Studio: Haute Barre
Location: 1645 Park Pl Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416
What is barre? Barre (pronounced “bar”) is a ballet-inspired group exercise class that gets its name from the horizontal wooden rod that dancers use as a prop during warm-ups to help build strength, balance and flexibility.
What is Haute Barre? “The original Haute Barre class is a 60-minute full-body workout, targeting the areas we love to work the most – the arms, abdominals, thighs, and glutes. The class is comprised of interval strength training, isometric holds, and deep, luxuriating stretches, all working to strengthen and lengthen your muscles and develop those shapely lines.”
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What to expect: This was my first barre experience. The studio is small but that makes for a more intimate setting. The class was good but since it was my first barre class, I was often trying to look at the instructor to see what she was doing and it was difficult to see because she was in line with me versus being up in front of the class. Barre was definitely a different workout than I am used to. Holding a pose while your muscles shake is not the most enjoyable feeling and I was often worried I wasn’t doing the holds right and therefore not getting the full benefit. But I definitely felt the burn! My muscles were sore in places they are not normally sore so it was good to know I was working different muscles from my usual workout routine (mostly running).
The classes: There is a variety of classes ranging from 45 minutes to 75 minutes. The classes include classic barre, barre + cardio, and yoga! Check out the class descriptions for more details.
What to wear/bring: Wear comfortable, non-baggy clothing. You can be barefoot or wear socks with grippers on the bottom. Socks can be purchased at the studio. You will want to bring a water bottle, towel, and you can bring your own mat if you prefer.
My experience: When I attended Haute Barre, it was for a blogging event with the Twin Cities Blogger Collective. It was my first blogging get together and barre class so it was a bit intimidating but was really fun! Everyone was super nice and welcoming. There were other first timers in the group and our instructor, Lindsey, was great! We went around the room and introduced ourselves and our blogs. It was nice to put faces to the blog names! After the class we took a group photo and had light refreshments and snacks while we chatted and got to know one another.
And Britany’s review of another barre studio, Pure Barre.
Check out Haute Barre if you’re in the Twin Cities area!
***We were not compensated by Haute Barre in any way, all opinions are our own.