The studio, located at 100 Factory Street, is an unassuming space in a converted mill building with high ceilings, 10 foot windows and original hard wood floors. There's a certain charm to a space like this that I find incredibly captivating. Coupled with the warm greeting I revived from instructor Becki Somers upon arrival, I was really excited to give this a try!
We were each given a designated space along the barre, a yoga mat, a small inflatable ball and a set of two pound weights. By the end of the first segment, those two pound weights felt like they each weight about twenty.
Becki was one of the most upbeat, energetic fitness professional I've encountered and she really did a great job tailoring the class to meet the ability of her students while still offering a challenge.
Now, being a CrossFit athlete, I will openly admit I've scoffed at cardio-style worked outs thinking that in order to get a great burn, I needed a 150+ pound barbell lying across my back. Please note this as my proclamation that I was wrong. This class seriously kicked my booty! I can certainly see the value of adding a program like this to my cross training to help improve balance and flexibility, coupled with CrossFit.
If you're interested in giving barre classes a try, the full schedule is available on their website. The studio offers three variations on Barre including:
- Booty Barre (a fast paced, calorie burring, cardio workout)
- Barre Toning (a resistance training class)
- Ballerobica (a hybrid of the two using ballet training to lengthen muscles and help tone)
They offer a no-commitment, $12 per class option and your first class is free!