Babies @ The Barre

Is it Friday yet? I look forward to Fridays every week. Not because it’s the start of the weekend, but because that’s the day I go to my Mommy & Baby Barre class at The Barre Life Studio in Oakville.

I stumbled on the Barre Life website in my search for a fitness Mom & Baby class. With time and money limited with a 3 month old, it was very important to me that the class fit the following criteria; convenient, affordable, safe, challenging and FUN! It was also important to me that my son Nico be incorporated into the class and the workout.


The Mommy & Baby Workshop at Barre Life seemed like it would be the perfect fit.

This workshop exceeded my expectations. It was a great introduction back into an active lifestyle post-partum,  as it focused on strengthening a lot my areas weakened as a result of pregnancy and childbirth; core, hips, butt and pelvic floor. With the added excruciating upper body workout as a bonus, this workout also included many pelvic floor safe and strengthening exercises.

The workshop was taught by Suzanne, a trained ballet and pilates instructor. Don’t let this sweet and pleasant ballerina fool you, she is tough and worked us hard every week.  No rest for the sleep deprived!  The class is a combination of  exercises at the barre and mat work, all while working out to Top 40 music. There is just something so awesome about doing ballet moves to LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy And I Know It”.

The babies in our class were safely incorporated into the workout. They either joined in with us in their carrier, or lay and played on the mat.  The environment was comfortable and inviting. Fussy, hungry, crying and tired babies are all welcome!


Worried this class is only for dancers, or that you have to be coordinated, not at all! It’s a great workout for anyone and everyone.

I wasn’t the only one that enjoyed the class. Nico loved it too! He loved to watch our arms as they moved from first position, to second then third, and enjoyed the ride as I had to plié over and over and over again.

As the session was about to come to a close, a few of us inquired whether there would be another session to follow.  We discussed how much we love the class, and hoped we could attend more often. Niki, owner and studio coordinator, took our feedback and the classes are now running twice per week (Tuesdays & Fridays) in the new session.

The workshop is open to babies who are not actively crawling (6 weeks to 7 months).  The childminding room is also available for sleeping babies, nursing, or for older siblings. If you aren’t sure if you can commit to the full session of 8 classes, a drop in option is also available at $18 per class. For more information or to register, click here.

Is that a baby @ the barre? It sure is!

– Nicole


For more information on other classes offered at Barre Life, check out Megan’s recent review of the Ballet Resistance class, here.

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