Q. What if I haven’t worked out in years…?
A. There is no time like the present to start! Our classes are designed to provide an effective workout for a variety of fitness levels. The instructor will cue harder and easier options throughout class to aid in adjusting each exercise to your individual level. When deciding which option to choose in class, pick what feels the best for your body – not what others around you might be doing. This is your hour and we want you to get the best workout possible for you!
We will warn you ahead of time…barre classes are challenging, and like anything new, may feel a bit different. We promise within a few classes you will begin to feel comfortable with the routine. Your instructor is there to push, encourage, and support you so don’t be afraid to ask questions if something didn’t feel right or didn’t make sense.
Q. I have never danced before. Is previous dance experience required?
A. Nope! Tone Barre is designed to challenge both those that have never set foot in a ballet studio as well as those who have spent their lives dancing. Beginners will notice some ballet terms used, but don’t sweat it just yet! The instructor will provide visual demonstration, verbal cues, and hands-on alignment corrections to ensure the safety and maximum effectiveness of each exercise. You’ll find yourself feeling the burn in no time!
Q. What should I wear?
A. A form fitted top that will cover your midriff and long or cropped yoga style pants. We recommend fitted clothing so that your body alignment can be seen by the instructor and adjusted if needed. Correct posture is essential to get the most burn for your buck!
Q. Are socks required for Tone Barre classes?
A. Socks are optional. Should you choose to wear socks, please note that the only socks allowed in the studio are yoga style socks with rubber stickies on the sole of the sock. Bare feet or sticky socks enable your feet to stick to the floor which in turn enables you to work the targeted muscles in each exercise as opposed to other muscles clenching up in fear of slipping.
Q. What do I need to bring?
A. Barre Classes: Yourself, a water bottle, and socks (optional). We have everything else you need to Burn It, Tone It, Own It!
A. Tabata Classes: Yourself, a water bottle, and sneakers that have NOT been worn outside. We have everything else you need to Burn It, Tone It, Own It!
Q. I don’t have the right sneakers for Tabata…can I still take class?
A. We recommend that Tabata be taken in shoes; however, if you don’t have the appropriate footwear you may choose to take the class barefoot, in sticky socks, or borrow a pair of shoes from us (limited quantities available)! We have loaner Tabata shoes in a size 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0 and 9.5. To reserve a particular shoe size please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your name, class time, & shoe size. The cost? FREE!
Q. Why do you require sneakers that have not been worn outside?
A. For our Tabata classes we require sneakers that have not been worn outside to protect our beautiful sprung floor as well as our client’s feet in our Tone Barre classes where shoes are not worn. Shoes worn outside (aka “street shoes”) trap tiny rocks that can scratch our floors as well as become lodged into the wood. While our studio floors are cleaned daily, we prefer not to take a chance with damaging our precious feet!
Q. Can I take class if I have a bun in the oven?
A. Yes you can attend classes if you are pregnant (Tabata is not recommended); however, we do require a doctor’s note stating that such classes are safe during your pregnancy. Please always inform your instructor prior to class that you are expecting and be prepared to perform some exercises with modifications.
Q. What is a sprung floor?
A. A sprung floor is a floor that absorbs shock, thereby reducing stress placed on joints particularly by high impact movements. Tone Barre is proud to feature a sprung floor to help protect our bodies and joints from injury. Check out our YouTube video to see how the floor works!
Q. How many times per week should I be taking class?
A. If you are new to Barre workouts, attending class 2-3x per week is a great place to start. Once you start to build your strength, we recommend taking class about 3-4x per week to see results.
Q. I started at Tone Barre with a gift card, sale package, or voucher from an online deal company. Am I still eligible to purchase the New Client Special?
A. Yes! Everyone can purchase our New Client Special ($99 for one month of unlimited classes) once and this pricing option will appear in the online store of your Mindbody account until it has been purchased. Enjoy!
Q. Can my child sit in your reception area while I take class?
A. Unfortunately due to insurance and liability reasons, we can’t have any children under the age of 16 in the studio. Please make alternative childcare arrangements prior to coming to class.
Q. What age group are barre classes for?
A. Our Barre classes are designed for persons 16 years of age and up. And yes there is no limit on the up…we have clients in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, & 60s! Please note that those under 18 years of age will need a parent or legal guardian present to sign a liability waiver prior to their first class.