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Downtown Concord's Newest Fitness Studio Barre Thirty Holds Successful Soft Opening

Jan 09, 2018 09:27PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
On January 2nd Barre Thirty hosted a soft opening event to get acquainted with the neighbors of downtown Concord, and opened the following day. 

Barre Thirty is a small family owned Barre and Essentrics studio in Downtown Concord that opened on January 3, 2018. They offer private and group sessions that you can pre-book as well as walk-in options. 

At their soft opening, people were welcomed with live music, local wines, a live raffle and tasty refreshments. All proceeds from the live raffle, for a complimentary unlimited month at Barre Thirty, were donated to the Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN). It was a great time to meet the instructors and learn about what Barre Thirty has to offer. 

We wanted to learn more about Barre Thirty, so we got in touch with owner Kim Plott, who answered all of our questions. Read on to find out more! 

Tell us a little bit about Barre Thirty. What inspired its opening?

I have always been in fitness in some capacity. I have tried lots of different workouts that I love, from running to weight lifting.

Over time, I began to find that my body hurt. One day I stumbled across Essentrics on PBS, which is a strengthening and lengthening Technique that's all about injury prevention, as well as pain relieving. I knew then I wanted to own a gym that featured Essentrics.

I fell in love with Barre as well and immediately knew the two workouts were very different but paired well together. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What's your role there?

I have lived in Cabarrus County my entire life! I graduated from Central Cabarrus in 1985.

I'm the owner of of Barre Thiry, I hold an ACE group fitness certification, a barre certification from American Barre Technique and an Apprentice Essentrics Instructor. In the future my goal is to continue my education with Barre Above in February and complete my Essentrics certification. My daughter Hailey Plott works with me in marketing.

What can someone expect with a visit to Barre Thirty? 


Barre Thirty is a small Studio allowing us to focus on small groups. Form and Technique and learning body awareness are our goals.

We have a level 3 certified Essentrics Instructor Maria who focuses on mobility, balance, strengthening and lengthening the body. She also helps individuals work through chronic pain.

Laura is another one of our instructors, who is also an apprentice Essentrics Instructor with a background in dance. She is passionate about helping others realize the benefits of Essentrics and living a pain free life!

How was the soft opening? Was the community welcoming? 

Our soft opening was wonderful. We were all overwhelmed by the support we have received from the community. The Concord Downtown Development Corp. has helped guide us in getting the word out.

Diane Young and Holly Sloop go above and beyond making sure new businesses are aware of events and advertising opportunities. We saw many new faces and some old friends as well that came to support us.

How can we sign up for classes?

You can find our schedule on MINDBODY as well as our website.

Are there any notable or unique classes we should know about?

We will have a Barre Certification Class February 25 9-5. We are also looking for qualified barre instructors to join our team. We hope to offer pain relief workshops in the future as well as a self defense class. I encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for lots of specials and upcoming events!

The studio is beautiful and we are looking forward to assisting many people in finding their fit! 

Barre Thirty is located at 52 Union Street, South Suite 28. For more information visit them online or call 704-490-1774.

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