Walk up three flights of stairs (the perfect warm up) into the cheery bBarre fitness studio where you are immediately greeted by a sign that encourages you to “Be bold, be bright and be beautiful.” Who wouldn’t want to be reminded of that every day? Prepare to meet your new healthy obsession: bBarre, Jakarta’s newest boutique fitness studio situated in the neighbourhood of Permata Hijau. Even if you don’t live nearby, this gorgeous barre studio is worth the trip. Those who go gaga for stylish studios will love its clean white and yellow interiors that set it apart, with well thought of design elements where everything is matched down from the grey yoga mats to the grey and yellow barre socks.
For the uninitiated, barre is a ballet-inspired workout that has really taken the world by a storm. This fitness trend that just won’t quit is a fun fusion of ballet, yoga, and pilates, that lengthens and strengthens muscles for a more refined body. At bBarre, each class incorporates pilates, cardio, barre work, mat movements and small weights designed to target problem areas and give you a full body workout. Class levels include bBarre Virgin, a great place to start for fitness newbies, or bBarre XXX for for fitness experts brave enough to try a more intense workout. We tried their Signature bBarre Perfect, a fifty-minute class set to an uplifting pop soundtrack that mix ballet-inspired moves, ab crunches, lunges, and the odd yoga stretch. These may not look like huge movements, but trust us, your muscles will shake. Sweat inducing repetitions are in fact key to sculpting your way to a ballet-dancer body, and the precise movements are better because it improves posture and limits injury.
If this all sounds like hard work, well, yes it is. Luckily classes are small so you will get plenty of attention from the peppy instructor whose infectious energy will carry you through all the leg lifts, boat poses and side planks. Expect to work every single muscle in your body – just be prepared, you will feel the burn and most likely ache afterwards. It’s tough, but seriously fun, and once you see just how much stronger, leaner and fitter you are, it will be oh-so-worth it.
bBarre, Pertokoan Permata Hijau (Near Hero).