all about local barre

Local Barre® is inspired by the life of a famous Russian dancer in the 1920's and 1930's at a time when the profession was regarded as disapproving as prostitution. She created a new exercise method based on her experience with dance, and her studio was the best kept secret of the elite for decades.  Local Barre's design is a balance of vintage elements mixed with modern touches that undoubtedly creates a unique, luxurious fitness experience.  Most of all, Local Barre® was designed to be an escape for women where they can experience top level barre classes and feel like they are treating themselves to a spa-like environment with high-end amenities and concierge level service from staff.

 
 

The workout

All Local Barre® classes are carefully constructed to challenge all levels (Barre Virgin to Top Shelf Advanced) and are completely customizable for all bodies. Our signature class, Open Barre℠ is a fusion of ballet fundamentals, core conditioning, Yoga and stretching for a total body workout.  You will use lightly weighted yoga balls, stretching strap, ballet barre, playground ball, and yoga mat to achieve a lean, flexible, youthful body.

Our barre-based classes offer the benefits of core exercise throughout, aerobic fitness, strength training and flexibility/mobility focus.  Each class is accompanied by a fun, sexy playlist that will empower you to push beyond your comfort zone.

While class structure always remains consistent, your body will benefit from a new “weighted series” every month to maximize muscle usage and definition. Our amazing Barretenders℠ are there to guide your form and encourage each client to get the most out of their class - and have a fabulous time along the way.


our barretenders

Local Barre® offers the ultimate barre experience and has top level instructors (Barretenders℠) to carry that vision through. Each Barretender℠ is highly capable, having undergone extensive training before leading classes - plus bringing their varied backgrounds in dance, fitness and more. They are committed to giving high-energy, authentic barre classes with just enough je ne sais quoi that each class is a unique and inspiring workout. They know proper form is key to an effective workout, and they guide our Locals throughout every class to achieve it.


Amber   What's your teaching style?  I'm a big believer in giving a class that cannot be duplicated and requires myself and my clients to be fully in the moment. I try to encourage everyone to take the class for themselves and customize as needed. If you're feeling amazing then push to the limit but if you need to be more gentle on that day that's ok too. I've been told that my classes are "sneaky hard" lol. I have a calm and soothing demeanor but I can certainly bring on those shakes! I'm all about having a good time too. Just because we're working out doesn't mean we can't let loose a little ;)   Guilty Pleasure?  Panda All Natural Raspberry Licorice and Netflix. Ok, and tequila.   Who best channels your inner Diva?  I'm going with a Pink/Beyonce hybrid.   Favorite (Barre) Position?  Mermaid. Get's my buns every time!   What's your mantra?  Workout because you love your body not because you hate it.   Why Barre?  I've danced all my life. While pursuing my dance studies in college I also started to work in fitness (teaching group exercise classes and other dance based workouts). However, it wasn't until I was rehabbing my knee after having my ACL replaced that I discovered barre. Not only was I obsessed with the workout BUT it was such an immense help in aiding my recovery. I've been in love ever since.   Proudest Moment?  Becoming a Mama tops the list but also very proud of the work I do with Local Barre®. It's been an adventure growing with the company from the very first day Local Barre® opened!

Amber

What's your teaching style? I'm a big believer in giving a class that cannot be duplicated and requires myself and my clients to be fully in the moment. I try to encourage everyone to take the class for themselves and customize as needed. If you're feeling amazing then push to the limit but if you need to be more gentle on that day that's ok too. I've been told that my classes are "sneaky hard" lol. I have a calm and soothing demeanor but I can certainly bring on those shakes! I'm all about having a good time too. Just because we're working out doesn't mean we can't let loose a little ;)

Guilty Pleasure? Panda All Natural Raspberry Licorice and Netflix. Ok, and tequila.

Who best channels your inner Diva? I'm going with a Pink/Beyonce hybrid.

Favorite (Barre) Position? Mermaid. Get's my buns every time!

