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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

Barre Motion on YouTube!

From the moment I opened the studio last June, I have been repeatedly and enthusiastically asked when we are going to unveil the Barre Motion YouTube channel, providing how-to videos of Barre Motion movements and pose set-ups. Well, that day has arrived! The Barre Motion YouTube channel has officially launched with its first five videos. A new video will be released every week going forward. You can find us on YouTube at BarreMotionFitness. The first five videos are titled: • What is Barre Fitness? Barre Motion Founder Breaks Down Barre Workouts • What The Tuck? What Is The Pelvic Tuck and Why Does It Matter at The Barre? • No Barre? No Problem. How To Achieve A Great Barre Stretch Without a Barre • How To Tone Your Glutes, No Equipment Required • Stacked Calves: A Soothing Stretch For Your Glutes and Hips As we progress with development of the channel, we will be posting videos featuring not just me, but also guests and other visitors to mix things up and provide interesting ways to demonstrate poses, positions, and stretches. We envision that the channel will be useful to those … Read More

Yoga Motion – Discover A Transcending Practice That’s a Truly Unique Experience

One of the missions of Barre Talk is to give a voice to those who influence and shape the Barre Motion experience. I am proud to welcome Amy Foster-Berntsen, Barre Motion Master Instructor, as a guest to Barre Talk. I specifically asked Amy to introduce and describe Yoga Motion, one of our newest studio offerings. Amy has been instrumental in the creation of Yoga Motion, and is one of the instructors at Barre Motion who teaches it. Amy is an accomplished, certified Vinyasa yoga teacher and is an avid yogini. Her passion for teaching is reflected in her energetic and inspiring classes, which are devoted entirely to the wellness of her students. Welcome to Barre Talk, Amy! -Julie Yoga Motion – Discover A Transcending Practice That’s a Truly Unique Experience I’m so proud to have created the uniquely innovative class, Yoga Motion, for the Barre Motion studio. It’s been a collaborative endeavor to develop and offer our guests something new that brings them so much value in a weekly schedule. It has already been so well-received by our guests, I thought it would be interesting to share with you some background on how and why it was created and what … Read More

Longer, Harder, Better.

As we sailed into the newness of 2015 at Barre Motion, it became apparent that things were about to get even more interesting. I was witnessing my instructors intuitively amping up the level of challenge of the Signature Motion classes for our members who had been regularly taking them. I had observed clients who were holding poses longer, working through movements more fluidly, and pushing themselves more intensely toward mastery. I knew that our studio was ready to take things to the next level. I sat down with the other Master Instructor at Barre Motion, Amy Foster Berntsen, and together, we constructed a format for an advanced class that would reflect the genius of the Signature Motion class, while introducing a whole new level of challenge. We spent considerable time in the design-test-evaluate cycle until we had something that we knew was unique, innovative, and worthy of our discerning clientele. We named the new format Advanced Motion. Advanced Motion classes challenge clients to reach beyond their current skills to achieve new levels of strength, stamina, and flexibility. Advanced Motion has been designed for experienced clients, who are prepared to handle a faster paced class, incorporating advanced movements at the barre … Read More

We Have Winners!

Congratulations to everyone who had the guts to take on the 12-12-12 Holiday Fitness Challenge! It has been so much fun watching everyone accumulate class visits to the studio since November 12th. The Challenge has been a HUGE success! We had 24 clients participate. Of those 24 participants, 11 people met the challenge with 12 or more classes between November 12th and December 12th: Onessa, Marlene, Richard, Lindsay, Gennette, Gail, Leila, Allison, Cristina, Myriam, and Arielle. To each of you who met or exceeded the goal – A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! Please also take a moment to celebrate yourself. Twelve or more classes in a 30-day period translate to dramatic results you can see and feel: • You have improved overall flexibility; • Your torso is narrower and flatter; • You have discovered enhanced core strength; • Your arms are stronger with no added bulkiness; • Your legs more closely resemble the legs of your early youth – elongated, sculpted and lean; • Your seat is higher and more lifted; • You find yourself repeatedly looking in the mirror and saying: “hello, dancer’s dent!” where your seat meets your upper thigh. • You … Read More

