Why YOU Should Get Certified at Barre Academy

Have you been feeling called to deepen your barre practice? Have you ever watched your barre instructor in class and thought to yourself, “I want to do that?!” Whether you’re a fitness instructor, a dancer, or simply a barre-loving beauty looking to take your workout to the next level, we have something for you…Physique 57 Barre Academy!

This immersive online barre certification will transform your life at the barre and beyond! You’ll learn from master instructors, feel supported by the Physique 57 community, and you’ll finish the program feeling confident and empowered in your own barre skills and as an instructor.

We are so proud of our barre training program and our amazing trainers that we have an entire wall in our Spring Street Studio dedicated to it (aka our “trainer wall”)! It says proudly, “Nobody’s trained like Physique 57 trainers.” And it’s true! Our trainers obsess over alignment, anatomy, kinesiology, and most importantly, their students — YOU! Our training values people over poses, and that shows in everything we do.

Here are just a few more reasons to join us at the Barre Certification Program:

✔︎ You’ll get certified in one of the most sought-after and effective fitness methods

✔︎ You’ll train with world class barre instructors

✔︎ You can say you’re certified in a globally-renowned program…what a flex 💪😉

✔︎ As an instructor, you’ll enhance your client retention, satisfaction, and engagement

✔︎ As a student, you’ll improve your barre form and fitness level

✔︎ You’ll step into new leadership potential 

✔︎ You’ll connect with and be supported by other amazing students like you

What you’ll learn:

✔︎ Physique 57’s one-of-a-kind positions and methodology

✔︎ Group fitness teaching fundamentals

✔︎ Injury and pregnancy modifications

✔︎ Safe and effective sequencing

✔︎ Anatomical cueing

✔︎ And more!

What Barre Academy includes:

✔︎ 80-hour self-paced program, including 15 hours of taking class and observation

✔︎ Receive 2 full Sculpt class formats to delight your clients

✔︎ Access to over 100 video modules with interactive learning paths

✔︎ Attend weekly group forums to enrich your learning experience

Hear what our incredible trainers are saying about Barre Academy:

“I cannot credit the expertise of the wonderful mentors of Physique 57 enough for the thorough knowledge of barre form that has guided my teaching career. Safely challenging clients is so important, and no one does it better than Physique 57!” – B. M.

“Studio owners and clients around the country respect the Physique 57 brand.  When a studio sees that I trained at Physique they are confident that I will teach a consistent, upbeat, and challenging class, and when a client knows my background, they trust that I will give them a rigorous yet safe workout.” – S. B.

“Physique 57’s safe, yet challenging, effective and fun training method helped me take my group fitness career to the next level. Their attention to detail and client focused approach is the best there is in the barre world!” – V. C.

“My training at Physique 57 was instrumental in shaping the way I approach teaching group fitness and personal training clients, especially preparing me for how to seamlessly sequence a Barre style class with a focus on musicality, working with injury and prenatal modifications, and truly being able to deliver personalized training, client connections, positive attention, and FUN within a group fitness setting.” – R. P.

“The clarity, confidence, passion, and dedication that Master Trainer Ashlea virtually projects in every training session for the Physique 57 Barre Academy helps one feel very welcomed and safe as they jump into a new learning process. It is a tremendous opportunity to have this incredible trainer giving you step by step feedback as if it were in person, but with the advantage of having it accessible 24/7 from home. Having all the resources available in the palm of your hand and being able to review it anytime you want is so helpful. I love learning from Ashlea, I love the online course, and I love Physique 57!!” – J. R.

Ready to get started?

We kick off our first barre certification session on August 16th! There are limited spots available, so click here to learn more and enroll now!

We’re so excited for you to take this next step in your barre practice and inspire others as a leader in the Physique 57 family!

