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The Bar Method
Mon and Wed, 6:30am-8:30pm; Tue and Thu, 8:30am-8:30pm; Fri, 6:30am-7:30pm; Sat-Sun, 8:30am-5pm
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Based on the Lotte Berke method that promises lean muscles and a dancerlike physique, Bar Method’s Soho studio is the first Manhattan location of the national franchise based in San Francisco. The second-floor space, which opened in the spring of 2010, is airy and modern, with light hardwood floors, white walls, and cloudlike light fixtures in the reception area. Students, mainly young, fit women in their 20s and 30s, are greeted by their first names and asked about their weekends upon arrival before dropping off their things in the spacious locker room and entering one of the three carpeted studios. Here an instructor—who many times may be one of the owners and former longtime instructors at the San Francisco flagship, Amy Duffey or Kristin Kelleher (the third owner is Kelleher’s husband, Tim)—leads a class of approximately 20 to 25 through targeted exercises on the ballet bar (thighs and gluts), and floor (abs and arms), along with the use of playground balls and light weights, all of which raise the heart rate and leave your muscles feeling sore-in-a-good-way for days.Pros
The vibe couldn’t be friendlier, and the space is both aesthetically pleasing and well thought out. Plus, this class is a great workout.
Like the other Lotte Berke method classes offered around the city (Physique 57, Core Fusion), classes are rather pricey at $35 a pop. Packages for a slightly reduced rate are available.
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