Client of the Month: Dana H.

Meet Dana H.!  Dana, a regular client of our Edina studio, is truly an inspiration when it comes to dedication, commitment, and her positive attitude she brings to the studio.  You may see her regularly at those early 6am classes with a smile on her face ready to get her shakes on!

How long have you been coming to the barre and what inspired you to try it?
Jenna taught my first barre class 2 1/2 years ago. I was more than a little intimidated at first, everyone seemed so young and fit and I thought it was really hard. But I saw Jenna and other instructors doing the classes too and still challenging themselves and it seemed to work for lots of different fitness levels so I just kept coming back.

Tell us about yourself! Work? Hobbies?
I am a psychiatrist and I am trained as a geriatrician and I still work 3 days per week. I plan to retire completely in the next 1-2 years.

What are your favorite barre benefits, mental and/or physical? Challenges?
Barre has been a great way to counter aging and to stay ready for biking, hiking, and skiing. I feel much stronger and I have more endurance.

I hope all the younger women who do this work out realize how important it is to keep it up even after they don’t care so much about how they look in a bathing suit anymore. It’s just so critical to have that core and upper body strength as well as the legs and hips as you go into your post-menopausal years. Data really supports that exercise is even more important the older you get.  I do feel my age and limitations, some days more than others, but I remind myself how much better I feel now than I did 2 1/2 years ago.  I like to see more older women showing up and I want to encourage them to just keep coming back. But I really like the mix of ages, fitness levels, post-partum, post-menopause, dancers, athletes, and not so athletic. I appreciate that the instructors can be challenging but not judgmental and the workout can still be just as hard as it was when I started.

I forgot to mention, too, how supportive my husband has been. He’s seen me start work out programs over the years and not stay with them and he’s been really impressed with how I have stayed with this one – and he likes the results, too. He thinks I look great but he sees also how I can keep up with him better when we bike or ski and how I have more energy.

How do you balance work, family, hobbies, etc. and still have time for barre?
I try to be disciplined and get to 3-4 classes per week which seems to be the magic number for me. I’m in 2 book clubs, travel, have a lake home in Wisconsin that I want to get to on the weekends.  Both of my sons are in their mid-20’s and they’re pretty independent now.  In the past it was all about getting to their games and tournaments, so I try to channel that into time for me. I think kids should see their parents setting that example so at least I’m doing it now. They think it’s great and my son with his first job gets to the gym regularly which makes me happy.

Do you have a favorite class format or instructor?
I don’t have a favorite instructor and I enjoy that they each have a different style and each class is different, you know what’s coming in general but you don’t get bored. I typically do the regular barre classes because I like the stretching and cool down built in.

What does “barre strong” mean to you?
Barre strong means I can try new things, like a bike trip, or a ski race, or a hiking trip, and look forward to it now because my body and mind are ready. It’s great to be able to wear sleeveless dresses, too!

Client of the Month: Karly K.

Meet Karly K.!  A regular client of our Edina studio (and sometimes Wayzata!) is our February client of the month!  Karly lights up the studio when she walks in and never fails to push herself to those shakes.  We ❤ having her as a part of our barre community.

Tell us about yourself! Work? Hobbies?
I work full-time as a nanny, and I am in grad school at Concordia getting my Masters in elementary education. When I’m not at The Barre, I love to cook, read, spend time with family and friends, and travel!

How long have you been coming to the barre and what inspired you to try it?
I have been coming to The Barre for a year and a half. I drove past the Edina location every day on my way to work, so I finally decided to try a class and I was hooked!

What are your favorite barre benefits, mental and/or physical? Challenges?
I love that barre is a full body workout. I never leave class feeling like I missed a muscle group. I also love how the instructors push me to get my seat lower and my heels higher. It feels great to walk out of the studio knowing I gave it my all. My biggest challenge is making it to the 6 am classes, but my day is always so much better when I do!

