Jen was incredibly kind and attentive during our first Bar Method class after a long hiatus. This brand of barre classes focuses heavily on technique and on getting muscles into the right positions for optimal shaping and toning, and the instructors’ focus really shows that. We thought this was one of the few barre classes where we never broke a sweat but felt very sore the next day. It’s always good to be challenged in new ways and we felt very welcome at this Bar Method studio. Give Jen and her team a visit!
Bar Method starts with a strict warmup of no less than 40 marches in place to get the legs loosened up. We then went into a section of dumbbell raises and triceps kickbacks, with Jen coming around to adjust our form. Following several more exercises with light weights, we transitioned into our first series at the barre and targeted our legs. This section had us with our legs in a diamond and alternating between tucks and hip presses from side to side. Despite the slow and simple choreography, Jen’s emphasis on form and the angle of our knees relative to the ground made focusing difficult and also made the burn much harder.
In the second half of class, we focused on the glutes and abs and utilized a series of mats to ensure that our hip flexors were in the right position, that we were tensing our glutes hard enough, and that our knees and ankles remained aligned. This positioning and constant correction was new to us in a barre studio, but we appreciated it greatly. There was no time we felt like we had to stop an exercise due to hip flexor fatigue, and when we got to the floor to do c-curve spinal hold crunches, we immediately felt a difference from other classes in how our abs were engaging. With all of the hoopla around props and getting in the right position and ensuring our shapes were correct, it sometimes felt like class was going very slowly, but we definitely got some good toning for our smallest muscles.
Jen was great – it’s no easy feat to learn names for 25 newbies to your class, lead a class through complex choreography with multiple prop changes, and still have time to run around constantly correcting form. Somehow, she pulled it off with a smile on her face, and we’re pretty sure we even caught her singing along a couple of times. Jen was encouraging without being cheesy and definitely a stickler for strong form. While we were constantly getting corrected, we didn’t even feel self-conscious because Jen was doing her job so well. Awesome work, Jen, we’d love to take class with you again.
This Bar Method studio occupies a huge amount of space in a very high-rent area right in Soho, close to the train and a lot of nice shopping spots. It’s on the second floor of an otherwise non-descript office building and has a huge lobby area, two studios, and sizable men’s and women’s locker rooms. When we arrived, the front desk staff greeted us by name and shepherded us through a tour of the studio, which we really appreciated. There are three showers, free toiletries, and ample bathroom space in the women’s locker room, as well as space to relax in the main lobby with couches and a coffee machine available. The locker rooms did not seem particularly well-updated and were missing towels to use for the showers, but we’ll give extra points to the incredibly friendly team who takes care of new classgoers as if they’ve been regulars at The Bar Method for years.
155 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 SoHo Barre $$$$
The Bar Method SoHo
SoHo Barre, $$$$
155 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
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