Why I Ended My Barre Boycott | Katie Proctor

I’m a big believer in only doing workouts that you enjoy. Otherwise, you’re not going to be motivated to get up early or make time for it after work or otherwise JUST DO IT even on days you’re really not feeling up to exercising. Barre is one of those classes I’ve tried to like for a really long time. Really, I have. I know many people who swear by it, but until recently I had pretty much sworn it off as something that wasn’t right for me.

Thanks to ClassPass, I’ve had the opportunity to try every major chain out there. But the carpeted floors, the women wearing infinity scarves to class {you can’t make this stuff up} and the instructors calling me out by name {repeatedly} in front of the whole class to change my form was just not cutting it. And I used to be a competitive dancer! So, no, I don’t think that it’s because I’m “not good” at barre or I just don’t “get it”, but I really believe the culture of a lot of these places is flawed. Half the time I feel like I’m being asked to wish away my limbs or squeeze them until they’re as small as they can be. Why can’t I just work with what I’ve got?

I can’t count how many times I’ve decided I will give barre another shot, especially when I travel because there’s a chain in every major city, but I catch myself skipping or cancelling the class 95% of the time. So when The Barre Code, a new studio in town, reached out to me about trying a free class to celebrate their grand opening, I was more than a little skeptical. But I agreed because I’m all about trying new things and so 6:30pm came last Thursday and I found myself at a barre studio once again.

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My first impression was that it was more “hip” than “luxe” and in my book, that’s a good thing. I found out that my class {BURN} was going to be heated to 95 degrees, and I didn’t need any grippy socks – hooray! I did forget a yoga mat, but they graciously offered me one to use for my first class without judging me for not knowing what to bring.

The class participants were different here, too. It was the first class I attended where all body shapes and sizes and fitness levels were represented, and nobody seemed to care. I’m not trying to make a gross misrepresentation of barre, but I have been to enough classes and enough studios in different cities to know this is not the norm. As I’ve shared before, I’ve been on my own fitness journey the past few months, and I never really felt like I fit in at a barre studio when I was just starting out. Even back then, I could have walked in the door at The Barre Code and felt immediately at ease.

The class itself was tough, it was fun and had great pump-up music {a sign of a great class in my books}. The room was black-lit so you weren’t focusing on what other people were doing, and best of all there was NO carpet. Corrections were made discretely, one-on-one and with the mic turned off unless it was a tip offered to the entire class. Nobody got their name screamed out for doing something wrong! I would describe it as SoulCycle for barre – it has the same vibe with an emphasis on a positive mindset and getting stronger {not thinner}.

I was most excited to see the extensive list of classes, which also include HIIT formats and a kickboxing workout called BRAWL that I can’t wait to try. The Barre Code is anything but a typical barre studio {though traditional barre lovers will enjoy it, too}, and I would highly recommend it to anyone I know. In fact, I’m offering a free class* to anyone who wants to give it a try! Simply click here, pick your class and enter code HEALTHYHAPPYHOUR to get started. If you’re boycotting barre like I was, I think The Barre Code will change your mind!

*This code is only valid for the Denver location, however you can enjoy The Barre Code at any of its locations {currently, CO, IL, IN, MI, NE, PA, TX, WI and expanding fast}.