Barre fitness classes in NYC
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.
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 physique57.com for details. Single class $36, packages $180–$600.
Meet a FlyBarre master instructor
The gain: “We take a fast-paced, music-driven approach designed to create the sculpted look of the ideal ballet dancer—long and lean, without being bulky. The class involves high repetitions at little to no weight; the maximum in ours are three-pound weights. The major differences people see are in terms of inches lost, especially in the arms and around the core. During our six-week challenges, where people take class four times a week, the average inches lost is about seven or eight. Most Flyers come three times a week, though, and they can see a change in their bodies after two weeks.”—Kara Liotta, 27, West Village, master instructor and director of training for FlyBarre at Flywheel Sports