Whether it’s a dancer’s body that you’re yearning for, or you’re simply looking for a workout that’s as enjoyable as it is sweaty, Barre could be the one for you. Comprised of a series of small repetitive movements designed to lengthen the muscles, improve posture and create tone, there’s little more likely to have visible results as quickly as this L.A-founded concept. We’ve tried and tested the classes in London and comprised a hit list of the best studios and sessions to make finding your perfect class as easy as pas de bourrée.
Don’t let the name mislead you on this one, established spin studio, Psycle, has added a few new strings to its bow of late. With a brand new space in Shoreditch comes a brand new timetable and a brand new concept; a series of classes that balance cardio, strength and flexibility in equal part. Barre is a poignant feature on the list, but it takes a slightly different approach to the concept than some of the more ballet-based sequences on this list. With a focus on agility, speed and mental focus as well as the usual disciplines, get ready to feel those muscles working. An ideal start to the day, not least because of its fully-equipped changing rooms and premium bathroom products, it’s sure to get your endorphins and productivity levels running high.
17-23 Whitby St, London, +44 20 3150 2644
Barre45 at Heartcore
One for the more experienced practitioners amongst us, Barre45 at West London-based boutique gym, Heartcore, is a fast-paced, energising class that promises to work you just as hard as its 55-minute alternative. Suggested as being suitable only for people with at least two of the original routines under their belt, this sequence features faster reps, less rest time and a specially-edited sequence that will deliver visible results. The class is just as focused on posture and form as it is toning, with short bursts of exercise on the mat as well as at the Barre, so there are more benefits to the class than toned limbs. Ideally suited to those who live the busy London lifestyle and want a quick fix (that’s everyone then!), there’s little reason not to book in to get your heart racing and your muscles working.
Heartcore, 11a Stratford Road, London, +44 207 435 5078
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