The shocking truth about Barre Attack


So, I’ve been thinking about this post for a little while…..Actually, every wednesday night after I teach my Barre class!

Have you ever wondered what the big deal is with all these Barre classes popping up?

I thought Barre classes were a bit of a fad like Tinder, Kale Smoothies and the ice bucket challenge, but now, I can safely say I am a bit of a fan!

Circa 6 months ago I decided to do the Barre Attack training and I want to share my with you my experience of teaching this program in Fitness First, Mosman.

The 3 standouts:


Firstly, for those that have no idea what Barre Attack is here is a little bit of info.

Think, Ballet + Pilates + Aerobics = Barre Attack

It focusses more on the smaller stabiliser muscles – butts, legs and posture. Often in classes we use torturous instruments including the ballet Barre, therabands and balls…..

Let’s talk about No.1: THE ENERGY & VIBE


I don’t know what it is…..maybe its the close proximity, the smaller more intimate group, the mirrors, the barre or maybe its the movement. Whatever it is, the energy that flows in the Barre Attack class feels so good, that good I find myself drawing heart shapes from the condensation that builds up on the windows.

Perhaps its the feminist in me or something, but in Barre there is an electric flow of energy between the girls that inspires and motivates me .

Every wednesday 18 women come together to do a workout – YES! but what also happens is an uplifting energy where everyone feels safe and connected.

I wish I could bottle it and sell it…. I would be as rich as a Kardashian!


Don’t get me wrong I love to train in many different ways…..from crossfit style workouts to weights to yoga but Barre is a completely new sensation.

The normal state of play at the start of class is at the ballet barre doing plies  – Easy right? mmmm no! After a few reps you get this insane shaking (shaking my thighs are bloody shaking). At first I didn’t understand it, I mean I can squat 90kgs, so how can it be that when I do a few ballet moves I’m shaking?

Man, you get these weird feeling in muscles that I didn’t even know existed….The way I like to explain it is that in Barre we focus on the sleepy muscles, the small ones that help build leaner longer muscles like a Victoria Secrets model.

I love the way that Barre classes are attracting such a diverse range of women of all ages and all shapes and sizes…..And often it is the underdog that lifts their leg the highest 🙂


And finally No.3: NEW DIRECTION

It looks like Fitness First is looking at ways to keep up with trends!

If you asked me 2 years ago if I thought FF would have smaller group classes on the timetable with a max level of 18 people I would say “HELL NO”

To me, these classes are not just building great bums but a great sense of community and connection.

I hope to see you at the barre.

Laura x

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BodyPump men, I salute you


So, I teach Body Pump for Fitness First 3 or 4 times a week, and I love it, it is my favourite class!

I lift pretty heavy weights for a little person, but I believe that as long as your technique is decent enough then load that bar and go for it…..Ok, this post isn’t about how strong I am, that stuff doesn’t really matter, it’s a shout-out to the men that come to my classes …… actually, it’s is a shout-out to all the men that go to group fitness classes.

Gentlemen I salute you!

A wee story ….

Last week, Tuesday, Fitness First Mosman, Body Pump 5.30pm

Warm-up track over, I press play on my iPod  (track 2 squat track -DOA, FooFighters – it’s a killer track), turn the fans off  (yes I turn the fans off to make it a wee bit uncomfortable with the hope to get some kind of reaction… In my head I really want someone to shout “THIS IS  SPARTAAAAA” ), I turn to the class and it hits me ……there are circa 10 MEN in the class out of 45ish people. WOW ! 10 DUDES!!!  You may be thinking that’s a lot of women but from my perspective that is a shit load of men and they are here to work hard, I can see it in their eyes.

The End.

This moment sparked my intentions for this post.

Over the past 6 months I have noticed a fairly consistent ratio of men to women in my pump classes and I have got to say……. RESPECT fellas!

Here are some of the reasons these guys deserve a high-five.

 1. They see women as worthy opponents

Why shouldn’t men be in classes? We spend so much time talking about inequality and this, in my opinion, is a small step towards what all feminists are on about.

2. These dudes respect and see how strong women can be

These men come to classes, they work hard, sweat, keep going, even when they see women around them lifting heavier weights….This actually inspires and challenges them.

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3. They go against the Status Quo

Spin it any way you want but there is still a majority opinion that classes are for girls and men should be in the weights room working chest and biceps.

The men that walk into a group fitness class go out of their comfort zone and for that I love them.

Maybe, just maybe, this is a small step towards putting men and women on an even playing field in society.

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and finally

4. They see the results

These classes are hard!

I still get a WTF moment when I talk to guys and they insinuate that body pump is lame, too easy, for women…… Get out from under your rock, come try, then tell me that afterwards.

The men that come to classes usually end up committed regulars! Why you ask? ….. I reckon some of you have already assumed its to check out chicks, but come on, do you really believe these men put themselves through an hour of pain to have a perve? NO, they don’t….They do it because it works, they get motivated, share positive energy (most of the time) and hopefully enjoy it.

Dave Kyle Pump Trainer & Fellow Scot
Dave Kyle
Pump Trainer & Fellow Scot

To the BodyPump men of the world ….. keep doing what you’re doing as you are helping, even if just a wee bit, make a positive shift in the world.

Laura x

Hello….So I decided to start a wee blog

My name is Laura. I am Scottish. I like to laugh. I teach fitness classes and love everything health & fitness related.

I have my own business called Fitness Catwalk and have recently launched my own brand KOLLIDE. Check it out here!

My life right now is based in Sydney and I love it. I spend most of my time focussing on developing my website and teaching fitness classes like: Barre, Pilates, Yoga, Body Pump and Body Attack.

I decided to start a blog to talk about all things fitness and activewear related as this is basically my life right now. I see firsthand the effects that different classes have on women’s bodies and more importantly their mindset. I like to think that this will be a place full of stories and insights from my perspective of the new wave of the fit female tribe:

Independent, Ambitious, Stylish Superwomen.

What inspires me is the way group fitness brings people together and opens up pathways for connection, support, sharing of stories. I love to see people shine as brightly and as confidently as they possibly can and the roll on effects it has to others.

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To ignite a fire inside the loving rebels of this world through connection, movement, compassion and laughter.
I am a researcher, a teacher, a giver and creator and I want to share my stories.
I hope you read this and feel something, think something, enjoy or just have a laugh. I am not a great writer so I am completely out of my comfort zone…..But they do say that’s were the magic happens.

Here is one of my favourite quotes/stories that I hope makes you smile.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson