Find barre fitness classes in NYC and learn about the benefits of barre

Check out three of the best barre fitness classes in NYC and get the scoop from an instructor on how barre will improve your life



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Barre class at Pure Barre

Barre class at Pure Barre Photograph: Jolie Ruben

This type of fitness class has grown in popularity in recent years and is popular with New Yorkers looking to tone without adding bulk. The name derives from exercises that center around a ballet bar and aims to help practitioners achieve a long, lean dancer’s body. You won’t learn to dance (you can always try these ballet classes for that), but barre classes will shave inches off your physique.

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Barre fitness classes in NYC

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The Bar Method

Buns of steel takes on a dual meaning to the devotees of this demanding, ballet-inspired workout, which targets wanna-be bunheads’ glutes, among other regions. Developed by ex-journalist Burr Leonard, the technique crafts long, lean, dancerlike muscles through focused arm, ab, thigh and “seat” (a.k.a. butt) exercises, and also boosts practioners’ stamina and develops proper posture. There’s no hiding in these high-energy sessions. You may be one of up to 26 participants in the class, but instructors master everyone’s names in the first few minutes of the hour. Luckily, call-outs and corrections always feel encouraging. 212-431-5720, Schedule varies; visit website for details. Single class $37, 30-day pass $270, introductory package $150.

  1. 155 Spring St between West Broadway and Wooster St, second floor

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Pure Barre

While similar to other ballet barre classes—employing refined exercises to sculpt lean muscles without adding bulk—the work here is deceptively minimalist. The key to this particular style is the sequence of small, focused moves that change in position by only an inch or two. You may not think you’re doing much, but with each passing rep, your muscles twinge with more effort. After an invigorating warm-up, peppy teachers lead between ten and 25 students through fast-paced sets that whittle inches from the arms, legs, abs, hips and seat. Schedule varies; visit for details. Single class $33, packages $150–$500.

  1. 1841 Broadway at 60th St, suite 330 (917-344-9175) • 78 Fifth Ave between 13th and 14th Sts, fourth floor (917-675-1528)

Physique 57

Known for their amped-up version of traditional barre methods and specialty classes, Physique 57 is a blend of cardio, strength training and stretching which gets at even those little muscles you didn’t know you had. The method breaks down the typical series of ab, arm, seat and thigh work into eight-to-ten-minute intervals that first scorch a muscle group, and then immediately stretch it out. Trainers offer easy-to-follow corrections for anyone who needs help; they’re also highly attuned to modifying moves and positions for participants with injuries or chronic problems. Locations and schedule vary; visit for details. Single class $36, packages $180–$600.

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