Back in 2012, a friend of mine told me about a new workout studio that had recently opened on Queen Street West. The barre fitness trend was quickly taking the world by storm, and this new Toronto hotspot boasted its own technique, specifically created by a team of Toronto fitness, yoga, and dance professionals.
Intrigued, we decided to sign up for our first class at Barreworks™.
Situated in one of the hippest areas in town, the studio looks reminiscent of a New York ballet school. Located on the third floor, the studio itself is a bright, open, and modern looking space. That same clean and modern design carries into the change rooms and washrooms, which boast plenty of locker space, just remember to bring your own lock.
We quickly realized that Barreworks was a place where pilates meets ballet, with the help of resistance bands, weighted balls, and energizing and enthusiastic instructors.
Voted as Toronto’s Best Workout Studio for the past 3 years, Barreworks is fit for anyone who is looking to sculpt, tone, or simply wants a good cardio workout.
Barre workouts pull techniques from different dance and fitness practices to give you sculpted muscles, increased endurance and flexibility, and a stronger core, while you lunge, squat, and plie to your favourite music.
From their signature Barreworks Mixed Level, to their SPIN, and Yoga Strength classes, there is a Barreworks class for everyone.
Our first class was the Mixed Level session which was a full body workout, complete with two cardio segments: toning and sculpting. The class was intense, but also a great deal of fun. The instructors make you feel comfortable right away, are very motivating, and will modify exercises and routines for beginners as needed.
Make sure you bring some water and a towel with you because you will sweat, a lot, but the classes are so much fun that you won’t even notice. In fact you’ll be so busy having fun that you won’t be paying attention to the things that you normally hate about working out.
Aside from their award winning fitness program, Barreworks also offers an in-house nutrition program called the BarreFuel Project, run by Holistic Nutritionist Sarah Berneche, R.H.N. The project includes personal consultation with Sarah, workshops, access to blog posts and events.
If you want to unleash your inner ballerina, or just want to switch up your go-to workout routine, it’s time to try out Barreworks.
Barreworks is offering new clients a 2-Week Unlimited Special: 14-days of unlimited classes for just $40. Classes are offered at both the flagship 625 Queen St W location, as well as the 2576 Yonge Street location which opened in April of 2013.