FAQ'S

What exactly is The Sand Barre?  What do you have to offer, what makes you unique from the other workout places?  

The Sand Barre is a boutique-style fitness studio, featuring several different barre class formats which adds a lot of variety to your workout schedule.  The Classic Barre class is low impact and not cardio based but you WILL sweat and you will see results!  When you're deep in an isometric hold or just doing tiny 1" movements, you will work your muscles to the point of fatigue (shaking) and that's when they begin to strengthen and change!  This is good and we like the shake  :-)  Other class variations are:  Advanced, Bootcamp, Tabata and Fire.

Our studio is not a franchise, which sets us apart from many of the other fitness studios in the area.  You will find HIIT Cardio and our newest method, tap 'n pow{h}er also on our schedule.  We have the freedom to add any classes we desire - stay tuned for a brand new method that will be revealed in August 2017!

What does this type of workout accomplish?  

The barre method we teach focuses on working a major muscle group to fatigue (shaking) and then going straight into orthopedic stretching to create strong, long, lean muscles.  Once we do that with one muscle group, like the thighs, we will move on and hit the next, maybe the "seat".   Stretching in the middle of class, right when you need it, is such an amazing way to release those muscles while they're warm and gain really gain flexibility.  

 Do you recommend this for all people?  How often should you do this program?  

Yes!  Barre fitness is great for all people!  We see clients of all ages, shapes, and sizes.  Our instructors are highly trained to give personal attention to each client during class.  This is why classes are kept small.  We want to be able to help you with your form and walk you through modifications if you need them due to injury or pregnancy.  We are one of only a few barre methods that focuses on a neutral spine instead of a "tucked" spine.  We recommend taking classes 3 - 4 times per week to see the best results accompanied by a healthy lifestyle outside of the studio.  We are happy to talk with each client about their individual fitness goals and help them formulate a plan that works for them!

I have an injury or physical limitation, can I participate in class? 

Whether old or recent, injuries and limitations of any kind are a concern and staff should be notified prior to class. Please properly fill out your paperwork to reflect any physical concerns. If a surgery took place, we may require a doctor’s note releasing you to participate in exercise. 

I am overweight and am not currently exercising, will I be out of place? 

No! The Sand Barre gladly embraces clients at any fitness level and of any body shape or type. Despite physical fitness level or appearance, our instructors are trained, willing, and eager to help you reach your fitness goals. 

Can I attend a class if I am pregnant? 

Yes! Please scroll to the bottom of this page for specific "prenatal"information.

I’m not a dancer or flexible, will I be able to participate in this type of fitness? 

Yes! Our classes are not dance classes (except for Hip Hop Cardio) and a Classic Barre class is designed to serve a mixed-level group. Modifications are offered in every exercise and teachers assist with tactile corrections and cues to help you get the most out of every class. Each class uses exercises to not only build strength and burn fat, but to also help clients gain flexibility. 

I am under the age of 18, can I still take a class? 

If you are between the ages of 15-18, you are welcome to take a class and join The Sand Barre! We do require that a parent/guardian come in with you to complete the initial paperwork before class. 

What should I  wear when working out?  

You want to wear form fitting clothes in all of our classes if possible.   It is important that you are comfortable in whatever you wear, but loose clothing can hinder your experience as it can be difficult for instructors to assist with form if they cannot see a client’s body.  Most people wear leggings and a fitted tank top/workout top and toe socks.  We do not make toe socks mandatory but we like them.  We do sell them in the studio, too, if you forget yours or want a new pair.  We wear a lot of different brands and we plan to grow our boutique beyond branded merchandise to clothing lines such as Onzie and Glyder Apparel.   

Do I need to bring anything to class? 

We highly encourage you to bring your own water (we sell bottled water at the studio for $1 also).  We provide all equipment you will need to participate successfully in class.  Some clients like to bring a small towel as well - especially for the cardio classes. 

I am a new client, when should I arrive? 

We ask that you arrive and are dressed and ready for class 10-15 minutes before the start time in order to fill out paperwork, meet your instructor, ask any questions and get set up in the studio room.  (Please see the New Client page until the "Information" tab on our website.)

What happens if I arrive late to class? 

It is extremely disruptive to other clients when a client walks in late, so we ask that you please plan to always arrive a few minutes early. If late, you must complete 60 knee-lifts before entering a class to warm your body up before the exercises that follow. Once the classroom curtain has been closed (usually after the weight segment) please do not enter the class.  

If you are a new client and class has started, you will not be able to participate as you must complete paperwork beforehand.  

Do I need to book every class in advance? 

Yes, we ask that you please reserve your spot through your account online. We allow a limited number of students in each class  so the studio room is not over-crowded and clients can get the most out of every class. If classes are full, we highly recommend adding yourself to the wait list. If you do so, please plan to attend and you will be notified up to four hours of your class start time. It is your responsibility to check your e-mail and attend. Standard cancellation policies apply to the wait list clients when added into a class. We always welcome walk-ins, but we cannot guarantee an opening; therefore, we do not recommend this.  

