Ok, ladies, I have a confession to make — working out is not my thing. I have had many gym memberships that have gone unused, and a lovely elliptical resides in my house waiting for my motivation to arrive. As I can feel “fabulous 40” creeping up on me, I know that I need to start taking better care of me… for my mind, for my body, for my kids.
I need a class of women and a set time to hold me accountable. I need fun music that doesn’t grate on my nerves. I need a high energy class that is fun and passes quickly, without thoughts of, “Are we done yet?” And, I need to feel refreshed after class instead of drained.
Then I found The Barre Code in Vernon Hills right next to Uncle Julio’s! Run and managed by talented women, it is designed for ladies who want a whole body, restorative, strengthening work out without draining their wallet or their time. According to owner, Cassie, The Barre Code’s exercise philosophy is easier on your body that other methods and, she believes, achieves better results.
Honestly, I was under the impression that barre classes are supersized ballet for adults. While ballet barres are used, there was not a tutu in sight. I attended the standard Barre Code class, which began with light weights and upper body strengthening. As we raised our heart rate, I definitely felt challenged despite the two-pound hand weights. Next we tied stretchy green bands onto the barres to focus on our core and lower body. The barre was used as an anchor as we literally used the bands and our own body’s resistance to do modified exercises working our thighs, abs, and rear ends. Throughout the workout, Cassie keep reminding us what our muscles were experiencing, and how to incorporate our breathing and thoughts to achieve a total mind body experience.
For the floor exercise portion we literally hung upside from the barre! Our backs were on the floor, our legs were elevated, our feet were intertwined in our bands, and our core and lower half received another bout of stretching and strengthening. While we may have looked like a troupe of upside down Rockettes, my glutes and thighs definitely could feel the burn (in a good way). We finished the workout standing at the barre doing traditional ballet moves that incorporated the bands for resistance. Finally, as the lights were lowered and the music slowed, Cassie led us through a slow stretching routine to release the lactic acid that had built up in our muscles. The 50-minute class left us feeling refreshed and energized versus a sweaty, exhausted mess.
The Barre Code also offers Restore, an all-in-one class that includes isometric holds and heavy repetition, working muscles to fatigue, followed by a physically and mentally restorative experience with dynamic movement, deep stretches and meditation. Another option is TBC (Total Body Conditioning) which is a bootcamp-style work out consisting of full range-of-motion strength training exercises designed to challenge the whole body. By its one year anniversary in December The Barre Code hopes to offer a cardio kickboxing class, as well as a high intensity intervals class.
If you’re ready to try out The Barre Code, here are some details for you:
- Childcare is provided during select classes for $5 per child, ages 3-11 (quantity discounts are available.
- Classes are scheduled throughout the morning, afternoon, evening, and even weekends.
- The studio, equipment, and children’s room are sanitized after each class.
- Socks are required and the (highly recommended) sticky socks may be purchased at the studio.
- Lockers are available to use for free, and there is a water bottle filling station to fill-up before class.
- Classes and prices are listed on their website, and there is a discount for purchasing a punchcard or membership.
The Barre Code is generously offering Little Lake County readers a free week to try out their classes! Go to the website, select the Vernon Hills studio, create an account, and select your preferred time and a single class using the code FREEWEEK .
Then come back and let us know how much you loved The Barre Code!
Disclosure: The writer received a free class in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are the writers own and no further compensation was received.