So as I briefly mentioned in my previous post, barre3 Austin at Mueller is offering free – yes, *free* – classes until the end of June, when the studio finally opens. Yes, I mean barre and no, I don’t mean the bar you go to when you want to kick back with a cocktail and celebrate the end of a work week.
Still don’t know what I’m talking about? To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really know what a barre class was either until a couple of weeks ago when I attended my first one at barre3 Austin at Mueller. Like I said, the studio is part of the newly developing Mueller neighborhood, so it is still underway. According to barre3 itself, barre is rooted in three fitness disciplines – ballet, barre, Pilates and yoga. If you’ve never been before, you are in for a real treat.
The only equipment you need to bring (at least to these free, pre-studio opening classes) is a yoga mat, as barre3 provides the rest, which is just a single core ball. The classes consist of a lot of squats, core exercises, and balancing techniques. The moves can be pretty challenging, but there are always modifications for every move or combination. So, if you aren’t feeling it one day then feel free to modify as you please.
Now let me tell you something: I used to be an avid yogi, practicing five or six times per week (sadly not as frequently anymore), and I thought this class was going to be a breeze. Boy was I wrong. I struggled through the first class and, at times, all I wanted to do was let out a scream! I nearly shed a tear when I looked at my watch and realized I was only 15 minutes into the 60 minute class. I walked out of that class vowing I would never do it again, was the sorest I’ve been in quite some time, and swore it was the hardest class I’ve ever attended. Now, here I am attending class religiously three days a week, and will probably be the first one to purchase a package when the studio actually opens. What can I say – I’m addicted!
I highly suggest everyone attending at least one – no, two – classes at some point. I say two because if you’re like me, then you might need more than just the initial class to get you hooked! Especially for Mueller residents, it doesn’t get any better than this; it is so close and the times are so convenient that you really have no excuses. Also, it’s better to try the classes now since they are free, that way you don’t have to make a huge commitment without knowing anything about it. What’s also really great is that the studio owner, Emily, actually teaches the classes as well. She is so kind and truly wants her barre students to succeed and do their best. For such a tight-knit neighborhood, it is nice to have the studio owner actively take part in the community and actually take the time to get to know her students, as opposed to just being the name behind the studio.
So, head on over to barre3 Austin at Mueller. The studio is set to open in the Mueller Town Center on Aldrich Street, just next to the Alamo Drafthouse, but until then the free classes are right outside of Mueller Central (rainy day classes take place under the Browning Hangar). The class schedule for Mueller is as follows:
Tuesdays at 6:45p
Thursdays at 5:45a
Saturdays at 8:30a
P.S. Barre3 Austin at Mueller is active on Instagram @barre3austinmueller and Facebook (search: barre3austinmueller) too, which is where you’ll find any information about the free classes, such as cancellations due to weather.
See you there!