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If you’ve been following me for any length of time here or on Instagram, you’ve definitely seen me at Barre Body Studio. I started going to the studio about a year ago and became obsessed after I joined a challenge this past summer. So when the Alberta Blog Squad was invited to try out a private class at Barre Body Studio, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.
What is barre?
There are a lot of myths about barre. Many people think you have to have ballet experience or will be dancing during class, neither is true. Barre is a low-impact fitness class that focuses on strengthening through isometric movements and high repetitions. But don’t let low-impact be confused with easy. The class is tough and while you may not lose your breath like in a HIIT class, you will be struggling to walk the next day.
Photo Credit: Scribbles & Sass
The biggest reason I love barre is because it’s an amazing complementary workout to running. The first time I took a class I immediately thought the movements were very similar to exercises that my physiotherapist was giving me to strengthen my glutes and hips (typically weak in runners). The thing about physio exercises is I don’t do them. I will, however, do the same movements in a class atmosphere to upbeat music. Since I’ve become a regular at barre, I have had a huge decrease in running related injuries.
Class typically begins with a warm up which is followed by an upper body workout sequence. 2-5lb weights are used but don’t let the low weight fool you, your arms will be burning from the high reps.
There are two cardio burst segments sliced between lower body sets that focus on glutes, hamstrings, and inner and outer thighs. Class ends with a brief ab workout and some light stretching.
The one hour class flies by and there are always different
torture devices equipment like bands, balls, disks, etc. used to work your muscles in a different way. I am a regular at barre and have never had the same workout twice.
While we didn’t try out the BBS Pulse during our class I should mention it’s available. During every class, you have the opportunity to wear a chest strap heart rate monitor. Your heart rate and zones are shown on the screen in studio, and you are also sent a detailed report of your heart rate and calorie burn after class.
I love the look of Barre Body Studio. The brick in the studio and large windows make for amazing photo opportunities. It’s no surprise that I see a ton of Calgary fitness photo shoots at this studio.
The change room is well set up with free lockers available, showers and blow dryers and complimentary hair products.
Sweat Society has a selection of workout apparel available and Barre Body offers an ever changing stock of their own branded clothing which is so cute!
Drop in price $25
Punch pass and monthly membership options available
Monthly Intro Pass $65
**Save $10 off 10 card punch pass or Monthly Intro Pass by using code PRETTY10**
There are two studio locations in Calgary and two in Edmonton.
Grip socks are required for classes and can be purchased at the studio. Rentals are also available for $1.
Thank you Barre Body Studio for hosting the Alberta Blog Squad
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