Never got to fulfill your dreams as a light and sprightly ballerina? Then you’ll love barre. It consists of elements of dance-inspired, yoga, Pilates and functional strength moves. It’s done without shoes, so you can kick off your smelly trainers and generally go barefoot or wear grippy socks. Whether you’re a barre beginner or professional looking for a new workout space, here our top picks for our favourite Sydney Barre studios.
Bondi is renowned for being a wellness hub. The iconic location is also home to Balance Moves and the studio looks exactly what you’d expect to see on the set of Fame or Flashdance. Director of the studio, Renee Scott has formulated the exclusive Barre Attack workout especially designed to improve your posture and balance but with a cardio kick. They also have special Pilates classes and private one-on-one instruction available for pre and postnatal ladies. Barre Attack is a style that many barre teachers learn so even if you take a class outside of Bondi, there is a good chance that it may be a Barre Attack class.
Location: 72A Hall Street, Bondi
The Barre Project
A very sassy studio with lots of attitude. The atmosphere, the trademark LED lights and the fresh beats will be the first the first things you notice. Each killer workout will help you discover muscles you never knew existed. The instructors are super friendly and will leave you wanting more. A workout at TBP is almost as addictive as a morning coffee.
Locations: 122 Castlereagh Street or 55 York Street, Sydney CBD
With a philosophy that exercise should nourish your body, not punish it, don’t think for one moment that means a little lie down in a bright, light and airy studio. Each workout uses light weights and simple equipment and focuses on full body movements so you’re working out smarter, not harder. When you choose Barre Body, you’re also giving back to the community. Barre Body supports One Girl, a charity who believes every girl on the planet has a right to education. With a focus on Sierra Leone, 50 girls have gained an education, and more have been given access to sanitary pads and rehabilitation programs.
Locations: 3 great locations in Sydney—CBD, Bondi Junction & Surry Hills
With a killer incentive of getting your first workout free, you can try out Xtend Barre to see if you’re ready to become a hardcore workout warrior. You’ll need grippy socks to work out here, but if you don’t own any, they’re available for sale at reception. Aside from the kickass workout, their awesome app makes life so much easier. With it, you can book into classes, swap times or even cancel if your plans change.
Locations: 8 locations across Sydney—CBD, Alexandria, Drummoyne, Eastern Beaches, Manly, Mona Vale, Mosman & Parramatta.
The Fitness Playground
It’s fun, it’s funky and it’s a workout designed to build a long lean dancers physique. The best thing is if you’re a beginner, there’s no highly complex poses or moves. It’s hard not to enjoy Barre with embracing the fun, motivational playlist which included retro throwbacks with Hanson, Savage Garden and the Backstreet Boys. The staff are friendly, there’s a health food café, what’s not to love? Check it out. After all, as they say at The Fitness Playground, nothing great ever happened in your comfort zone.
Location: 3 locations in Sydney—Marrickville, Newtown and Surry Hills.