What's your mantra? Workout because you love your body not because you hate it.

Why Barre? I've danced all my life. While pursuing my dance studies in college I also started to work in fitness (teaching group exercise classes and other dance based workouts). However, it wasn't until I was rehabbing my knee after having my ACL replaced that I discovered barre. Not only was I obsessed with the workout BUT it was such an immense help in aiding my recovery. I've been in love ever since.

Proudest Moment? Becoming a Mama tops the list but also very proud of the work I do with Local Barre®. It's been an adventure growing with the company from the very first day Local Barre® opened!

Donielle   What's your teaching style?  It’s humorous, anatomically and musically driven! Form and flow is so important to me but if you can’t take everything so seriously..JUST BREATHE!   Guilty Pleasure?  Cookies…One of my nicknames is Cookie Monster   What's your hidden talent?  Knowing what is going to happen before it happens/reading people. I should have been a FBI agent!   Who best channels your inner Diva  RuPaul. I go straight to the source….   Favorite (Barre) Position?  Reverse chair to hinge “HOT TUB”   What's your mantra?  “WORK HARD. PLAY HARD.” “NO COMPLAINING. WE ARE TRAINING.” I have so many more but these are 2 of my top.   Why Barre?  It is the perfect blend of dance elements with a fitness vibe.   Proudest Moment?  Giving birth to Piper

Donielle

What's your teaching style? It’s humorous, anatomically and musically driven! Form and flow is so important to me but if you can’t take everything so seriously..JUST BREATHE!

Guilty Pleasure? Cookies…One of my nicknames is Cookie Monster

What's your hidden talent? Knowing what is going to happen before it happens/reading people. I should have been a FBI agent!

Who best channels your inner Diva RuPaul. I go straight to the source….

Favorite (Barre) Position? Reverse chair to hinge “HOT TUB”

What's your mantra? “WORK HARD. PLAY HARD.” “NO COMPLAINING. WE ARE TRAINING.” I have so many more but these are 2 of my top.

Why Barre? It is the perfect blend of dance elements with a fitness vibe.

Proudest Moment? Giving birth to Piper

Amanda R   What's your teaching style?  Hands-on   Guilty Pleasure?  Vino  What's your hidden talent?  Eating   Who best channels your inner Diva?  Mariah Carey   Favorite (Barre) Position?  Water ski   What's your mantra?  One day at a time & you shall be fine.   Why Barre?  Babes & Booty!   Proudest Moment?  Filming the movie Trainwreck

Amanda R

What's your teaching style? Hands-on

Guilty Pleasure? Vino What's your hidden talent? Eating

Who best channels your inner Diva? Mariah Carey

Favorite (Barre) Position? Water ski

What's your mantra? One day at a time & you shall be fine.

Why Barre? Babes & Booty!

Proudest Moment? Filming the movie Trainwreck

Amanda F   What's your teaching style?  It's my goal to encourage you not only physically but mentally to be your best self. Expect an upbeat class with an emphasis on proper form.   Guilty Pleasure?  Fro-yo dates with my Husband! Life is all about balance.   What's your hidden talent?  Parallel parking pick-up trucks in Hoboken. Ha!   Who best channels your inner Diva?  That girl from the block -- J-Lo!   Favorite (Barre) Position?  Fitness lunge -- This position fires up the thighs, glutes, and core with those 90 degree holds!   What's your mantra?  "The hardest part is over. You showed up -- you're here!"  Why Barre?  As a dancer, I've tried every workout under the sun. When asked, I explain Barre Fitness as working the muscles from the inside out. Keep it up and I promise you'll see results and feel your strongest.   Proudest Moment?  Becoming Mrs. Fontana!

Amanda F

What's your teaching style? It's my goal to encourage you not only physically but mentally to be your best self. Expect an upbeat class with an emphasis on proper form.

Guilty Pleasure? Fro-yo dates with my Husband! Life is all about balance.

