Be a Coach in Your Group Fitness Class

In a recent social media post, I offered a reminder to fitness professionals that we should be coaching and not performing. I loved the feedback, comments and questions. The post’s interactions has inspired me to share my own story, as well as more of what I have learned from teaching for over two decades. Also, I Read More …

The Re-Shaping of Your Booty

Trainers, are you contantly asked “Can I spot reduce my gluteus (a.k.a. booty) in your barre class?” I am! And my answer is always…”Nope!” And when asked if one can roll it with a foam roller or similar device to break-up the cellulite and cause the booty to be smaller, I give the similar answer of “Nope!” Read More …

What the tuck?

Last week in my blog 3 Common Barre Misconceptions, I did not speak of the infamous “tuck” position found in some barre classes. I felt that this position shouldn’t be lumped together with other misconceptions, but rather discussed on its own. So this week, let’s investigate this position. I mean seriously, what the tuck? The Read More …

3 Common Barre Misconceptions

Barre classes are packed right now. This is fabulous because the classes are inspiring students to new levels of fitness. People who do not like fitness classes are flocking to barre classes. But before you jump on board to teach this popular format, it is important to be educated versus just listening to the popular fads of Read More …

The Fitness Industry’s First Bio-Skills Anatomy Lab, PUREAnatomy

Do you want to truly understand how the human body looks, moves and feels? Then the fitness industry’s first bio-skills anatomy lab, PUREAnatomy, from NAFC is a life-changing experience.  Text books cannot even come close to the real thing since they are only one dimensional. This lab is a hands-on experience featuring not only lectures and Read More …

Barre and Beyond Workshop

I am so excited to tell you about a new workshop at Shapes for Women: Barre and Beyond Workshop! Bars, Bands, Balls and More! The workshop is August 27th form 12pm-4pm for only $125 and has CECs from AFAA and ACE associated with it.  This 4 hour workshop will teach you hot new choreography, movements with fun Read More …

How Not to Compromise Your Feet and Knees

Recently, I have been asked by several barre trainers why I do not believe in training participants to be in a forced arch with knees driven over the feet while pulsing rapidly for a lengthy period of time. I believe this position overly compromises the functionality of the body, thus creating a lot of risk for our Read More …

It’s February! Love Your Heart.

Did you know…….. If you use an average of 80 beats per minute, your heart beats about 4,800 times per hour. That’s a whopping 115,200 times per day. Over the course of a year, your heart would beat about 42,048,000 times! If you live to be 80 years old, your heart would have beaten approximately 3,363,840,000 times! When a Read More …