Barre & Soul BU/Brookline is a tiny, intimate studio located right off of the BU campus. If you’re looking to drip sweat, swear under your breath and hobble out of class, this place isn’t for you. But if you’re looking to complement your current cardio schedule with a dose of barre, you’re in the right spot, complete with a lovely studio, fabulous teacher and a chill vibe.
The workout at Barre & Soul was basic enough for all levels of students, but also varied nicely from the structure you’d find at other studios. We began with a nice hip opening stretch and then went right to the barre. We performed a set of burn-worthy chair poses–sitting never felt so hard! And not hard because of the pose, but because we held it and pulsed for SO. LONG. Our legs were legit on fire. To give our little leggies a break, our instructor led us through a significant arms series. It was a solid 10 minutes of bicep curls, overhead tricep extensions and dips. We really felt the burn and liked it. Our bottom half got its second act back at the barre for seat work in the way of Standing Pretzel. It’s pretty typical, but, hey, the exercise works, so we ain’t complaining. After tiring out our legs for the last time, we went to the mat for an ab series. Nothing too crazy, but it was nice to finish laying down. By the end of class, the lighting was dim and candles were lit. We definitely felt rejuvenated after a long day.
Girl crush alert! Angel Reed was a true professional. She pushed us to the limit during thigh work, but still maintained a level of humor and relaxation throughout class. A winning combination. Angel also knew everyone’s name in class (well, there were only seven of us) and adjusted each of us individually. A real benefit of this intimate space is that teachers have the ability to modify you hands-on. Angel did just that.
We actually think our studio apartment is bigger than Barre & Soul in Brookline–and that’s not saying much. The space is just one large room: no waiting area, changing rooms or extra studios. But the tiny space made for an intimate vibe. It felt like walking into a family-owned coffee shop, not a corporate Starbucks. The décor was also super trendy. Dark hardwood floors, industrial style lighting; we actually felt cooler just hanging out there.
36 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138 Brookline Yoga $$
Barre & Soul BU/Brookline
Brookline Barre, Yoga $$
36 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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