Why Barre Class Is Deceiving

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I was recently invited to my first Barre class in Dallas. I was a bit skeptical because I haven’t been working out like I should be, but I love trying new things so I figured I would give it a try. When I walked in the room, I was surprised to see everyone lined up around the balancing bars on the wall instead of in the middle of the room standing beside each other. Little did I know that I was about to have a tricky workout like I’ve never experienced before.


I’m going to give you a heads up on four things I wish I’d known before showing up to the class. But, before I do that. Let me explain to you the main reason I thought barre class was deceiving to me.



As I was going through the workout, I honestly thought that each move was easy for about the first 10 seconds. After that, every single move was torturous. Don’t get me wrong, it was in the good, I’m-gonna-be-10-lbs-lighter-after-this-workout, kind of way. But still. For the movements we were doing, I was shocked by how tired I was afterwards. But that wasn’t all that caught me by surprise, so here is that heads up I was talking about.


  • Barre is basically ballet for dummies. Now, I’m not saying you have to be an idiot to take the classes, but you can be completely unfamiliar with ballet and “pass” the class. This class was the first time I ever got to  plie. I thought I would like it, but like I said earlier after about 10 seconds in my body was shaking! In Barre, you are basically in plie position the whole class. While doing that you also get to stand on your tippy toes and throw your pelvis forward. Its actually a lot more fun than it sounds, especially if you’re surrounded by other newbies in the class. I’ll just say my barre class neighbor and I had quite a few giggles. I guess I’m not as graceful as I look.




  • Yoga socks are necessary. Trust me when I say that the grip on yoga socks are necessary for a class like this. Because you are in ballet positions the whole class, you’ll find that you are on your toes a log. Yoga socks can help you balance a bit more comfortably. I prefer to use Kushyfoot Yoga Socks because they’re comfortable and have extra padding. Plus they’re a bit more affordable than some other brands I’ve seen (they are $17.95 for 3 pairs). The first time I went to a barre class, I forgot socks and had to buy them at the studio. One pair cost me a steep $15 bucks. So yeah, Kushyfoot is the way to go!

Why Barre Class Is Deceiving

(Me trying to reenact the plie in my Kushyfoot Yoga Socks. Such a professional.)

  • Leggings aren’t an option, they’re mandatory.  Of course, in most cases we tend to wear leggings anyways, simply because they make our butts look good. But for those brave souls out there that normally work out in shorts, this is your warning! The barre studio I went to won’t even let you workout in shorts. I’m guessing it is because you have a ball between your legs for half of the class. Anyways, I love my Katie K Active leggings because they don’t ride up! Plus, they have clothes for the skinny girls and the plus-sized girls! (Be sure to use coupon code GINGER15 to get 15% off!) Oh, and so there is no confusion, when I said you’d have a  ball between your legs in class, I meant one of these:

  • You may get addicted.  As much as I laugh and complain about how difficult the class was, I really was surprised by how good of a workout it is. I mean here you are doing these small movements where you’re only moving your body about an inch in each exercise, but you’re sweating like a pig after 5 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a workout that made me super sore without any cardio or heavy weightlifting involved. At the end of the day, I loved it and I definitely plan on going back!


Well, those are some reasons why barre class is deceiving. I was thoroughly surprised by how much I liked the class. It made me feel pain in places that I didn’t know could be workout-sore. But, of course that was a good thing.


Have you ever been to a barre class? How about any “new-to-you” workout classes recently? What did you like/dislike about them. Let me know in the comments below.

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Ginger Marie

I'm a thirty-something lifestyle blogger who tries not to take life too seriously. I think laughing and running are the cure to everything especially when its done in a new city. I think a balanced diet is important, and that they're much easier when they include chocolate. :)

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  1. Hey Ginger!

    Barre Class sounds so fun! I wonder if they have classes in NYC. I definitely agree with you on wearing socks when doing different types of poses. I’m always doing my yoga barefoot while trying not to fall on my face at the same time lol!

