January 2013

Are they different Pilates and BarSculpt. Hell YES! Pilates, designed by Joseph H. Pilates and originally called Contrology, is a system of exercises designed to utilize your trunk (center, core, back) as the stabilizing force for all mobility in the limbs. It works because you concentrate on breath (which is hard to do while you are pulling in your abs) while adding your own body weight to your trunk. It's challenging because we tend to over work our neck, legs, hips and back to perform the Pilates exercises. One can do Pilates exercises for years and still cheat-I know I do....

In my opinion any barre class worth taking has roots in the Lotte Berk Method and any class that uses the name ballet, dance, or barre without these roots could be anything from an adult dance class to aerobics. The influence of the Lotte Berk Method, and specifically my mentor Lydia Bach, has grown in the fitness industry like wildfire in the last few years. BarSculpt came about after I had left the Lotte Berk Method. My intentions were not to create my own class. I left teaching to go on tour with a play. When I returned to NYC, I...

Whether you are a downhill slope warrior or a cross-country glider this is your time of year.  Get out there and enjoy the winter white while the snow falls. In BarSculpt we talk a lot about functional fitness.  It isn’t just a buzzword, functional fitness it is the tangible result of a workout that simply works.   One of our instructors, Julie Fitzgerald, is experiencing her first ski season as a BarSculpt Instructor.  Julie has been teaching and taking BarSculpt since last Spring and she shares her own functional fitness experience with us: I have to tell you something!  I've experienced shin pain...