I’ve been searching for barre classes for a few months, then just last week a message popped up in my inbox that Studio Zuid will start offering them, with the first classes starting in the week of 18 April. I could barely type an email quickly enough, practically begging the studio to let me into a class and hoping they weren’t full already!
Why all the fuss from me?
Back in Australia, my hairdresser was not only a magician with hair, but she was strong. Really strong. She would rave about these barre classes that she used to go to and how her strength, flexibility and balance had all improved just from these classes. And I could see it with my own eyes. She was just getting fitter with every visit I made to the salon (and with all my grey hair, I can keep entire salons in business). Unfortunately, the times and constraints I had back then with two kids under two, meant that checking out these classes was near impossible. But now is my time!
So what are BarreConcept classes?
To me, they’re a cross between Pilates and ballet, minus the tutus. As Matthew Deal, owner of Studio Zuid, explained more succinctly, they fuse the precision of Pilates with the techniques, positions and movements of ballet to stretch and sculpt the muscles and burn some fat in a challenging but fun way.
Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 19.30 – 20.30, and Thursday mornings from
10.00 – 11.00 and the studio is located on Kleine Berg in Eindhoven. The 10 week block costs €130 and participants really need to attend the first session to learn the basic choreography. Anyone joining in needs to wear comfortable workout clothes and the studio will provide everything needed for the class. You can find more information and all contact details at www.studiozuid.nl
Lenise is writing articles on Sport and Exercise in Eindhoven for Eindhoven News regularly. Her go to exercise is running, because "I can do it anytime, anywhere, and in any climate, but I am also a fan of bootcamp and Pilates. Sport has always played a huge part in my life and having lived in a number of countries, I think it’s the best way to get to know some locals, get rid of the occasional stress of living abroad and to feel fantastic – physically and mentally!"