When it comes to loving local, this is a value that Tru Barre, a local barre studio with locations in Medina and Akron, embodies whole-heartedly. Owner Sue Costigan, a lifelong Akron resident and fitness professional of 38 years, has built the studio on values of wellness and inclusivity, welcoming individuals from all backgrounds and levels of fitness to help them achieve health and balance in both mind and body.
If you're not familiar with barre, you may be wondering: What type of fitness class is this anyways? And what makes it effective for training my mind and body?
Sue explains that barre is a unique method of exercise that combines elements of ballet, Pilates, flexibility and interval strength training. Further, it's low-impact — you're utilizing a ballet barre, exercise balls, light dumbbells and exercise bands. In class, you can expect to do a series of intervals that work different muscle groups through small movements and many reps.
"A big misconception with barre is that it's dance or ballet, when in reality it's a strength training class," Sue says.
To welcome first-time visitors, Sue offers a seven-day trial for prospective members. She says, "We love when beginners show up with an open mind. Tru Barre is inclusive for all levels." Moreover, since barre is a low-impact workout, it is ideal for adults of all ages and each workout can be tailored to individual needs with modifications easily provided by Sue's team of expert instructors.
What do you need to attend a barre class? All of the class equipment is provided at Tru Barre (mats, dumbbells, etc.), so you'll only need to bring a water bottle, comfortable fitted attire (like a t-shirt and leggings) and grippy socks (these can also be purchased inside Tru Barre's boutique if you don't already have some).
Some of the class types that Tru Barre offers are Mixed Barre (a 60-minute class that's perfect for all levels), Tru Flow (a barre class that incorporates yoga sequences) and Express (a fast-paced class that lasts 45 minutes).
After completing a one-week free trial — Sue says that this period of time typically results in three class visits — individuals can choose a membership that works for their schedule and wellness goals. New clients receive their first month of an unlimited class membership for $99. Then, it's $135 per month. Class pass packs are also available, as are student membership prices.
In addition to in-person classes, Tru Barre offers an on-demand video library that is perfect for those who want to try barre at home or maintain a workout routine while traveling. A membership to the video library can be purchased solo for $80 per month or $40 for two weeks. A studio membership combined with the on-demand video library membership is $199.
In addition to in-person classes and the on-demand video library, Tru Barre has an in-studio boutique (mentioned above as a great place to buy grippy socks for class). The boutique offers chic athleisure goods.
Learn more about Tru Barre and sign up for a class at TruBarre.org.
"We love when beginners show up with an open mind. Tru Barre is inclusive for all levels."