What's your hidden talent? Parallel parking pick-up trucks in Hoboken. Ha!

Who best channels your inner Diva? That girl from the block -- J-Lo!

Favorite (Barre) Position? Fitness lunge -- This position fires up the thighs, glutes, and core with those 90 degree holds!

What's your mantra? "The hardest part is over. You showed up -- you're here!" Why Barre? As a dancer, I've tried every workout under the sun. When asked, I explain Barre Fitness as working the muscles from the inside out. Keep it up and I promise you'll see results and feel your strongest.

Proudest Moment? Becoming Mrs. Fontana!

Charlotte   What's your hidden talent? I can speak a decent amount of Mandarin Chinese  !   Who best channels your inner Diva? Audrey Hepburn meets Tina Fey   Favorite (Barre) Position?  Classic first position wall slide all the way   What's your mantra?  Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.   Why Barre? It is the perfect combination of fitness and dance, toning and stretch, strength training and body control, and focus and fun. Plus I love the music. In one hour you get the whole package!   Proudest Moment? Being recognized by the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Athletics Hall of Fame for my achievements in the sport of swimming throughout the years across the country!   What's your teaching style? I like to think of each class as my opportunity to be like your knowledgeable friend who is a good influence on your body :) Part dance class, part rejuvenation, and lots of booty toning.

Charlotte

What's your hidden talent?I can speak a decent amount of Mandarin Chinese!

Who best channels your inner Diva?Audrey Hepburn meets Tina Fey

Favorite (Barre) Position? Classic first position wall slide all the way

What's your mantra? Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.

Why Barre?It is the perfect combination of fitness and dance, toning and stretch, strength training and body control, and focus and fun. Plus I love the music. In one hour you get the whole package!

Proudest Moment?Being recognized by the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Athletics Hall of Fame for my achievements in the sport of swimming throughout the years across the country!

What's your teaching style?I like to think of each class as my opportunity to be like your knowledgeable friend who is a good influence on your body :) Part dance class, part rejuvenation, and lots of booty toning.

Olivia   What's your teaching style?  I've heard I'm spunky.   Guilty Pleasure?  Cheez-Its and raw cookie dough. Not together, obviously.   What's your hidden talent?  I can rap like Nicki Minaj, for like 5 seconds.   Who best channels your inner Diva?  Beyonce now. Celine Dion later. Beyline. Celyonce.   Favorite (Barre) Position?  Incline chair because it gives me an a$s like Beyoncé and arms like Celine.   What's your mantra?  It is not our abilities that show what we really are, it is our choices.    Why Barre? Nothing strengthens, lengthens and tones like barre!

Olivia

What's your teaching style? I've heard I'm spunky.

Guilty Pleasure? Cheez-Its and raw cookie dough. Not together, obviously.

What's your hidden talent? I can rap like Nicki Minaj, for like 5 seconds.

Who best channels your inner Diva? Beyonce now. Celine Dion later. Beyline. Celyonce.

Favorite (Barre) Position? Incline chair because it gives me an a$s like Beyoncé and arms like Celine.

What's your mantra? It is not our abilities that show what we really are, it is our choices.

Why Barre? Nothing strengthens, lengthens and tones like barre!

Meghan   What's your teaching style?  I like to get down to business and give a difficult, well-rounded class, while positively motivating and encouraging clients.   Guilty Pleasure?  Ice cream...and Bravo   What's your hidden talent?  My husband says cooking...ha!!!  Who best channels your inner Diva?  Music wise? 80's Madonna   Favorite (Barre) Position?  Pretzel...said no one ever (but me!)  What's your mantra?  Treat people the way you want to be treated   Why Barre?  It has changed my body like nothing else! Barre works so many important muscle groups and those shakes really work wonders. I love that between the different positions and variations as well as the creativity of instructors, you never get bored.   Proudest Moment?  Giving birth!

Meghan

What's your teaching style? I like to get down to business and give a difficult, well-rounded class, while positively motivating and encouraging clients.

