Following recent arrivals to the fitness market in Church Hill and the Fan, the West End soon will have a new place where Richmonders can get in shape.
Bar Method, a West Coast-based gym franchise, is preparing to open its first Richmond-area location at the Village Shopping Center at Patterson Avenue and Three Chopt Road. The 4,000-square-foot space will have two studios, locker rooms, retail space and a childcare area.
Nikki Davis and Cary Hairfield, co-owners of the Richmond location, said they plan to open the studio in early May. They have a multi-year lease in the space, formerly home to Salon del Sol.
The Richmond location will be the second Virginia outpost for Bar Method, which utilizes ballet barres in its workouts.
“Our teachers are what set Bar Method apart,” Davis said, adding that Bar Method mandates its teachers train at a minimum of 3 to 6 months before they teach, during which time they take a physiology and anatomy course.
Davis and Hairfield met while teaching barre at another fitness studio in town, before deciding to strike out on their own.
Bar Method will offer around 70 classes per week, including pre-natal classes and postnatal workouts. Davis and Hairfield are joined by five other instructors, as well as a nutritionist. Classes start at $19, with multi-class packages available.
Bar Method was founded in 2001 and has more than 100 locations nationwide.
The company enters a competitive local fitness market that includes several barre studios and other niche workouts. In Church Hill, Boho Cycle Studio has its second cycling gym in the works. A rebranded studio that focuses on yoga, pilates and functional training is moving into the Fan after relocating from Willow Lawn.