The top 5 barre classes and studios in Toronto
Barre classes are seriously all the fitness rage right now. With workouts that promise to sculpt, lengthen and strengthen your muscles, all the while incorporating cardio to burn those calories, it's no wonder the barre is so popular - you'll look and feel like a ballerina in no time flat. (Tutus optional).
Here are my picks for the top barre classes and studios in Toronto.
The newest barre studio to move across the border and hit Toronto's trendy King West neighbourhood is Barre3. Here you'll get a total-body, 60-minute workout and a solid stretch - perfect for building long lean muscles. For $190 a month for unlimited classes, get your money's worth by going as often as possible.
While Spynga may be the place to be for spinning and yoga, they also have a fantastic list of barre classes as well. Located just south of St. Clair West on Bathurst, you'll probably leave here exhausted - particularly if you try their original Spynbarre class that starts with spinning and ends with barre work. My legs feel wobbly just thinking about it.
The Extension Room
Home of the Extension Method, the Extension Room in Corktown combines classical ballet with athletic conditioning for a workout that goes beyond the barre. Choose a class based on what area of your body you wish to sculpt, or feel like a prima ballerina with their various levels of ballet classes.
Located on Yonge just south of Eglinton, the boutique-style Barre Beautiful will challenge you during their 35- or 55-minute classes. Their Cardio Barre class will get you sweating, or if you want to stick with the classics, they also offer straight-up ballet. Feel free to ask about their complimentary Postural Analysis (because we could all use better posture). If you think you'll hit the barre on the regular, an unlimited monthly pass is $99.
While the classes may be a little more expensive than some ($199 for a month unlimited), you definitely get what you pay for with great quality and a huge variety of classes. With two Toronto locations (midtown and Queen West), Barreworks has some great options for classes depending on what you want to work on, but their one-hour Mixed Level classes are among the most popular.
Did I miss any? Leave your picks for barre studios in Toronto in the comments.
Photo of the Extension Room.
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