Whether at a barre or a bar, these classes are helping women all over Nashville tone their bodies. Adding to the ranks of Pure Barre and XTend Barre is the recently opened The Bar Method, located near the St. Thomas Harris Teeter. I had to check it out – of course – and I’m glad I did. With several options now open, it’s time to raise the bar(re) on your fitness goals!
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When researching the emphasis and goals of this studio, I was instantly intrigued:
“The Bar Method™workout creates a uniquely lean, firm, sculpted body by combining the muscle-shaping principles of isometrics, the body-elongating practice of dance conditioning, the science of physical therapy and the intense pace of interval training into a powerful exercise format that quickly and safely reshapes and elongates muscles.” Okay, I’m in.
Location: kinda tricky. Here’s my personal map on where to find The Bar Method Nashville. You park either in front of the studio or in the same parking garage used for Harris Teeter.
Upon entering, you will discover a welcoming, very spa-like studio. Wooden floors, gorgeous locker rooms, marble counter tops, orchids… Slip off your shoes and get your socks on to enter the ultra-plush workout space. By plush, I mean your feet will literally sink into the cushioned floor. So nice.
The space is practically half windows. With all that natural light, your mood can’t help but be lifted. Now get ready: a 60 minute hard core workout is coming your way.
Your Bar Method instructor will flat out tell you that your muscles are meant to shake, and they will. You simply exhaust them through all these deceptively tiny movements. With care given to your height and your exact body positions (with hands on corrections), you work at your own level. For me, this meant most people around me kicked my butt. It’s okay; I’m not proud. It’s simply an incentive to come back!
Push-ups, the thing I detest most, are done throughout the class. I’m on my knees and I suffer. In the end, I know I need it.
You will be treated to an all-over toning class aimed at lengthening and toning your muscles, just like a dancers. And stretching is done throughout each session, rather than at the end. Body changes happen quickly, to which some already-addicted Bar Method junkies can attest.
“I feel good every time I walk out the door and I feel like this is the first time that I have been able to tone some of my trouble areas. I see results! It’s a nice break from the gym. It’s a ‘hurt so good’ feeling and it’s addictive. I also like the hands-on corrections, the people and the space.” — Lindsay
Classes are much smaller than some of the larger exercise/dance/aerobic classes that you may be used to. This is purposeful in order to maintain that constant attention by the instructor. My instructor for the Thursday 8:30AM class was the owner, Carrie. She is this smiling tiny ball of energy who moved here from California with years of experience teaching Bar Method classes in San Francisco. Bar Method classes have been changing bodies nationally for over 10 years. For more on how Bar Method came about, click here.
Just like all bar classes, each class is a little harder or easier based on your instructor and by what you, as an individual, bring to the class that day.
Wear yoga pants or capris, bring some socks and a fitted top. You will get a workout, but you can absolutely bring clothes to change into and head to a meeting or do some errands afterwards. You will not be dripping in sweat, but your muscles will be twitching on their way to change.
I really liked the group dynamic, the feel of camaraderie versus competition. Throughout class, everyone feels challenged, as well as encouraged. And, I like the emphasis on toning those areas that plague me.
When class is over, you can walk across the parking lot for a coffee from Starbucks in the Harris Teeter and pick up a few extras for dinner — all from the same parking place. This adds a definite convenient bonus to making the most of every moment…which I’m always trying to figure out!
Class times work well for moms with an 8:30AM, after school drop-off, or at 9:45AM, after pre-school drop-off. For the early morning must-get-it-out-of-my-way gal, there are 6AM and 7:15AM classes. Additional classes are offered in the early evening, as well. (Click on the schedule below for more information.)
A la Carte classes are $24 each. There are a variety of packages available, including a first timers’ $100/ one month trial membership that gives you access to as many classes as you like for 30 days.
With at least three options in Nashville to experience a workout that comes with a bar –or a barre — your excuses are running out! Long lean muscles and better posture await! Bar Method gets our thumbs up, definitely.
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