The Barrecore Method

Our unique Barrecore Method is an efficient, safe and intelligent way of exercising your body - proven to create lasting change in your body in just a few weeks. The secret lies in exhausting your muscles with carefully choreographed low-impact movements that bring your body into the famous "Barrecore Shake".

Who we are

Barrecore was founded in 2011 and has grown into one of the most well-known and loved fitness brands.

Today we have 12 beautiful studios in Chelsea, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Hampstead, Kensington, Islington, Chiswick, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Bristol, Alderley Edge and Hale.

We also have two online workout options: Live Classes where your first class is free and On Demand Classes which you can try for free for two weeks!

Private Sessions are available both in our studios as well as live-streamed.

We are proud to have received tens of thousands of 5 star reviews from our incredible clients (read some here). We are also proud to consistently feature in top media such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle and Forbes, and to be publicly endorsed by some of the world's biggest celebrities and influencers including Pippa Middleton, Claudia Schiffer, Rita Ora and Poppy Delevingne.

What is The Barrecore Method?

Our famous Barrecore Method is a unique, effective and efficient way to exercise your entire body. In fact, our method has been proven to safely and noticeably sculpt your entire body in just a few weeks.

Our classes contain elements of ballet - but they're as tough as a spinning or bootcamp session. The experience is very different though, and your muscles will work in a very unusual way. For instance, you’re probably not going to sweat a whole lot during your Barrecore class. Instead, our method focuses on exhausting your muscles with intelligent movements that bring your muscles into a "shake". The more you shake the more calories you burn and the quicker your strength level and physique will transform, so it’s important to hold the positions for as long as you can and embrace it!

Our clients rave about the physical transformations and long lasting effects. Your muscles will be working hard and you will feel stronger, but you won't bulk - you will sculpt. The first thing clients tend to notice is increased general energy and strength, a perkier bum and a flatter stomach. In the long-term the experience an overall improvement in well-being as well as longer, leaner muscles. Barrecore helps tuck everything in and tones you in all those hard-to-reach places.

Above all, Barrecore will help you feel strong and confident in your own body. We have clients of all ages, genders, fitness levels and shapes - even clients who are injured, pre-natal or post-natal clients - and everyone's journey to strength and confidence is different. Despite being tough, our method is suitable to such a wide range of people is due to its low impact nature - meaning no jumping or other unnecessary stress on your body.

The Structure Of A Barrecore Class

Our classes begin with a fast-paced warm-up followed by full-body barre and floor work incorporating various props and weights, and ends with stretches and a final relaxation. Keep your movements in class as small as possible - they should hardly be visible. This will work deeper in the your muscles and target areas you have probably never worked before! And don't forget to smile! It will make everything seem better and feel like less effort. Plus you'll release endorphins and serotonin! Our teachers are on hand to guide you through every step so don't be nervous - you'll do great!

- The first part of your class, the warm up, will engage your mind with every major muscle group, increase your heart rate and help you to start focusing on your breath.

- By working on your thighs next, we get your heart rate up further, and push you straight into the calorie burning zone. As tough as it may be, don’t give up! When your quads are strong and lean, your body will burn calories around the clock and not just when you’re working out.

- Next is the seat section which focuses on your glutes, hamstrings and back body and will often include inner and outer thigh work too. A "lifted seat" or "perkier bum" is one of the first things our clients notice after being at the barre regularly.

- The following abdominal section is a killer - but if you give it your all, you’ll see results fast. Not only does a flat tummy look great, but having a strong core provides a sturdy support for your body, improves your posture and pulls in your waistline. Strengthening your core will also help with the flexibility, mobility and general health of your spine.

- The savasana at the end of class gives you time to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The breath deepens, and the stress of the day and all the hard work you put in throughout class is released. It gives you a chance to reflect on your workout, think about areas of improvement and it’s the time to have one last stretch of the body.

There is also stretching throughout the class, which helps lengthen your muscles tissue, for long and lean muscles. Stretching also improves your range of motion and flexibility. The more you stretch, the more flexible you’ll become and the smoother and larger your barre movements will be. Stretching also wards off soreness after a tough Barrecore workout.

Core Elements Of The Barrecore Method

An "isometric contraction" is one where neither the joint angle nor the length of the muscle changes during muscular contraction. It’s difficult to visualise but this static point is the sweet spot of calorie burning. The more you contract the muscle and hold it there, the more calories you will burn as it’s that stillness we so often speak of, that produces results. A study by The Journal For Applied Research proved that doing isometric exercise for 6 minutes would be the equivalent muscle work of 30-35 minutes of gym work on commercial weight-lifting equipment!

