I’m on a mission to get the celebrity fit body. And to help me along the way I’ve taken up Barrecore fitness – an LA-born fitness fad which has now become Oh So London. After Made In Chelsea girls Binky, Millie and co featured in the studios, it’s had Chelsea girls (and celebs) flocking down the Kings Road to find out more.
Ok, so I might be exaggerating a little on my celebrity body front. But I do want to up my cardio fitness levels.
Although I do try and fit in two to three gym sessions per week, I am struggling on the motivation front. This is why I tried out Barrecore – a ballet barre-inspired fitness class – to try and mix up my training.
The class itself is based on ‘small, isometric movements’ using bands, balls, light weights and of course integrating the use of the ballet barre. While I find some exercises like running can cause you to ‘bulk up’, barrecore claims to promote longer and leaner physiques. Sold yet?
The club also does a Barredance class which is a bit like a street/hip hop-inspired dance which uses less of the barre but integrates some of the barrecore principles. What fun that was! It really gets the heart pumping and is taught by some lovely, energetic and morale-boosting choreographers.
As for the Barrecore Mixed class – it was a bit more intense, especially if you go for the advanced class. It’s basically a one hour session made up of a short warm up, 10 minute upper body workout, 25 minutes of leg and seat exercises, 20 minutes of core conditioning and five minutes warm down.
It’s easy to write that but the reality? It’s Ohhhh Soooo much harder! The leg and seat exercises are especially hard and have you doing all sorts of squats and balances against the barre, really testing those glutes!
The core conditioning part of the Mixed class at Barrecore London is a challenge too. There are lots of crunches and sit ups which really test your abdominal muscles.
I was only half joking about the celeb body. The club was founded by Niki Rein – personal trainer and barre-extraordinaire. She worked at Tracy Anderson Method in California. If you know anything about Tracy Anderson and her ‘metamorphosis’ discipline, you’ll know she’s trained the likes of Madonna, Lara Stone, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow. So Niki’s certainly learnt from the best!
I have to say, my sessions at Barrecore have definitely helped me vary my training a bit and wow, did I ache the next day, so you definitely feel the burn.
It’s tucked away behind M&S on the Kings Road in Atlantic Court and the studios are pretty plush.
Barrecore or BarreDance will set you back £28 a class or you can get monthly membership from around £250 per month (correct at time of post being published).
I’m not sure if Millie and Binky have been back but I do have a secret to tell: Sinitta (yes as in Simon Cowell’s bf and 80s pop star) was in my recent class.
So if Barrecore’s client list is anything to go by, it’s an A-list London fitness studio. And it is fast becoming the way to a celebrity fit body.
Nearest tube: Sloane Square or South Kensington