One of the perks of this blog is that I’m frequently invited to review restaurants, clothes, beauty products, events, and workouts—which are just a few of my favorite things. I’m also able to experience and learn new things, which is why I feel truly blessed!
A couple of years ago, my interest in yoga started when I was unknowingly invited by the Cupcake himself (who was then just a good friend and teammate) to cover Bikram Yoga. I did this for a month, before trying Anti-Gravity Yoga in Beyond Yoga. The last few yoga classes I attended was in Urban Ashram Manila, which offers FNR (Flexibility Not Required) classes for beginners. It’s a good practice especially for those who haven’t been to the mat in a while.
Early this year, I was asked by The Spa Shangri-la to attend its grand opening in the 6th Floor of East Wing. One of the goodies they gave me, aside from gift vouchers to an Aromatherapy Massage, an Ultimate Diamond Facial, and a Diode Underarm Session, was a one-month unlimited pass to Barre 3.
Barre 3 Studio at The Spa Shangri-la
Barre 3 is a unique 3-step sequence that mimics ballet, pilates, and yoga. The movements are simple and graceful, and you’re given options for movements and postures—depending on how much your body can take. Because I’ve only attended a couple of classes so far, I usually choose the easiest option to get my body used to it.
Majority of the exercises require you to hold them for a few seconds, which strengthens the muscles and elevates the heart rate. The warm-ups and cool-downs incorporate active stretching as well, to elongate and prepare the body. The pace is vigorous, and classes are set to an upbeat soundtrack for motivation.
Though the class is only for an hour, it really pushes your body and gives you the kind of muscle sore that ironically feels good and fulfilling after. Barre 3 is also core-heavy, and maximizes the exercises with the use of a medicine ball, and some weights.
Barre 3 Studio at The Spa Fort
The first time I attended class in The Spa Shangri-la, I was expecting it to be easy enough since I’m already used to active movements on the field (thanks to Ultimate). But I was wrong! More than physical endurance, it also requires mental toughness—most especially in those last few seconds when you’re holding the posture and your muscles are shaking like crazy!
It’s an incredibly fulfilling workout, and I really believe this will help me condition myself even more for my sport—due to all the muscle and core strengthening.
Barre 3 studios are located inside The Spa Trinoma, Greenhills, Eastwood, Shangri-la, Rockwell, The Fort, and Alabang. Best type of attire for the classes would be form-fitting clothes. They also encourage you to wear non-slip socks for better grip. There’s a water dispenser provided in all studios, so bring your own water bottle. For more information, you can visit their website or Facebook page.
Barre 3 at the Spa
Fort – (02) 4035994
Eastwood – (02) 7097878 or (02) 7096868
Alabang – (02) 8363184
Trinoma – (02) 9008818 or (02) 9008809