Hands up if you haven’t heard of barre yet? And if not, what rock have you been living under? A sweet combo of ballet, yoga and Pilates, barre classes are taking over the world one plié at a time.
While you can forget the tight bun and toe-squishing shoes that haunt you from your childhood dance classes, after your first barre workout, you will hurt in places you never hurt before. Oh, and you’ll be hooked. Keen to see what the fuss is all about? Here are the best barre classes on the Sunshine Coast to get your body all toned in time for summer.
Sunshine Studio Pilates
The smart cookies at Sunshine Studio Pilates have created a unique style of barre class called ReformBarre, which is pretty much exactly as it sounds—a combination of exercises on the reformer and at the ballet barre to ensure each key area of your body is stretched and worked. Trainers Michelle and Nichola are the real deal—you only have to take a quick peek at their Facebook page to see a stream of rave reviews.
Xtend Barre at Oxygen Pilates is more than just a class…it’s a total body workout! Feel the difference after each class you as work on strengthening, lengthening and stretching your body from top to bottom. By combining the principles of dance with the strength of Pilates, you’ll be looking and feeling in shape in no time.
If you’re after a class that has river views, sea breezes and is only a wee stroll away from amazing coffee and eats, Noosa Flow HAS to be your go-to. This boutique studio in Noosaville welcomes all to try their barre classes, and as soon as you set foot in their light-filled, lush new studio, we’re pretty sure you’ll never want to leave. With smaller class sizes, the instructors are able to focus on ensuring you nail the barre technique, every single time.
People of Caloundra, get ready to make those thighs burn, baby, burn! NXT Studio offers a handful of barre classes for people of all abilities and fitness levels. Designed to make you sweat, you’ll also feel super strong and you’ll just want to do more and more! But, do you wanna hear what’s unique about this lovely little studio? Come to a class early, or stay after, and enjoy a pot of local tea in the ‘room of Maitri’—a place of love and kindness for all NXT clients. Isn’t that just the sweetest?
We listed Jodi’s BarreYoga class as a ‘must-try’ in 2017 a little while back, so we figured this was a fitting time to remind you all to tick it off your fitness bucket list, if you haven’t already. A strategic mish-mash of meditation, yoga, Pilates and barre, you can turn up to this class with zero experience and rest easy knowing Jodi will take care of you! Holding classes between Mudjimba and Maroochydore, they be bookin’ up fast these days, so move quickly.
A barre class at CGM Pilates is a must-try! Located in the new Kon-Tiki Business Centre in Maroochydore, you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated as soon as you walk in to the CGM studio. It’s a bright, natural light-filled space filled with eco-friendly timber furniture and pops of vibrant greenery. But hold up…that’s not (entirely) what we’re here to talk about! Their 50-minute Pilates Barre class focuses on improving your core strength and posture through a mixture of functional movement, Pilates and classical ballet techniques. Add it to your bucket list and let lovely owner Colina help you kick your fitness goals!
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