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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

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

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

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

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

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

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