BARRE TALK

Hire Slow, Fire Fast

I’m often asked about the process I use to certify Barre Motion instructors. The question is a powerful one, because it gets to the heart of what makes Barre Motion so impactful. The truth is that it takes a very special person to successfully train and become certified to be a Barre Motion instructor. Some people train with us to be certified to teach in the flagship Barre Motion studio in Miami Beach. Others are trained to become Barre Motion certified and teach the method in other, select studios or locations. When I first speak to a candidate, I look for evidence of a history of movement. In many cases, this manifests as movement in the form of dance. I have found that a background in ballet is a differentiating factor. However, movement comes in many forms, and I believe that professionals who are martial artists, equestrians, cheerleaders, or Pilates-certified, for example, can also be successful Barre Motion instructors. The key thing is that the candidate knows how to move his or her body, that is, he or she has the body awareness needed to progress efficiently and effectively through Barre Motion instructor training. Equally important is evidence … Read More

It’s Chair Pose Challenge Time!

Yesterday we kicked off Barre Motion’s Chair Pose Challenge. It runs all week, beginning Saturday, March 12 through Friday, March 18. On Saturday, March 19, we will announce the winner, who will receive a 10-class package of Barre Motion classes. There will be other goodies shared throughout the week. For example, this morning we had free bottles of Suja juices available for participants as they were leaving the studio. So, why did I decide to focus the challenge on Chair Pose? Chair Pose is a fundamental position at the barre that we use in all of our barre classes: Signature, Advanced, and Cardio Express. One’s ability to hold Chair Pose for minutes at a time is a clear differentiator between novices and experts at the barre. It is an excellent measure of one’s progress toward mastery. To set up Chair Pose, walk your feet under the barre and place them hip width and parallel. Place your hands slightly wider than shoulder width, and lean back, away from the barre until your elbows are perfectly straight. As you lean back, also bend your knees and bend at the waist, as though you are having a seat in a chair. You … Read More

5 Tips to Keep You Barre-Ready This Season

The season between Thanksgiving and New Years is a time of plenty. We are bombarded with plentiful partying, cuisine, and libations. Many of us struggle with how to balance the celebratory spirit of the season with our intention to get and remain lean, strong, and healthy. For many of us this challenge is compounded by modifications to our typical daily routine. Throw in some travel, several days away from the office or home, and we tend to regress toward the mean, which, in this country, equates to a sedentary, over-fed, over-served version of you. We all struggle with this to some extent, so I thought I would share 5 sure-fire tips, that when followed, will keep you on-track with your barre fitness goals so the holidays don’t wreak havoc on your health. #1: Schedule It. It’s not enough to be well intentioned about making it to the barre for class. Schedule it in your calendar. I’m talking about scheduling specific classes at specific times over the course of the holiday. Simply plan to be there. #2: Go Stylin’. A barre workout is a highly visual experience. You should like what you see. So, choose your … Read More

Innovation In Motion: Cardio Motion Express

We’ve been innovating again! We added a brand new class to our portfolio of classes, and named it Cardio Motion Express. This class is our solution for all those who have less than an hour to spend at the barre – this class is just 45 minutes. Consider it an “express” version of our Signature Motion and Advanced Motion barre classes. Another unique feature is that there is an intentional emphasis on achieving and maintaining your maximum working heart rate throughout the class, as opposed to the more interval-style approach that is championed in our Signature Motion and Advanced Motion formats. Expect instantaneous transitions coupled with dynamic stretching. It’s a heart-pumping, thigh-shaking, seat-lifting extravaganza! The beautiful thing about this new format is that you will still achieve the intensity of work at the barre (read: deeply activated muscles, epic holds, shake ‘till you’re baked), while also maintaining an elevated heart rate and increased respiration. We launched the class and immediately offered try-it-for-free classes this past Thursday evening at 7:15pm and Friday morning at 10:45am. The report from the trenches is that our clients love the new format. We heard things like: • “Love the energy of the class!” • … Read More

Barre-cierge At Your Service

Miami Living Magazine just featured one of our latest and greatest offerings: Barre-cierge. Now that the word is out, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you what makes Barre-cierge so unique and special, and why you will want to try it. It’s unique because no one else in the barre fitness industry is making what we call “barre calls.” Barre-cierge offers at-home, hour-long, body changing barre and yoga workouts. Whether your home is a hotel room or a palace, we are equipped to meet you there, bringing our award winning Signature Motion, Advanced Motion, and Yoga Motion classes to you. How did this come about? Several clients inquired as to whether we would be able to bring Barre Motion to them, in their homes and hotel rooms. Several of them have private, at-home studio space, others happen to be in town staying at one of the boutique hotels on South Beach. They all asked if we could meet them where they are (we said “Yes!!”). We either help equip Barre-cierge clients with portable or wall-affixed barres, or we make clever use of the surroundings (think railings, chairs, stairs, etc). We bring our … Read More