5 Tiny Form Tweaks That Will Raise The Barre On Your Results

Woman does a barre workout on all fours with one leg bent and pointed towards the ceiling, in front of a yellow backdrop

Whether you’re rocking your workouts at home On Demand, in the studio, or outdoors, nailing proper form is KEY to getting the best results. When your form is on point, you will strengthen your balance, protect your body from injury, and fire up every muscle group for a deeper burn. This will make every exercise you do more efficient and effective! 

Physique 57 Senior Trainer Morgan Bontz shares 5 simple yet powerful workout form tips that will raise the barre on your results! 

Think of every exercise as ab work

Sculpting your core isn’t just for the ab section of class. As you perform every move, consciously pull your belly button in toward your back and think of closing your rib cage. Keeping your core engaged during your entire workout will not only work deeper into your abdominals but also strengthen your posture and balance and protect your back. This applies to any part of your workout — glutes, thighs, arms, cardio —  not just the ab section!

Nose over thumbs in your plank pose

A proper plank pose is one of the most effective moves for a strong core! Here’s the trick: In your forearm plank, shift your weight slightly forward so your nose is right over your thumbs. Remember to keep your abs pulled up and your hips level with your head and heels. The natural tendency in a plank is to hang back, but once you get your hips in line and bring your weight forward, you’ll feel the extra fire in your core immediately!

Curl from the belly button up

When it comes to crunch time, this small shift will make the move much more efficient. On your back, let your head fall heavy into your hands and think of curling as one whole piece from the belly button up, letting your abs initiate the lift. This way you’re able to maintain more length in the front of your neck, get a much deeper burn in your abs, and keep the work focused in your core instead of in your neck and shoulders. 

Lengthen out before up

In extended positions such as hairpin, think of lengthening your leg longer — all the way past your toes — before lifting or pulsing up. The dynamic opposition will help you balance, and that’s the key to building long, lean muscle. Major bonus: your leg will actually feel lighter while you lift!

Engage your muscle and your mind

Focusing on your mind/body connection is a game changer — it will take your results to a whole new level! While working your target muscle, visualize the contraction of the muscle in your mind’s eye. This will help you move with more mindfulness and intention, keep your form in check, and achieve a much more intense and concentrated burn.


Try out these tips for yourself in your next workout class On Demand or in the studio!

15 Mistakes You’re Making in Your Barre Class (and how to fix them)

Woman in blue workout clothes posing at a ballet barre with right hand raised and left foot kicked back and pointed.

When it comes to great barre results, it’s all about technique. We tapped Physique 57 Co-Founder, Tanya Becker, for a rundown of the most common mistakes she sees clients making at the barre – and exactly how to fix them.

1. Using light weights.

Unless you’re working with an injury, go heavy. You’ll feel the burn and shed more calories. Eight-pound weights are my go-to. (Nervous about making the jump from five pounds to eight? Grab both and trade out the fives as needed!)

Three women in barre workout class doing plie squats and holding pairs of dumbbells.

2. Not committing to yourself.

It’s easy not to want to come back to a barre class that is incredibly hard and kicks your butt. As human beings, we are not wired for discomfort. However, our bodies change when we are challenged (which is why our Interval Overload technique is so very, very effective).

When you commit to coming three to four times per week, you will gain endurance and stamina, and your body will transform! Don’t quit before the change.

3. Taking on Challenges Too Soon or Adding in Options That Weren’t Given

Although it’s important to challenge your body, you should never feel like you need to take on more than you can handle. While your enthusiasm for the class is appreciated — and duly noted! — your health and safety come first.

When in doubt, listen to your teacher! Your barre instructors are there to guide you, and they design the entire class to give you a great workout while keeping you safe. Sometimes your body just needs a rest, and these simple workouts are often best because they allow you to use your muscles properly and avoid burnout.

Close-up of a person's feet standing on their tiptoes wearing black Reebok grippy workout slippers.

4. Not Using Grippy Socks or Workout Slippers

Without the right foot grip, you may (as in, definitely will) slide.

I personally love wearing Reebok slippers (we sell them in the studio!) – you can go deeper in our positions without losing form, and they look great.

