BRAWL @ THE BARRE CODE W/ SULEEN

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Studio: The Barre Code

Address: 324 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL.

Instructor: Suleen Lee

Reviewer: Erica K

SR Fitness Level: All Levels

Attire: Brawl is set in a padded floor studio where socks are required.

Class Review: Recognized by SELF magazine as one of the “best workouts in the country,” Brawl has built up it’s popularity amongst Barre Code goers as one of the most popular cardio workouts of the studio.  

Brawl is best described as a fusion of cardio kickboxing and strength training. The class begins with a run through of basic kickboxing moves (jabs, punches, upper cut, high kick). Once the moves are established, the instructor gradually adds to a sequence, developing a choreographed routine that feels much like a kickboxing dance bootcamp. After several run throughs of the routine, the class moves to the floor for a strengthening workout that targets mostly butt and legs. The moves are face paced and barre-like (leg lifts, pulses and holds). Most of the moves are weight bearing, except for a few glute exercises where a kettle ball is used for added burn. Once the strengthening portion is over, you are back on your feet for a final run through of the sequence.

Instructor Review: Suleen was an excellent teacher leading a class of all levels through a complicated set of choreographed movements to a final routine that almost resembled a stage performance. Suleen’s instruction was so good that she had the entire class following along through virtually every move and last run through. Her energy was up-beat and inspiring, as she did not forget to shout out words of encouragement between demonstration. Music selection was hip-hop and dance like.

Extras: The Barre Code offers a vast range of classes that incorporate; barre, cardio, strength training, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), dance, kickboxing and vinyasa for a well-rounded fitness program at a one-stop shop.

The Barre Code has multiple locations across Chicago (Michigan Ave, River North, Gold Coast, Lakeview and Lincoln Park) and surrounding suburbs (Evanston, Park Ridge and Oak Park). Individual classes are priced at $20, 5-class pack $90, and 10-class pack $160. Monthly unlimited membership cost is $165, $99/first month for new members, and $139 for year long auto-pay (3-month minimum commitment). Many of the studios host events and private classes by appointment. You can even purchase individualized class packs or gift sets for classes and other merchandise.

The Michigan Ave studio is located on the lower level of the ATI Physical Therapy building on Michigan and Wacker in the Loop.

Would I recommend? Absolutely, especially if you’re looking for a cardio workout that’s different and fun. Brawl is also a great counter workout to ‘Barre Code,’ as it really gets you sweating. I would say the strength portion is a nice add on, but the class is definitely mostly cardio based.

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Website: http://www.barrecode.com

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Barre Code @ The Barre Code

FullSizeRenderClass: Barre Code

Studio: The Barre Code

Location: Michigan Ave

Address: 324 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL.

Instructor: Stephanie

Reviewer: Erica K

Class Review: With mentions in Vogue, Self, Women’s Health and even Forbes, this studio certainly kills according to the Press. But why is The Barre Code (formally known as Barre Be Fit) receiving so much hype? Well, the appeal is simple. It’s a studio that offers a fitness program for women that is fun, effective and results driven.

The Barre Code’s ‘Barre Code’ workout is a strength training full-body routine that consists of isometric holds and heavy repetitions. The exercises are designed to work muscles to fatigue in order to develop strength, stamina and endurance. Throughout the workout you use a variety of props (i.e., rubber ball, dumbbells, band) that challenge the body and engage the mind

The class is held in a barre studio with padded floors and mirrors. Each student takes a place along side the bar. Throughout the 50 minute class, you work through a variety of exercises that help sculpt thighs/glutes, arms/back, core and abdominals. Movements in each segment are small and controlled. Transition between movements in fairly face paced with some stretching incorporated to help lengthen the muscles. Every two weeks the routine changes to avoid bore and plateau.

Instructor Review: Stephanie is a dancer and has an up-beat energy. Her music selection was fun/dance-like and her words of inspiration motivating. Throughout class, Stephanie used a microphone, coaching us through each and every movement, as well as providing words of encouragement. I also noticed her adjust a few people by approaching them discretely.

After class I spoke to Stephanie and she explained a little bit about the studio. I learned that Barre Code is a studio that offers a vast range of classes that incorporate; barre, cardio, strength training, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), dance, kickboxing and vinyasa for a truly individualized, well-rounded fitness program (one-stop shop!).

