Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Barrecore Arrives in Manchester


Barrecore has finally arrived in Manchester, well, Alderley Edge to be exact but that's close enough! I've been wanting to try Barrecore out for months and months but until this week, the only studios were based in the south of the country, boo. But, since yesterday, there is now a dedicated Barrecore studio in the North West, hoorah!

In a nutshell, Barrecore is a blend of ballet and pilates, it's all about working your core and toning your entire body. Obviously I'm pretty keen to do both of those things! 

I was invited by the lovely Sweaty Betty team to join them for a class before the studio opened so on Sunday I wandered over to Alderley Edge to show off my best tip toes! It probably would have helped if I hadn't had a few gins the night before but the class was hardcore! My legs were literally trembling throughout but it felt so rewarding. Believe me, my body still hurts now, it's not one for the faint hearted but if you are used to yoga or pilates then you should be a natural. I'll definitely be heading back as soon as I can.

If you haven't heard about Barrecore, I've included a few key points below to help you get acquainted and to see if it's the right exercise class for you.

So, what is Barrecore?

Barrecore is essentially a mixture of pilates and ballet training. Think pilates on tip toes and you get the picture. Add a few weights and a ball (a little like rhythmic gymnastics) and you have Barrecore. It's a very feminine, elegant workout (if there is such a thing) that focuses on strength, posture and fast results to that toned body that you crave.

Where can I try Barrecore?

There are a few studios dotted around the South of England including Mayfair, Chelsea and Wimbledon so if you're in London, there's plenty of options! If you're in the North West, there is now a studio in Alderley Edge, just a quick train ride away from Manchester. Plus, it's right opposite a Waitrose, win.

How long does it take to see the benefits?

Expect to see results in as little as 8-10 classes, obviously in quick succession, not spread over a few months... Around 4 classes a week will give you super quick results, but 2 sessions a week regularly will help you to lose inches.

How many calories do you burn in one Barrecore session?

Each Barrecore class burns around 450 calories and is amazing for toning your muscles, not too bad for something that is as fun as it is good for you! Once you get past the initial pain...

Do I need any special equipment?

You'll need a pair of non slip socks and a bottle of water to keep hydrated. I have these Sweaty Betty non slip Pilates socks and they work perfectly!

I think I've said Barrecore so many times in this post that it's lost all meaning, hopefully that was the last time... If you want to find out more about it, visit the website here.
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