Heard great things about Bloomington Body Body, but have a few questions? These are the ones we hear most often…
Where is Bloomington Body Bar?
- We have a beautiful, new studio in Renwick Village Center, just south of the College Mall Rd/Hillside Drive intersection. Our building is the brick building in the center. The retail center faces away from Sare Road, so you must drive in to see the shops. Our door is on the north side of the brick building. Look for our stainless steel sign running up the wall by our door.
What do you mean…Mind~Body~Training~Studio?
- Bloomington Body Bar was created as a crossover studio, giving a mix of classes that combine mind body training with dynamic movement for strength/calorie burn/improved overall fitness. You’ll get a great workout, but it will also be low-impact, refreshing, and focused.
Do I have to be a member?
- No commitment is required at all, but consistency is rewarded. The more often you attend, the less expensive classes become. This will create more progress and results for you, allows teachers to get to know the clientele for better classes, and also creates a community where you make friends…all creating more progress for you. You will not only become committed to your workouts…you will LOVE the people here, and those connections give you more incentive to show up and get it done! See pricing options for more details.
I’m not very flexible…
- Pilates and yoga are the foundations for many of our classes because they provide so many physical and mental benefits and have stood the test of science and time. However, many people shy away from yoga and Pilates because they feel too stiff, have tight hamstrings, etc. Our classes are designed to be satisfying for advanced yogis and Pilates practitioners to get the methods they love AND a great workout. But they are ALSO designed to be accessible for “gym-goers” and “cross-fitters” to get the great workout they love, along with recovery workouts, range of motion, flexibility, and mind body training. You can get it all in one place…Bloomington Body Bar.
I heard you are a rowing studio…
- One of our licensed classes is Indo-Row®, a class that is structured like a spinning class, but much more effective for cross-training for runners and cyclists, because your body is moving in the opposite direction. You will open the hips, align the body, and strengthen the core.
- Rowing classes are just part of the framework of our schedule. We offer a large variety of cardio, mind body, strength training, and balance and agility in our classes.
Why would you “just row” for a whole class?
- You won’t believe how fast the time goes. It’s fun, it’s social, and it’s effective.
- Rowing is NOT a dominantly upper body exercise. You will open the hips, align the body, and strengthen the core, using 60% legs, 20% core, and 20% arms.
- The row uses 84% of your muscles the entire time…making it the perfect calorie burn, with no impact on your joints, and great results for your posture and spine.
- Indo-Row® was created by a world-class rower, Josh Crosby, and is developed by the same people who develop Schwinn® cycling classes. Need we say more?
Do I need to register for class?
- When you register or view a class on our scheduling site, you’ll see the number of spots taken and available for class.
- It’s VERY helpful when we know who is coming to class. We plan our classes and use of equipment according to how many students we have for each class.
- You do not have to pre-register, but please note that some classes, such as TRX® and rowing classes are limited to 10 people due to the number of straps/seats.
- Please arrive on time to class or your spot may be given to someone waiting in the studio.
How big are the classes?
- We take pride in keeping class size to a “teachable” number, so most classes have fewer than 16 people. This creates a dynamic, social atmosphere, just big enough to have a team feel, but small enough that teachers can effectively instruct and make real connections with students.
Are all the classes barefoot?
- Most classes are barefoot, but rowing classes require shoes. Shoes are optional in most TRX classes and some classes on the BOSU. But you only need shoes for classes that use the rower: Indo-Row®, ShockWave, Synergy Row, Tabata Regatta, and BOSU® Row.
- We could have a separate blog solely (ha…get it?) about footwear vs. barefoot. The short answer is, your feet are your foundation, and they make up about 25% of your bones (26 each foot) and joints (33 each foot) in your body. They need to be strong and they need to be able to move. The less restriction on their movement, the stronger they can become. Strong, healthy feet solve a lot of problems further up the body…knees, hips, back. For more on this…come to class!
Do I need to wear black?
- No… You’ll see photos of willPower Method® classes… willPower & grace® is a licensed class, meaning many of us are trained by that company, and therefore represent them. One of the tools used in willPower Method® classes is uniformity…like a team uniform. Having the students in the same color makes teaching alignment easier, because we see feet, arms, shoulders, rather than many colors in the room. If it’s your first time to the class or you don’t have that much black workout wear…or you forgot it is “willPower day”…no big deal. Just come on in!
Do men work out here?
- Yes…but to be honest, we want MORE of you! Most of the men who workout at Bloomington Body Bar are SMART in their fitness. They know that workouts must include more than just sweat and strength, and that to stay injury free, training should include a mix of training methods and hard days/recovery days. Many of our men take advantage of the Lite Membership because it is cost-efficient for mixing it up with running, cycling, or performance training/heavy lifting. A little here…a little there.
- We have a great deal for spouses…Add a Family Member for $40 more per month. This allows you to work out together, making workouts a part of your life. This option is available to add a spouse or partner (same address/household…not “roommates”), or can be used for one high school or adult child. (While we prefer our clients to be age 16 and up, our classes do provide a safe way for a growing body to work out. Teen and Youth Sessions coming SOON).
- We now offer a class meant to cater to the men… Broga® Yoga for Men (but open to all) is a stigma-smashing blend of yoga with strength training and cardio intervals.
What is your minimum age permitted in the studio?
- Our minimum age for our regular group class schedule is 16 years old. We have a strong social dynamic in our classes, meant for adults. In addition, bodies younger than 16 (and sometimes older) vary greatly as to what is healthy or unhealthy to load with strength-based work, and this needs to be determined in a session-based class designed specifically for the youth who are attending.
- We are more flexible on the age limit during holiday weeks during the school year, when other options for youth activities are limited and many adult students are away, leaving more openings in classes.
- Watch for sessions specifically geared for ages 8-12 and 13-16 in willPower & grace®, Indo-Row®, Teen Yoga, and Teen Balance & Strength. Thank you for your patience as our youth program is still in development.
What kind of yoga is offered at Bloomington Body Bar?
- We believe any balanced fitness regimen has all of the basic elements of cardio, strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility. Yoga provides all of these elements when executed well. Our approach to yoga is to provide it in a “mainstream” way. Our yoga classes are designed to fit into an hour-long timeframe that will leave you long, lean and refreshed, but not so affected that you cannot go right back into your day. Most of the class time is spent in the poses and movement with brief savasana at the end. Proper breathing is taught for quality movement that translates into all of your classes. Our yoga is “doable” for any level of student, with inversions taught only as optional progressions. Poses requiring great flexibility are given with options and props. Useful information on chakras is applied for your growth and awareness, but our focus is more on the function than the “om.”
I’m a serious yoga/Pilates student. What’s in it for me?
- Bloomington offers a great selection of serious yoga at many locations, and Pilates at a couple of studios. We aim to provide one location where a variety of practices come together for a well-rounded fitness routine. At Bloomington Body Bar, you can mix your yoga or pilates with more dynamic, cardiovascular and strength-based options…yin and yang. If you enjoy your hot yoga, or Bikram, or classical Pilates at another studio, perhaps our Lite Membership can provide you with a couple of classes a week that apply your knowledge to a variety of class formats. We support mixing it up, and try to facilitate that for you.