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Going through this years notes I have come across some class feedback for my teachers. I thought I would share those concerning the warm up! * Ankle Under Knee when Bending up for Marching Leg Lifts * Always bend your knees to pick up your weights * Hips width apart… make sure you get what you ask for * if you are counting every repetition you are missing something * Shoulder over hips for FrontBody * arms during front body should stay in front.. this includes elbows. * Resisting the lowering of the weights- feel as though you are moving through mud * Ribs stay connected to hips...

“Personally I have always struggled with stillness. As attracted as I have been to personal growth, exploration (both mind and body) and physical challenges on my mat, it was not until I first took a Lotte Berk Method Class that I understood that some of us find contentment (even quiet) not while silent, still or reflective but while moving, working hard and not being given a rest. I look at it as my white noise to happiness!” ~ Leslie...

Movement and fitness have always been an important part of Meredith's life.  She first discovered the benefits of Pilates when it was offered in conjunction with her Ballet and Modern training as a young dancer.  Meredith received her B.A. in dance teaching and performance from Mercyhurst University, and M.F.A. in dance performance and choreography from Smith College, all the while still training in Pilates.  As her career performing and teaching continued to build, Meredith discovered that Pilates could change the look and feel of her body unlike anything else.  She recognized that this method is a continual practice, one that connects both the mind and body. She wanted to share it...

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...