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Lacey is a dedicated and engaged BarSculpt and Pilates instructor. She has been working for Pure Movement since 2010, after a year spent as a frequent client. Her journey to becoming an instructor was not an obvious one. While she has always felt at ease in front of a crowd and thrived off of the feeling of an invigorating workout, she did not come by teaching classes until the Pure Movement community and her mentor/teacher (Leslie J Guerin) instilled in her the confidence to grow from student to teacher.  As a child, Lacey was a natural athlete and participated in team sports and some...

BarSculpt has offered me a challenging, enjoyable and transformative exercise option that I can really commit to. It is a method of exercise that really works- and you can tangibly feel and see its effects. I have never felt more at home in my body. I've grown a full inch taller, I'm more flexible than ever before, I have slimmed down, I feel confident and strong....

I sometimes get to watch other teachers teach BarSculpt. It is SUPER valuable to sit and watch. I get to see how clients move from a point of view. I get to take notes about what and what did not work for clients during class, and write down the good cues that got everyone into position. It is also a good time to see how new teachers are doing with the information they were given. These notes are from a notebook that was floating around my office that I just had yet to get rid of. Hopefully some of these notes...

  Why do I believe so strongly in the BarSculpt method?  Well of course part of it is because it is literally my baby, created out of my love for teaching the Lotte Berk Mrthod and Pilates .  I created BarSculpt to bring the same change to bodies through movement, as my body experienced. So what is it about BarSculpt that makes it body altering?  Simply put it is the structure of the method and the freedom found within that structure. BarSculpt is an energizing interval group fitness class usually utilizing a ballet bar and one's own body as resistance to challenge strength...

Some of my BarSculpt teachers have noticed some opposition to the use of the BarSculpt description because we reference Pilates. The easiest thing for these instructors to do, is take out the reference. I understand that. I have no problem with that. However I feel like BarSculpt is Pilates standing up, Pilates evolved if you will, and I feel it may be time to talk about it. In 2001 when I started my training program to teach Pilates I was given this discription. To be honest I am not sure where it is from. But it was given to me by...

Yesterday I sent out a description of my newest BarSculpt Class – BarSculpt Reformer. I had received questions about it from my licensed BarSculpt teachers and figured if they do not know what it is, no one does. This was my post in my email newsletter What is BarSculpt Reformer you ask! The Pilates Reformer is a very versatile apparatus, which allows ease of motion and for many exercises the release of gravity. BarSculpt uses this Pilates apparatus to challenge the entire body in balance while taking away many of the heavy coordinated movements used in a typical Pilates class. Pilates is still...

I have learned a tremendous amount in the last few weeks. Many of these lessons are still being sorted out. But I wanted to share with you all that BarSculpt is a very powerful form of exercise. I know that barre classes are popular and trendy. But BarSculpt isn't successful because more people know of it (or of it's type). BarSculpt is successful because it pushes you beyond your comfort level, just enough to challenge your thought processes (and muscles of course). I find this every time I take a BarSculpt class. But I also found that this help me...

According to one definition the leader is one who makes it easy for their followers to achieve the required goal. The guide on the other hand not only shows the way, but also often provides the means of traversing it and reaching the goal. At lunch the other day one of my fellow BarSculpt instructors made a comment that resonated with me and has been on my mind every since.  She said (and I paraphrase) “I keep seeing these instructors that are leading their classes, not guiding the class.” I have been thinking about this ever since.  As a newbie instructor it...