Tone Up T-Town: The Barre Code has Me Feeling Like a Barre Babe

The Barre Code instructors are all smiles during the July 29 grand opening. (L to R): Peyton Flippo, Tori Lee, Dana Farber, Catherine Noble, Januar Brown, and Malory Goetchus. The Barre Code instructors are all smiles during the July 29 grand opening. (L to R): Peyton Flippo, Tori Lee, Dana Farber, Catherine Noble, Januar Brown, and Malory Goetchus. The Barre Code

From hotels to restaurants, downtown T-town has become a little mecca of new business for our community. Within this new business boom sits the beautiful 2700 Capitol Park building, with upscale apartments and a hot new fitness boutique, The Barre Code.  After seeing the frenzy on social media about pop-up barre classes around Tuscaloosa this summer, I knew I needed to check out The Barre Code to find out what this shaking, burning, and tucking was all about.  

According to studio owner Catherine Noble, The Barre Code aims to provide variety to its clients.  

“The Barre Code is a boutique fitness studio that offers a complete program of traditional barre, HIIT training, and boot camp-style classes, kickboxing, and choreographed cardio routines,” Noble said. “We offer a motivational classroom setting that meets every client at their level; The Barre Code fosters a captivating community that inspires everyone who walks through the doors to become their strongest selves.”  

Recognizing many of the friendly faces of The Barre Code staff, I decided to try out the studio’s traditional Barre Code class led by my friend Januar Brown. Despite her sweet demeanor and killer smile, I quickly realized during class that Januar had the skills of a ninja – while also being one of the most helpful and motivating exercise instructors I’ve ever had. With the ultimate boy band playlist blasting during our class, Januar had me feeling like a barre babe – not a barre buffoon, awkwardly navigating the exercise props.  

With class instructor (and ninja) Januar Brown before the start of my first barre class.

Construction on the studio for The Barre Code began earlier this year, and a grand opening was held in late-July. From the get go, The Barre Code staff have focused on getting out the message that their studio can fit the needs of any exercise level and any body type.  

“At The Barre Code, our main goal is to provide a community of empowerment and acceptance for anyone who walks in the door. We want clients to authentically commit to their strength to discover what they're capable of; our instructors and studio members are indoctrinated in our culture to achieve that. Above all, our studio is a place of positivity, and we want to share that with everyone through their fitness journeys,” says Noble.  

After experiencing the shaking, burning, and tucking as part of my own personal fitness journey, I know The Barre Code is here to stay.  If you like great music, friendly faces, and an atmosphere to challenge yourself, The Barre Code may be the next stop on your fitness journey. To find out more, visit The Barre Code Tuscaloosa on Facebook.

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

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