A new fitness studio in Windsor is raising the barre.
Windsor Bar(re) opened recently at 1555 Main St., Unit A3, offering barre classes seven days a week.
“Barre has been around for a while, but I’m finding in this area it’s still pretty new to people,” owner Taylor Knoop said.
The hour-long classes are a total-body workout and set to upbeat music mixes that Knoop creates herself, she said. A typical class involves a warm-up, routines for arms, thighs, seat, back and abs, followed by a stretching routine that Knoop said helps build and tone muscle.
“There’s a lot of variety to it, so every time you come in, it should be somewhat of a different class,” Knoop said. “You’re doing a lot of small, isometric movements. So what we’re doing is getting into position and you’re working that muscle to complete fatigue. By the end of the set, you’re literally shaking because you’re working that muscle so hard. And then we stretch is out afterwards, and that’s what helps builds that muscle quickly and give you that toned look, without bulking up.”
Knoop teaches classes seven days a week, and she said she recommends her clients take a minimum of three classes per week if they are looking for results.
“If you’re wanting to lose weight or you’re wanting to tone up for a wedding or something like that, I recommend three times minimum per week,” she said. “And then more than that is just going to give you results faster.”
She said she’s found that women enjoy barre classes because it focuses on common “problem areas.” She also said the classes are popular for athletes who want to supplement their running or skiing with the low-impact workouts.
“You’re not doing any jumping or anything like that, but you’re still getting your heart rate up and sweating,” Knoop said.
Opening Windsor Bar(re) is Knoop’s first foray into teaching fitness. She grew up in an active family and over the years has tried many different kinds of workouts. She found she didn’t stick with one too long because of either burnout or injuries, until she found barre classes.
“I just fell head-over-heels in love with it,” Knoop said. “It was so much fun and I saw results quickly.”
At the time, she was working as a limited-scope X-ray technician at North Colorado Medical Center, but she said she wanted to be on the preventative side of health.
“It wasn’t where I wanted to be,” she said. “I wanted to be on the other side of it. I wanted to help people avoid the hospital all together.”
“I wanted to be on the other side of it. I wanted to help people avoid the hospital all together.
Owner, Windsor Bar(re)