Berkeley, CA 94709
About the STUDIO
The Bar Method Berkeley is a boutique fitness studio offering barre classes for students of all levels. The signature method uses your own body weight, the ballet barre and a few props to create a transformative workout that results in long, lean sculpted muscles. Not only does it reshape your entire body, but it allows you to channel your inner strength and leave class feeling strong, confident and poised. Highly-trained instructors customize the exercises to ensure they are safe and effective for any age and every body, including modifications for pregnant women and students with injuries. Our staff and community are here to support you from the moment you walk through the door.
The Berkeley studio is located in the North Shattuck / Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood and features two studios. We offer classes 7 days a week with classes throughout the day, and our Kids Room is staffed during certain classes so your children can play while you enjoy precious time for yourself! Metered parking and neighborhood street parking is readily available near the studio.
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About the Owner
Helen Liu discovered The Bar Method in 2009. What she appreciates most is its unique ability to inspire strength and persistence of both body and mind. Four years later, Helen left her career as a litigator to open this studio and has loved every day since, empowering clients to stretch their limits and celebrate each breakthrough. The studio is much more than just a place to work out; it’s a supportive community, a second home. Outside of the studio, Helen enjoys exploring the Bay Area’s beautiful vistas with her husband Hillel, son Philip, and dog Lucy.
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- We welcome clients to walk in, but class sizes are limited and can be sold out. We highly recommend reserving classes online or via The Bar Method app in order to guarantee your spot in class.
- You may make a class reservation starting 14 days before class and up to 30 minutes before class begins.
- Reservations will be honored until the start of class. If you do not arrive by that time, your reservation may be given away to someone who is waiting.
- Classes fill up quickly, but spaces will open up as clients reschedule. If you’d like to attend a class that is full, add yourself to the waitlist.
- We recommend that you opt-in to receive notifications by text and email. If you do, you will receive both a text and an email as soon as you have been added from the waitlist. If you have chosen not to receive automated notifications, please log into your account to check your status on the waitlist.
- As soon as you are added to class from the waitlist, we will be holding the space for you. If you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation.
We understand that you lead busy lives, and our cancellation policy is designed to provide you the flexibility to manage your schedule while allowing others to take your spot if you cancel.
- For weekend morning classes, you may cancel your reservation up to 12 hours before the start of class.
- For weekday 6am classes, you may cancel your reservation up to 8 hours before the start of class.
- For all other classes, you may cancel your reservation up to 1 hour before the start of class.
- If you do not cancel before those time frames, you may incur a charge.
- Clients with unlimited packages will be charged a $10 fee.
- Clients with class packages will lose 1 class from that package.
- Remember: if you are on the waitlist, it is your responsibility to monitor your status on the waitlist, as you may have been added to class. Please ignore the status in the online scheduler that says “unconfirmed;” we are holding a reserved space for you in class, and if you cannot attend you must cancel your reservation as stated above.
- First time students, please arrive 10-15 minutes early for a tour of the studio and to get settled in, as new students may not enter once class has begun.
- Returning students may enter up to, but not after, 10 minutes into class, provided the class is not full. Reservations are honored until the start of class, and a space may be given away to another student who is waiting.
- Upon entering class, lift your knees 30 times to warm up before joining in.
Please wear exercise pants that are at least knee length, a top that covers your midriff, and socks that cover your entire foot.
- Cell phones and chewing gum are not permitted in the exercise studios during class.
- Water is permitted in the studio in a capped container.
- Pregnant clients must provide the front desk with a note from their doctor allowing them to take strengthening and stretching classes.
- Please inform your teacher you are pregnant before class.
- We recommend pregnant clients contact the studio to schedule a free brief consultation with a Bar Method instructor to discuss modifications which will to allow the exercises to be performed comfortably and safely throughout pregnancy.
- The minimum age requirement is 13 years old.
- Clients between the ages of 13-18 must be escorted in by a legal guardian to sign paperwork before their first class.
Please notify front desk staff and instructors of any illness or injury that may impact your ability to exercise. In some cases, a doctor’s note may be required to allow you to take class.
- We have limited space available in our Kids Room. Reservations are highly recommended.
- The minimum age is 3 months, and all children under age 10 must be supervised in our Kids Room.
- The price is $5 per child.
- Our Kids Room is equipped with toys, books, drawing tools, and videos. Please bring your own diapers and bottles if needed. Your child may bring snacks as long as they do not contain nuts.
- No sick kids please!
- You must cancel your kids room reservation at least one hour before class to avoid being charged.
- Class packages and drop-in class purchases expire 1 year after purchase.
- Unlimited packages expire 30 days after activation.
All sales are final. We do not permit returns, exchanges, transfers, or extensions.