We love FlyBarre for many reasons: the assigned mats so there’s no need to rush in and “casually” do the towel throw to mark your territory; the pre-class intake the teachers do, asking each individual about any injuries and introducing themselves; the superhuman ability all the instructors seem to have to keep a keen eye on all students … and we mean it, expect a form correction and/or a shout out at some point during class. Oh yeah, and most importantly, we love the full body muscle-sculpting workout. There are modifications to every move and variations of weights so you can adjust the challenge level to meet your needs that day. We’ve taken a few classes with Cassondra Roloff and were pleasantly surprised that her 45-minute class (vs. 60 minutes) still left us feeling accomplished.
Right after the warm-up, we faced the mirrored wall, pulsing in a sit-up and using the resistance band for support. This abs work followed by oblique sit-ups was no joke. In just 45 minutes, Cassondra lead us through abs, glutes, thighs, arms and stretches that had us feeling every muscle. We pulsed, we planked, we mildly panicked and then it was on to the next position … and sighs of relief. Sometimes that extra 15 minutes really does make all the difference if you’re in a time crunch, but we’re still partial to the full hour class.
FlyBarre instructors must go through extensive training to develop eyes in the back of their head because, in true Fly-form, Cassondra can see all while actually doing the class with you. She is hands on and made her way around the room making form adjustments. While her teaching style is effective, we wish we got just a little more personality and energy from her to make it a little more fun.
The UES FlyBarre is located in a high-end fitness haven; it sits on the third floor of the building below its Flywheel counterpart, SLT, and The Fhitting Room. So be prepared to see a lot of other sweaty people. The studio isn’t as newly renovated as some others we’ve been to but has all of the core necessities, ie. lockers, bathroom, showers and a small changing area. Also, unlike some of the other FlyBarre studios we’ve been to, the UES location has windows and makes the room feel a little bit bigger.
201 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065 Upper East Side Barre $$$$
FlyBarre Upper East Side
Upper East Side Barre, $$$$
201 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065
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When you take a FlyBarre class with Chase Willman, you’re inspired to work just a little bit harder. A trained dancer, her bun-head determination was apparent. She made her way around the room, helping students make modifications as necessary, all while continuing to instruct the rest of the class. Chase demonstrated each position and did the class along with us. We pulsed, crunched, planked, toned our arms and glutes, and stretched. Chase choreographed each move to follow the beat of the music, making it a little more fun and easier to keep the pace. She was friendly and welcoming walking into class, but meant business once class began, which we always like. We’ll definitely be on the lookout for Chase on the schedule to take another class!