Do you have a favorite class format or instructor?
I do love coming to the Tuesday 6 am HIT with Kristen when I can make it out of bed… Otherwise, I love the variety of instructors because each one brings a unique and challenging barre experience to the studio.

How has the barre impacted your life?
The Barre has made me a more confident person, both inside and out. I love the benefits my body gets, but also the mental strength I have built. It has encouraged me to become a much more active person.

How do you balance work, family, hobbies, etc. and still have time for barre?
I find that the busier I am, the more I get done, and the better I feel about my day. My ideal weekday would include all of the above!

What does “barre strong” mean to you?
Barre strong has a double meaning for me. It represents the physical strength I gain from class, but also the mental strength I get from pushing myself to not give up.

Barre-dio Buzz

Have you heard what the (barre-dio) buzz is all about?  We are so excited to announce even more barre-dio class time offerings so you can fall in love with our newest class format, too!  If you haven’t tried it yet, here’s the scoop.


What is barre-dio?
Get ready to burn, shake, and sweat! We have combined all you love about our classic open barre class with a heart-pumping cardio blast to give you the best of both worlds! Each class will consist of a super-charged 30 minute barre strength session designed to chisel and define your upper body, thighs, seat and core (classic barre, at a quicker pace) and a 30 minute cardio blast that focuses on bigger movements at a faster pace designed to rev your heart rate, and engaging multiple muscle groups at a time for maximum efficiency.



How is barre-dio different than HIT The Barre? 
Barre-dio has two separate 30 minutes sections — a super strengthening barre session followed by a fast-paced cardio focused section, whereas HIT mixes in the muscle-focused strength work with cardio in a sprint-based format.  Barre-dio is 65 minutes of hard but rewarding work. 60 minutes working out followed by 5 minutes of a cool down stretch.


When is it offered?
Monday, 9:15am
Thursday, 10:30am (starting 3/9!)
Friday, 9:30am
alternating Tuesdays at 6:00am


Coming soon to a laptop near you!
You’ve probably heard us talk about our new(!) online class streaming.  We are continuing to add more new and exciting classes to the library and will have barre-dio in the line-up in early March!  Stay on the lookout for your at-home barre and cardio burn.



Five years ago today, owners Rachel and Paula opened the doors to Minnesota’s first ever barre studio.  Five years later, Rachel and Paula have created the most amazing studio, community and workout around.  Here’s why we ❤ the barre and couldn’t imagine pulsing anywhere else:


1. It is the best total body workout in town.

2. The studio is warm, welcoming, and full of truly awesome women.

3. I am inspired every class by every instructor, and client, to push harder and get lower!

4. I NEVER regret taking class, even when I don’t feel 100%.

5. I have gained strength I never knew I had mentally, and physically (it takes as much strength mentally as it does physically)!

-Kristen S.


1. It is a judgement free zone.

2. It is a strong community of strong women.

3. AWESOME jams!

4.Instructors are motivating, supportive and FUN!

5. I always leave class feeling accomplished, and more confident in my body.

-Allie K.


1. Exercise in no longer a chore, but a craving!

2. I walked into the studio not knowing one single person, and now have friendships that go way beyond the barre! 😉

3. The instructors are so well chosen and put work into each and every class delivery.

4. The barre has taught me so much about mental strength and has pushed me to levels I’ve never experience before!

5. It’s such a gift to have a private studio that welcomes children to a place they love: Monkey Barre!

-Kim D.


1. The barre provides an incredibly encouraging environment.

2. I always leave with such sense of empowerment after an amazing head-to-toe workout.

3. My little  monkey loves coming with me so he can play with all the other little monkeys. You can’t beat a studio like ours that offers childcare!

4. I am always amazed by our incredible clients and instructors.  Such mental and physical toughness in one room!

5. After years of trying to find a workout regimen I actually enjoy, I can definitely say I have found “the one!”

-Jill J.


