I’ll be the first to admit it that it took me awhile to get used to the idea of barre classes. I’m not the type for feminine and peppy workouts – I would rather sweat really hard, maybe get yelled at a bit, and continue on about my day an hour later. Tucking and lifting my “seat” up an inch and down an inch didn’t really vibe with me until I began doing the moves correctly and realized how good it burns. This feeling of acceptance was multiplied upon taking Equinox’s Trilogy Barre class.
We were blessed to have the Trilogy Barre Master Trainer Nicole De Anda teach us a class during our Pointe Studio Barre Crawl. The class is known as being particularly unique due to the triple barre set-up and band incorporation. The three barres plus the bands makes for an unlimited amount of variables that will continually surprise and challenge the body – meaning you can make this workout your main squeeze and not have to worry about plateauing.
While the class is quite difficult – challenging your balance, strength, and agility all at once – it is also relaxing. The music is good, but not overpowering. Nicole’s teaching style is upbeat and encouraging, but not overly peppy. There’s a damp eucalyptus towel placed at the edge of your mat from the beginning of class, making those quick breaks to catch your breath feel ultra luxurious. The studio at the Hollywood Equinox is drenched in light and super clean. When the class finished, my body felt worked but my mind felt relaxed and recharged – which is saying a lot, considering this was our third and final workout of the day.
I must say – I’ve tried four different barre studios (ahem, I will not name names), but none of them were as well-rounded, difficult, and relaxing as Equinox’s Trilogy Barre. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. Oh, and make sure you come correct and pick up some cute barre socks here!