5. Forgetting Your Socks Altogether

As noted, grippy socks are a barre class must-have — they keep your feet from slipping and provide higher resistance to increase your burn and make your class more effective. They’re also great for showing off your Physique 57 style!

If you forget your socks, no worries! We sell workout slippers in the studio and can find you the perfect pair before your next class.

6. Being self-conscious.

Group fitness classes can feel intimidating. Clients will say, “Don’t watch me, I’m not coordinated”, or, “I’m not good at this”, or “I’m not flexible enough.” We re-dub that self-talk track playing in our heads and replace it with what I call affirmative thinking.

Also, nobody’s watching you! Class is challenging and most people are focusing on themselves, their form, and making it through their thigh set.

7. Only taking one type of class.

We have so many great workout class options, whether you want more cardio (check out S.B.T.- Sweat Burn Tone, Cardio Burn and Amped Up!) more abs (try Arms & Abs in 30 or Mat 57), or something at a different pace or incorporating different disciplines like Physique Yoga.

Change things up and tone body parts you didn’t know you had.

8. White-knuckling the barre.

Over-gripping makes you tense your shoulders and takes the work (and results) away from your postural muscles. While working, you want to keep your shoulders “melting” down your back, and your heart and chest “open” when doing exercises at the barre.

Women at a barre class gripping the barre while holding a twisted legs eagle pose.

9. Sitting at the Bottom of a Rep-Out

Thigh workouts are challenging, and the body always wants to find ways to make it easier. Clients will often go too low or come up too high when repping, but this takes you out of the burn and makes the work you’re doing less efficient.

Instead, take a break and jump back in with the proper form when you’re ready.

10. Holding your breath.

Most clients resort to shallow breathing the tougher it gets. Do the opposite: Breath deeper the more challenged you feel. (I do this outside in the real world, too and highly recommend it!)

11. Aligning Improperly

When focusing on your alignment in class, always think about stacking your spine. You may be tempted to arch your back, but arching causes a domino effect, which allows your ribs to open and can harm your lower back.

Instead, knit your ribs together like a belt is wrapped around them.

12. Not Using Your Abs

Toward the end of a class, your body will get tired and worn out. Typically, your abs are the first things to go — we all know that feeling! However, the use of your core is essential to proper alignment.

When doing Flat Back Abs, try to get your shoulders off the floor and curl off the ball enough, so it inflates fully at the top of your curl.

13. Pushing your abs out during core work.

When you contract a muscle, it’s natural for it to “pop out” a little. However, when it comes to doing our curl work you want to continue to check in to make sure your abdominal wall doesn’t overly protrude.

Imagine you have 30lb brick on your middle helping to press it “down” instead of out.

14. Leaving class before the stretches.

There’s a reason we do the stretches at the end of class. Your body has the right amount of warmth to allow the muscles to lengthen and increase suppleness, and reduces lactic acid…which cuts down on next-day soreness. It’s a great way to transition, recharge, and rejuvenate before heading back out into the world.
Woman in a barre studio doing a seated forward bend stretch with her hands around her ankles.

15. Not Coming to Class

Perhaps the biggest barre class mistake you can make is not coming to class at all! You might be concerned about being judged by others, or maybe you’re worried you won’t be able to keep up. But we want you to know you don’t have to be a fitness guru to enjoy our classes. Our trained instructors welcome people of all experience levels, even those who are new to fitness altogether.

At Physique 57, we’re a community that empowers each other to succeed with instructors who inspire you to reach your goals — and we have a great time doing it! Experience for yourself the Physique 57 energy that will keep you coming back for more, visit us in the barre studio, or work out with us on demand. Try our program at least four times a week, and you’ll see amazing results, fast!

Check out more tips for keeping top form—and maxing out your results—with our Barre 101 series. Have more words of wisdom to share? Post them in the comments below!

Barre Basics

Two women wearing matching blue workout clothes standing at a barre and smiling at the camera.

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.

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.

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.

It’s 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.

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.

Free weights are your 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.