In need of some cardio, this weekend I signed up for Michele’s Barre Blast at BTone Fitness on Newbury Street. I loved the Barre Blast class when I took it this summer but with my Bar Method membership, I haven’t been making my usual rounds. I signed up knowing I was in for a sweat session but forgot how hard it really was.
The class is not your typical barre class at all! It uses some of the movements you might be familiar with from a barre class but they are done very quickly and sandwiched in-between cardio moves like jump squats. It is really challenging, yet enjoyable. The 45-minutes go by super quick and Michele’s blonde hair bouncing while demonstrating the moves makes you happy because she’s sweaty too. The end is dedicated to an arm series which I used 5-lbs to start, and then dropped down to the 3-lbs.
Half way through class, I would have gladly taken a break but didn’t. It was a challenge but not impossible and left you feeling accomplished. I love when instructors let you know how many reps or seconds you have left of an exercise because it allows me to test my limits. If I have no idea what is left, I tend to take it easy to start because I’m nervous we could be there forever. Michele did a great job at giving us hints but not the full disclosure so we would push our hardest the entire time.
I was happy I went back. I probably burned about 400 calories during the 45 minute class. The class regularly sells out weeks in advance (I got off the wait list due to the “storm” we were predicted to have) and now I know why! Your first class at B-Tone is always $5, so give it a try if you want a Sunday cardio session before hitting the shops on Newbury. They have showers 🙂
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NYC Fit GIrl says
Looks like a fun class! I have yet to try a barre class.
Sky @ The Blonde In Black says
Barre seems like a really challenging workout! There aren’t any barre classes where I’m from, but if I get a chance to try it I will not hesitate!
I have a question about strength training b/c I won’t be able to make it to the live video. I have been doing a strength training routine twice a week for an hour, weights, arms, legs and abs. My question is, should I be doing workouts for arms and legs more than twice a week and are there muscle groups you can do everyday without getting injured?
Molly @ Just Your Average Athlete says
I think we talked about this at brunch last weekend -- about how challenging barre classes are! I know the other TIU girls love JPP and I definitely want to try that, but I’m intrigued by Barre Blast -- especially if the first class is $5 🙂 Thanks for doing a review on it, Sarah!
Love your blog, and im pumped your from Boston too ! I went to PureBarre last week and loved it so im thinking of giving Btone a shot! & thanks for all the great fitness tips