BARRE TALK

JOURNEY

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

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

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

A Beach, A Barre, and Inspired Movements

I was in Costa Rica recently delivering the keynote address at an international conference. The agenda of the conference was intellectually stimulating; there were many great minds in attendance. I enjoyed connecting and re-connecting with colleagues I had not seen in some time. I addressed the delegates during the first couple of hours of the conference, speaking about how to improve the consumer experience during the delivery of healthcare. As is often the case with business, I was traveling alone. One of my personal goals for the week was to take the time to work fitness into my schedule twice a day. I had decided that when I wasn’t attending conference events, I would enjoy the magnificent landscape by foot (I had mapped out a running course that was about 3 miles long and included beautiful stretches of beach as well as canopied trails) or I would use some fallen driftwood on the beach as a makeshift barre, moving through exertions and stretches that had become the backbone of the Barre Motion method. I alternated early mornings and early evenings with either a run or time at my driftwood “barre.” One evening while I had my leg up on the … Read More

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER 30 DAYS OF BARRE MOTION? YOU, EVOLVED.

Just as Barre Motion rounded that magical we’ve-been-open-one-full-month mark, I noticed that clients were taking me aside to voluntarily share with me the changes they are seeing in their bodies. I am hearing about everything from better posture, to more toned abs, to an enhanced sense of calm, to a more lifted and defined seat, to gaining an inch in height as a result of “standing taller.” The beauty is I’m hearing this from clients who come to Barre Motion for private instruction as well as from clients who regularly take group classes. I cannot express how gratifying it is to hear a client tell me excitedly about the changes he or she is experiencing. The truth is – I notice the visible changes in my clients’ bodies, and behaviors, everyday. It is obvious as I watch movements performed at the barre that those who have been attending regularly are transforming their bodies and their minds. The improved strength, stamina, and flexibility are remarkable. I can see it in stance, presence, and the way clothes fit. Even more remarkable are the gains I witness everyday with regard to improved mental stamina and confidence. Those who have been attending regularly, whether … Read More

WITHOUT COURAGE WE ARE NOTHING

I was struck by the passing of Maya Angelou this week. As poet, author, playwright, director, performer, actress, professor, producer, singer, and civil rights activist, she personified strong, powerful, and courageous. In fact, she is quoted as telling USA Today, “I have created myself.” The power held in those four words is awe-inspiring. Yet, we all must do it. We all must, at some point in our life’s journey, decide who we want to be and who we are destined to become. And then we must go about the business of getting it done. As the journey unfolds, we are called to actively examine and re-examine our own definition of self, recognizing that creating oneself takes an incredible sense of personhood; a tremendous amount of courage. Courage is never evoked easily and yet, she tells us, it is the most important thing: “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtues consistently.” Professor Angelou’s passing is a reminder to reach deeply within and conjure the courage needed to create oneself. The need for courage is equally important when creating a movement about which one … Read More

DO YOU KNOW WHAT ‘EXPERT’ REALLY MEANS?

One of the life-lessons I recently introduced to my 9-year old son, Nico, is the premise of mastery. He and I are exploring mastery in the context of weekly spelling tests, poem recitals, book reports, and the game of lacrosse. One of the challenges about embracing mastery today is that it is contraindicated by a society that demands instant gratification, and instant results. We are told to expect to be instantly successful; that we will experience immediate and complete results. We are sold on the Right Now. I try to explain to my son that there is as much joy in the journey of mastery as there is at its endpoint. This is a lesson that can take a lifetime to understand and accept, and the understanding and acceptance only come with experiencing the journey for oneself. As one masters something, one acquires expertise. Malcolm Gladwell magnificently addressed the acquisition of expertise in his book “Outliers.” Mr. Gladwell tells us: “In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.” ― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success Ten thousand hours translates to nearly 5 years of … Read More

DON’T WAIT FOR EXTRAORDINARY TO FIND YOU. IT’S NOT LOOKING.

“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.” – Khaled Hosseini, from his book, And the Mountains Echoed   When I first encountered this phrase while reading “And the Mountains Echoed,” it resonated strongly. And my reaction was visceral. Why is it that we are all just waiting? Why are we passively waiting for something extraordinary to happen to us? The real truth, I believe, is that we should all expect to encounter the extraordinary everyday, and that we should actively create our own extraordinary, even if the creating is a hard thing to do. The pursuit of the extraordinary requires much of us. It calls us to recognize the beauty and majesty in everything around us. It requires that we stop and make the time to actually participate in the divine, which is innate to every living thing. It calls us to enact and embrace dramatic change. Change and I are well acquainted. Like many people, I was once a searcher, wonderer, speculator, and hoper. In retrospect, I was waiting for the extraordinary to find me. But patience is not my strong suit. Read More