The Gym can be terrifying. Bright white lighting, a maze of machines, weird men telling you that you’re doing it wrong, and classes filled with people more competitive than dads at a year 6 sports day. I know I avoid it completely. However, finding Box Barre has completely changed my opinion, I even look forward to going. Madness.
Located on Eccsall road in Sheffield it’s a gym entirely targeted at women (although they have men’s changing room?) which runs Boxing classes and Barre classes. Whilst I’ve never been to a boxing one, I’ve tried all the different Barre classes. They run Barre Basics, Barre signature, Barre sweat and Barre Sculpt and I’ve never had a bad experience at any of them. If you’ve never tried one it’s a combination of Ballet, Pilates, Cardio and strength training. Each class takes you through three stations, the actual barre, a weight station and a yoga mat section that mainly focuses on your core. Although, the time at each section and number of rounds varies a little depending on the class you choose. All the instructors are super friendly and genuinely help you in a non-patronising manner, my friend thought she had weird hips which Priscilla kindly explained she doesn’t, in a way that didn’t make her want to die of embarrassment. They also put loads of emphasis on doing it at your own pace which I really appreciate (as at other classes I’ve been called lazy which literally makes no sense because I was paying to be there) whilst still making sure you feel the burn. Heads up plies hurt when you do what feels like a million of them.
It also helps that the entire place is an instagrammers’ fever dream, including neon lights, makeup mirrors, and GHDs in the changing room alongside a smoothie bar. They’ve really got the balance right between making it super functional so you can genuinely get a good workout (its dark in the actual gym so you can’t see your pain in the mirrors) and still feel like a material girl. My friend and I literally got changed for a night out there after a late class and thought like we had a glam room.
Moreover, its super student-friendly as literally all ages go so you won’t feel super out of place and intimidated. Whilst the classes are a little spenny I’m not going to lie, they run a free trial and then offer bundle packages on classes so its cheaper. I’ve been going twice a week for a few months, which is the longest I’ve committed to something since school so its got to be good. Honestly, just book onto the free trial and if you hate it all you’ve spent is an hour of your life, which would probably be used on Tik Tok anyway, so you can’t really lose. Go get those endorphins.