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Barre Above™ FAQs

What is “barre”?
While many interpret barre workouts differently, most barre workouts are a fusion of yoga, Barre class pilates, strength training, and ballet. Barre classes incorporate specific sequencing patterns and isometric movements that target specific muscle groups. This pattern of exercise helps to improve strength, balance, flexibility and posture.

Why is Barre so popular?
Barre is hot right now! Barre classes are low-impact and are conducive to all fitness levels. They are also particularly enjoyed by women since they incorporate graceful movements and elements of ballet, allowing participants to experience a dance “element” in the workouts and achieve a dancer’s body.

What are the health and fitness benefits of barre workouts?
Barre workouts are perfect for all fitness levels. You’ll see improvement in your posture, balance, strength, and flexibility.

How many times a week do I need to do barre in order to see actual results, while considering safety?
While it is most important to listen to your body and give your muscles enough rest, typically 3 times a week will generate the most fitness results. You should always consult your physician to determine what is a “safe” amount of exercise.

What is Barre Above™?

Will Barre Above™ create actual results? Will my body change?
Yes! If you push yourself to the appropriate levels in your workouts with your instructor, you will feel and/or see results after about 7-10 classes. Everyone responds to exercise differently. However, if you focus on form and continually challenge yourself as you take each class, you will feel and see results quicker.

What muscle groups does Barre Above™ focus on?
Barre Above™ is a full body workout, but like most barre workouts there is a large emphasis on the lower body and core.

Do I need dance or ballet experience for Barre Above classes?
You do not need any type of dance or ballet experience in order to participate in a Barre Above class. In fact, most barre instructors do not have any dance background either. The purpose of a Barre Above class is to help you achieve a long, lean dancer’s body.

How long is the typical Barre Above™ class?
A Barre Above class usually is 55 minutes. There is no stop-and-go like in many other fitness classes, and you instructor will keep you constantly moving throughout the class. Listen to your body and take breaks as needed.

Is there equipment involved?
While some of your Barre Above classes will not include any equipment, you’ll find that most always require a mat. Some classes incorporate small fitness accessories that can either help make the exercise more challenging for you, or help to add more range of motion in the exercise. These include a small pliable ball, the Bender Ball, Gliding discs, hand-held weights, and resistance tubing.

What kind of shape do I need to be in order to take a Barre Above class?
Barre Above classes are for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned athlete. If you are taking a Barre Above class for the very first and/or are just beginning a fitness regimen, let the instructor know before class about any concerns you may have.

Will I feel sore after a Barre Above workout?
Depending on how often you exercise, in addition to the type of exercise you normally do, you may feel slightly sore after your first few Barre Above classes. However, after about 5 or so classes, you will feel your soreness lessen as you see improvements in your strength, posture, balance, and flexibility.

Are Barre Above™ classes taught all on an actual barre?
Some Barre Above classes are taught using a barre, and some are taught center-floor – completely off the barre. If you want to know this beforehand, it is always best to ask ahead of time before coming to class.

Will I be too tall or too short to do the exercises on the barre?
Almost all installed barres and portables barres are meant to adhere to a wide range of height. Some rooms may be set up with two different barre heights, and some portable barres are adjustable and can be heightened or lowered. It is best to make your instructor or the front desk person aware of your height if the class is being taught on the barre. This way he or she can make sure to have you stand on the side with participants around the same height and therefore have the barre placement that is best for you.

What should I wear to class?
Make sure to wear comfortable clothing to class. Full length or capri leggings are recommended since these allow you full range of motion and will not inhibit any movement. Wear a comfortable sports bra and shirt or tank or tank on top that lets you breath. Socks are best on your feet, but if you feel uncomfortable you can always keep your shoes on or go barefoot. If you forgot socks, you can always pick up a pair in the front of the studio or facility.

I am nursing an injury. Can I still safely participate in a Barre Above class?
It depends on the injury. You should ALWAYS talk to your physician beforehand and get approval from them before participating in the class. You should always let the instructor know of any injury before class. He or she may want you to refrain from doing certain exercises, have modifications for you, or recommend you sit out from the class for that day for your safety.

