Xtend Barre combines the elements of Pilates and dance. It was created by one of Spa Week Daily’s resident fitness experts, Andrea Rogers. Find out everything you need to know about Xtend Barre below.

I recently attended Xtend Barre to take a Stick Fusion class at the studio’s 3,000 square foot boutique fitness facility located in Brooklyn Heights. Upon entry I quickly filled out a waiver, took off my shoes, and put on a pair of Mary Jane grippy socks to ensure that I wouldn’t be sliding around as I participated in an energetic combination of movements designed to enhance flexibility, improve balance, and challenge the core.

I was somewhat relieved at the start of class when our instructor asked if anyone was there for the first time and an overwhelming amount of hands, including my own, shot up. All of us newbies were in it to win it together. To get started, our instructor had us begin with a series of simple warm ups. From there we moved to the barre and completed multiple challenging sets of movements designed to make our muscles shake and get our blood pumping.

Even though I was pushing myself to the limit, the class was so energetic and fun it felt like it was flying by. Before I knew it, we were down to the last 15 minutes of class, using Pilates sticks to work on our cores. The Pilates Stick is a light apparatus that attaches to the ballet barre to add resistance and deepen each core exercise. I love a good core workout, so I really loved this portion of the class and embraced every burn.

By the time we got to our quick cool down, I felt great about all the hard work I had accomplished. This exhilarating workout is great for every skill level. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran, Xtend Barre will challenge you and make you sweat. Later that night as I hopped on the train to head back to my side of Brooklyn, I couldn’t help but think of how toned I’d become if I took Xtend Barre just 2-3 nights a week. They’re not lying when they say it will keep your body on point.

To find out more about Xtend Barre, I spoke with its founder, Andrea Rogers. Check out our interview below.

What makes Xtend Barre different from other barre experiences?

Xtend Barre is a non-stop movement class where each exercise flows smoothly from one to the next. This experience is unique because class feels like a dance class yet is constantly changing as no two classes are ever alike.

Does someone need a dance background to excel at these classes?

Not at all! Xtend barre is a workout for everyone. All instructors teach multi-level classes so beginners and advanced students will have an equal opportunity to excel.

What’s your favorite Xtend Barre class?

Traditional Xtend Barre is my favorite class 🙂

How do you wind down after an intense Barre session?

Stretching! We have an amazing stretch wall in our studio that I use daily after my workouts.

What’s your favorite pre-workout snack?

Peanut Butter Acai bowl.

Do you have any healthy eating tips for busy people on-the-go?

Always have healthy snacks handy. It’s easy to grab something on the go, but it might not be the best choice. If you prepare snacks yourself, you can stay on track.

What would you tell someone who is apprehensive about trying an Xtend Barre class for the first time?

Go for it! All of our instructors are comprehensively trained, they not only teach you what to do, they teach you how to do it, and do it well. It makes for a great experience and so do the fast results.

Xtend Barre has 52 franchised locations and 131 licensed studios on five continents. Head to Xtend Barre now to find a location near you and sign up for a class. Single classes start at $34, but they have new client specials and all kinds of packages to fit your needs.

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