Barre studios—bastions of thigh-quivering, glute-firming fitness moves borrowed from the ballet world—are hotter than ever, with new methods and studios debuting across the country at a ridiculous clip.
In case you’re behind and haven’t delved into the growing scene, we put together this handy recap of everything you need to know when it comes to saddling up to the barre.
1. The Barre Studio Primer
A coast-to-coast guide to all the major barre studios on the country’s boutique fitness scene.
2. Can you get your cardio in at a barre studio?
The studios that ask you to point and tuck—from Physique 57 to West Coast-brand The Dailey Method—are promising to raise your heart rate, too.
3. Pure Yoga’s beloved barre class Figure 4 expands in a big way
Yesterday, popular barre brand Figure 4 unveiled a major expansion and more ways to tuck, tone, and pulse.
4. The ballerina with bandwidth
With real-time online classes and products galore, Bowers, who trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan, has created a whole lifestyle company based on ballet fitness.
5. From prima ballerina to fitness pioneer
Post plies and pointe shoes, these professional ballerinas traded their tutus for tank tops and now lead some of the city’s best boutique fitness classes.
6. Fantasy Home Gym: Shay Kostabi
When we heard that favorite New York Flybarre instructor Shay Kostabi had a barre her Brooklyn living room, we had to invite ourselves over.
7. Brooklyn (finally) gets its first barre studios
This fall, two national barre brands officially plant their flags in the outer borough.
8. A barre studio baby boom?
Which two of New York City’s most popular barre instructors are pregnant?