Guilty Pleasure? Ice cream...and Bravo

What's your hidden talent? My husband says cooking...ha!!! Who best channels your inner Diva? Music wise? 80's Madonna

Favorite (Barre) Position? Pretzel...said no one ever (but me!) What's your mantra? Treat people the way you want to be treated

Why Barre? It has changed my body like nothing else! Barre works so many important muscle groups and those shakes really work wonders. I love that between the different positions and variations as well as the creativity of instructors, you never get bored.

Proudest Moment? Giving birth!

Guilty Pleasure? Going to bed super early...I know, I know, so lame. Crappy reality TV, Queso Fondido    What's your hidden talent? I can rap every word to Baby got Back....My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hun! #keepinitclassy    Who best channels your inner Diva? Beyonce, isn't everyone's??    Favorite (Barre) Position? Flat Back Chair = Thighs on FIRE!!!    What's your mantra? Break a sweat everyday...any activity at all, just get that heart rate up! Aggressive shopping anyone??    Why Barre? Barre is a true full body workout that pushes your limits, builds your strength and doesn't neglect the importance of stretch.    Proudest Moment? Having my son Oliver, he is so awesome! And now his little sister is on the way!    What's your teaching style? Efficient and fun! You have trusted me with your most precious commodity, your time, I promise to make sure you get the most out of it while having a blast!

Guilty Pleasure? Going to bed super early...I know, I know, so lame. Crappy reality TV, Queso Fondido

What's your hidden talent? I can rap every word to Baby got Back....My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hun! #keepinitclassy

Who best channels your inner Diva? Beyonce, isn't everyone's??

Favorite (Barre) Position? Flat Back Chair = Thighs on FIRE!!!

What's your mantra? Break a sweat everyday...any activity at all, just get that heart rate up! Aggressive shopping anyone??

Why Barre? Barre is a true full body workout that pushes your limits, builds your strength and doesn't neglect the importance of stretch.

Proudest Moment? Having my son Oliver, he is so awesome! And now his little sister is on the way!

What's your teaching style? Efficient and fun! You have trusted me with your most precious commodity, your time, I promise to make sure you get the most out of it while having a blast!

Jennifer   What's your teaching style?  Energetic and creative   Guilty Pleasure?  Nocciolata (vegan Nutella )   What's your hidden talent?  Planning fundraisers /events for Beagle Freedom Project   Who best channels your inner Diva?  Not who ....nothing like a little black dress, heels and red lips   Favorite (Barre) Position?  1st position hip shakes What's your mantra?  Travel as much as possible ! Or work hard play hard   Why Barre?  Because the shakes and burn are addicting   Proudest Moment?  Adopting Minnie and Rescuing Liberty (from animal testing ) and passing the principal exam

Jennifer

What's your teaching style? Energetic and creative

Guilty Pleasure? Nocciolata (vegan Nutella )

What's your hidden talent? Planning fundraisers /events for Beagle Freedom Project

Who best channels your inner Diva? Not who ....nothing like a little black dress, heels and red lips

Favorite (Barre) Position? 1st position hip shakesWhat's your mantra? Travel as much as possible ! Or work hard play hard

Why Barre? Because the shakes and burn are addicting

Proudest Moment? Adopting Minnie and Rescuing Liberty (from animal testing ) and passing the principal exam

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FAQ

What is your Class Arrival Policy?

First time guests are requested to arrive ten minutes before class so the instructor can introduce themselves, welcome you to Local Barre®, and address any injuries, limitations, and questions. For safety reasons, beginners are strongly discouraged from joining a class once the instructor has begun. For the safety and satisfaction of all Local Barre guests, late entry will not be permitted to anyone beyond the initial five minutes of any class.

What is your Class Cancellation Policy?

All cancellations must be made at least 12 hours prior to the class start time. An "early cancel" (outside of the 12-hour cancellation window) will not affect your account. If the cancellation is made within the 12-hour period before the class start time, it is considered a "late cancel", and the class will be removed from your account. Unlimited Month and Monthly Members will be charged current drop in rate for that class. 

