What to Expect for your First Class
Secret Physique®Barre welcomes all beginners, even those without prior barre-workout experience. For more details on our different classes click here. As classes fill quickly, reservations are highly recommended.
Please arrive 5 minutes before class, or at least 10 minutes before class starts to fill out your client waiver if you did not have time to do so online.
Please wear leggings covering the knees, and we require you wear socks the entire class. We also have socks at the studio incase you forget a pair. Socks must cover the toes, no open toe socks please.
Class Reservation Policies
It is highly recommended to book ahead by using our online reservation system as we may not be able to reach your request via email or phone in time.
ALL Reservations will be held up to the class start time. At class time, all open spaces will be given to clients on the waitlist or on standby for that class.
If you are running late or are unable to attend class, please contact your studio to avoid unnecessary charges or losing your spot.
Class Cancellation Policies
Given the intimate nature of our class sizes, we require a minimum 2 hours notice for the cancellation of a single class. Missed classes without the appropriate notice will be charged as if attended or subject to a $15 No Show/Late Cancel fee for clients on unlimited memberships or packages.
If a desired class is full, we offer a waitlist option for up to 6 clients at a time. Clients who have been transferred from the waitlist into the class, will receive an automated email the minute this happens. Email notifications for waitlist transfers will send up to 30 minutes before class starts. If a client has been added to the class, they are considered as registered.
Please note that our Cancellation Policy does apply to waitlist reservations. Only if a client is still on the wait list (i.e. has not yet been transferred into the class) and cancels after the 2 hour cancel period, they will not be considered as a Late Cancel.
The option to cancel and/or monitor your spot on the wait list can be found in our Mindbody online reservation system via: My Info >> My Schedule >> Waitlist (blue link to the far right of screen).
All payments must be received prior to the start of class and no refunds will be given for amounts paid for classes. Class packages are non-transferable.
Terms and Conditions
New client class includes a second class free that will expire in 2 months from purchase. When purchased it will automatically be in your account for you to reserve for your second class as well.
New client month unlimited is valid for 30 days from the first visit after the purchase. (ie. if you purchase the New client month unlimited and do not attend your first class for a week.. it will activate that next date you attend…the system will automatically change the date).
10/20/30 Class Packages are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
Month Unlimited packages are valid for 30 consecutive days from the date of first use. (Holds are not permitted)
Referral Special: If you bring a new client after your first month unlimited has been used, and they purchase a “New Client Month Unlimited", you can purchase a month unlimited for 50% off… That purchase needs to be made together at the same point of sale.
Attending class without paying: If you attend class without paying (walk in and skip past the desk) your credit card on file will be charged for that class.
Please note the studio is closed when classes are not in session. The instructors only arrive 20 minutes before each class.
If you are pregnant, please bring us a note from your doctor permitting you to exercise.
You must reserve online or by phone for childcare.
Childcare rules and regulations.
Reservations are mandatory. Please call ahead or register online one hour prior to class.
Your child must be at least 6 months of age. Proof is required.
There can only be 4 infants under the age of 1 year in the room at the same time.
Food and drinks are not allowed in the babysitting room.
$3/first child and $2/each additional child (Pembroke/Plymouth studio)
$5/first child and $2/each additional child (Hingham studio)
Childcare is not available at the Quincy location.
All of our locations have parking lots. Quincy also has street parking when the lot is full.
* For more frequently ask questions visit our FAQs page.
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Common Instructional Words and Phrases
Pelvic Tilt: You might hear “curl hips under” that means that the hips need to be rotated under, abdominals pulled in, closing the distance between your belly button and your ribcage.
Tuck: One of the most common elements of an exercise series in barre class is a tuck. It brings in the concept and form mentioned above of the “pelvic tilt/tucked hips,” but it is performed as a contraction with various thigh, glute, and core exercises.
Chair: This is a position used in thigh exercises, where the arms are pulling off of the barre, back is straight, knees and seat are on the same line, like sitting in a chair.
