Xtend Barre Brooklyn Heights is my number one pick for barre classes in the NYC area. I’ve tried about 75% of the barre studios in NYC. With my dance background, I tend to be picky when it comes to “barre” because there are so many interpretations of barre. Xtend Barre Brooklyn is a beautiful 3,000 square foot boutique fitness facility located in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. It is an amazing barre facility staffed with some of the best barre teachers NYC has to offer.
*Xtend Barre Brooklyn is offering FREE classes in May in celebration of Mother’s Day. Check out the details at the end of the article to see how to snag your free class (space is limited).
Xtend Barre brings in elements of dance, ballet and Pilates to create an adrenaline-fueled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body. Each class features an elegant yet energetic combination of movements that enhance flexibility, improve balance, and challenge the core.
The Brooklyn Heights location is run by pilates and barre teacher Kristine Storie who opened up the space in February 2014 (after a career in finance). Xtend Barre was actually THE pioneer of barre studios in Brooklyn.
I”ve taken Kristine’s barre classes quite a few times and have always loved her choreography and cueing. Her advanced pilates background really comes through in her barre teaching. After our interview, I had the pleasure of taking her pilates class for the first time, and I was seriously impressed. Kristine’s cues were accurate, succinct, and effective; she taught the class like a real pro.
This month I’m sitting down with Kristine Storie to get some insider tips on everything barre!
XTend Barre Brooklyn Heights Q&A With Kristine Storie
Queen Cheap: How does Xtend Barre differ from other barre classes?
A lot of the cueing is pilates-esque: the pelvic positioning. We don’t do ‘the tuck’ like other studios, we teach pilates neutral pelvis.
At one point pilates certification was a prerequisite for becoming an Xtend Barre instructor. Now they are waving it, but they are still strongly encouraging it. Most of my girls have it, and if they don’t I’m telling them to get it.
Other studios focus on isolation and repetition: they work your butt cheek for a minute and destroy it until it’s so burnt out and then they stretch it. Here we have an approach that is more integrative and that is meant to improve functional movement. Some barre studios do not have natural movements. We take a wholistic integrated approach to the body which is exactly what pilates is all about: functional movement, helping you move better in daily life.
We count in 8s and 4s. Other studios count on 10. Dancing on actual musical phrases just feels more natural.
Xtend barre is such a fun workout you won’t dread and the music is always great. Workouts should be fun…life is too hard!
(If you’re curious what an Xtend Barre Brooklyn Heights class looks like here’s an example at a recent Xtend BK Class via Instagram)
Queen Cheap: What’s your favorite fitness fashion these days?
Queen Cheap Note: The Xtend Barre boutique is worth a visit in itself! You can snag hard to find Onzie prints, phat buddha, and other top fitness brands. They also have sales periodically. Check out this cute Onzie bra from their shop!
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Queen Cheap: Free Classes in May?! Tell me about this exciting promotion!
- FREE Classes May 4-10! We invite you to bring your mom, or daughter or son to the barre for FREE. Email BK@xtendbarre.com to sign up. Space is limited.
- Plus New moms can try their first Babies On Board Class for FREE during the entire month of May.
Queen Cheap: What can moms expect in the “Babies On Board” class?
Babies are worn in Baby Bjorns while moms do modified choreography of Xtend Barre.
Babies on Board is offered M/W/F at 11am and Tu/Th at 1:15pm. Email BK@xtendbarre.com to sign up for your first FREE class in May.
(Check out this youtube video for more info on Babies on Board at Xtend Barre!)
Queen Cheap Recommends Trying:
The Xtend Barre Stick Fusion Class. It reminds of the best of barre combined with a pilates tower class. It uses the Pilates Stick from Peak Pilates (not available YET for sale to the public, but stay tuned!)
According to the Xtend website, this class
is the same as our all levels Xtend Barre class, the only difference being the incorporation of the Pilates Stick throughout the core section (last 15 minutes of class). The Stick is a light piece of apparatus made by Peak Pilates which is attached to the ballet barre to add resistance and help deepen the core connection. This class is not suitable for pre and post natal clients.
If you’d like to see a little more of Kristine Storie, check Kristine out in barre GIF form on The Huffington Post!