1. The barre is more than just about exercise – it’s empowerment, strength and positive encouragement for women.

2. The instructors – you are guaranteed a burn regardless if you walk into the studio at 6am or 6pm.

3. Location, location, location! You cannot beat the Lake Minnetonka view in Wayzata!

4. The friendships I have made since joining the studio.

5. Monkey barre! My daughter begs me to take her to class with me and doesn’t understand why there isn’t a 6am Monkey Barre!

-Katie O.


1. The class is accessible to people of all ages and levels of fitness.

2. The studio locations are amazing!

3. The barre community is so motivating, supportive and welcoming!

4. I always leave class in a  better mood than I arrived!

5. Last but not least, the results surpass any other method of exercise!

-Jaclyn H.


1. ANYONE of any age/fitness level can absolutely do barre – each class has clients of all different levels who are encouraging to each other!

2. The instructors bring so much passion and stand out from all others… amazing!

3. You absolutely can’t beat the location of the studios.

4. The workout itself is addicting in the best way and has given me strength (mental + physical) I never knew I could gain.

5. Hands down best stress reliever and I leave in a great mood EVERY time 🙂

-Julia K.


1. You don’t have to put on a swimsuit to waterski, although you’ll be swimsuit ready if you take class regularly.

2. You have sore muscles you didn’t even know you had.

3. You leave class feeling like you can conquer the world.

4. Class never gets easier, if anything it gets more challenging.

5. The barre community of instructors and clients are lifelong friends.

-Cindy H.


1. Such a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere suitable for everyone!

2. I am inspired to pursue a healthier lifestyle with each class!

3. I have never been happier with my fitness and I have gained strength and focus I didn’t know I was capable of.

4. So nice for moms to be able to drop off their monkeys and enjoy their workout without a worry!

5. Such an AMAZING group of women! I am always so encouraged by the instructors and look up to them so much! I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other team!

-Maya M.


1. There is no better place to start my day… sunrises at the barre are pretty great!

2. I no longer fear push-ups… no matter how many are thrown my way.

3. When I moved back to MN, I came to the barre looking for a great workout and now leave feeling empowered, strong and grateful for so many friends.

4. It is the place where Ke$ha and Pitbull come together to make musical magic.

5. Teaching at the barre has brought be out of my shell and has made me the confident and strong women that I am both at the studio and in my everyday life!

-Kalli L.


1. The instructors are amazing and inspiring!

2. The workout is seriously addicting and incredibly physically and mentally challenging  – I have gotten so much stronger.

3. There is definitely a “post-barre high” after class.  It truly starts my day in the best way.

4. The 6am Edina crew!

5. After years of short term relationships with other gyms or fitness studios, I finally found THE ONE that works for me!

-Toni S.


1. The welcoming community it provides and amazing friendships.

2. The peace of mind and mental release post-class.

3. The mental and physical challenge presented by every class.

4. For helping me to become my strongest self in all aspects.

5. For introducing me to the joys of group fitness and just getting me hooked on barre in every way.

-Mary C.


1. Barre is my happy place, if I have a frown it is immediately turned upside down the  minute I walk in the door.

2. Britney on the playlists (and all of the other great songs)!

3. Barre arms – people always say, “I want your arms!” and I always respond with, “Come to the barre!”

4.  The AMAZING people! I am surrounded by strong, positive, beautiful people inside and out which is such a positive influence on my life!

5. Not only does barre give me physical strength but it gives me mental strength – Yes, I can!!!

-Jenny H.


1. Having a back injury, barre has changed my life!  I am a true believer that our barre technique has helped me build a strong core to help stabilize my back injury, and live a daily life with little or no back pain!  It is truly amazing, and I have tried everything – yoga, pilates reformer, but barre has been the magic I have been needing in my life!

2. I can’t imagine my life without our barre, I can’t imagine not being an instructor! I am so thankful to have the barre in my life.

3. I love our loyal barre clients, I love our 1st time clients, and I love seeing our old barre clients, that may have taken a break but come back because they know the barre is a solid workout and loving environment!

