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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...

BarSculpt teachers come from all sorts of backgrounds, some fitness related, some not, and every single one of us has our own story of what BarSculpt means to us, how it has changed us and why we decided to teach. Here is Shellie’s story of how BarSculpt helped her build strength and confidence in her body after a traumatic injury and surgeries.  In 1995, at the age of 20 I was involved in a 2 car head on collision. Lucky to be alive, I came away with multiple broken bones including a femoral compound fracture.  The doctors were clear that I was facing...

Vacation, it evokes thoughts of long meandering days with nothing more pressing than locating your next Umbrella drink and soft evenings that linger into late nights.  Days blending one into another while your body relaxes into the rhythm of uninterrupted play time.  Summer in Maine is made for vacations and this summer has been exceptional for enjoying vacation time. The return to reality is often a harsh wakeup call as alarm clocks are reset and play clothes are turned in for the more uncomfortable daily work uniform or business attire.  There is no faster way to lose your vacation bliss than...

Kathy Trow, a certified BarSculpt instructor at H.Y.P. Studios is expecting her first child! Kathy has offered to share with us her experiences with the changes and challenges of BarSculpting pregnant. Look for more from Kathy as her pregnancy progresses! > Hi Kathy! Congratulations and thank you for sharing with us! First off, how long have you been a fitness instructor? Thanks Lauren :) I started teaching Pilates in 2002. Over the years I have studied and been teaching Gyrokinesis, Gyrotonic, TRX, yoga and most recently BarSculpt! > How far along are you/When are you due? I am 19 weeks along, almost halfway there. ...