Xtend Barre In Style – A Fifty-Two Thursdays Review


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.

Stand out at the barre by adding these new featured designers to your workout wardrobe. These fashion forward designs will help motivate you and give you the confidence to excel through your work out.


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 Ballet Stretches at the Barre

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C Curve Abs

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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.

Kelly is wearing the Absolute Bootcut Pant and the Shelter Hoodie by StyleFirm.

Style Firm is offering 25% off w/ promo code: THURSDAY.

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 Kelly is pictured doing a hamstring pull with oblique twist and is featured wearing the Harmony Tank by NUX USA, the Absolute Bootcut Pant by StyleFirm and Shashi Star Socks.

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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.

Albion Fit is offering 15% off w/ promo code: barre15–good through March 2nd. 

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Back Attitude in Relevé

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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.

Onzie is offering 10% off per customer w/ promo code: FIFTYTWOTHURSDAYS–never expires.

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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.

NUX USA is offering 15% off per customer (one time only) w/ promo-code: NUXheartsFTT good until March 6th.

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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.

Alo Yoga is offering 15% off w/ promo code: 52Thurs–good through the end of March.

2.16.14_elliottodonovan_barreshootfinal (8 of 29)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.

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Natalie is wearing a headband by Sweatybands.

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A HUGE thanks to photographer Elliott O’Donovan for capturing these beautiful pictures.  If you are interested in trying out a barre class at Xtend Barre DC, please check out these new client specials below!
Classes valid for 1 year from purchase date.
Cancellation policy: you must cancel your reservation more than 12 hours before class to avoid a class being deducted from your pass.
Classes valid for 1 month from purchase date.
Unlimited passes include pilates mat and Xtend Barre classes at Fuel Pilates and Xtend Barre DC. Pass does not include group reformer or private sessions. No sharing of your pass is permitted. Cancellation policy: you must cancel your reservation more than 12 hours before class to avoid being charged a $15 late cancel fee; contract required; you must have a credit card on file. No freezes on 1-month unlimited passes. No exceptions.
This shoot was so much fun, thanks for reading and sharing, we can’t wait to see you at the Barre!
Sarah and Michelle
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  • Reply
    February 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Love this post! I took a Barre class in Southern Pines and my calves were sore for days!

  • Reply
    Sarah Phillips
    February 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you Huston! We had such a fun time shooting this. As you can imagine we were pretty sore after holding those poses for long periods of time so we could get the perfect shot! But seriously, I love barre class because it really does work you out hard!

  • Reply
    March 3, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Great post with amazing deals go match! Found you via Instagram. Did my first Xtend Barre class last week and could barely move my legs for the week, but I’m hooked already! I love the Aloyoga look here. Trying to gauge how sizing runs. Any idea what sizes she’s wearing in the top & leggings and how they run? Thanks!

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    Sarah Phillips
    March 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Thank you Jenna and thank you for following us! Alo Yoga is an amazing brand, probably one of my favorites pictured. The clothing all ran pretty true to size and was extremely well made. The pants were size XS and the top was a Small. Hope this helps! 🙂

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      March 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Thanks so much, Sarah! Super helpful. Also, I NEED those star socks!

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    Sarah Phillips
    March 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

    No problem! I hope you are able to take advantage of their amazing discount this month! I will be loading up on workout gear from them as well. The star socks by Shashi are amazing too..they were super cute and gripped well. Highly recommend!

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