normal Equinox routine, I feel that Balance.Yoga.Barre may still have a few kinks to work out.