What should I wear and bring to class?


We will provide all of the equipment you will need during the class, including a yoga mat. To get the most out of your practice and prevent injury, we require that you wear sticky socks for barre classes. You are welcome to bring your own or we will have some available for purchase at the studio starting at $5. Most students like to wear flexible leggings or workout pants and a sleeveless or short sleeved top. Wearing leggings allows your muscles to warm up quickly and for you to get the most out of the exercises and increase flexibility. Ultimately, we want you to wear clothing that you makes you feel good and that you can comfortably move in. We suggest bringing a reusable water bottle and a workout towel if you like. We will have additional water available and resuable water bottles available for purchase. There will be cubbies for your belongings for the duration of class, that includes cell phones because we all know what happens when you have your phone at the barre.




Is there a beginner class?


All of our classes are designed to appeal to a wide range of ages, fitness levels and abilities. We provide modifications as well as hands on corrections in class to ensure that you are in the correct position and avoid injury. We like to say, every BODY welcome. We currently offer a Barre Lite class, which is a 60 minute barre class designed at a slower pace. This class is a great way to ease your way into the barre journey or further your understanding of positioning and form.




Should I preregister for classes?


YES! We highly recommend reserving a class before you arrive to ensure that you have a spot, especially for our most popular times fill up over a week in advance. You can reserve classes 2 weeks ahead of time on Mind Body. You are welcome to walk-in, but we cannot guarantee that there will be a spot for you in class.




Can I take barre if I'm pregnant or have an injury?


You sure can. Our certified barre instructors are equipped to help you modify exercises to ensure you are comfortable, while still getting the most out of your workout. Be sure to inform the front desk and your instructor before class begins so they are aware. We always recommend consulting your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. If you are pregnant or are injured, you are welcome to email us at team@thebarrenewbedford.com and we can make sure that we make a note on your account so we provide the proper modifications in class.




How often should I attend classes?


Our barre class are low impact so you can attend classes anywhere from 1 to 7 times a week and see a benefit. We generally recommend attending classses 3-5 times a week, but it largely depends on your fitness goals, other fitness activities and how quickly you want to see results. A good practice is taking one rest day per week to allow for proper muscle recovery which protects against plateau and injury. In the beginning, you may find that your muscles are especially sore. We recommend listening to your body and believe it or not, sometimes another class can help break up the soreness and make you feel better.




What is barre? What are your classes like?


The Barre classes utilize movements that are inspired by ballet, yoga, and Pilates, set to fun and motivating music. The full body method activates one muscle group at a time with small, controlled movements, also known as isometric movements, which are very effective for burning fat and adding muscle tone. During the class, your muscles are sculpted and strengthened, by working them to the point of fatigue, followed by a deep stretch to lengthen them out and create long, lean muscles. Each class begins with a warm up and then travels through the body from the arms, thighs, seat/glutes, abdominals and ends with a cool down. The Barre classes also build core strength, which improves posture and body alignment. Our classes will help you maximize your flexibility, while developing endurance and strength. Not only are these results physically transformational, the small, controlled movements in barre connect the mind and the body, which lead to a greater inner awareness and mental strength/grit. As you move through your barre journey, you will find a deeper control and connection to the movements allowing you to further your practice and continually see progress. There is no plateau here! We value proper form and perform hands on adjustments to get you into the right position for the best barre burn and to prevent injury. The Barre classes are naturally low impact and are designed to adapt to all fitness levels and ability. Every BODY welcome.




Can barre classes help me lose weight?


Heck yeah! During the class, you will work all your major muscle groups. Your muscles are sculpted and strengthened, by working them to the point of fatigue, followed by a deep stretch to lengthen them out and create long, lean muscles. One of the great things about barre is that your body is still getting benefits long after class is over. In a typical barre class you will burn about 200-400 calories, but the real kicker is the types of exercises performed in class stimulates a spike in your metabolism for the rest of the day, allowing you to burn fat and calories even after you’re done at the barre. Cheers to that!




Should I arrive early to my first class?


We recommend that you arrive 10-15 minutes before your first class begins. You will need to fill out a short waiver, get acquanited with our studio, ask questions if you have them, and set up your mat. There will be cubbies if you have any belongings as well as a lounge if you'd like a pre workout stretch.




What's the story behind The Barre?


Our story started years ago, when a childhood friend of Kayla’s put a ring on Gigi’s finger and brought us together. We have always found a connection through health and fitness, and joked about opening a barre studio together in the south coast. It seemed like it could be a great partnership, however the timing was not quite there, Kayla was just beginning a family and Gigi was living in Boston. Fast forward, 5 years later and we found ourselves living minutes from downtown New Bedford. Kayla, has been addicted to barre fitness since her first class 10 years ago. She started teaching barre 7 years ago and her experience has allowed her to form her own unique style. Gigi, an avid class taker has always dreamed of being a fitness instructor and enjoys helping friends with marketing and sales consulting. While not much has changed since our first conversation, we have one more shared passion, building something special to help transform our community of New Bedford. We are so delighted to be finally embarking on the journey to open The Barre, New Bedford’s first barre fitness studio! We can't wait to meet you at The Barre! Love, Kayla and Gigi




What is your late cancellation/no show policy?


