Roundup: Where to Find Barre Classes in Boston
Tired of indoor cycling and Zumba? Try one of these ballet-inspired barre classes.
Barre is everywhere: Celebrities are endorsing it, studios are popping up right and left, and just about every health and fitness magazine has covered the trend. The ballet-inspired classes, which use isometric movements at the ballet barre to tone and tighten your trouble spots, will make your muscles burn and shake on the way to that long, lean dancer’s body you’ve always wanted. So if you want to see what the hype is all about (or you just want to relive your childhood ballet dreams), check out these Boston barre classes.
The Bar Method
The Bar Method combines dance conditioning exercises, interval training, and strength training to whip you into leotard-wearing shape. And with the studio offering classes each weekday from early morning to evening (weekends have a slightly reduced schedule), you’ll be able to find one that fits your schedule.
$26 for a single class, $165 for monthly unlimited after purchasing the $125 new client special, 234 Clarendon St., Boston, 617-236-4455; boston.barmethod.com.
National company Pure Barre focuses on tiny but effective isometric movements at the barre to transform your abs, butt, hips, and arms. The studio has locations in Boston, Newton, and Wellesley.
$23 for a single class, $225 for monthly unlimited, 350 Newbury St., Boston, 617-247-5360; purebarre.com.
C2’s main focus is Pilates, but the studio also offers barre classes aimed at toning and targeting the core muscles using equipment like resistance bands, balls, and weights in addition to the barre.
First class $11, 840 Summer St., Boston, 617-686-1395; c2pilates.com.
Boston Body Barre
Boston Body’s unique blend of traditional barre methods, cardio, and Pilates will have you tucking and bending your way to a toned body.
First class $20, 8 Newbury St., Boston, 617-262-3333; bostonbody.com.
Exhale Mind Body Spa
Exhale’s Core Fusion Barre class is offered at three different levels and combines Pilates, yoga, ballet, and dance for a multi-dimensional workout. The spa is also home to some of the city’s best-loved barre teachers.
$25 for a single class, multiple Boston locations; exhalespa.com.
In addition to its Reformer Pilates and cycling classes, this studio also has a Barre Blast class designed to make you feel the burn right away.
First class is $5, 30 Newbury St., Boston, 617-578-8663; btonefitness.com.
Not willing to pay for fancy studio classes on top of your gym membership? Equinox, the Sports Club/LA, Healthworks, and Bally Total Fitness all offer barre or barre-esque classes.
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