Tonelli on Transformation

Art Basel wraps up today. It’s one of those multi-day extravaganzas that everyone buzzes about. To have been an active participant this year, hosting a noteworthy event in the Barre Motion studio during Art Basel, was a privilege beyond measure. It was an incredible opportunity to showcase Gustavo Tonelli’s photography, “The Art Behind Hostess”, a celebration of the female body with black and white portraits from the upcoming show, “Hostess Miami.” The exhibit profiles the transforming power of the lens on hostesses, waitresses and bartenders from Miami’s most notable restaurants including Macchialina, Red, The Steakhouse, The Local House, The District, Ball & Chain, Prohibition, Seasalt & Pepper, Cavalli and more. Marrying the transforming power of Barre Motion with the transforming power of Tonelli’s lens, makes for a sensational combination. The sleek, airy vibe of the studio perfectly complements the dramatic and ethereal, black and white photographs, making for a sophisticated palette of texture and light. Add to that the charm and talent of the artist himself, and you understand why the exhibit is magical. At Barre Motion we are entirely focused on transformation – of the body, mind, and spirit. Mr. Tonelli’s photographs awaken this sensation in everyone who … Read More

Are You Game?

November and December are months that are abundantly rich with all good things, including celebrations with friends and family. This very often translates to that sensation of having been “over-served.” Add to that mix the fact that holidays have a tendency to disrupt regular routines, leaving many of us feel like we’re on a collision course with weight gain, lethargy, and a huge dose of stress. Together with my team at Barre Motion, I have devised a solution for you that will yield big dividends. Beginning November 12, 2014 and continuing through December 12, 2014, I am challenging you to attend 12 or more classes in the studio. On average, this is 3 classes per week, for the 4-week period. If you attend 12 full classes between November 12th and December 12th, you will receive a free pair of barre socks. In addition, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free month of classes. You will also enjoy: The camaraderie that goes along with working toward a goal alongside like-minded people; The satisfaction in knowing that you have chosen to sculpt and chisel your physique during this time of overindulgence; Looking absolutely fabulous at your holiday soirées. Read More

Hand Weights Need Not Apply

You may have noticed that there are no hand weights of any kind in the Barre Motion studio. This is just one of the many unique features of the Barre Motion method that makes it the most inspiring, technically challenging barre workout available anywhere. Most barre studios you will encounter locally and nationally employ hand weights for upper body work. Unfortunately, there is a broad misconception that one must move hand weights around in order to build muscle. However, the use of hand weights, even the use of light (2–5 lb) hand weights is contradictory to the underlying premise of Barre Motion: to create lean, sculpted, elongated musculature. I have witnessed the use of hand weights in countless barre studios across the country. The use of hand weights encourages compromised posture while upper body exercises are performed. How? The hand weights encourage the tendency of letting the limbs “drop” on the lowering phase of a lift, especially once fatigue sets in. Furthermore, hand weights encourage the practice of flinging the arms and/or swinging the body, as opposed to executing slow, controlled, precise movements while the body is stable and stationary, all of which are essential for creating long, sculpted muscles. Read More

TO “TUCK” OR NOT TO “TUCK”

I get asked about the “Pelvic Tuck” more than any other postural element in the Barre Motion technique. The Tuck serves as the basis for proper set-up for so many of the movements that are performed at Barre Motion. Furthermore, the success of every client is dependent upon proper spinal alignment and the Pelvic Tuck is a key component of achieving alignment. When I designed the Barre Motion method, I placed priority on The Tuck by beginning every class with a warm-up that has a tuck/un-tuck sequence as a significant component. I use this warm-up as an opportunity to explain why The Tuck matters and why clients should expect to develop an awareness of the position of their pelvis throughout class. I explain that, when done properly, The Tuck lengthens your spine and engages your abdominal, gluteal, and core musculature. I also mention that when I began doing barre fitness years ago, I had no idea what the instructors were talking about when they asked me to “tuck your seat” periodically in class. I sort of pieced together the meaning, researched it on my own, and practiced it until I could do it to my own … Read More

LET’S GET PRIVATE

One of the many differentiating features of Barre Motion is its emphasis on providing a boutique fitness experience for its clients. The moment you enter the studio, this vibe is evident. Not only do we offer group classes in a setting that empowers the instructors to customize the routine to each client, we also offer private and semi-private instruction, by appointment. Private Instruction at Barre Motion is an exclusive, customized experience involving one student and one instructor. The focus is on mastery of signature and advanced movements at the barre, under the watchful eye of an instructor who is focused only on you. Semi-private instruction involves a small number of clients, anywhere from two to five, and one instructor. This option is often chosen when two people want to share the experience of private instruction or when there is a special occasion and a group of close friends wish to experience a Barre Motion class that is designed specifically for them, while they have exclusive use of the studio.  Whether you choose private or semi-private instruction, you can expect to come away with an unparalleled sense of knowledge, achievement, and fun. I savor the opportunity of delivering private and semi-private … Read More