Cancellations must be made a minimum of 8 hours prior to class in order to allow those on the waitlist enough notice that they have been added to the class schedule. Late cancellations or no shows after the cut off time will results in either a loss of a class for drop ins and class packs or a $5 charge for late cancellations and $10 for no shows for those with the unlimited The Barre Flight trial or Top Shelf memberships. It is assumed that by being on the waitlist, you want to take the class if you can get in. Please remove yourself from the waitlist 8 hours prior to the start of class if you no longer want to take the class. Clients that are automatically added to the class 8 or more hours prior to the beginning of class will be held to the late cancelation and no show policy. We will allow clients into class no more than 5 minutes late. The first part of class is a critical to warm up the body and prevent injury during the remainder of class. Exceptions will be considered to our policy only in emergency, injury, illness situations. A doctor's note is necessary and is left to the discretion of the owners whether or not a fee will be made. We completely understand that life happens and it is not always possible to follow through on every commitment. There are no hard feelings for a cancellation or a miss, we simply must maintain the integrity of our policy. If you find that you become ill/injured and cannot attend class, we encourage you to log into our online scheduler and cancel upcoming classes that you have scheduled so that you are not charged for or do not lose those classes. We have a 24-hour cancellation policy on all private appointments, specialty events and workshops. If you do not cancel within this time frame you will be charged in full. We may offer free classes for our clients. In the event that you do not show or late cancel you will be charge a $10 fee. We commit to providing a kickass workout rain, shine or snow, as long as it's safe! The safety of our clients is very important to us, so we will make sure to watch the weather and road reports and make class cancellations if necessary. With that, we will strive to make cancellations no later than 1 hour ahead of class start time. We will post cancellations on Facebook and Instagram and you will also be notified through MindBody or the Barre app as long as you have notifications enabled. We are not able to reach out to everyone individually, so please check in on social media, check emails and app prior to making the trip. As long as we're open, our late cancellation/no show policy will be in effect. As stated above, we will make exceptions to our policy in emergency, illness and injury situations. Please plan ahead and try to give yourself extra time for shoveling, safe driving and parking. We can't make an exceptions to our policy every time it snows, it is New England after all.




Where do I park?


There are metered spot on Union and Water St, a metered lot across the street, a small lot behind the building, parking behind the YMCA on 2nd street and the Zeiterion Parking garage is just a couple minute walk away (and is only $3/hr). We highly recommend you do not park at the YMCA, the lot is monitored and we don't want anyone getting towed!




What are your hours?


Our hours will vary day to day based on the class schedule. In the morning the studio will be open a minimum of 15 minutes before each am class and close 15 minutes after the last class. For the evening classes we will be open 15 minutes before the first pm class and close 15 minutes after the last class. To view the class schedule, visit the schedule.




Do you sell gift cards?


Yes, we do! Just click here.




What is your policy when it rains or snows?


We commit to providing a kickass workout rain, shine or snow, as long as it's safe! The safety of our clients is very important to us, so we will make sure to watch the weather and road reports and make class cancellations if necessary. With that, we will strive to make cancellations no later than 1 hour ahead of class start time. We will post cancellations on Facebook and Instagram and you will also be notified through Mindbody or the Barre app as long as you have notifications enabled. We are not able to reach out to everyone individually, so please check in on social media, check emails and app prior to making the trip. As long as we're open, our late cancellation/no show policy remains in effect. As it states, we will make exceptions to our policy in emergency, illness and injury situations. Please plan ahead and try to give yourself extra time for shoveling, safe driving and parking. We are unable to make exceptions to our policy every time it snows, it is New England after all.




Can I pause my Top Shelf membership?


Sometimes life happens and you need to take a short break from us. We offer for every Top Shelf Client one opportunity per year to pause their membership for a month for a $10 fee. In the event that you need to cancel your membership before the 6 month period, we do charge a $100 cancellation charge. You may cancel without penalty after 6 months at the studio with a minimum of 30 days notice.




Do you have any tips for the waitlist?


Let's talk about the waitlist. From time to time we hear that some of you have trouble getting into classes, so we wanted to break down how it works as well as provide a few tips. So let's get started. Our scheduling system is on a rolling 16 day schedule, meaning you can always book 16 days out from current day. Once a class is at max capacity, an option to be added to the waitlist becomes available. The waitlist itself is an automatic process which coincides with our cancellation policy (8 hours before class begins). To break that down a bit, basically anytime that someone removes themselves from a class when there are 8 or more hours before it begins, the first person from the waitlist is automatically added to class. Within 8 hours, if someone tries to remove themselves from class, that would qualify as a late cancellation and clients from the waitlist are no longer automatically added to the class (so don't worry about being added to a 5:30am class at 3:00am). It's also worth mentioning that we assume that if you are on the waitlist that you want to take the class if you can get in. If that changes, please do remove yourself from the waitlist, this is especially important for morning classes where 8 hours may be after your bedtime. For most of our classes, we do end up with empty mats so here are a couple tips to get into class last minute. We mentioned before that if a late cancellation happens within 8 hours that you will not be added to the class automatically, but you can remove yourself from the waitlist and then book the class directly. The way that you will be able to tell a spot opened up is if you look at that class on the schedule it will have the option to "book". Also, you may already know this, but we do not allow clients to enter class more than 5 minutes late (for safety). While there is no guarantee you will get in, you are welcome to come in to the studio and be on standby if a spot opens up. If someone late cancels or is not here within 5 minutes then we will release those spots to the clients who are here. Lastly, we know a long waitlist can be intimidating, but generally there is a lot of movement on them. For example for the class this morning at 8:15 at one point there were 15 people on the waitlist and by the time the class actually happened the class wasn't even full. We can't say that will happen all the time, but we generally do see classes evolve quite a bit. Want to manage the waitlist like a pro? The easiest and most convenient way to manage your waitlisted classes is text notifications. Just message us or let us know the next time you're in class and we will get you switched over. Cheers, now you're a waitlist pro!





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