A Different Kind of Barre Class

After my experience last week with Yoga in the Park, I began to search for more free outdoor events and in turn found so many other free events that I could try out. This weekend alone, there were at least 4-5 events on that I wanted to attend but couldn’t attend since they all overlap.

Last week I was browsing Eventbrite, and the one event that caught my eye was a Barre3 Richardson pop-up class at Nordstrom Galleria Dallas. Barre3 Richardson is opening up in a few months and in preparation of the launch they are hosting several pop-up classes over the next few months. I enjoyed it so much I thought I would a quick Barre3 review of the pop-up class that took place on Saturday.

Barre3 Richardson’s Pop Up Event

Although it was early for a Saturday morning, I am so glad I went. I am a huge Barre fan so this pop up class was right up my alley. I invited my good friend Mary and we both invited our significant others. Surprisingly, both of the boys agreed to come. (I know, right?)

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When we arrived to Nordstrom we were directed to the athletic department. The space was bright, but the area to work out was somewhat narrow because there was a huge pillar in between. Regardless, we all found our spots at the back of the class and set our yoga mats down. 

About twenty minutes into the class, I thought to myself, “Whoa, I’m sweating.” I then glanced around the room and saw that most everyone in the class was sweating as well, including our significant others. The only prop we had was the squishy Barre3 ball – other than that it was mostly body work. The instructor mentioned that this class would normally have weights, which would have amped up the sweat factor in this class.

I had never attended a class at Barre3 studios before so I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been to a couple of cardio barre classes before but never Barre3. The moves we were required to do were repetitions of simple moves that were highly effective in providing a great light cardio workout. The only downside I could see was that the repetitiveness could cause your mind to wander a little bit. Other than that, however, I felt like this was an incredibly effective workout.

When I spoke with the studio owner and instructor, Angela, she informed me that each class is based on the same format but has different moves so you don’t get bored of the same class. The other barre studio with a cardio format I have been to literally had the exact same class each time I went, so I wasn’t as much of a fan, however, I could get used to this if it’s different every class!

The guys were absolute troopers, especially since neither of them would consider themselves super flexible. Kudos to them for trying something different.

Post-Workout Treats

After the workout, they held a raffle for a Nordstrom gift card, tank top, coffee mug, & free classes. Unfortunately none of our party won but it seemed like some really great prizes.

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They also had these delicious dark chocolate donut holes that I immediately beelined towards (what’s my problem??)  Angela, the studio owner and instructor, mentioned that they got this recipe and more on the Barre3 site, found here. These balls were super healthy and definitely satisfied my chocolate fix.

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I plan on attending some Barre3 classes again when the Barre3 Richardson studio opens up. I’ll be able to give a more detailed review of the class in its natural studio setting. I also love variety so would love to switch it up while I’m attending other barre and yoga classes. 

After I moved to proper Dallas, I realized it’s a fantastic city to explore various fitness styles and classes. You can expect to find more fitness class reviews on the blog as I continue to discover new studios and events.

 

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