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FEEL THE BURN: BALTIMORE’S BEST BARRE STUDIOS

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Sara Sellitto

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Whether you’re looking to sculpt your physique to that of a dancer, or get a total-body tone without the injury risk of a high-impact activity, it’s time to raise the barre on your workout. This ballet- inspired workout focuses on tiny “pulsing” movements that push your muscles to their limit and deliver big results.

Yes, that’s right — we’re talking barre class and the best places in Baltimore to get your fix.

Vibrant and welcoming, you will instantly feel like part of a community from the moment you walk through their doors in Towson. The Dailey Method combines all the best parts of barre, yoga, and Pilates with a heavy focus on alignment and proper form. And if the upbeat music isn’t enough to get you through those dreaded chair squats, the encouraging words from the instructors and your barremates sure will.

This gorgeous studio takes up residence in a Baltimore icon: the Natty Boh Tower in Brewer’s Hill. Yet the only hops you’ll find here are on the mat in front of the barre. With several class types to chose from—from M.Power HIIT Barre to Barre Pilates—there is a little something for everyone. Post-class, relax in the chic downstairs lounge and sip some hot tea or just chat with your new friends.

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Pure Barre

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If you’re looking to LTB (Lengthen-Tone-Burn) away from the crowd of the city, head to Pure Barre in Hampden. Expect fast-paced classes with the only the best playlists — bursts of cardio are mixed in between body-toning tucks and pulses for the most complete workout sesh.  And for the uber-dedicated, set your sights on the 100 Club, earned after 100 booty-lifting, thigh-shaking classes. That’s only like a million “1 inch up, 1 inch downs” — no big deal.

Soul Body Barre offers several types of barre classes at various locations around Baltimore.  But if you want the ultimate experience, you have to try Soul Body Barre Unhitched at FX Studios’ Under Armour World Headquarters gym. You absolutely cannot beat the price $8 drop-in price tag, and you will L-O-V-E the athletic take on classic barre. Unhitched takes things away from the wall and uses a body bar to deliver the same great moves with more freedom. Feel the freedom, feel the burn!

If strength and grace are what you’re after, then head over to check out The Bar Method in Locust Point. You’ll be smitten with their gorgeous space, welcomed by their amazing staff, but what keeps you coming back is the workout is SUPER effective. You will never get bored when instructors are constantly coming up with new moves to make you shake, like plank rollouts on a Pilates ball.

Get ready to get your knee dancing in at this one-of-a-kind Pikesville studio. Classes incorporate equipment like ab slides, Pilates rings, and resistance bands — all with traditional barre exercises like tucks and pliés to leave you feeling stronger and stretched all at the same time. The burn is temporary, but the tone is forever (if you keep going back…).

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REV Cycle Studio

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Creative workout combos are REV Cycle’s specialty thanks to founder Esther Collinetti’s try-anything attitude. While their standard Barre45 or BarreCardio are great cross-training for runners or cyclists, you won’t want to miss some of the amazing events and theme classes on the schedule. From ’90s throwbacks to “barre & bubbles” (post-class champagne — yes!), we guarantee you’ll be coming back to this Locust Point sweat spot week after week.