April 9, 2019 By Alexa Beyer
A barre3 studio is coming to Long Island City.
barre3, an exercise franchise with more than 100 studios nationwide, will be opening a Court Square location on Thursday at 44-16 23rd St. The studio will offer workout classes that combine strength conditioning, cardio and mindfulness.
Studio owner Lisa Pantaleo, who will also be teaching many of the classes, discovered barre3 through Instagram in early 2016 while looking for a workout routine she could do after coming home from work as a graphic designer.
Pantaleo and her husband, studio co-owner Luke Pantaleo, got hooked on the company’s online classes and came up with the idea to open their own studio.
The Queens natives set their sights on Long Island City from the get-go, attracted to the neighborhood’s growth and energy.
Although their studio will be new to the community, the pair have already built a following in Long Island City. They have held more than 200 pop-up barre3 classes in Long Island City in venues such as The Foundry and Gantry Loft.
The couple said a big feature of their new studio is its look and feel. The venue, which includes an exposed brick interior, will have a coffee and tea station. In the changing rooms, participants will be offered natural products to help freshen up.
During select classes every Tuesday and Thursday morning, parents will be able to bring their kids while they work out. The children will be supervised in a play lounge area, which is part of the studio.
To Lisa Pantaleo, these features are part of a bigger picture. “Coming from the design world, we really wanted to build a place that felt like home,” she said.
The studio, which can host up to 30 participants, will hold morning and evening workout classes seven days a week.
A class schedule and more information are available through the studio’s website.