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.