An "eccentric contraction" is the lengthening phase of the contraction. By lengthening a muscle, we effectively work the muscles to fatigue and create that long, lean look. The two contractions, isometric and eccentric, working against each other, lengthen and sculpt the muscle.

When your body gets into "the shake" - and starts shaking throughout your workout - it means you’ve hit that sweet spot! Your muscles are tearing (don’t panic, these are tiny, microscopic tears) and then more muscle fibres are created as these little tears heal to create toned, lean muscles.

We use "active stretches", where you would normally rest in a HIIT workout.

Our Teachers Go Through 200 Hours Of Training

All Barrecore classes are led by our expert teachers who undergo a minimum of 200 hours of intensive barre training over a two and a half month training period - before being formally tested and qualifying.

They Are There To Help You Find The Right Technique

Our teachers will give hands on adjustments throughout class to ensure you’re getting the most out of every exercise. They also provide detailed education relating to the moves being undertaken and the benefits of those on the body, as well as explaining where you should be feeling muscle burn. Technique is key in barre fitness so getting correct positioning from the start will help your confidence, progression and ultimately ensure you see quicker results.

They Will Help You Modify Each Movement For Higher Or Lower Intensity

Modifications are given for every exercise, so you can choose whether to take a less strenuous or more advanced route. Should you have any concerns or questions, teachers are always happy to chat before or after class, just ask.

Take A Private Session To Get Extra Attention & Help

If you think you would benefit from one-to-one attention, then please read about our private barre sessions.

What is Barrecore?

Barrecore is a series of movements designed to stretch every muscle group in the body. Using a ballet barre, your own body weight and isometric exercises, your muscles quickly transform, becoming longer, stronger, leaner and more flexible.

How many times a week should I come?

4 times a week is the magic number to see quick results in your body. Those that increase their sessions per week from 3 to 4 days have a 50% increase in their results. The increase from 4 to 5 days a week results in only a 10% uplift, and may end up stressing the body. If 4 days a week is too much for you, then try and come regularly once or twice a week. We have various membership packages to suit your desired frequency.

How soon will I see results?

Most of our clients will see and feel results after 8 to 10 classes. Frequency of attendance plays a big part in how quickly you produce results.

Once I've reach my goal, how do I maintain results?

Attending class 2-3 times per week is the perfect amount for maintenance and overall cardiovascular health, strength and conditioning. The beauty of Barrecore workouts is that they are always changing and confusing the muscles. When muscles are ‘confused’ they have to work harder and more calories are burned. The key to continued benefit from Barrecore is to keep finding the shake and burn throughout class. Always push past your limits and you will not plateau until you are the leanest and strongest you can be for your body type. Need help maintaining the habit? Read this post on The Psychology Of Habits, to get some tips!

Do I need to do cardio exercise as well as Barrecore?

No, you don't. Barrecore classes are resistance exercises mixed with low impact cardio bursts called interval training. Interval training is a very healthy form of cardiovascular training and is great at melting fat. If you want more cardio try our BarreSWEAT class.

Will I lose weight?

Most of our clients lose inches in just 8 to 10 classes. We use a programme of resistance exercises, so you will build lean muscles. The more muscle you have, instead of fat, the more calories you will burn. Lean muscle takes up 20% less space in your body per pound than fat does.

Will I gain weight?

We don’t believe in weighing ourselves, and generally encourage our clients not to use scales. Muscle weighs more than fat, so whilst this lean muscle takes up less space in your body per pound than fat does, the scale may go up as your body fat goes down! Don’t worry, you will look leaner.

Will I plateau?

No, the beauty of Barrecore workouts is that they are always changing and confusing the muscles, as two classes are never the same. When muscles are ‘confused’ they have to work harder and more calories are burned. The key is to continue to find the shake and burn throughout class. Always push your limits and you will not plateau until you are at your leanest and strongest for your body type. When you have been attending class for a while, your body finds a way to connect to the muscles on a deeper level, which then makes each set more intense right from the beginning. Increased understanding of the Barrecore Method leads to a deeper burn-out in the muscles, making each section of the class a whole body exercise and not solely focused on one body part (e.g. thighs).

I'm injured, can I still come to class?

Yes! Barrecore classes are low impact and our teachers will constantly give modifications throughout class to help clients that may be injured or deconditioned. Private Barre sessions will give you an idea of what to expect in class and can provide you with multiple options to support recovery and strengthen the area of your injury.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, we don't allow people under the age of 16 to use the studio rooms or attend classes.