Barre Basics Posted on October 18, 2016 | by Physique 57 Looking for a great barre that has everything on tap and can serve you your best body yet? Get ready for a full-body workout that will sculpt, tone, and make you stronger than ever. What makes Physique 57 different than other barre classes? Our technique covers all the bases by combining cardio, strength training, and stretching, designed to maximize your results in less time. By using weights, your own body weight as resistance and the ballet barre, you’ll improve your core, flexibility, strength, posture, and bone density. Plus, low-impact reps go easy on your joints and bones so you can focus on getting results as safely and comfortably as possible. All this in just 57 minutes. How does that sound? Great! Let’s go. Here are some tips to get the most out of your Physique 57 experience. 1. We recommend starting with a beginner-level sculpt class, even if you’re a total pro at other workouts, barre or otherwise. Here you’ll get familiar with all the positions, techniques, movements and form specific to Physique 57 while pulsing and sculpting to a killer soundtrack of heart-pumping tunes. Even though it’s an introduction, you’ll definitely be challenged—and it’s fun. Once you’ve got our lingo and moves down we encourage you to check out all of our other one-of-a-kind formats designed to mix up your workouts and keep you from plateauing. You’ll never get bored. And have no fear if Beginner does not work with your schedule – you can start with our Signature class. Just let the instructor know it’s your first class so you get extra-special attention. 2. You don’t have to have any ballet or dance experience to enjoy the benefits of Physique 57. While you’ll spend a lot of class at the ballet barre for support and balance, you won’t be doing any pirouettes. All we ask is that you come ready to have a good time and challenge yourself. 3. Barre is all about the core. There’s a lot of talk out there about your core. But, what does that even mean? Your core isn’t just your abs and it’s not just about having a six-pack (although the majority of our exercises will slim down and define your mid-line). The core is 360° of muscle that corsets your mid-section and is responsible for providing support for your spine and making you feel strong and confident in all your daily activities. Our method is unique in that we give TLC to all angles of your core throughout the entire class leaving you feeling balanced and aligned to stand tall throughout the rest of your day. 4. Grab your grippy socks. Grippy socks (socks with a lightly padded bottom) or slippers complement your workout by, well, gripping onto the floor and stabilizing you as you transition between moves at the barre and moves on the floor. Full-coverage footwear, required for all Physique 57 classes, keeps you comfortable and our studios clean. Don’t worry if you don’t own any grippy socks, we have lots of fun options to choose from in our boutiques. 5. Free weights are your workout friends. We often hear concerns from new clients that strength training will bulk them up. Great news: It’s not true! Barre classes will instead tone, giving you a longer, leaner appearance, and rev up your metabolism. When it comes to choosing weights appropriate for you, no worries, you can just ask one of our instructors, they will be happy to assist you! Want to get started? Check out or new client offers in NYC . Don’t live near a studio? Try our online workouts for free. Related Articles: Barre 101: 5 Things to Know Before Your First Barre Class 15 Mistakes You’re Making in Your Barre Class (and how to fix them) Barre vs Yoga vs Pilates: Which Is Right for You?