In the Victorian era, people made their cores look tight by wearing corsets, which doubled as bulletproof vests during pistol duels. Strengthen your core until it's naturally impervious to bullets instead with today's Groupon: for $15, you get three classes at barre3 (a $30 value), with locations in Bellevue and Seattle. Featuring a blend of corporeal disciplines, one-hour barre3 classes innovate on the traditional ballet barre to tone bodies, improve balance, and instill calm. Experienced instructors guide pupils in lean muscle-making contortions that merge the graceful flows of yoga with the rigorous sequences of Pilates, leading to timely results and postural peace treaties with your spine. Both locations’ schedules accommodate any busy body-bender's daily itinerary, with childcare ($5 extra) available during some sessions.
Self magazine wrote about barre3 and owner Sadie Lincoln in its article about Madonna's new fitness regimen, and FitSugar reviewed barre3's classes. Yelpers give barre3 in Bellevue and Seattle an average of five stars.
- After the class, I felt limber and (it might have been my mind tricking me) taller too. Then came the morning. Today, I hurt in places I never thought possible — ever felt back-of-the-knee pain? Something must be working! – PopSugar, FitSugar
- I knew, that even through the current misery that I was experiencing, that this class would definitely deliver results. – Eloise M., Bellevue location, Yelp
Length, grace, and a healthy body. These are the focuses of barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln. To achieve these results collectively, however, Sadie knew she needed to come up with a completely new routine. Working with yogis, professional dancers, doctors, and athletes, she created the barre3 system. It's a three-step sequence that consists of isometric holds, low-impact movements, and recovery stretching. This combination strengthens cores and aligns postures while sculpting long, lean muscles and burning calories. While upbeat music fills the studio, instructors lead small groups through a heart-racing sequence of yoga-inspired poses and pilates-based exercises. The ballet barre comes into use when striking muscle-building dance poses and stretches.
It's a system that has had proven results, which has spurred the successful growth of barre3 locations throughout the country. Today, fitness enthusiasts can find a barre3 studio in 16 states. An easy-to-follow routine, barre3 can also be performed at home with online workouts. These workouts are designed to fit busy schedules with routines that range from 10–60 minutes. All that's needed for online workouts is a barre3 core ball, weights, an exercise mat, and a sturdy, waist-high surface.