If you haven’t heard of or taken a barre class yet, you have been missing out. We all remember the days of tutus and point shoes, and, even if we are a little rusty in our 5th position, barre also incorporates a wide range of other strength and flexibility excercises. So even if you can’t support your entire body on your big toe anymore, fear not; there is a class for every skill level.
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Ballet Stretches at the Barre
C Curve Abs
Kelly Griffith is owner and instructor at Fuel Pilates and Xtend Barre DC. Kelly went to her first Pilates class in 2007 and three years later she opened Fuel Pilates in Georgetown DC. In 2012 she opened her second studio Xtend Barre DC in Blagden Alley.
Kelly has her Comprehensive Pilates certification through BASI Pilates. She also completed a pre/post-natal cerification with Carolyne Anthony—the industry’s expert on the subject— from The Center of Women’s Fitness. She is Xtend Barre and Xtend Barre Stick certified through Xtend Barre of Boca Raton, FL.
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Sarah Phillips, fitness enthusiast and Co-Founder of Fifty-Two Thursdays spends, most of her weeknights at Gold’s Gym. She felt barre was a great change from her normal routine because it hit neglected muscle groups. She is pictured here working her thighs at the barre and is wearing the Petal Pant and the Love Racer Tank by Albion Fit.
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Michelle Martin, Co-Founder of Fifty-Two Thursdays, often runs for exercise but tends to get bored quickly because it feels like the same boring routine. Frequenting Barre classes has added that element of fun that her routine was missing. Time flies by while exercising, all the while incorporating muscle groups that can be hard to target. She is pictured here in a stretch at the barre and is wearing the Skull Capri Pant, Racer Bra Top and Drape Back top by Onzie.
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Natalie Strahorn is excited to announce that she will be opening her own studio, Xtend Barre Old Town, this April in Alexandria, VA. She has two Pilates mat certifications and two Xtend Barre certifications under her belt. She is excited to motivate, challenge and inspire her students to enjoy the mind-body benefits of the method and push themselves beyond what they think is possible. Natalie is pictured in the Second Position Plié at the Barre and is wearing the Selene Hoodie and the Salvador Capri by NUX USA and the Star Socks by Shashi.
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Laura Bartee runs her own Architectural firm LLB Design. She typically keeps fit by riding her horse but loves learning new workouts in the winter months. She thought that barre was a great way to tone and build the muscle and balance that she needs for riding. Laura is pictured in the Chair Plié position and is wearing the Goddess Legging and the Raya Draped Back Tank by Alo Yoga.
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Kelly’s classes are energetic, fun, yet challenging. She’ll work you out hard while cheering you on. She hopes to have created spaces where clients can push themselves to be a stronger version of themselves tomorrow.
Natalie is wearing a headband by Sweatybands.