Over the weekend, we attended a Bar Method class in Princeton. We’d never quite tried this kind of workout before, but we had coupons and were in need of a solid workout on a Saturday morning. A mixed level class fit our timeline, so we decided to give it a whirl.
The Bar Method is similar to barre classes. Inspired by ballet, the exercises include small, isometric movements from your arms to your legs. Like ballet, you utilize a bar to perform many of these workouts. If done on a regular basis, you will see a lot of lift in your seat, thighs, abs and arms.
I’ll be the first to admit — we were nervous. We were both incredibly sore from our Friday workouts and weren’t sure how this was going to go. But we decided to do our best, take breaks when needed and just go with the flow.
We were greeted by Amy upon arrival who showed us the facility and explained the class. She was a great instructor and made us feel welcome. She accepted an expired gift card, which was very generous, and made sure to check in on us throughout the class. She also remembered our names and would call out to us. She also adjusted us when we weren’t quite nailing the moves.
Because we had different experiences, we’ll break it down into individual reviews:
Rose: This workout utilized parts of my body I never target. The backs of my thighs and seat were incredibly sore the day after. I could tell that the tiny, isolated movements were really working, despite any pain I experienced. They also had equipment for shorter people; that was a huge plus for me. At certain points, I couldn’t quite reach the bar, so the extra foot pad helped.
Overall, I liked the workout, but this isn’t something I’d do on a regular basis. I like to sweat and really max myself out (hence me doing Max: 30), and I didn’t have this kind of experience with the Bar Method. I could see myself adding this kind of class in once a month. And at $25/class, that’s probably all I could afford anyway.
Jenna: This workout made me miss my ballet dancing days for sure. I hadn’t used a lot of those muscles in a while, and was definitely feeling the burn during class. To be honest, I thought I would be really sore in my butt and legs the next day and was fine. I liked the workout in the sense that it was something different, but I am not sure I would buy a monthly membership or anything. The $25 price tag is a bit high, and it just overall wasn’t really my thing. (I found myself checking the clock to see how close we were to finishing, and I hate that feeling when working out). However, when I’m training for my next race I think this would be great to work in monthly because it does force you to focus on your hips and core which is an area I need to focus on. Amy and the staff at this location were great, so I would certainly recommend that you give it a try for yourself if you are in the area.
Overall, it’s always fun to try out a new workout once in a while. It helps when you have friends or cousins who want to join, too!