Paola’s BodyBarre

August 28, 2014


I’ll admit I wasn’t feeling super psyched about trialling Paola’s bodybarre class. A few months prior I’d attended my first barre class in West London and found it laborious, sterile and so strict it felt like school. So when I reluctantly walked through Paola’s studio doors in Fulham,  I was surprised to find the atmosphere completely different. I was instantly enthused and captivated by the inviting and homely boutique-style feel. Then I spotted some freshly baked protein balls, healthy snacks and assortment of shakes in a help-yourself-set-up at no extra cost and suddenly I’m glad I’ve come. Inside, it’s open-plan with the reception leading straight into the theatrical looking studio with the class initials – PBB – illuminated by big light bulbs on the wall. It’s a fun, creative vibe and when the music starts I’m in the mood to move.

From my instagram: Paola in action

From my instagram: Paola in action

Paola’s Class                                                                                                                        

As the pop music picks up a dynamic warm-up ensues: a combination of planks, pilates and aerobic/yoga style sequences. The routine is easy to follow and my heart rate soon speeds-up. Paola has an energetic, motivational no-nonsense approach, “Less chat, more movement” she bellows, but it works. Another mighty motivational tool is her killer physique so anything she says we all follow like a fast-moving flock of sheep. I’m mentally and physically engaged and I’m also enjoying the fast-paced variety of movements. Soon my glutes are burning through the pilés and leg lifts using the barre (impressive right?). Paola is super alert and quick to correct my posture and alignment the moment I make even the most minuscule error. During the latter stages of the class we use rings which Pilates regulars will be familiar with and we pulse them between our thighs. This section of the class is also about strengthening the core, as you have engage your abs whilst doing each movement.

About Paola

She’s had 25 years experience in the fitness industry, working at many of the capitals’ most exclusive health clubs and gym including, KX, Grace and Equinox.

About BodyBarre

Signature Barre Body, Barre Moves and Barre Tone classes are designed to tone your entire body, creating longer, leaner muscles. Ballet & pilates exercises at the barre and on the mat tone your muscles, while complementary yoga postures. The interval training format (raising and lowering the heart rate) means that you get fast results, fat burning is increased and your metabolism is boosted for hours after your workout. Barre Body works your entire body, giving special attention to the lesser used muscles, resulting in a total body toning effect.

correctMy Verdict

Unexpectedly, this class has become one of my “firm” favorites. Paola is supremely talented at getting her clients the results they want and keeping them motivated. Her passion shines through and it’s totally addictive. Paola  has now launched the Booty Lifting class to get your booty and your bod in tip top bikini condition ready for the beach.

Contact Info and Pricing


Address: 70 Rosaline Road
, SW6 7QT

Phone: 07798622370

Email: [email protected]

Prices start from £24 per class with discounts available on packages.

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