Frequently Asked Questions
How quickly will I see results?
Barre classes are known for shaping bodies in record time. That being said, results for all types of exercise are based upon body type, time spent exercising, the intensity of the exercise and the frequency of the exercise. We also recommend that you support your efforts in the studio with healthy eating habits outside of the studio. Barre Forte can recommend a registered dietician to help you with your efforts. You can follow our tips and tricks for healthy eating and living on our Tumblr blog as well.
I am a curvy woman. Do I need to lose weight before I try a barre workout?
You would be surprised how many women are concerned that they may be too heavy to participate in our workouts. No matter your size or ability, our instructors are able to offer you modifications. To ensure an efficient workout, we recommend discussing your concerns with your instructor before class begins.
What is different about Barre Forte’s barre workout?
Barre Forte’s barre (also known as bar) workouts incorporate unique weight lifting exercises in conjunction with light weights and high repetition. The exercises are strengthening and lengthening at the same time. After overloading a muscle group, participants stretch the overloaded muscles to further lengthen them. The result is a long, lean look, rather than bulky. The use of a ballet barre allows participants to engage their leg muscles in a very different way than simply lunging, squatting, using leg machines at a gym or even biking or running. Still confused? That’s normal. You just have to try it!
How many times a week should I workout to see results?
Really, almost everyone should exercise at least six days a week for optimal inner health. That’s not to say that you should participate in the same workout all six days, or that you won’t experience bountiful health benefits from fewer days, but vigorous exercise releases hormones throughout your body that tell it to grow, replenish and thrive. We believe that barre workouts are amazing for tightening, toning and reducing cellulite, but we also believe that there is no one type of exercise that can provide the variety your body needs to reach peak physical performance. That’s why we offer a variety of cardio-centric classes, Pilates-based classes and even classes that incorporate yoga. Your body isn’t one dimensional and your workouts shouldn’t be either. For more information about how exercise keeps your body young, even if it doesn’t get rid of your crows feet, we recommend reading Younger Next Year or Younger Next Year for Women. They are great books that will help you understand the relationship between exercise, aging and living well, and they will certainly motivate you to challenge your body almost everyday.
I am out of shape. What is the best class to try first?
This is probably the question we hear new clients ask the most. All of our workouts are challenging, and all of them can be modified for beginners or intensified for those who need or want a challenge. Discuss your concerns with your instructor prior to class so they can recommend modifications before class begins. You are always welcome to ask for a modification during class as well. Don’t worry about holding up the class or about being judged poorly by your fellow students or instructor. If we all waited to workout until we were fit, we’d never workout. Our business is to help you achieve your goals, and we can only do that when you take the first step and try a class.
I have injuries. Can I participate in barre workouts?
Share your concerns with your instructor before class. They will be able to provide you with modifications. Some of the most common injuries we see are related to knees, hips, back and shoulders. We also highly recommend seeing a physical therapist to discuss what types of exercise you should and should not perform. Share that information with your instructor before class.
What should I wear to workout in?
$100 workout pants and $75 workout tops. (Just kidding!) Wear what you feel comfortable in and believe you can safely perform exercises in. For our barre classes: We recommend that you wear full length yoga or fitted capri pants. Most clients choose to wear tank tops or t-shirts and capri pants or yoga pants. Sweatpants are welcome too, but you may feel a little too warm in them. We recommend moisture wicking fabrics, but again, other fabrics are fine. Socks are a must for class, as our studio floors are carpeted. Socks with tread on the bottom are optimal. We sell them at our studios, and they can also be purchased by the exercise videos and small exercise equipment at retailers like Target.
What do I need to bring to class?
Other than socks, nothing is required. You may want to bring a water bottle to sneak a quick sip of water during class, but we have water in our reception area as well.
What is the difference between a bar workout and a barre workout?
Nothing! Some studios prefer to use ballet terminology to describe their classes and exercises. Others prefer to use better known terms to describe their studios, classes and exercises. Bar or barre, either way, it does amazing things to your physique!
Do I need dance experience to participate in one of your classes?
Not at all! While almost all of our instructors have extensive dance backgrounds, exercises are explained using a variety of dance, Pilates, yoga and fitness terminology. We go out of our way to describe each move in ways that will resonate with all fitness levels and backgrounds. We’re not afraid to add references to wine, money, and butter in our cuing. If you need further instruction, just ask. We won’t bite!
I want to purchase a membership? What if I need to cancel my membership early?
Memberships sold before January 1, 2015: Cancel your membership by paying an early cancellation fee and providing a 30 day written notice. The early cancellation fee is simply calculated as the difference in the price of the membership you fulfilled and the rate you received. Memberships sold after January 1, 2015: Provide a 30 day written notice and early cancellation fee of $99.
How does one become an instructor at Barre Forte?
Becoming an instructor with Barre Forte is much like our workouts; rigorous! Before being accepted into the Barre Forte’s Instructor Apprenticeship Program, interested applicants must attend a minimum of 100 Barre Forte workouts, complete Barre Forte’s Teacher Training program, obtain certifications in CPR/AED and group fitness instruction, and complete an application, interview, and audition process. Once an applicant is accepted into the Barre Forte’s Instructor Apprenticeship Program a month long training process begins, and a second and final audition is performed prior to instructing with Barre Forte. A full list of requirements will be given to applicants once they’ve completed 100 Barre Forte classes, completed Barre Forte Teacher Training, and provided proof of CPR/AED and group fitness certifications. Experienced barre instructors are required to hold all of the aforementioned certifications. Contact our studios for additional information or click our View Schedule/Register icon at the top of this page and choose our Events tab.