Fitness: Barre3 Rittenhouse Review
Whether you’re new to taking fitness classes, or have been around the fitness block it’s hard to keep up with all of the ever-changing availability in the boutique fitness world. in case you're not familiar with barre, it is essentially a workout class with ballet-inspired moves. But don’t let the name fool you, this fast-paced aerobics class actually involves very little time at the ballet barre. Although each class and studio has it's own spin on how they run their classes, most barre classes are a combination of dance, ballet, pilates, and overall aerobics set to a fast pace tempo. The result: a challenging workout that keeps you on your toes (literally lol).
Although I've taken a few barre classes before, I wasn't sure what the layout of this studio would be like. When I entered the workout studio it was a hardwood floor with ballet bars lining the room. There was not a specific outfit required however most people wore workout leggings with a comfortable tank and no socks, similar to what you might wear to yoga or pilates. My class started off with about 15 minutes of warm up in the middle of the room followed by moving to the ballet barre for a bit along with their signature Barre3 balls. After that, we used classical ballet moves such as plies and raised heels to isolate and tone targeted muscle groups. At this point, I was already starting to feel the burn and was a bit surprised that I was still keeping up despite it being 6 am in the morning. From there we did some floor work on top of mats and finished up our class. After an hour-long class, I felt like I had an intense full body work out and couldn't wait to do it again.