What is the age requirement for Local Barre®?

All of our classes are safe for ages 16 and up! Clients under the age of 18 must have a parent sign the Local Barre® Minor Liability waiver.

Can I visit Local Barre® on back­to­back days?

Yes, we encourage you to attend class on consecutive days. Regular attendance will help to build muscle memory and efficiency and alleviate muscle soreness. Because of the diversity of strength building exercises at Local Barre®, guests should expect to feel some tenderness after every class, particularly in the beginning or after a break. You might consider varying the type of class you take on consecutive days by supplementing the Open BarreSM with the our Dance and Cardio classes.

How soon will I see results?

You will learn to engage your core with every exercise to feel a change after the first week, see a change after the first month, and achieve a noticeable Local Barre® body before next season. We encourage you to embrace the powerful relationship between your mind and body, and energy. Focus your energy on a fulfilling and meaningful life and good health and beauty will come to you.

Will I lose weight?

Local Barre® exercises target your largest muscle groups (i.e. legs and buttocks) – the larger the muscle, the more calories burned. You will build lean muscle mass which burns the most calories even while your body is at rest. As you see results, you will be motivated to make better decisions about your nutrition. If you participate in Local Barre® classes regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle outside the Barre, then you will become slimmer. We challenge you to let go of the fixation with the scale and redirect your energy on total fitness, being strong inside and out. Perhaps more extraordinary than shedding pounds, you will love your body.

Will Barre classes make me bulky?

No! Local Barre® routines will trim your body. The series of exercises strengthen and stretch every major muscle group in the body, targeting hard to reach muscles to burn maximum calories and attain a more sculpted shape. You will notice a redistribution of your body weight as sagging muscles become firmer and more lifted. In the beginning, this might give you the false impression of fuller muscles. As you stick with it, your muscles will become more compact and you will shed the fatty tissue between the muscles to achieve a slimmer physique.

Can I still benefit from Local Barre® if I’m not flexible?

Yes! At Local Barre®, you will become more flexible. The Local Barre® method alternates strength and stretching to exhaust your muscles before they are stretched to lend themselves more easily to stretching. Concentration and breathing techniques allow muscles to relax. Flexibility and range of motion are important in preventing injury and keeping your body youthful.

What if I don’t have dance experience?

No problem! Our clients range from never having heard of pointe shoes to dancing their entire lives. For our beginners, you will notice some dance terms. We recommend watching your fellow Barre­goers and of course, asking our talented Barretenders℠ as many questions as you need!

Will I need more cardio than Local Barre®?

It depends on your body and why cardio is important to you. Local Barre® classes are aerobic, fast paced, moving from strengthening to stretching exercises nonstop like interval training. Besides the obvious heart benefits, it is important to train our lungs. Controlled breathing strengthens the core and improves endurance which means the ability to exercise longer with less effort. We encourage guests to compliment their Open Barre℠ workouts with our Dance and Cardio classes for additional cardio and to practice deeper breathing techniques.

What should I wear?

To ensure proper alignment, it is suggested that guests wear formfitting clothing for Open Barre℠ classes. For Open Barre℠ classes, socks or in­studio shoes are required and may be purchased in the retail boutique.

Is Local Barre® for women only?

Of course not! We welcome Dames and Daddy O’s alike.

Is Local Barre® safe during pregnancy?

Yes! Local Barre® is an effective work out that is safe to continue throughout your pregnancy. At the beginning of each class please let the instructor know that you are expecting so they can show you any modifications that may be necessary. For more information regarding fitness and your pregnancy please contact us.

Do you have child care?

Yes! Our child care program is called Mini Barre℠. Please visit our Childcare page for more info.

Can i come to byobaby if i do not have a child?

Yes! All are welcome to our Open Barre BYOBaby class (including the little ones.)