4. I love our barre instructors!  I learn so much from all of you.  I always take away something new about barre, which helps me push my own barre technique.

5. I love our no-judgement amongst all our beautiful barre women! We are all in different places with our own barre strength.  I never feel judged, but encouraged and inspired to work when I am at the barre!

-Teresa G.


1. Finally a workout that I LOVE going to do!

2. Our clients are the BEST!  And they inspire me each time I teach!

3. I am stronger, both mentally and physically, thanks to the barre.

4. The view – need I say more?! How can’t you enjoy a waterski with the sun sparkling on the water?

5. The friendships I’ve made while getting my butt kicked during a killer thigh series!

-Heather A.


1. The amazing clients and instructors I have had the pleasure of getting to know!

2. The encouraging, energizing, welcoming, inspiring and positive atmosphere that our clients and instructors create each and every class!

3. It is my go-to workout that I truly crave! I love that there are methods to modify or push yourself harder in every part of class.

4. The physical and mental strength I have achieved from both taking and teaching class!

5. It has become a part of my life! I can’t imagine life without the barre!

-Kristin G.


1. It never gets easy and you will never plateau.  This is a lifelong workout!

2. No other workout has transformed my body like barre has.

3. I never thought I would enjoy working out, let alone LOVE working out! The barre instilled a lifestyle change in me that I am so thankful for.

4. This community isn’t found anywhere else.  Walk in the studio a stranger and leave with a family of goal-crushing, hard-working women.

5. The instructors are fabulous and am lucky to call them my co-workers!  They inspire me during and after every class and are always challenging me to be better than I was last time.

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Why you should try Ashtanga Yoga

Not flexible?  Can’t do a handstand?  Don’t worry about it and don’t feel intimidated!  Yoga is a practice, not a performance (and there are modifications for everything!), so if you have been trying to muster up the courage to try it out, this is your cue to sign up!  All that is required is a willingness to show up to your mat!

There are many reasons you should practice yoga in addition to your barre routine.  It is a tool that can help alleviate stress.   Every practice is different and it teaches us acceptance.  It is humbling and eventually allows us to experience freedom in letting go of what we think we should be doing or what we think we should look like in a pose, which can translate over to our hectic and busy lives.

Another reason to practice yoga is to just breathe.  The postures of Ashtanga yoga are specifically there to challenge our breath.  As we move and breathe, the mind and body are both purified.  A result of this breathing technique is a heat that forms within us, creating fire to cleanse and safely stretch our bodies.

There are countless reasons to engage in a yoga practice like Ashtanga yoga as a supplement to your barre routine, but these are just a few.  Take some time for yourself to slow down, unwind, and just breathe.

Ashtanga Yoga is offered at 12pm (noon) on Wednesdays.

Baby Meets Barre

One of the many beauties of barre is that it is maintainable during all aspects of life, including pregnancy!  Owner & instructor Rachel (RT) and instructor Jaclyn (JH) have maintained their barre routine throughout their entire pregnancy and share with us the modifications needed and its benefits!


How did barre help you during your pregnancy – overall, early and later stages?

JH: Barre was so helpful to me throughout my pregnancy! In the first trimester I had morning (all day) sickness. I tried everything to feel better and exercise was the only thing that gave me some relief. Getting off the couch when I was feeling so awful was really hard! I found that I was much more likely to attend class when I planned to meet a friend or told the instructor I was planning to see her at her next class.

Later in pregnancy, barre kept me physically strong so I was able to avoid many of the discomforts that women often feel in the later stages of pregnancy. I was actually surprised how good I felt! I found myself waiting to feel worse because I had been told of the horror stories and discomforts that come at the end of pregnancy; luckily I was able to escape most of the typical discomforts!

RT: Barre helped me so much! I have done barre through my two pregnancies now – currently awaiting the arrival of #2 🙂 I attribute so much of my being blessed to feel really good throughout my pregnancy (and up until the very end!) to continuing to take barre classes and staying active! I have read that staying active is really good for baby, but I also found that it helped ease and decrease the usual aches, pains and discomfort that accompany growing a baby.

