Leslieville’s hottest barre is: barre3. This place has everything: squishy balls, ballet barres, sore abs, badass instructors.
One of the practice’s most successful chains, barre3, has opened its doors on Toronto’s east side and we couldn’t wait to get our pulse on.
The barre3 Studio
Larger than their King West location, the Leslieville studio features the classic barre3 red balls, crisp clean flooring and a variety of light weights. A couple of cozy chairs in the front window get plenty of natural sunlight and a display of cute branded merchandise completes the entry to the studio. Behind the barre room, the change rooms are spacious, with washrooms, lockers, and ample space to get ready for class. Similar to most of the franchise’s U.S. locations, barre3 Leslieville includes a space for childcare, where moms can drop off their kiddos and make sure they don’t miss a single pulse, squat or lunge.
We love barre3 in particular because their classes are the perfect combination of yoga, pilates and barre. Each class starts with a warm-up in the middle of the room, involving everything from lunges and squats, with a ballet twist such as lifting heels off the ground, to planks and push-ups. Then the class will move to either a leg or an arm sequence, including compound movements that have you bicep curling toning balls while sumo squatting. Finally, the class finishes with some intense ab movements on the ground, often using the ball to force you to stabilize your core even more.