    1. I’m sure they have them in NYC! Don’t they have, like, everything there? 😀 I’m jealous of y’alls food scene! haha. But yes, I definitely recommend wearing yoga socks! You never know how nasty those gym floors are. Yuck!

  2. <3! I am a barre instructor so I immediately LOVED this post. Barre is THE BEST isn't it?!

    1. I seriously loved it! I was surprised by how much! Oh, and something I didn’t mention in the post, I didn’t know there were different types of barre! Like there actually are cardio and yoga-like ones! Who knew?! I have to try those out still. 😀

  3. haha I love this post! I took a Barre class at the new Coppell location a couple of months ago. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Being in a Plie postion does hurt! It was the first workout I have ever done where I came out clinching every part of my body as I walked out in agony.

  4. Ive been wanting to try a barre class so thanks for the tips. I will be sure to get some socks with grips and prepare to embarrass myself

  5. Bahahaha those lil gifs are hilarious. Thanks for the laugh! Great way to start my morning!
    P.s. I gotta admit I thought barre was a little less of a workout too, until I went to a Pure Barre class! Holy crap it was brutal! I was like ” I don’t even know if I enjoyed that pain?!? ” to my friend. I felt like I did a full leg day at my favorite bar (Olympic bar). I don’t know if I could do it often, because of it isolating my hammie injury, but once it is healed I will try more!

    1. I’m glad you enjoy them!I love gifs haha. Girl, those barre classes are absolutely no joke! But I love them!

  6. I just went to my very first Barre class yesterday! I was expecting bars on the sides, but we used spin bikes in front of us and held on to them. It was so much harder than I thought it would be, but I really liked it!

    1. I was totally caught off guard! haha. But yeah it is tough. I loved it though.

  7. Great post. I love the blend of pluses and minuses and the option to get some of te essentials right from the post! Nice work!

  8. Barre classes are popping up all over Atlanta and I’m eager to try one! I heard they’re much harder than you initially would think.


    1. They are popping up everywhere. You should definitely give it a try. I recommend looking on living social or groupon because they can be pricey sometimes

  9. I’ve been wanting to try barre, it sounds like so much fun! It’s crazy how simple movements can wear you out so much.

    Molly and Stacie

    1. You should try it! Yes, it is funny how just those small movements can kick your butt!

  10. I have done some barre videos at home. It’s a lot of fun and it’s amazing how well it works with such small movements!

    1. I know! My thoughts exactly! And good for you finding videos online! What site do you use?

  11. I wish I could take a class! I have pins in one of my ankles so I don’t have the range of motion I once did so I’d probably end up injuring myself. Sounds like a fantastic workout, though!!

    1. Oh I hate to hear that Rae. There are a few you can do lying down as well! Trust, they find a way to work you out! haha

  12. I remember my first barre class, and you are not kidding when you say you hurt in places you never hurt in before! Yes, definitely a good kind of pain 🙂 Great workout – thanks for the reminder!

    1. Its crazy, right? I love workouts like that though!

  13. I had always considered myself to be graceful and rhythmic and coordinated…

    …until I took a ballet class in college.

    It was totally disillusioning, and I’ve never regained my confidence since. Haha!

    1. Bahahahha. That is HILARIOUS. I’ve never been graceful so I didn’t expect much, but man oh man I almost fell over in that class like twice! haha

  14. Oh my gosh, Yes – such a deceiving class! It is highly addictive and one of the best workouts you can do.

    1. Right? haha. You have to love it though!

  15. I took the classes for a month and love it! It’s just a little too expensive for me. But, I’d recommend barre classes to anyone who wants to get toned and fit.

    1. Yes!!! I love it too. I found that some gyms actually hold the class, which makes it much cheaper than going to a studio.

  16. I wish we had a barre class around here but alas, I’d have to go to the Twin Cities.

    1. You could always look up some Youtube videos! 😀

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