As you know I am all about FITNESS, and although I LOVE being in the gym & grinding it out with the weights & plyometrics, I'm always open to trying out new & different ways to get my calorie burn. How else can I recommend (or warn against) my clients/friends/family trying stuff?
This week I tried out a BARREWORKS class with my ACES & my sister (*see her thoughts on the class HERE) at BarreWorks Toronto.
Let me preface my review with the fact that based on the name & the picture on the card, I was REALLY expecting it to be dance based, more like standing Yoga. Slow & graceful, which I typically do NOT prescribe to where MY fitness is concerned, as I bore easily.
That being said, the class was AMAZING! We did the beginner class, and we were sweating up a STORM! Not only because the room was (comfortably) warm, and the class was full (about 15 girls) BUT because it was more like a Ballet-infused BOOTCAMP, than a "dance class".
Resistance bands, and weighted hand-balls gave us the restistance element, and the barre and a mat gave us options on the moves, using a LOT of core strength to hold the levels while doing the moves. You definitely get a GREAT burn through the legs, but with the Push-Ups and bands thrown in, even your arms & upper body get ROCKED!
Our instructor, Lina, was a spicy little Brasilian with a TON of energy! She made sure nobody stopped moving, and came around to make sure our form was on point. (*does that count as a pun, if I don't type it as "en pointe"? I digress...)
What I appreciated was the variations in pace & the ability to modify, up or down, for ANY fitness level. Lina showed the class options on how to take moves from the standard to a little easier, if needed, the bands and balls had 3 weight options (*by color) and for those in the class a little stronger (*ok, just me... but I'm more jacked than the average yoga/ballet/pilates-er) we were able to double up the bands or weighted-balls to up the challenge.
Here in Toronto (*follow them on Twitter), they're located at Queen Street W, just west of Bathurst. near the Teaopia. Newbies can try it for the super sweet price of $10 for the first class.
I definitely recommend it! See if it's in your city and TRY IT OUT!