What is a Barre class and why should I do it at Fitness Unlimited?

When I first heard about barre classes in the fitness industry I automatically pictured myself back at the ballet barre in pink tights and a black leotard doing plies and tendus to classical music.  Though I personally LOVE ballet I know that the majority of the fitness population would not be jumping up and down to partake in such a workout.  So then I was left wondering how it has become one of the top crazes in the fitness world today.  I decided to try my first barre class about 4 years ago and I can honestly say that even with a BFA in Dance Performance I had no idea what I was getting myself into!

Luckily, I didn’t show up in my leotard and tights as the class is formatted nothing like a traditional ballet barre class.  So if you’ve been putting off trying a class because you have no coordination or dance skills then you can drop the excuses and head to the barre.  No tutus are required and I guarantee you will get one the most effective, challenging but doable workouts you’ve ever experienced.

So what should you expect in a barre class?  A barre class consists of a high energy fusion of barre exercises, sculpting and Pilates set to music that makes you want to move. The program is designed to create a uniquely lean, firm, sculpted body by combining the muscle-shaping principles of isometrics, the body-elongating practice of dance conditioning, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training into a powerful exercise format that quickly and safely reshapes and elongates muscles.  That sounds like the perfect formula for all of those “problem areas” every woman hates!

Most barre classes follow the same basic structure: You’ll start with a mat-based warm-up full of planks and push-ups, do a series of arm exercises, and continue at the bar with a lower-body section to work your thighs and glutes. Finally, you’ll finish with a series of core-focused moves at the bar or a short session on the mat.  Though the exercises will change from class to class you can always rest assure that you will leave feeling like you just challenged every muscle in your body to the max in just 50 minutes.

So why should you take a barre class at Fitness Unlimited?  Majority of barre studios allow upwards of 15-20 students in their classes.  Here at Fitness Unlimited we only allow a maximum of 8 students in each class to guarantee a safe, intimate workout environment.  You can count on your instructor offering personal attention to every movement you perform to guarantee the best results and to prevent injury as they are all certified and very well educated across multiple fields of fitness.  Expect to receive detailed instruction on how to effectively target those “problem areas” to ensure that you will get the most benefit from that workout.  Aside from the quality of instruction, here at Fitness Unlimited we offer our barre classes at a reasonably low rate of just $15 per class.  Barre studios in the area charge anywhere from $18-$25 per class. 

So why not give us a try?  Break out your grippy socks and meet us at the barre. We guarantee that you will not leave disappointed…just sore!  If you don’t believe me check out some of our students testimonials.

Danielle Miller
Pilates Director at Fitness Unlimited


I cannot say enough about barre classes at fitness unlimited! I’ve become obsessed, and part of the reason is because I’ve seen such great results so quickly. I’ve been doing barre for about 1 year now, and the results for my body are astounding. I want everyone to know in the past year I’ve lost 48 pounds, I went from a size 14 to a size 6-8 (which is perfect for my body), my journey and the results I have obtained would not be possible without Fitness Unlimited’s amazing instructors and barre classes. I DO not go to the gym 7 days a week, my job as a nurse does not allow for it as I am working 12 hours shifts (which really means 14-15 hour days, no time for the gym on those days). So I make the most of my days off, making barre classes 2-3 times a week part of my routine.

I remember my first barre class and how the following morning I was so sore I winced walking up stairs, and I thought "this is crazy, why would anyone do this" I figured I’d give it one more try because women at work were raving about barre, after the second class I did not have that pain, so if you're thinking of trying barre KEEP WITH IT, give it at least 2 times I promise that pain isn’t after every class once you get going.

The results you get with barre are what women look for...I’m talking tone and inches like you wouldn’t believe. All women’s problem spots- arms, thighs, butt, the dreaded "back fat" from your bra line, midsection, legs, it takes care of it all in such an amazing way. Barre 2-3 times per week has made me so confident, no more searching through your closet trying clothes on and off because of "problem" areas, when you put clothes on, they just look good. Barre has even made me feel like a millions bucks in a bathing suit as well as naked! When I look in the mirror for the first time since I was in my teens, I like what I see, actually I think I may like my new body even more then my teenage body!

The barre instructors at fitness unlimited are all amazing. I’ve taken classes with Tina, Danielle, Alison, Natalie, Michaela, Sara Lyn, and Lisa. All of them are equally as amazing and knowledgeable regarding barre technique, injury prevention, and motivation. With all of the instructors being so amazing, it makes it easy to squeeze in barre classes no matter what time of day or what day in the week (there literally isn’t a bad class!). When I first started I had gym phobia, was overweight and extremely self-conscious about "pushing" myself from a fitness stand point. I could not do a push up, a sit up, and I didn’t even know what a plank was. All of the instructors were so supportive, giving good advice, offering modifications if needed, discreetly correcting my form. I’ve kept with it and even after 1 year, I still find the classes challenging, and STILL continue to see results. No matter what your age or fitness status, do not be intimidated to try out some barre, the results are well worth it - Leah (Fitness Unlimited Member)

I have been taking Barre since it was first offered at the club and love it. All of the instructors are knowledgeable and are constantly learning new techniques which makes for an exciting class.  It is a low impact work out with amazing results. I have noticed an increase in my endurance and leg strength. My arms are definitely more toned and I love that every class we do a plank and push up series. I would definitely recommend Barre to anyone that has not yet tried it.  - Erin (Fitness Unlimited Member)

I have enjoyed taking barre classes at Fitness Unlimited for the last two years after I had my second daughter. It is an incredible workout that combines ballet, yoga, and Pilates at the barre and on the mat. The music is great too! I love how the teacher targets each muscle to the point that it burns, and then directs you to do a deep stretch to lengthen it out.  Barre has also strengthen my core and muscle definition.  - Kate (Fitness Unlimited Member)

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