With indoor exercise being actively encouraged amid lockdown restrictions, Barre is having a major moment. A low impact Pilates/ballet/strength training hybrid that gets impressive results fast, it’s also responsible for some of the best A-list bottoms out there. In fact, those who’ve discovered its joys are positively evangelical about its ability to change your body shape. It’s super tough, extremely popular with both men and women, and the barre burn is notoriously intense. But the rewards are longer, leaner muscles (the ones we all want), improved posture, balance, core strength and guaranteed abs and thighs of steel. If you want to emerge from lockdown in peak showroom condition, it’s time to add a Barre class to your virtual workout schedule. Prepare to get hooked on some of the best classes available.
This ever-popular studio offers virtual 45 minute classes, with a large choice of excellent trainers. Beth Naan’s Legs and Core class will having you begging for mercy, but are well worth it for the impressive results.
Ex-dancer Rod is Psycle’s head of Barre, and his high-energy Zoom classes, set to great uplifting playlists, are addictive to say the least. Expect to be pushed to your limits, feel major burn, and achieve results beyond your wildest dreams.
The Barrecore method is a favourite of Claudia Schiffer, Pippa Middleton, Rita Ora, Poppy Delevingne and many more. With on demand and live-streamed classes available, it’s considered one of the most effective ways to transform your body fast.
Louisa Drake is an ex dancer and choreographer who’s trained the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham. She and her team have moved online with ease; their 10-15 minute online classes are easy to fit in between work Zooms and there are also daily Barre and Sculpt classes. Expect varied sessions and lasting results.
This extremely popular, Notting Hill-based Wellness Centre now offers virtual membership. It gives you access to 20 live-streamed Bodyism classes a week, plus an on demand library of over 200 incredible workouts.
With a large range of classes incorporating Barre, Core Collective is determined to make working out the highlight of your day. The livestream classes are results-driven, fun and super effective. Prepare to feel the burn.
Barre instructor Jen is a mother of four who’s passionate about building strength, stamina and balance. Her focus is as much on the mental health benefits of Barre as well as the physical gains. She streams four 30-minute classes a week which stay online for a month, so you have a permanent library of 20 sessions available on demand. Her motto: ‘If it’s shaking, it’s working’ – expect serious Barre-burn and a lasting endorphin high post-class.
Katie Gray, the founder of Kind by KG, believes in training people to understand that lower impact really doesn’t mean fewer results. Her clever combination of dynamic Pilates principles with Barre are created to mindfully condition, sculpt and tone.