Getting started is always the hardest part. Luckily, BP barre classes—and the diverse group of students who take them—are not nearly as intimidating as you might think. Not only will we make you feel like a prima ballerina upon your first visit, we’ve prepared some additional tips to help you get the most out of the experience.

  • Dress comfortably in any brand and style of workout apparel. Because yoga pants are in fashion until the end of time, this part is pretty easy. Just avoid skimpy clothing that leaves your midriff and/or upper legs barre.
  • Eat a light snack in the two hours before class to keep your body fueled. Bring along a water bottle so you can stay hydrated throughout the class. If you forget, we have a canteen of citrus water and nutrition bars to grab at your convenience.
  • Bring or purchase grip socks to wear on your feet (socks with sticky dots or patterns on the bottom). The grips are known to provide better traction on the studio’s carpet while performing planks, squats, and lunges. If you’d rather wear plain socks, however, that’s fine with us. We do sell many types of grip socks in our boutique.
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early. You don’t have to do this all the time, but make your best effort on the first round. Unless you sign-up online and register your profile, you’ll need to fill out a page of basic paperwork. Then, you’ll get a brief tour of the studio, meet your class instructor, pick out your equipment, and snag a spot at the barre.
  • Our class formats vary, but most classes begin with resistance work for the upper body using 2-8lb dumbbells. In our signature Ballet Physique workout, the second quadrant of class moves to the barre for exercises that sculpt your calves and thigh muscles. The third section of class includes strengthening and toning work for the glutes, combining both barre and floor work. You’ll complete the workout with a shorter section of mat-based abdominal exercises and full-body stretching.
  • Don’t expect to do everything perfectly the first time! Barre technique is incredibly specific, and it will take a few more classes for your muscles to adapt to the precise movement, unique range of motion, and balletic posture. But alas, what doesn’t challenge you doesn’t change you.
"Ballet Physique is in a league of it's own. I was so sore the first two days, and I loved every minute of it!"
"Since my first class I have felt welcomed. The very professional and talented instructors provide modifications, help correct your form and praise you by name—which is a BIG motivator for me."
"Definitely feel stronger and more flexible after a few classes. The instructors are also so welcoming and kind, and they take genuine interest in your experience there."
"Extra bonus: Most of the instructors are beautifully trained dancers which lends them the best authority on proper form AND great variation in class workouts (no two classes are usually the exact same)."
"This place is amazing!! Not only do you get one heck of a great workout but it calms your mind. Plus, you get to meet some incredible people and establish great friendships!"
"Last year I tore my Achilles, but I was able to continue my workouts at the studio with a lot of modifications given by the instructors. I credit BP with helping to speed my recovery."
"I love Ballet Physique. First time in my life I've actually looked forward to working out."
"I was training for the Leadville 100 MTB race this summer and was having back pain. I knew I needed core work, and since BP was the best I'd seen, I committed to attending two days a week. It did the trick, and I was able to finish under my goal time."
"The hour long class flies by and that soreness in your legs the next day is awesome!"
"This total body workout is easier on my joints and I gladly now push my running shoes to the back of my closet...My knees are thanking me!"
"The classes I have attended really focus on my problem areas, and I'm starting to feel good about my body again. Four classes in, and I'm already seeing and feeling results!"
"The classes are going to kick your a**, and you might have trouble steering your car afterwards, but you won't be mad about it!"
"Bravo to Ballet Physique, although I wish you had locations in New York City. I loved it so much I bought a tank from the store!"
"I recently tried a bunch of barre studios on ClassPass and have to say Ballet Physique is by far my favorite."
"Admittedly, I was a little intimidated... I really had nothing to worry about, though! Everyone—both teachers and other clients—have been nothing but super sweet and welcoming."