FEEL THE BURN: CHARLOTTE’S BEST BARRE STUDIOS

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ELIZABETH SEGARRA

JUN 25, 2019

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Sure, from the outside looking in, a barre workout might seem easy — but if you’ve ever taken a class, you know that these low-impact sweat sessions are no joke. And in Charlotte, there are more than a few top-notch barre studios to choose from.

So, get your grippy socks ready — we’ve rounded up all the best places in the city where you can get those muscles shaking.

You may have heard of The Bar Method before — fitness junkies across the US and Canada are addicted to their four signature class styles, and for good reason. Their classic 60-minute workout is simply called Bar Method, and it’s the perfect way to learn the barre basics. But if a little cardio is what you’re after, try Bar Move — it’s fast-paced, it will definitely make you sweat. Need to squeeze in a class during your lunch break? Their 45-minute Bar Express class is designed to give you a quick and effective workout. And if you’re already a barre pro, try Bar Advanced, where you’ll get more complex choreography and one hell of a muscle burn. Catch a class at their studios in South Park or Waverly.

If you’ve never experienced Barre Fusion at Carolina Barre & Core, you’re in for a treat. Their signature 60-minute class combines strength conditioning, Pilates, yoga, and ballet fundamentals in one hardcore workout. Get ready for planks, bicep curls, thigh work, and LOTS of isometric movements (aka small movements that will torch muscles you never knew you had). The last portion of class is dedicated to working your abs, so when they say this is a full-body workout, they mean it. Check out their studio in the back of Park Road Shopping Center.

Trying to tone up in time for a special occasion? Liz Hilliard and Clary Hilliard Gray understand. This mother-daughter duo created the Hilliard Studio Method when Clary wanted to get in shape for her wedding, and they’ve been whipping Charlotte into shape ever since. Liz used her Pilates background to create a unique, core-focused workout and now, they have a studio in Eastover as well as a line of DVDs, so you can experience the Hilliard workout anytime, even if you don’t have a special occasion coming up. If you’re a barre beginner, take their Essential Method class—it moves at a slower pace than their traditional Method class, so it’s perfect if you’re still breaking those grippy socks in.

You might know Flywheel for its premium cycling classes, but did you know they also offer a killer barre workout? Their classic 60-minute Flybarre class will give you a strength workout without the high-intensity of cycling. But that doesn’t mean it will be easy — you’ll work your arms, thighs, glutes, and core using choreography that goes right along with the bumpin’ beats. Not ready for an hour-long barre workout? Start with their 45-minute class. Fitt Tip: you won’t need shoes or socks for Flybarre, since all of the work is done on a mat.

In a Pure Barre class, you’ll use light weights, resistance bands, and a stability ball to work your whole body. Each Pure Barre routine is different, so you won’t get the same exact workout twice. But you can always expect to work your arms, thighs, glutes, and abs until they shake. Don’t be surprised if the instructor comes over to adjust your form at Pure Barre—the moves can be tricky at first, and they’re committed to making sure you don’t get hurt. There are three Pure Barre studios in Charlotte, so no matter where you live in the city, you won’t have to travel far to lift, tone, and burn those muscles.

You don’t need any prior experience to get in on the action at barre3. Here, they keep it simple with only one, open-level class style. Don’t worry, though — their experienced instructors will help you modify each move as you go, so it’s okay if you’re still getting the hang of that donkey kick. And if you’ve got a little one in tow, barre3 even has a play lounge at the studio, so you won’t need to hire a babysitter just to get your workout in. You can visit barre3 in Fort Mill and in the Reafield shopping center. But if you can’t make it to the studio, they also offer online classes — that means no more excuses, folks.

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