To know: You will need sticky socks, which they have for purchase in the lobby area. You might want some water with you during class. You can bring your own or buy it for $1. You might start out in long sleeves but you’ll probably strip that top layer off about 15 minutes in. Class always starts on time. Don’t be late.
First impression: I’m in love. Seriously, I loved every minute of it. All of the teachers were great and didn’t waste a minute of the hour-long class.
I’ve mentioned I secretly wanted to take ballet classes, or maybe I realize that as an adult and just wished I would have when I was younger. If me and the Mr. ever have kids (big IF) I would definitely put my little girl in ballet. For a several reasons but I think posture and building muscle from a young age are so important. I can’t tell you how many girls I meet with killer legs and they all say they danced growing up even if they don’t do much activity now their legs are amazing. Unfortunately for me baseball, basketball and volleyball did NOT give me those type of don’t-have-to-do-anything-to-keep-them-looking-good legs and naturally good posture (I’ve had minor scoliosis since I was little).
Back to barre. To fulfill my dream of ballet I took one class of adult beginners ballet a few years ago. It was really fun, and I wish I would have continued taking it but geographically it wasn’t very convenient. I loved that class so much I figured I’d probably like barre, and I did of course.
About Xtend Barre classes: It combines a lot of ballet moves with cardio and repetitive movements that make your legs, core, and arms work really hard. You wouldn’t think little pink one-pound weights could hurt you. But trust me, they can. And once they don’t anymore (you beast) you can pick up 2- or 3-pound weights and go through the pain all over again. I wonder how long it will take me before I can handle 2-pounders for the entire arm series…
It is a 1-hour class with a few moments of rest but really you are working the entire time. In about 10 minutes in I have a thin layer of sweat on my face. I loved how every class is a little bit different, even if it’s the same teacher. I felt like I got an amazing toning workout and there were some moves I was like, ooooouch in a good way. I love that some of the teachers (Robin & Sara especially) take it to a level that half the class might have to modify, which they’ll show you, but they show you what you can aspire to do and for anyone who really wants to push themselves, they’ll take you there.
Final thoughts: Overall I loved these barre classes so much I kept going back even after my trial classes. It doesn’t hurt that it’s really close to my Georgetown studio, but also I just really enjoy it. I got a great workout in an hour that always flew by. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking to tone their muscles, and I have a lot of toning I need to do!
Note: This Xtend Barre class is through Fuel Pilates. It’s a little confusing, but you will schedule your classes for the O Street and Blagden Alley locations via the Fuel Pilates site.
Wearing: Leggings and tank courtesy of Beyond Yoga. The fabric is sooooo soft. The grippy socks I purchased at Fuel Pilates.
Photos by Abby Jiu