Attire: Barre Code is a non-heated class where socks are required. During heated classes, mats are required (available for rental/sale).

Extras: The Barre Code has multiple locations across Chicago (Michigan Ave, River North, Gold Coast, Lakeview and Lincoln Park) and surrounding suburbs (Evanston, Park Ridge and Oak Park). Individual classes are priced at $20, 5-class pack $90 and 10-class pack $160. Monthly unlimited membership cost is $165, $99/first month for new members or $139 year long auto-pay (3-month minimum commitment). Many of the studios host events and private classes by appointment. You can even purchase individualized class packs or gift sets for classes and other merchandise.

The Michigan Ave studio is located on the lower level of the ATI Physical Therapy building on Michigan and Wacker in the Loop.

Would I recommend? Yes, if you’re looking for a fun and inspiring barre workout. I was a bit sore coming into class and started feeling the burn quickly. My muscles definitely felt exhausted by the end and I even worked up a mini sweat. My only concern is how well the instructors monitor form. I am fairly new to barre workouts and would like to know that I am using correct form and posture to target specific muscles.

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: Beginner-Advanced

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Website: http://www.barrecode.com

YOGA SCULPT W/ JEREMY @ COREPOWER YOGA STREETERVILLE

Studio: CorePower Yoga – Streeterville

Class: Yoga Sculpt (75 mins)Yoga Sculpt with Jeremy

Address: 277 E Ontario St.

SweatyReviews Fitness Level: Intermediate to Beastmode

Instructor: Jeremy

Reviewer: Lindsey

 

 Class Review: I have taken many yoga sculpt’s in the past, but it is always refreshing to get a new teachers take on the class. Jeremy’s class was more yoga based then other sculpt classes I have taken in the past which I appreciated (Some sculpt classes can turn into more of a boot camp). We started off with slower movements and then gradually worked in the weights and cardio portions. The flow of the class was easy to understand and the weights movements really maxed out my muscles.

I genuinely enjoyed the entire 75 minutes of the class; the heat wasn’t uncomfortably high and rest breaks were perfectly timed.

I walked out of class feeling rejuvenated and exhausted (my favorite combination).

Instructor Review: 60 mins vs. 75 mins actually makes a huge difference in a sculpt class. Jeremy made me feel very comfortable the entire time and was very aware of the room temperature and the overall endurance of group to keep moving or take a short pause. It didn’t feel like one of those classes that ‘never ends’. I loved his energy and the flow of the class; it was a great start to my Sunday!

Would I recommend? Yes

Extras: I would recommend bringing a towel and 1 or 2 water bottles (trust me, you will thank me!)

Yoga Sculpt w/ Julie @ CorePower Yoga Streeterville

Studio: CorePower Yoga Streeterville

Class: Yoga Sculpt

Location: Streeterville

Sweaty Reviews Fitness Level: intermediate-Beastmode

Address: 227 e. Ontario St., Suite 202 Chicago, IL.

Instructor: Julie

Reviewer: Ariel

Class Review: I go to a sculpt class when I’m looking for three things: a detox, a full body workout, and a good stretch. This class is not for those adverse to sweating or pushing your body to the max. It is a mix between yoga fundamentals and bootcamp in a seriously heated room. The class begins like a normal CorePower class, with several flows to get your body warmed up, and then weights are incorporated into the moves.

Be prepared for a lot of squats, an upper body workout, a short cardio burst and then a section for abs.

This class was rigorous and I left pretty drenched. And also with a sense of accomplishment for completing it. It is definitely difficult but you are able to modify with lighter weights, or just ditch the weights all together.

Instructor Review: Julie is new to teaching sculpt but you would never have known. She blasted fun music and kept motivating  you the whole time.

Would I recommend: Absolutely. The first class may be really difficult if you’re not used to it, but you will learn to love it.

Extras: CorePower studios are literally everywhere and many of the classes are available through Class Pass. Your first week at Core is free, and so is your second if you buy a mat. Rental mats are purchased for $2 and towels for $1.

Websitehttp://www.corepoweryoga.com/yoga-studio/illinois/streeterville