If the evil queen in Snow White wanted to find a mirror to interrogate, she’d be out of luck at Biker Barre, which opened last week near Eastern Market.
Co-owners Jane Brodsky and Katie Fouts decided not to install walls of mirrors in their two-story fitness studio, which boasts a sky-lit room with 30 bikes for indoor cycling classes on the ground floor and a second space upstairs devoted to ballet-inspired sculpting.
“We’re about having fun here, and most people hate on themselves when they’re looking into a mirror,” says Fouts, who thinks students will get a better workout without the distraction.
Brodsky says they’ll also get a better workout than they used to at Red Bow — the name of the studio before it migrated across Capitol Hill and added cycling. Barre can’t be beat for muscle toning, she says, but mixing it up with low-impact cardio leads to even more fantastic results.
Katie McManus, 38, is one of several students eager to test Brodsky’s theory. Last Thursday night, she took a cycling class immediately followed by a barre class. (There aren’t any combo classes on the schedule yet, although Fouts and Brodsky say that’s a possibility for the future.)
“I like the idea of doing both,” McManus says. “These are classes I can stick to.”
The expansion into cycling is also attracting male students. Jayce Newton, 33, hadn’t been interested in trying barre, but he was game for getting on a bike — and likes the idea of a specialized fitness studio.
“I think the whole concept of going to the gym is outdated,” he says. Other guys seem to agree. One notable sighting at Biker Barre so far: Caps player Mike Green.
All students invited to use the facility’s amenities, including a first-floor lounge (with free Wi-Fi); two bathrooms stocked with shampoo, face wash, hair ties and towels; and a big changing room with a curtain that’ll keep you decent. Brodsky, who’s expecting a baby in July, is also working on setting up child care options soon.
No need to rent or wear cycling shoes at Biker Barre (738 7th St. SE; 202-733-1009, Bikerbarre.com) — the pedals work with regular footwear. A single class (barre or cycling) is $22. Multi-class passes are available at a discounted rate. For this month, you can get 5 classes for $50.