Back in January, I was meeting up with a friend near Southlake, walked past The Bar Method- Southlake, thought to myself, “Oh! I need to stop by after my lunch date to see if they would like to be featured for DallasFitSpot!” As I looked through the windows, the door opens, and I hear someone yell my name! “Erica?” I turned, and it was a friend of mine that I used to dance and play volleyball with. “Hey Jessica!” I yelled. “What are you doing here?” I asked. She said she was about to ask me the same thing. “One of my good friends from college and her sister own this place, it’s the first day!” Perfect, I thought. “I want to meet her!” And so I did. Erin was incredibly nice, as I assumed, considering she was a friend of my friend. I chatted with her for a bit, she told me she followed DallasFitSpot, and would love for me to feature and review The Bar Method-Southlake. We exchanged contact info, and I soon set up a time to experience The Bar Method and learned what a great form of exercise it truly is.
Before I experienced my first class, Erin invited me to the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. They had delicious snacks (in photo above), coffee, tea (they offer coffee and tea after any class), various health juice drinks, wine, and an opportunity to socialize with the members of the city. At this time, I met Erin’s sister and co-owner Nicole. Both ladies are incredibly sweet, smart, and will whip you into shape in any of their classes. I’m glad they invited me to experience this moment with them. It was an honor to be a part of someone’s dream, and help promote and share their passion.
I had a preconceived idea of what the class would be like, considering I have tried 2 additional bar/barre studios. I imagined we would work at the bar/barre for most of the class, maybe sweat, but work out muscles that would ideally make me (or others) look like a dancer. This was my hope! I love the look of a dancers body, but I also was realistic in knowing that the transformation wouldn’t happen in 2 weeks. One can hope, right?! I was right in the sense that we worked out a lot at the bar, I didn’t sweat a ton, the dancer body comes with time, but I definitely experienced extreme soreness and pain which means I received a great toning workout.
Each workout starts on the floor in this beautifully clean classroom. As the instructor enters, the students stand to begin the warm-up. The warm-up is typically the same in each class. It starts with knee raises, then moves to working out the arms. The workout is like clockwork; you work the entire body in every class and the class is structured in a certain order to work on the same muscle groups. The workout itself was different, but the specific muscle does not change. (i.e. warm-up with legs, work the arms, then head to the bar, work the thighs, legs, glutes, push ups, maybe back to legs, thighs or glutes, head to the floor, continue working with the legs thighs, glutes, abs, then the class ends with hip raises, or back dancing-that’s the fun term they’ve coined.) After each targeted muscle, the instructor guides a lengthening and deep stretch. At first, I thought I would get bored knowing the general order of the workout, but because they changed the specific exercise for the targeted muscle group, I actually did not lose interest. At certain points in the class, I would check my watch for the time, and 40-45 minutes would have already passed without me realizing it. That’s a good sign for me! The class would end, and I would feel as though I had accomplished so much. It was a great workout. Like I mentioned before, I wouldn’t sweat, but my muscles would shake heavily, and I had gained a lot of muscle strength in just two weeks. I could really tell a difference. According to Erin and Nicole (the owners), taking classes at The Bar Method helps your performance as a golfer, runner, and in many other athletic sports. I would recommend this workout to see the improvements and health benefits it could have for you.
Info to know!
- Various class times throughout the week
- Wear grip socks (I didn’t, it made it slightly challenging)
- If you can’t make a class, cancel at least an hour before class. If you don’t, you will be charged!
- You can’t arrive late, show up on time! Otherwise, you will be charged with a no show fee. 😦
- Wear leggings/capris, no atheletic shorts!
- Towels are provided
- New client special -$100
- 1 month unlimited- first time renewal $149
- Club Bar Membership $185- this is for an auto-renewing membership program. (Check their website for membership perks: Membership )
– Fantastic muscle toning workout
– Improves posture and coordination
– Very clean facilities
– Coffee and tea offered after each class
– In each class, the targeted muscle and scientific name is used for teaching students
– Community classes offered for new clients
– Health events offered for members/non-members
– Intensive training for instructors (very knowledgeable)
– Caring and thoughtful owners
– Beauty products available when getting ready for work
– Getting charged for having to miss a class or be late
– Similar structured classes (if you need constant change and a completely different workout routine, this is not for you)
INTENSITY: (Intense for the repetitions and static muscle holds)
FUN FACTOR: (I enjoyed the workout, but I wouldn’t say I had “fun” the entire time. It was hard work and a challenge, but a great workout with fantastic results)