About the STUDIO
The Bar Method Seattle - South Lake Union 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 Bar Method Seattle opened in 2011 in the fashionable Seattle neighborhood of South Lake Union. The modern, chic yet warm space boasts gorgeous views of the iconic Space Needle from the studio, which bustles between 6am and 9pm. Hardworking professionals, dedicated moms, and ambitious students rely on The Bar Method for their daily endorphin fix.
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Maika Manring holds a degree in Psychology/Exercise Science and was an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) fitness trainer for several years. She left her career in fitness to work in finance but exercise remained as her personal passion and hobby. She often says that only The Bar Method has rivaled her love of running and that The Bar Method has changed her body and her life unlike any other exercise.
Steffi Schirling was born and raised in Germany until her career in dance brought her to NYC in 2011. After suffering from a back injury, she hung up her dancing shoes and traded them in for grippy socks. She was drawn to the Bar Method’s safe and effective technique, its high standards and strong communities. Steffi became an instructor in 2014, then a studio manager and helped with a new studio build-out in NY. She landed in Seattle in 2017, where she managed and taught before becoming an owner. Steffi instantly felt at home thanks to the warm welcome of the Seattle Bar Method. Her vision is to provide a transformative workout, a supportive, friendly community and lots of Pretzels 😉
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We are proud of everyone’s amazing transformations and we want to encourage you to love your body. We give a lot of hands-on adjustments during class, so to ensure everyone’s comfort, please wear a tank or T-shirt, pants that cover your knees (no shorts) and socks that cover your entire foot (no toeless socks). Please put your socks on before you go into the studio room to keep the carpet clean and comfortable for all. We cannot let you into the room without socks on.
Studio Room Etiquette
We have everything you need for class at the studio. In the room itself you only need your-beautiful-self, water and a towel. We have a water fountain and towels, free of charge, right outside the studio room for your convenience. To limit distractions for you and others in class and ensure that this is time spent for yourself, please leave your phone outside the room. If you expect an important call, our front desk staff is happy to keep an eye on your phone, and will come get you if needed. We also ask you to refrain from chewing gum during class. It’s great to have good breath, but it’s even better to exhale safely and efficiently without a wad of gum in your way. If you arrive when class has already started, please lift your knees about 20 times before you join the exercise the class is currently performing to get you and your mind ready for class.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your first class to get to know your instructor, fill out some paperwork, get a tour of the studio and get set up in the room. If you cannot make it into the studio room by the time class starts, we cannot let you into the class for safety reasons. If you booked class directly with us but missed your first class, we’re happy to move you into a different class time. If you book through a third party, such as ClassPass, you have to contact your third party for refunds.
Life is hard and we get it! It’s ok to be late to class as long as you are able to enter the studio room up to 10 minutes after the beginning of the class you signed up for. If you cannot make it into the studio room by the 10 minute mark, we cannot let you into the class for safety reasons and, to ensure everyone’s best experience in class.
We recommend signing up for class a week or more in advance to ensure you can stick to your routine and secure your spot, as some class times fill up quickly. If a class is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist. If a spot opens up you will receive a text message or email letting you know that you’ve made it into class. Once you’re added to the class you are responsible for taking yourself out of the class if you cannot attend. The regular cancellation windows apply to avoid a Late Cancel or No Show fee.
When you sign up for class you secure yourself a spot with a group of strong, determined people that share your passion. Because you’re holding a spot that someone else could have taken, and to make sure you and everyone in the class can count on this group, we ask you to cancel class within the following windows to avoid a cancellation charge:
Morning classes starting before 9am, as well as weekend classes, must be cancelled at least 12 hours in advance. Any other class times require a 1 hour notification at the minimum. If you fail to cancel the class you signed up for during these windows you will be charged a Late Cancel or No Show fee (see Cancellation Fees and Cancellation Types).
An Early Cancel is easy and free of charge. Simply cancel the class you were signed up for within the proper cancellation window.
Life gets in the way sometimes and you can’t make it to class even though you were signed up. We don’t love it, but we get it. A Late Cancel is a cancellation that occurs after the proper cancellation window but before the class that you signed up for starts. You will be charged a fee of $10+tax for each Late Cancel on any membership or class package.
A No Show occurs if you miss a class that you signed up for and you fail to cancel it at any point prior to the beginning of the class. Instead of charging you the full price of a class, you will be charged a fee of $20+tax for a No Show if you’re on our unlimited membership. If you’re on a class package, you will lose the missed class from your package.
You must be 14 years or older to take class with us. If you’re under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult. If you’re between 16 and 18, please provide a written authorization n from a parent or legal guardian prior to taking class with you and have them sign the release of liability at the studio.
Please do not attend class if you are sick with a cold or flu. Please be sure to disclose all injuries on your new client intake from as well as inform all teachers in advance of class if there is anything acute that may require special attention or a possible modification. Be sure to have clearance from your doctor to take Bar Method post-injury. We reserve the right to not have you take class if we think your injury may be irritated by taking class.
Planning a long vacation? Lucky you! You can put your Club Bar membership on hold for a minimum of 15 days and a maximum of 45 days per calendar year. You have one complimentary freeze per calendar year. Any additional hold costs $30. You cannot cancel your membership while it is on hold. Any cancellation notice that we receive while your account is frozen will go into effect 14 days after your return date. Please email your requests to [email protected]
Please email your requests to [email protected].
You can cancel your membership at any time. All you need to do is email the studio 14 days in advance of your next bill date on Monday through Friday between the hours of 8AM and 4pm. If you fail to cancel your membership before your auto-renewal date, you are required to pay the agreed upon amount for one more month. Please email your cancellation request to [email protected]
We love all of our strong, pregnant women at the studio! Since everyone’s pregnancy is different, we do require you to email us a doctor’s note to ensure that your doctor is comfortable with you continuing to take class. Please email your doctor’s note to [email protected].
If you’ve never taken Bar Method before, you can take start taking class with us as long as you start prior to your 16th week. As an existing and as a new client, please make sure to let your instructor and front desk staff know that you are pregnant immediately. This way we can guide you through the modifications we have for the different stages of your pregnancy.
It’s important to know that in a normal, healthy pregnancy, exercise is one of the best ways to maintain a successful pregnancy. We want to empower you to feel strong and in charge of your body, and do so in the safest way possible!
These Classes are for Club Bar Members Only. Please take 20 Bar Method/Express classes at The Bar Method Seattle before you attend this class. It is fast-paced and requires knowledge of the exercises specific to The Bar Method.