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My First Time Trying Out Barre Class

Hi friends, thanks for coming to my blog! Today, I’m writing about my first time doing barre class- specifically Barre3, originally from the US which made it's way over to the King West area as the only Barre3 location in Canada. I went to an event set up by Embiria which curates events where you can meet new people, try out something new and then eat afterwards, ending up with a goodie bag at the end (which I forgot to pick up when leaving).

Keep reading for what I thought about Barre 3 and the Embiria event!


If you’ve never heard of barre (pronounced bar… just so that we’re on the same page here!) it’s a low impact workout that combines ballet movements, yoga and pilates into one. The movements are simple and repetitious but the time passes by and I never felt bored at all, the pain in my muscles was what I was feeling. 

The studio is super bright and open, very clean with hard wood floors and natural lighting. There are lockers in the back as well as a shower and toiletries for you to use. Razors, dry shampoo, bandages, elastics? They got em for you! Shame I didn’t see the set up until after the class was done because I actually lost my hair elastic before class started.

All movements have three aspects, holding the move, small 1 inch movements where you bounce/pulse in that same position and large movements where you do deeper pulses and larger motions. 

I used to think that I was fit, but this workout gave me a run for my money!

Barre class participants experience something called the ‘shakes and quakes’ which is when your muscles won’t stop shaking because they’re being used so heavily. I couldn’t believe how intensely they were shaking from such seemingly ‘simple’ movements like lunges and squats- and without any weights either.

When we moved onto upper body, you had the choice between no weights, or, 1,2 or 3 pound dumbbells. Originally I picked up the 2 pound dumbbell but on a whim decided to use the 1 pound ones, an wow what a great idea. If anyone used the three pound ones- you're an absolute boss. I wasn't able to complete all of the movements, and I wasn't the only one (thankfully!) Many of us had to pause because it was too intense (can I just stress again how this was from a one pound dumbbell!)

The workout has no breaks between it at all, and it’s not aligned so that each song has a perfectly curated set, rather the movements flow in and out of the songs in a more natural motion. At first I wasn’t a fan of it, but then I ended up really liking it because the momentum carries you forward and allows for the time to pass by quickly.

If you decide to sign up for Barre 3, you're also able to go onto their website and take online variations of their classes to do at home, as well as read their blog and gain access to healthy recipes that you can try out.

 After the workout we all picked up salads from a local company called The Goods; vegan, organic, natural, gluten, dairy and nut free.  After salads came acai bowls from Lilo Foods where we were able to add in toppings such as goji berries and coconut slices. This was my first time trying an acai bowl and wow was it good! I even took an extra one home ;) If you've never tried out and acai bowl it really is great, similar to a pudding but not as sweet.

The event was curated by Embiria and I really love the idea behind it as it brings people together, be it that you come alone (like I did) or with some friends to try something new. Everyone that took the class was very friendly and talkative and I didn't feel like I wasn't invited or that I was the odd one out. If it wasn't for this event, I likely wouldn't have ever tried out barre, rather pushing it off as something that I wanted to do, but never got around to. I also got to eat amazing local food and have a chat with other people, as we literally made a circle on the floor and shared mats so that we could talk and eat together in an open and inviting space. 

Would I do Embiria again? 100% There are so many options for events including yoga, and barre as well as discovery events where you can learn more skills such as creative writing and how to curate a flat lay (which, if you've never done before, seems incredibly easy but is actually super time consuming and hard).

Would I take a barre class again? In theory- yes because I really enjoyed it, felt that bootay burning, and the studio was really nice (it’s the little things, you know?) while having a great event to go to and meeting other people who were also beginners was also a plus. However, I do have a yearly pass to Goodlife fitness and this studio is all the way in the city but I’m out here in suburbia so I don't see myself going all the way out there for a class. If my sister or a friend was interested in trying it out or if there was another similar Embiria event than I would totally do it again.

Thanks for reading- what are your thoughts, have you done Barre before, or gone to a curated event like Embiria?


9 comments on "My First Time Trying Out Barre Class"
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  2. Sounds great, want to try that too!


  3. What an amazing experience I need to stay a bit more open minded to trying out new activities and ESPECIALLY FOOD! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dominica from London, xXx

  4. I do yoga and pilates so I think barre would be great! Only problem is that there is no one near me that does it. But I like the idea of an online class!

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  5. I've never taken a barre class but it's been something I've wanted to try out for awhile. I love yoga and go to bikram classes once a week =o)

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