I have a passion for exercising and staying fit. I danced and tumbled growing up, taught group fitness classes in college, coached dance in gymnastics for many years, and recently finished my first half-marathon. Exercising has become an extra-curricular activity that I not only enjoy, but need in order to keep my sanity. To keep my workouts fun and interesting, I like to mix them up. So, when I recently learned that Cardio Barre came to Nashville, I knew I just had to see what this workout is all about!
I tried it and (spoiler alert) loved it! I had many questions going in, (like “What is the difference between Cardio Barre and the various other barre classes???”) After a few classes and chats with the staff and teachers, I got all of my questions answered and then some. Now, I am super excited to be able to share this insight with you!
What exactly is Cardio Barre?
Cardio Barre is a basically a much faster paced barre class, just as the name suggests. The music is really fun and upbeat, you keep your heart-rate up while still completing all the barre moves you’d see in other barre classes. It is dance based, so expect to hear words like plie, releve, passe, and arabesque. We used light weights for our arms, focused on resistance moves, and did zero high-impact work (no tuck jumps, hopping, leaping or donkey kicks). For me, this meant, I could cross-train and do Cardio Barre while continuing to train for my half-marathon, without destroying my legs*
*In all honesty, I went in thinking It would be fairly easy. I mean, I took dance for years and I’ve been running dozens of miles every week. Barre class should be a piece of cake! Umm, no. Cardio Barre is the real deal. I used muscles I hadn’t used in years and my booty and legs were sore in the best way the next day!
What to expect from class?
Wow. Where to begin??? Expect to learn, improve, tone up, lose inches, gain self-confidence, and begin leading a healthier lifestyle. Class moves quickly, so you won’t get bored, but you may get a little bit lost or behind. This is no big deal and definitely expected in your first class or two. Just pause, follow the teacher (or more experienced people around you), ask questions and keep moving. If you need a water break, take it when you need it. Do not expect the teacher to give you one. This class is meant to keep your heart-rate up and challenge you. You can certainly expect a sore booty and legs the next day or two. Feel the burn!
What to expect from the staff?
The staff at Cardio Barre Nashville was exceptional! The girls were super informative, friendly and helpful. I was greeted the second I walked through the doors and never felt uncomfortable. They answered any and every question I threw their way, were very informed, and treated me like a friend. The facility was clean and the room was bright and spacious. Just keep in mind that the entrance is in the back of the building. Trying to enter through the front (which is locked) is the only time I felt confused.
What will you need?
Wear whatever you would wear to a yoga class, barefeet or socks, bring water, a large towel, and a positive attitude. They have cubbies outside of the room to store your bags, shoes, etc and you can set your towel and water next to you in class. I brought my phone to take pics and it was cool to leave it next to my water and towel also.
Who can do cardio barre?
Basically anyone! They offer intro, beginner, and advanced classes. The founder of Cardio Barre was actually an injured dancer and created Cardio Barre as a way to say fit without doing high impact moves that would further harm his body. It’s meant to be a workout that not only keeps you fit, but keeps you safe from injuries.
So, how do I get started?
Lucky for us, Cardio Barre is now in Nashville! Simply, give them a call at 615.730.7676, or visit them at 1512 8th Ave S. Get more info from their website and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram!
We recently were able to co-host a Girls’ Night Out at Cardio Barre Nashville. We had so much fun meeting everyone!
Our co-host for the evening, Mom Organizing Moms provided everyone with some delicious bites after class. They also gave us some great tips on keeping your gym bag organized! You’ll definitely want to check them out for organizing tips or if you need any help with any area of your house, they are the ones to call.
After class, Happy Nash Company taught us all how to make our own lip scrub using essential oils. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Rachel’s products, you definitely need to. The bath bombs are amazing!
A big THANK YOU to everyone that came out and to Cardio Barre Nashville for hosting us! We hope everyone had an excellent time!