BARRECORE GENERAL FAQ

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 always love hearing from you!

We also have a Live Streamed Classes FAQ page, as well as a Video On Demand FAQ page.

What Is Barrecore?

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 100 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, Jourdan Dunn, Rita Ora and Poppy Delevingne, as well as Vogue, Elle, Women's Health, Harper's Bazaar, Financial Times, Tatler, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast, Forbes and many more. You can read some of these public endorsements, and also testimonials from our clients.


What Is The Barrecore Method?

Our Barrecore Method was developed by celebrity trainer Niki Rein. Using your own body weight and isometric exercises, the 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. In addition to seeing quick physical results, our classes and teachers will also boost your mental wellbeing.

At Barrecore, we have a strong focus on technique and education to make sure that you get the most out of our classes, but also learn about why it will benefit you.

Our teachers are handpicked and go through an extensive training program, spanning roughly 3 months to ensure the highest quality classes each time.


Why Should I Do Barrecore?

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 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!



Where Are Your Studios?

We currently have 12 studios in the United Kingdom.

9 in London (Chelsea, Chiswick, Hampstead, Islington, Kensington, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Wandsworth and Wimbledon Village) and 3 outside of London (Alderley Edge, Bristol, and Hale). We are also opening a studio in Leeds during 2021.



But I Don't Live Near Any Of Your Studios?

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 work out with the rest of our community. Our Videos On Demand allows you to access whichever workouts you want, whenever you want to.

We also offer Live Streamed Private Sessions, Live Streamed Private Group Sessions, as well as Online Transform Programs which combine group classes with Private Sessions for transformation in a short period of time (1,3 or 6 months).


What do I need to wear or bring for class?

Comfortable But Fitting Clothes

We recommend wearing fitted clothing to properly see and feel your technique. Leggings and a vest or t-shirt are perfect. Leggings with zips might prove uncomfortable during floor work, so we recommend leggings without them. A low-impact sports bra should provide adequate support as all our classes are low-impact.


Socks must be worn in our classes

In-studio, socks help ensure we keep our carpets clean and hygienic (which is why we ask that you don't wear shoes, come barefoot or wear toeless socks). We sell grippy socks in all our studios!

Trainers restrict your range of movement and since you'll spend a lot of time moving through your feet with Barrecore, we instead wear grippy socks in our classes. Grippy socks also help you hold each position that bit longer without slipping. As soon as you slip, you have to reset and you lose that crucial burn that Barrecore is all about.


No Need For Equipment

For our in-studio classes, all mats, weights, balls, resistance bands and any other props you may need during class are provided.

What Kind of Equipment Do I Need For Your Online Workouts?

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. We have a full Live Stream Classes FAQ as well as a Video On Demand FAQ.



What is your cancelation policy?

Please make note of our attendance and cancelation policies outlined here


How Are You Handling COVID-19?

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.



Where Do I Start?

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.



What Can I Expect Physically And Mentally From Doing Barrecore?

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 become mentally. Just when you think your body wants to give up - you'll dig deep and push through!

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 the class is over!



Why Do People Call Barrecore “Intelligent Exercise”?

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.



How Is Barrecore Different From Other Exercises?

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.



What Does "Low Impact" Mean, And Why Is It So Important?

"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 incredibly dynamic cardio class without having to fear a single burpee or the potential of injury!



What Are Isometric And Eccentric Contractions?

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.



Why Is It Important To Stretch?

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.



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 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 the 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 out our BarreSWEAT class.



Will I Lose Inches?

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 our 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 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 (online or in studio) can also provide you with a more tailored approach to support recovery and strengthen the area of your injury.



I'm Pregnant Or Recently Gave Birth, Can I Still Come To Class?

Yes, in fact, Barrecore is one of the best and safest ways to exercise during and after pregnancy.

Three times per week, we offer online live streamed BarrePRENATAL group classes that are specifically tailored to a pregnant body, and where the teacher will adapt movements to match your trimester and personal needs.

Our BarreFORM and BarreSIGNATURE classes are also well suited to a pre and post natal body (just make sure your doctor has approved you for exercise)! We however strongly recommend that you email us to book into our specifically designed prenatal modification session before attending. 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, please let our teachers know that you are pre or postnatal, so they can give modifications throughout the class.

Private Barre sessions (online or in studio) are also great way to exercise safely throughout your pregnancy and to get back to your workouts after giving birth.



Is There An Age Limit?

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



I Would Love to Bring Barrecore To My Own Community, How Do I Do This?

If you're interested in setting up and running a Barrecore studio anywhere in the world - please read more about our franchise program here!