Hello, Austin Fit Fam! It’s AFM ambassador Nikki Zahka (@Getfitwith_nikk) again, and this time, I’m so excited to highlight the Free People Movement studio! I’ve actually been a few times before this because they have so many fun classes with some of the best Austin teachers from various studios, all under one roof. But this time, I wanted to try Athletic Barre with Erin Stewart. Let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint.
Barre is one of those classes I only do once in a while, and I always forget just how hard it actually is. Erin somehow still managed to humble me without an actual barre in the studio, too. She uses small weights, a band and a ball for equipment and gets your legs shaking in no time.
The workout was technically full body, broken into segments for the lower body, upper body and core; however, I felt the burn in my booty and lower body the most. We started with a quick warmup and then did standing arm work, standing lower body, floor lower body. We finished with lighting those abs on fire using all the props on our mats.
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The FP Movement studio is in a great central location on Guadalupe Street by the University of Texas, but it still attracts a range of people largely due to the wide variety of classes for all abilities. Whether you’re just starting out on your fitness journey and looking for some soft movement or an expert looking for a real challenge, there’s a class and modification for you.
You can register for class online or walk into the studio and sign up before class. You can bring your own mat if you prefer, but the studio has all the necessary equipment for whichever class you choose.
Some of the class offers include:
And I’m not joking when I say they’ve gathered some of the best Austin group instructors under one roof; there’s not one class or instructor I haven’t loved. It also opens the doors to learning more about them and the other places at which they teach! Once again, this is a studio designed to help connect people through fitness and well-being.
Although Guadalupe was FP Movement’s first real studio for classes, there’s also a Domain location that hosts community fun runs, hike days, and community classes both on the lawn and at various studios across Austin for people to gather, move and connect.
I’ve participated in various yoga on the lawn events and even one of FP Movement’s larger events that had a half day of different classes, including yoga, HIIT and dance. Plus, they hosted many local Austin vendors, ranging from services like massage therapy and acupuncture to great products like organic smoothies and running sneakers.
The best (and maybe a little dangerous) part of working out with FP Movement is getting to shop FP Movement before or after class! They have some extremely cute and comfortable sets, and oftentimes, with their larger community events, the tickets include a new outfit with goodies from other Austin fitness brands – sneakers, ankle weights, acupuncture, massages… you name it!
The first class is always free! After that, they have options for drop-ins, class packages or a monthly membership for unlimited classes. The classes and teachers also rotate, so always keep your eye out for new offerings and events to try. There’s even an option to book a class for a special event you’re planning – what a fun way to connect and move, whether it be a work event, bachelorette or birthday!
FP Movement is a great studio to check out if you love variety. There’s always something new whether it be new classes, teachers or fun events. Plus, who doesn’t love some new activewear?! Look good, feel good – am I right?!