The Best Bar Classes | physical aptitude


If you want the long, slim limbs and sculpted body of a dancer (but don’t have the coordination of a dancer or the desire to use a tuu), then the barbell is the exercise for you. The classes use small grips and isometric movements to tone your body and improve your posture. They may seem like simple movements, but you really feel the burn, and you get results pretty quickly too. Feel like flexing your muscles? These are the best barbell classes to try.

Take a look at our recommendations for the best HIIT, spin, pilates, boxing, pesos other yoga classes too.


Barrecore is probably the leading barbell studio in town, thanks to its unique interval training method applied to every major muscle group. In addition to a warm-up and stretch, the classes have sections for the thighs, seat, and abs – it’s like legs, glutes, and glutes on steroids.

Chelsea, Mayfair, Wimbledon, Chiswick, Kensington, Hampstead, Wandsworth, Notting Hill, Islington and the city

the refinery

This Hackney studio is getting the bar boogie going with its range of classes, like Barre Fit, with high-energy tunes; Ballet Rebels Buns & Guns, which focuses on firming the butt and sculpting the arms; and Barre + Body Conditioning, which adds Pilates to the mix.


Define London

Created by former Broadway actress Ashley Verma, Define makes a New York-style barbell. And what exactly is that? Well, it’s amplified – that means music, energy, and non-stop body burning, with classes incorporating balance balls and sliders. And once you’ve experienced it in the studio, online videos are available for you to practice at home.



With the motto ‘Good Vibes Only’, FLY LDN asks you to leave your ego at the door and is one of the few studios in London that does not have a nonsense policy. In addition to yoga classes, they also offer mega barre classes. With the class focused on the playlist, they combine dance, Pilates, and yoga to create a 45-minute low-impact workout with high results. Classes at FLY cost £ 20, but you can take your first class for just ten.


Boy band Barre in FRAME

FRAME is all about classes that improve mood and make you smile and sweat, and this boyband Barre class defo delivers on both fronts. The 45-minute workout includes classic barbell exercises, including arm weights, side planks, and bar leg work, but it’s the soundtrack that takes it to another level; Back-to-back bangers from boy bands like NSYNC, Busted, Boyzone, and Backstreet Boys.

Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Angel, Farringdon, Victoria and Fitzrovia


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