Date: Thursday, 5:30 pm
Cost: $10 to try, $20 drop-in, packages/promotions available
Length: 1 hr.
Sweat level: 7/10
Fun level: 7/10
M/F ratio aka. single factor: all ladies
What I wore: long spandex, low impact sports bra, tank top, grippy socks
# of people in the class: 3, seems to hold about 20
- Water machine is available
- Bathrooms, no showers
- Floor is wood, so you can go barefoot
- Weights range up to 8 lbs.
Studio Barre is a place that I’ve passed before going to eat at Beaumont’s and is conveniently also near The Rush cycling. This is a slow moving traffic area, Bird Rock, hovering somewhere between Pacific Beach and downtown La Jolla.
This studio is absolutely beautiful, with wood floors and a yellow/white/dark gray motif. In the front of the store they have a mini-boutique which I would go to just for shopping. Of course they have your standard grippy socks, tank tops, sports bras, and colorful spandex for barre, but they also carry necklaces and sunglasses, which you certainly don’t need for class.
My class was only 3 people and doesn’t seem like a particularly busy location—one of the other girls in the class had never been there before and the other seemed to be a pretty loyal customer.
As I’ve suspected with barre, the instructors are not on a barre only diet of exercise. As I put my belongings away, they were chatting about races they were running that weekend and other athletic activities. Once class started, we were utilizing weights, an elastic band, a band with handles, and a mat.
I found that my most favorite part of class was working with the band with handles to do abs—we used them almost like TRX straps, but were sitting with them wrapped around the bar. My least favorite part of class was “around the world” jumping jacks, during which I had to clutch my chest as I mistakenly decided to wear a low-impact sports bra. Needless to say, I found this class had a bit more cardio than other barre studios. I know that teaching barre is pretty demanding because even though workouts follow similar formats, they change regularly and the teachers are working to keep time. That being said, I feel like more modifications/variations could have happened. I’m comfortable with someone adjusting/helping me, but there are certain ways my body just does not go—even after months of barre. In a small class of only 3, if someone is struggling to complete an exercise, there should be some option for modification.
This was a fairly convenient studio for me to hit up after work, and I’d probably be more likely to return to this studio than some of the others in the area.
Try this if: you love a good ol’ bar class, you’re in the market for some sweet gear, you’d like to increase your weight work in bar, you plan to supplement your workouts with other activities
Don’t try this if: you want lots of studio amenities, are looking for a busy studio, you are looking for a single workout to do in a day