Xtend Barre is a bright, Brooklyn Heights studio that boasts three classrooms (although I’ve only seen the one on the second floor, overlooking Remsen street).
This is not a barre class that you can do on your lunch break without breaking a sweat. The actual workout incorporates a lot of mat pilates moves, and it’s definitely a cardio class. The warmup is challenging, followed by arms with light weights, then mat and barre work. The leg work on the mat burns in a great way, and abs are always emphasized. I’ve taken classes mostly with Amanda Jenny, who I liked a bit more than Amber. Amanda is perky (per usual for a barre-tender) but also pushes you not to give up.
If you care about the surfaces you work out on, this is a hard-wood studio (not carpeted). Socks are required, of course. There are no showers, but nice changing rooms with fancy products in the bathrooms.
It’s becoming increasingly harder to reserve Xtend Barre on Classpass, but not impossible. You can generally reserve only the barre class or Pilates Mat, but I would also love to try the Stick Fusion class if it becomes available!
Studio Quality ☆☆☆☆
Overall Rating ☆☆☆☆
Class Length 60 minutes
Water Free filtered water available, bottles available for purchase ($1)
Lockers No, but cubbies are available