Below you will find answers to some of the most commons questions we get asked. If something isn't covered, please get in touch - we would love to hear from you!
Barrecore was founded in 2011, and is today one of the largest, most well known and loved fitness brands. We have 12 (soon to be 13) boutique studios across the UK, and online workouts accessed by Barrecore fans in over 90 countries.
Our unique Barrecore Method is recognized as one of the fastest, safest and most effective body transformation exercises, and has been publicly endorsed by some of the world's biggest celebrities and influencers including Pippa Middleton, Claudia Schiffer, Rita Ora and Poppy Delevingne.
Using your own body weight and isometric exercises, our Barrecore Method quickly sculpts your body, making you stronger, leaner and more flexible. Despite being tough, our method is low impact, meaning no jumping or other unnecessary stress on your body. This means that we have clients of all ages, genders and fitness levels, including clients who are injured, pre-natal or post-natal clients.
The Barrecore Method was founded by celebrity trainer Niki Rein. We have a strong focus on technique and education to make sure you know not only how to perform an exercise but how and why it will benefit you.
Our teachers are hand picked and go through an extensive training program, spanning roughly 3 months to ensure the highest quality classes each time.
Barrecore sculpts your body, builds your strength, improves your posture, and improves your everyday movement and mobility. Our exercise also improves your cognitive health and mental well being through the general positive impact of exercise, but also because Barrecore has a strong focus on the mind-body connection.
Each exercise can be modified or advanced to cater to your workout needs and ensure you work to your full potential! Since our method is entirely low impact, it is also the perfect exercise even if you are new to fitness, recovering from an injury, pregnant or have recently given birth. Just let our teachers know when you come into class, and they will guide you through any modifications in class.
If you are looking for a safe but effective workout, then Barrecore is for you!
We currently have 12 studios in the United Kingdom. 9 in London (Chelsea, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Hampstead, Islington, Wandsworth, Wimbledon Village, Chiswick and Kensington) and 3 outside of London (Bristol, Alderley Edge and Hale). We are also opening a studio in Leeds at the start of 2021.
Don't worry! We also have two online workout options that are accessible from anywhere, and many say they are just as good! Our Live Streamed Classes run on a set weekly schedule and allows you to workout with the rest of our community. Our On Demand Classes allows you to access whichever workouts you want, whenever you want to.
Don't know which one to choose? We have free trials of both, just try them both out and see which one best suits your life and needs!
You don't really need any equipment at all for our online workouts, but a mat, chair, canned soup (or professional dumbbells) and a cushion will come in handy. Find a full FAQ on our Live Streamed Classes here.
We have made several changes to our in studio experience, to ensure a safe environment for you and our staff. Please read our full COVID-19 protocol here.
We recommend that you start with our BarreFORM classes, which is taught at a slightly slower pace, or BarreSIGNATURE classes to learn the basics. Private Sessions (either live streamed or in studio) are another great way to get started.
During class, you should definitely be prepared to push yourself, both mentally and physically. One of the best changes you will experience is how much stronger you are mentally, when you think your body wants to give up! Barrecore classes are designed to exhaust all major muscle groups (as well as work your smaller muscles too!) so expect to burn and expect to shake. We encourage all our clients to endure this, as this is the point where your muscles are beginning to fatigue and will adapt to become stronger next time! As with all exercise, Barrecore releases endorphins - so you should expect to feel that chemical rush of positivity, happiness and achievement once class is over!
In class, we work on multiple factors at the same time - mobility, flexibility, strength, endurance and coordination - which works your body you quickly and effectively in just 45 minutes. Alongside this, each class works all your major muscle groups as well as the smaller, more intrinsic muscles, to help stabilise your joints and create a better performing body. We believe fitness should never be focussed on one element, so our classes are designed to make sure you get a well-rounded workout every time.
We believe Barrecore is more than just a fitness class - we are here to educate you, so that you understand more about how your body works, functions and how to get the best out of your workouts.
A lot of exercise many people are used to will involve some sort of impact, at some stage. We are strictly low impact, which makes our classes accessible to everyone - not something all forms of exercises offer.
"Impact" refers to the level of stress exerted on the joints of the body during exercise, and every single Barrecore class is "low impact". This means that our classes are suitable for everyone as we effectively strengthen and sculpt the body without ever having to leave the floor! Even our BarreSWEAT class is low impact - meaning you get an incredible dynamic, cardio class without having to fear a single burpee or the potential of injury!
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, strengthen and sculpt the muscle.
Stretching helps to maintain muscle length, reducing stiffness after a workout. Where Barrecore pushes muscles to the point of fatigue and exhaustion, stretching will help to relieve them and reduce any tension built up during exercise. All muscles in the body want to be strong and supple, and stretching helps to maintain, and in some cases increase, suppleness. It is also harder to build strength in tight muscles - so as uncomfortable as it can be at times, stick with the stretch! We strongly recommend you to take our BarreRESTORE class at once a week, to stretch and restore your muscles on a regular basis.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
Yes! Barrecore is low impact exercise, meaning less stress on your joints and a lowered risk of developing or worsening an injury. If you have a pre-existing injury, Barrecore is a fantastic form of rehabilitation as we offer modifications and adaptations for nearly every exercise! Each class is catered for every level of fitness, with options to advance or modify movements depending on the individual’s circumstances. An injury should never mean you can’t exercise and our expert teacher’s are always able to provide assistance to anyone needing to adapt.
Private Barre sessions can also provide you with a more tailored approach to support recovery and strengthen the area of your injury.
Our classes are well suited to a pre and post natal body (just make sure your doctor has approved you for exercise)! If you are prenatal we strongly recommend you to book our specifically designed prenatal modification session before attending! You can book it by emailing [email protected]. In this session you will learn the most important adjustments you need to make in our classes to ensure a safe and effective workout! Once in class, our teachers will help you through the modifications.
Private Barre sessions are also great way to exercise safely throughout your pregnancy and to get back into the swing of it after giving birth.
Yes, we don't allow people under the age of 16 to use the studio rooms or attend classes.
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Creating your own personalised playlists on Barrecore is easy - to start, simply find a video you like, then click the button that looks like this:
You can name your playlist, add as many videos as you'd like to it, and remove/reorder the videos in your playlist to suit your training needs.
To remove a video from a playlist, simply click the 'x' on the video in the playlist view that you no longer want to watch, and confirm to remove.
To re-order it, just click the left '<' and right '>' arrows of the video in the playlist, to swap it with the video next to it.
You'll find your favourite playlists saved for you once you have signed in.