Have you noticed how many barre classes there are these days? I feel like I turn a corner and BOOM, a barre studio emerges. I’m loving the trend. There are a variety of barre studio franchises as well. From The Barre Code, Pure Barre, Cardio Barre, Barre, Pilatesbarre, The Bar Method, to Barre3. If you want a barre class, DFW has plenty. But how to choose?! It really all depends on what YOU are wanting out of your workout. I fell in love with The Barre Code-Plano, but learned it was not at all what I had expected out of a barre class, it was so much more. I decided to try a new and different barre studio: Barre3- Richardson. I haven’t really seen many Barre3 studios, so I was definitely intrigued when I heard about their opening in Richardson. I was eager to check it out, and even more excited to help promote and share the dream that belonged to the owner Angela.
Photo: Baker Rowan Creative Photography
As soon as you meet Angela (pictured on the right), you fall in love with her immediately. She has a lot of spunk and is just as friendly as can be. She welcomes her clients with a bright smile and makes sure to get their name as she introduces herself. Being opening week, Angela made a point to remember each client’s name and to thank everyone for attending the studio. Her classes were full of laughter and encouragement to work hard and achieve great results. Because of this, all classes were packed, and most had a waiting list in order to attend.
What is Barre3 exactly? According to the Barre3 website, their approach to fitness is more than just exercise, its a combination of exercise, nourishment, and community. 3 key factors (hence the 3 in Barre3). They care about how you nourish your body and the opportunity to connect with people who share same goal. Barre3 also offers meal plans and produces a magazine to encourage and motivate clients to aim for success.
I wanted to take multiple classes throughout the week to get a full understanding of the studio and atmosphere. The classes were what I would have expected from a barre studio. The class starts with a light warmup and stretch, and moves on to a type of arm or leg workout. Each move is done with multiple reps in order to get the full benefit of the exercise. We head to the barre to workout our legs, thighs, and buns, move back to the center for another arm workout, and finish the class on the floor for abs and then a final stretch. Most of the classes I attended were done in this format. The overall “routine” or exercise changed, but the layout stayed the same. The workouts were quite intense. I was sore for days, and at the end of each class I was in a pool of sweat. I am not one to sweat a ton, so you know you’re getting a good workout in when your sweat is dripping off your body.
Something unique about Barre3 is that they offer child care! Outside of corporate gyms, I have not seen this for a smaller studio. Child care is not offered for each class, but when you sign up on the MindBody APP, classes are listed where child care is given. What a great concept! I have many mom friends who would definitely use this studio just for the opportunity to have child care while working out.
Info to know!
- No socks needed (you can wear gripped socks, but it is better barefoot)
- Hard floors
- If you can’t make a class, make sure to cancel 4 hours in advanced so you don’t get charged.
- 1 hour classes
- $129 Monthly Auto-Renew
-Childcare offered at select classes
-2 fully stocked bathrooms with various beauty accessories and products
-Towels are provided
-Instructors are very active and engaged during the workout
-All workouts are modified
-All equipment is cleaned after each class
-Hard floor (If hard floors hurt your feet, this is not the best place for you)
-Classes have a wait-list (That means they must be worth it!)
-Limited space when classes are full
1387 W Campbell Road Richardson, Texas 75080