Navigating the Barrescape: 4 Studios You Should Check Out in the US
Barre is a ballet-inspired workout that continues to be in high demand among boutique-fitness-industry-goers. With the barre world showing no signs of slowing down as more balletic and nontraditional variations pop up around the United States and beyond, weeding through the best barre studios across the nation will help stretching, pulsing, and sweaty-sock-wearing women everywhere find their quintessential barre tribe, something I know all about as the cofounder of the New York-based yoga-barre studio and community space Shaktibarre. With the help of instructors James Rose, Samantha Aviles, Emily Ho, and Paige Hexton, here are the top studios we've visited that are now on our relevé radars.
Barre Studio: Pure Barre
Description: Changing bodies and changing lives.
Mantra: "Pure Barre is more than just a workout; it's a lifestyle. At Pure Barre, women share a sense of community in which they are inspired and empowered by each others' fitness and lifestyle goals."
Barre workouts offered: The signature Pure Barre class, Pure Empower, Pure Foundations, and specialty classes like Fab Abs, Bye-Bye Inner Thighs, and Slenderize Inner Thighs.
Online presence: Pure Barre's Instagram incorporates things like workout challenges, chic athleisure, and motivating quotes for everyday inspiration.
Sample review: "Since I have joined Pure Barre, the difference in myself has been amazing. Not only do my clothes fit better, but I am physically stronger and my flexibility and even my posture have improved."
Pricing and dress code: Single classes are about $34 and socks are required.
Barre Studio: FlyBarre
Description: Barre after the bike and light weight training plus core strengthening.
Mantra: "Hop off the bike and onto the mat with FlyBarre, our total-body sculpting class that blends light weight training with core-strengthening exercises to create the ultimate toning experience. Led by a motivating instructor, FlyBarre is a fun, high-energy workout that quickly tones and strengthens muscles. We switch up our routines frequently, so even though we always concentrate on arms, core, thighs, and glutes, we guarantee you won't get bored. As the perfect complement to Flywheel, FlyBarre completes your full-body workout. Look no further for a cardio and strength-training dream team. Hit the stadium and the barre room and be prepared to meet all of your fitness goals."
Barre workouts offered: The signature class is a total-body workout. Blending light weights, high repetitions, and core-strengthening exercises, it's the ultimate toning experience that's transformed countless bodies. FlyBarre Power 45, Arms & Abs, and Sport versions are also available to try.
Online presence: FlyBarre's Instagram is all about athleticism, having a good and sweaty time together, and zero-tolerance for distractions, weaknesses, quitting, or being average.
Sample review: "The reality is, Flywheel has been the best thing that I've ever done for myself. For the first time in my life, I'm not only in control of my health, but I've been able to set (and surpass) my personal fitness goals."
Pricing and dress code: Single classes are about $36, and should you take a Flywheel class right before, you'll need to wear Spin shoes.
Barre Studio: Physique 57
Description: Efficiency and effectiveness are No. 1.
Mantra: "Physique 57 will rapidly transform your body. From abs to arms to glutes, our motivators help you maximize your potential throughout your NYC barre classes. Every move and every minute counts here. Efficiency and effectiveness go hand in hand to produce unbelievable results."
Barre workouts offered: Physique 57's signature classes are full-body barre workouts that blend dance-inspired cardio, strength-training exercises, and stretches that are designed to burn fat and transform your entire body. It offers a wide variety of classes for all fitness levels. You can also take its beginner, interval, and mat editions.
Online presence: Physique 57's Instagram is full of teachers and students doing challenging poses — all with a smile on their faces! It also has lots of merch available to wear and tag yourself in while you're also striking a challenging barre pose.
Sample review: "I've taken several different barre classes and P57 is by far and away my favorite. It's a bit pricey, but it's a workout that works. The instructors are encouraging and help with form without making you feel like you're being called out. The staff always remember my name even when I don't go for weeks. And they have different classes that add in more cardio to barre movements if that's what you're into. This location is also the best! Shiny and new."
Pricing: Single classes are about $37.
Barre Studio: Barre3
Description: Build inner resilience, body wisdom, and true strength.
Mantra: "Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovations designed to balance the body. Whether you have 10 minutes or an hour, each full-body workout optimizes every moment with moves that adapt to your body for maximum results."
Barre workouts offered: Barre3 is a 60-minute workout that mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovations designed to balance the body. Inspired by ballet barre, yoga, and Pilates, its instructors guide you through a specific sequence of movements that tone and lengthen all major muscle groups, rev your heart rate, and strengthen your body.
Online presence: Barre3's Instagram is centralized around students (and sometimes their awesome transformations!), plus a generous nod to various components of its magazine such as nutrition and beauty tips.
Sample review: "One of my favorite barre studios! The workout's a good mix of cardio and toning, and you definitely break a sweat. The instructors are upbeat, offer modifications and challenges if you want/need them, and are super friendly/make everyone feel right at home."
Pricing and dress code: Single classes are about $35 before tax and socks are optional (but water bottles are highly recommended).