How much do Barre Above classes cost?
Price is always determined by the facility or instructor. Be sure to call the facility or contact the instructor before class.

Can I just show up to a Barre Above class, or do I need to reserve a spot?
This depends on how the facility is set up and their policies/procedures. It is best to do your research beforehand if you want to guarantee a spot in class. This may mean reserving your spot at least 24 hours ahead of time. Some facilities allow walk-ins, and you don’t need to reserve any spot. Be sure to check the policies and procedures provided by the facility beforehand.

I reserved a spot in a Barre Above class, and I have some additional questions. To whom should I reach out?
It is always best to call the facility or location providing the class. Depending on your questions, the front desk may be able to help you, or they will you in touch in the instructor leading the class.

How do I find a Barre Above™ class in my area?
You can find Barre Above classes all over the U.S. and Canada. To find one near you, click on Find a Class on the navigational panel on the left.


I am interested in becoming a Barre Above™ Instructor. How do I get certified?

How can I find out if there is an upcoming certification workshop in my area, and how do I register?

How long is the Barre Above instructor certification?
The Barre Above certification workshop is approximately 8 hours, which includes a short lunch break. You are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before the certification is scheduled to begin.

What does the certification day entail?

What is included in the certification?
As part of the certification, attendees receive a manual, 2 dvds, certificate of completion, and opportunity to enroll the Barre Above ongoing education program. The certification is also recognized by the following bodies:

  • AFAA
  • ACE - 0.8
  • SCW - 8.0
  • NASM - 0.8
  • ACSM - 0.8
    • ACSM recognizes ACE CEC’s, and therefore approves the workshop for 0.8

Do I need to bring anything with me to the certification workshop, or study anything beforehand?
You are not expected to study anything beforehand. All you need to bring with you is your workout clothes, water, snacks for the day and a bagged lunch. You should also bring cash or credit card, as there will be apparel and equipment for sale at the event.

Is there a test or practical?
There is a practical at the end of the day, during which you will be leading the group in a short portion of a workout. This is not a pass-fail activity, and is purely to help prepare you become familiar with barre sequencing and barre-specific cueing.

What if I registered for a certification workshop, but can no longer attend? What steps should I take to notify the Barre Above administration team?
If you registered for a workshop, but can no longer attend, please email info@barreabove.com as soon as possible, or call our office at 800-464-7309f rom 8am-4pm PST, and leave a message with your full name, phone number, and email address. Depending on the date you notify the Barre Above administration team, you may be entitled to transfer your registration to another workshop at no cost or receive a partial refund. Visit our complete Satisfaction Guarantee & Refund Policy to review the certification registration cancellation policies.

Is there an online certification option if I cannot attend an in-person workshop?
Unfortunately, there is not an online certification at this time for Barre Above.

What CECs are offered with the certification? How do I know if my certifying body recognizes the workshop for continuing education?
The Barre Above certification is currently recognized for offering the following continuing education credits: 7.0 AFAA, 0.8 ACE, 0.8 NASM, and 8.0 SCW CECs. However, just because your certifying body is not listed, it does not mean they do not recognize the workshop for continuing education. For example, ACSM recognizes all ACE CEC’s, so ASCM would recognize the Barre Above workshop for 0.8. It is best to check with your certifying body to find out if they recognize the Barre Above workshop.

Do I need dance experience to become a Barre Above instructor?
You do not need any dance or ballet experience to become a Barre Above instructor. In fact, many of our instructors have never taken dance classes before. The program welcomes both non-dancers and dancers alike.

I want to get certified to become a Barre Above instructor, but I do not see a workshop listed that is close to my area. What should I do?
If you are interested in getting certified to become a Barre Above instructor but cannot find a workshop in your area, just submit your name, city/state, phone, and email to be put on our waiting list and added to our mailing list to receive information about upcoming workshops. We will contact you when a workshop is scheduled in your area.

I would like more information about hosting a Barre Above certification workshop. Where do I find that?
If you are interested in partnering with us to host a Barre Above certification workshop, visit our Host Submission page to find more information and fill out the Hosting Submission Request.

I would like more information about the Barre Above wholesale program. Where do I find that?