Pulses: A pulse is probably just as common in a barre class as a tuck. Pulses are part of many different thigh, seat, and core exercises. A pulse is a small, one inch movement that is concentrated deep in the burn zone, where the muscles are working most intensely. The movement does exactly what it says, it is a repetitive pulse in the same position, which pushes the muscles to the point of change.
C-Curve: If you are instructed to form a “C-Curve” with your body, it is a rounded shape with the back, while tucking the hips under.
Plank: A core stability exercise performed on the floor. In a plank, the goal is to maintain a straight line in your body all the way from the top of your head down through your spine, hips tucked under, and abs pulled in tight.
1st Position: A ballet position of the feet, standing with heels together, toes apart.
2nd Position: A ballet position of the feet, standing a little wider than shoulder-width apart, feet and legs are turned out.
Narrow V: Like 1st position, but toes are only 2” apart.. very narrow v with toes.
Relevé: To rise up onto the toes and balance.
Plié: To bend the knees.
Turn Out: An external rotation of the leg, from the hip, away from the body.
Flexed Foot: Pulling toes back toward body, pressing heel forward.
Pointed toes: Using the arch in the foot to round the foot and toes reach toward the bottom of the foot..
Pointed toes: Using the arch in the foot to round the foot and toes reach toward the bottom of the foot.
Parallel: Position where feet, knees, hips, and legs are all square to the front.
Hold: A hold is often part of an exercise series, most likely at the end. During a hold, the muscle should be held tight in a contraction.
Technique Tips for a Barre Class
Alignment: It’s important to pay attention when the instructor sets up an exercise, because they will tell you how your body should be aligned. Most often, the shoulders remain over the hips and the hips stay tucked under. Alignment will vary based on the exercise.
Range of Motion: Every movement we make in barre is very small, no more than a one-inch range of motion. We don’t want to use momentum to complete the exercises, the muscles contracting should be creating the movement; therefore it stays minimal: the smaller the better. All movement should take place within the “burn zone” or where the muscle grips the bone and engages. This is something that you can noticeably feel. Try not to come out of that area range.
Contract Muscles to Initiate Movement: Any movement we make should be initiated by contracting whatever muscle group we are working with. For example, in a glute exercise, the leg lifts because the glutes flex, or in a under the barre, core series, the leg lifts due to the contraction of the core muscles and the upward tilt of the hips. Taking your mental focus to the area that we are working is essential and will intensify any exercise.
Resistance & Control: We want to avoid using momentum to create the movement. Perform each exercise with control and resistance one way, and also on the way back, like you are moving through mud. Keeping those muscles engaged and flexed the entire time will do double duty and ensure that you get twice the workout for your money.
Breathing: Many clients hold their breath, because they are focused on what’s going with their bodies in the exercises. Breathing with every single rep helps intensify the muscle contraction and delivers much-needed oxygen to the muscles. Sometimes clients who are new to barre can feel light-headed during their first class, and that is simply because not enough oxygen is going to the brain. Breathing is an essential part of any workout.
Shaking: Your muscles should be shaking. Shaking equals change. In thighs, your legs should shake like leaves, you should see a little shake in your glutes and upper hamstrings during most glute exercises, and in abdominal work, if you are staying in your “burn zone,” you will feel your core shake (which can feel a little strange at first). In your mind, you need to believe that shaking is a good thing, and reward yourself for shaking! The more you are shaking, the more work you are doing. So, if you don’t feel the shake, there are simple fixes. Stay in your burn zone (where the muscles grip the bone and are engaged), keep the muscles contracted the entire time, go lower if it is a thigh exercise, squeeze tighter if it is a glute exercise, and contract the muscles into the spine for an abdominal series. Making sure that your mental focus is on the part of your body that we are working is key.
If you have any questions about technique, form, modifications, or how an exercise works, please do not hesitate to ask any of the staff. We will help you get the most out of your workout and we are happy to modify any exercise to meet the needs of your body.