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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. ...

Before every BarSculpt class you may see your Instructor looking down at everyone’s feet.  She isn’t checking pedicure colors, in fact she is actually checking to make sure your pedicure is covered with socks. So what is up with the socks anyway, why are they a BarSculpt requirement? It is first and foremost to keep your body warm and limber, after all that marching to raise our hart rate and body temperature the last thing we want to do is see it all vanish out our toes.  Did you know 20% of your body heat is lost through your feet?  The...

“I can say that I never thought I would be a “Before and After” story, but then again I never imagined I would find a workout program that would so significantly change my life. In 2001 at the age of 28, I was involved in a car accident. After 12 months of chiropractic care, 18 months of physical therapy, 7 surgeries and enough medication to sedate a horse the toll on my body, confidence and peace of mind was clearly evident.. Once the task of managing my injuries seemed to be over, I decided to work on the 50+ pounds...

Everyday another new fitness fad pops up.  Curves, CrossFit, Boot Camp, they all have enjoyed, or are enjoying their moment in the fitness spotlight.  New ones crop up all the time with names that have no entry in Mirriam Webster.  Have you heard of Gyrotonics, TRX or Piloxing? Which ones have staying power and which ones provide a workout that is as safe as it is effective?  While I am all for anything that gets people moving and sweating these fads tend to flame up and out leaving temporary changes and sometimes-permanent damage in their wake. Barre classes have been labeled as...

BarSculpt creator Leslie J. Guerin began her fitness career in Manhattan while working as a professional actress. In New York, she had the pleasure of studying under Lotte Berk Method founder Lydia Bach. Inspired to teach, she went on to earn certifications in Pilates and as a personal trainer. Upon returning to Maine and opening Pure Movement, Leslie began building a method combining the strengths of all three disciplines. After years of honing BarSculpt, Leslie’s passion is bringing this fitness class to new students and teachers to share its power and grace....