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

Check out six of the best barre fitness classes in NYC and get the scoop from a master instructor at Flywheel Sports on how FlyBarre will improve your life.

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  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Barre class at Pure Barre

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Barre class at Pure Barre

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Barre class at Pure Barre

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Barre class at Pure Barre

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Barre class at Pure Barre

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Barre class at Pure Barre

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Barre class at Pure Barre

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Barre class at Pure Barre

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Barre class at the Bar Method

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Barre class at the Bar Method

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Barre class at the Bar Method

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Barre class at the Bar Method

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Barre class at the Bar Method

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Barre class at the Bar Method

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Barre class at the Bar Method

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Barre class at the Bar Method

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Barre class at Pure Barre

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

FlyBarre at Flywheel Sports

Developed to complement the studio’s foundational indoor-cycling offerings, this body-sculpting class comes in three forms: the original 60-minute version, FlyBarre; the condensed Power 45; and FlyBarre Sport, which homes in on the arms and abs. Regardless of the iteration, you’ll systematically work each muscle group through a sequence of focused movements, set to a high-energy music mix tailored to the session by the instructor. The lineup of moves changes frequently, but routines always incorporate a signature progression that hits biceps, triceps and deltoids. Just don’t plan on carrying heavy items for a day or two—your arms will be screaming for mercy. 212-242-9433, new-york.flywheelsports.com. Schedule varies; visit website for details. Single class $32, packages $155–$545.

  1. 39 W 21st St between Fifth and Sixth Aves

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, soho.barmethod.com. Schedule varies; visit website for details. Single class $37, 30-day pass $195–$270.

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

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 purebarre.com 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)

Aerobarre at Aerospace

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” may have first been used by Muhammad Ali, but the same can be said for anyone who commits to this boxing-ballet hybrid. Created by former pro dancer and Aerospace cofounder Leila Fazel, the 60-minute workout defines muscles through a mix of bobbing-and-weaving upper-body moves, punches, jumps, squats and modified ballet maneuvers (along the lines of squats and leg lifts). While you’re never at an actual barre, you’ll employ various weights (both petite dumbbells and long bars) as tools to challenge your balance. 212-929-1640, aerospacenyc.com. Wed 6pm, Thu 9:30am; single class $30, monthly membership $300.

  1. 336 W 13th St between Eighth Ave and Hudson St

Physique 57

A blend of cardio and resistance training, this 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 physique57.com for details. Single class $36, packages $180–$600.

Figure 4 at Pure Yoga

Yogis looking for a way to enhance their practice can turn to this workout, developed by former dancer Kate Albarelli, for a blend of their favorite fitness moves with ballet positions and weighted movement. Named after a ballet stretch, the program works four main muscle groups—abs, arms, glutes and thighs—to create a long, lean body. What sets this style apart is its concentration on the smaller muscles closest to the joints, developing strength and flexibility. The tempo of the class varies throughout the hour-long session, so both your body and mind stay engaged and challenged. Schedule varies; visit pureyoga.com for details. Members only, call for monthly membership prices.

  1. Pure East, 203 E 86th St at Third Ave (212-360-1888) • Pure West, 204 W 77th St at Amsterdam Ave (212-877-2025)

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