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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...

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...