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So it's almost April. APRIL! The first quarter of the year is gone. How are you resolutions doing? Are you getting to the class or the gym as often as you wanted? Did your new eating plan stick? April is the month to kick it into high gear. Not because it's a fresh start to the second quarter, but because we'll be into summer in July and filled with lots of other excuses. BarSculpt wants to help you stick to your goals. With 30 days in April, it is possible for you to take advantage of the spring weather, taking your exercise...

Why does BarSculpt make you feel so good? Well that is hard to answer quickly. However after speaking with many physically active  clients over the years I am confident the difference is in the stretches. Most classes are organized with the stretches at the end. Many teachers experience that the clients skip the stretches all together, or are too exhausted to give them any energy. With the stretches placed throughout the class not only are we able to specifically target the tight areas, but they are sufficiently warm and ready to open up. Similarly, BarSculpt teachers find that progress can be halted...

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...

It starts even before all the gifts are unwrapped.  That niggling voice inside your head telling you it is almost time; time to put the cookie plate down and make some changes that this time, this year, will stick.  Personally I love new beginnings, the chance to change things and start fresh.  However, I am not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions.  They are false promises usually made while riding a sugar high and signing yet another credit card receipt.  Like the diet started every Monday and abandoned by Tuesday New Year’s resolutions almost always disappoint. Why do New Year’s resolutions flame...

I used to write everyday. When I moved to New York City it was after graduating from college and in hopes of becoming a theatre star, or better yet to get a gig on a soap opera. I moved to NYC with $500. Honestly THAT IS IT! I stayed with friends while I was looking for a place. As a theatre major in college and a working actor for many years, I had many friends on the island. My first job was selling Broadway t-shirts and memorabilia, my second job was at The Lotte Berk Method. I actually kept both for quite awhile. I...

This week’s post is borrowed from from Damon Moschetto, a trainer and gym owner in Naples, Florida, (land of the 365 flip flop weather) and is all about your feet.  Not about socks, but about the toes and feet that you put in your socks. One solution to why your feet hurt, and also how you can improve your performance is training barefoot!  I know, I know, you think I am crazy but I have been training either barefoot or in a minimalist shoe for several years and my feet have never been better. This flies in the face of many doctors...

Have you ever wondered what your favorite BarSculpt teacher does when she isn’t demanding you get lower in thigh work?  Or what part of class they look forward to the most?  This week Leslie fills us in on all this and more including her favorite tv shows, her own fitness routine and who she looks up to as her fitness icon. What is your personal fitness routine? I try to move everyday.  BarSculpt is (of course!) my first choice of exercise, but I also take regular mat Pilates class.  As an instructor I find that I tend to use one side more...