How do I schedule or cancel a class? 

Please sign onto  MindBody (HERE) which contains our schedule as well as your scheduled classes. You will need to select “my info” and then “my schedule”. 

What is the cancellation policy for all classes? 

We have a late cancellation policy when you have reserved a space in class.  Classes must be cancelled 2 hours prior to the start of class. If you do not cancel your class before the late cancellation window begins, you will be charged for that class. Depending on what package you have, you will be charged a $10 late cancel/no-show fee (if you are on a contract) or lose the class out of your package (if you are on a class package or a single class). 

How does the wait list work?

If a class is full, you have the option to add your name to the waitlist in the same way you reserve your spot online. We recommend adding your name to the list, as we do everything we can to get you in the class from the waitlist. If someone drops from the class, clients on the waitlist are added in the order they reserved a waitlist spot. You will only be added up to 4 hours before the start of class, and will be notified with an automatic email. Upon being added to the class, you are responsible for attending. In the event we have a late cancellation and a spot opens up, we will call you to see if you would like to be added to the class. 


Class Etiquette

Arrive on Time 

Please arrive on time to all classes as late arrivals cause distractions for other clients who are focused and participating. If you are a first time client, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete paperwork. First time clients who are late are not permitted in the studio room once class has started. If you are a regular client who is late, we ask that you call to let us know you are running late, and perform 60 knee lifts outside of the classroom to warm your muscles before entering a class. Please note that the door is locked 10 minutes after class begins. Thank you for your help and understanding with this. 

Stay to Stretch

Stretching at the end of class is just as important as all of the work leading up to it. We do ask that you stay for the full duration of each class. If there is a rare occasion where you should need to leave early, please let the instructor know before class, choose a spot at the barre that is closest to the exit, and leave all equipment on the mat for the instructor to clean and put away. This creates much less of a distraction for other clients.  

No Talking

Please refrain from all talking and chatter during class. There will be moments of transition in each class, but conversation during these times not only is distracting, but slows down the entire classroom. Barre is based largely off of a mind/body connection and requires that you stay present on your mat and at the barre (both physically and mentally) for the entire duration of the class. 

No Phones

Please silence (no vibrate) all cell phones or any other electronic devices and store them away during class. Again, we want our clients to have the best experience possible and to be able to keep their focus inward during the hour, with minimal distractions.

Water Only

Please drink only water in the studio room in order to help us avoid spills and cleanups. 

No Shoes

Shoes are not permitted into the studio room and all classes are performed either barefoot or in sticky/grippy socks. 

No Perfumes

Please refrain from wearing strong perfumes and/or lotions as this can irritate people’s allergies and hinder their abilities to work out. 

Follow Directions

Please listen to and follow the directions of your instructor. It is her goal to keep you safe and in good form. We ask that you do not modify or vary from the exercise unless told otherwise during class or by an instructor outside of class (such as if you have an injury, you are pregnant, etc.). There will be times that your instructor gives you corrections, asks you to stay in a modification, or asks that you not attempt an advanced variation.  If you have questions or concerns about any instructions given to you specifically, feel free to ask your instructor about it after class. 

Clean and Return Equipment

Please spray and wipe your mats at the end of every class and return any equipment back to its place. Bands should be placed back of brackets and mats and balls should remain as they were found.

 

*These rules are to ensure that clients are kept safe and are able to make the most of the time spent in the classroom. Thank you for your understanding and commitment to keeping these rules. 

Prenatal

Pregnancy is such an exciting and important time in your life! Whether planning to become pregnant, currently pregnant, or postpartum, maintaining a healthy lifestyle focused on whole-body wellness is of the upmost importance for you and baby. A consistent and safe exercise routine throughout all of these stages of pregnancy helps you stay fit, increases energy, minimizes stress during pregnancy, prepares you for the rigors of child birth, and makes for a faster recovery post-birth. 

At The Sand Barre, we specialize in pre/post natal exercise. Our methods are low-impact and have save, effective modifications for pregnancy. Most of our classes can be taken throughout pregnancy, given the client modifies specific exercises where necessary. Our teachers are all trained to give and demonstrate appropriate modifications to pregnant women. 

It is never too late to get started in an exercise routine. If you are actively taking classes at The Sand Barre prior to becoming pregnant, you will have no issues continuing with us throughout pregnancy, utilizing appropriate modifications. If you are new to The Sand Barre after becoming pregnant, or if you have a high-risk pregnancy, we do require a doctor's note clearing you to participate in our program. 

We recommend that pregnant clients email us in advance to come in to the studio early before class and discuss their specific needs/goals prior to their first class. This also gives the instructor time to discuss and demonstrate appropriate modifications, as well as recommend specific classes to take. 

Our goal is to keep you and baby safe, happy, and healthy throughout the stages of pregnancy!