If there’s ever been a class to truly blow the cobwebs away, then Barrecore at 50 St Mary Axe is that.
You may have already heard of, or in fact taken a Barrecore class before, but after news that a new studio had opened up aright around the corner, we wanted to try it for ourselves and burn off all the over-indulging that comes with the holidays.
For those who haven’t heard of the fitness concept, Barrecore is a ballet inspired workout that pushes your muscles, reduces fat and improves posture. Taking place in a studio with mirrors and a pole, classes consist of moves and poses that test your fitness, balance and flexibility.
Although it is a tough session, beginners are supported throughout by the instructor.
The idea of the winter workout at 7.30am was a little daunting, especially as we made our way there in the dark, but this was short-lived. Greeted by an extremely chipper and smiley instructor, we began to feel excited and ready for the class ahead.
Having only been once before, we decided to take part in the beginner class and were reassured that we could take it at our own pace. Kitted out in sweat-wicking kit from Natural Grace, which feels and looks amazing, we took our position on the yoga mat with a couple of 1.5kg hand weights by our side and took a deep breath.
We started the class with quick warm-up movements and stretches to get the blood pumping and our heart rates up. A test of skill, this step included balancing, which was often perfectly simple on the first leg, but a nightmare on the other. However, with a little practice and pure determination, we were able to perfect the poses in no time.
After working up a sweat it was time to pick up the weights and include them in our movements. Although they were small, the movements made for a tough ride and our arms began to feel the burn immediately.
Think yoga or pilates with weights. Then, after a few moments of rest, we made our way to the mirrors where we held onto the bars and stretched.
These poses reminiscent of a ballet class were difficult but extremely rewarding and after each one we felt a sense of accomplishment as we pushed ourselves a little further each time.
The hour-long class finished with a few more press-ups and leg exercises on the mats before collapsing into a well-deserved cool down. Lights were lowered and the pop music was changed to a more calming beat as we followed breathing exercises to bring down our heart rates.
We left the class feeling raring to go for the day ahead and brimming with achievement. A great way to start the morning and feel healthier and calmer.
You can tell just a couple of sessions a week will lead to quick results. Bring on a fitter 2022.
Full price list available online. Starting from £10 a session.
50 St Mary Axe EC3A 8FR