I would also say that staying active and strong has kept my energy level so much higher. But the greatest part is when I have felt exhausted, which is inevitable, getting a barre class in actually has made me feel so much better & energized afterwards, and more able to face the rest of the day.  So from early on, when I was feeling sick and like the last thing I wanted to do was exercise, I knew that getting myself to a barre class was the best thing I could do as I always felt better (even less sick) afterwards! Now in the final days before baby, I am grateful that I have been able to do barre until the end, because I still feel so strong and know that will help both during labor and delivery and the bounceback afterwards!

What modifications did you use and how did they change throughout pregnancy?

JH: When I found out I was pregnant, I checked with my doctor regarding restrictions. She gave me the okay to continue with barre classes since my body was used to them as long as I monitored my heart rate.

Each class I had to listen to my body, because what my body needed each day was different. Modifications that I found particularly helpful at the end of pregnancy were: push-ups and planks from the knees to keep my back flat and protected and core engaged, keeping my heels on the floor during portions of thigh and seat work because my calves often cramped, opting for upright positions during seat work to ensure I was able to maintain a neutral spine, and staying up much higher during curl work.

RT: The most fantastic thing about barre classes is that you can totally do pretty much all of class through your entire pregnancy, as long as you are listening to your body (and your doctor okay’d it)! So many other exercises would need to be modified so much that you feel like you’re not participating or getting a workout, but the beauty of barre is that the exercises are so muscle-focused and low impact that there isn’t anything that could be harmful to you while pregnant.

Other than simply feeling more tired (I am carrying a baby, after all!) and needing to call on my mental strength earlier than normal, I didn’t need to modify class much until later in my third trimester, and even then, it was just slight modifications to the ab sections and doing pushups on my knees (I never appreciated how much core strength pushups take until I was pregnant trying to do them!). I love that I can still do the ab work we do in class (because having a strong core is so helpful during labor & delivery!), but to adjust so I’m more comfortable I’ll simply take more breaks, hold on when I would normally release my hands for a challenge, not lower my legs as low for my “point of control”, etc.

While it seems counter-intuitive to do core work while pregnant, as long as your doctor says it’s okay, it can be one of the best things you do – having a strong core helps your body adapt to the inevitable postural changes that occur as your belly grows, and having strong ab muscles help support the baby’s weight!

There are other kind of “funny” parts of class that I need to modify simply because my belly gets in the way – like seated leg lifts (you bend one knee into your chest and hug it while lifting the other to work your thigh…I just kind of bend one knee out to the side instead because my leg runs into my belly these days!

What was your favorite part of class while pregnant?

JH: Earlier in pregnancy arms became my favorite portion of class because it felt like the one part of me that was unchanged when the rest of my body was becoming foreign to me. Later in pregnancy back dancing became my favorite because that position allows baby so much space and I was told they love it!

RT: I think upper body work! Lower body work feels more challenging because I’m carrying extra weight, and it’s kind of natural that the shape of your lower body changes while pregnant, but I love that my shoulders, arms and upper back haven’t really changed and I’m still able to see the hard-earned definition just as easily as before!

Any advice for other women who are pregnant?

JH: Always listen to your body and don’t be afraid to talk with your instructor about modifications. Every portion of class can be modified in some way to make it accessible!

RT: Of course, talk to your doctor before taking classes, but other than that – just give it a try! All of our instructors are equipped to help you if you feel you need a modification for any part of class – so just ask! Even if (or maybe, especially if!) you are feeling sick or exhausted in the early weeks, it is incredible what the endorphins from exercise can do for you – sometimes that’s the only thing that made me feel much better in the first trimester! Plus, I always told myself that once I was out of the first trimester and feeling better I knew I’d feel the desire to exercise again, and it’s so much “easier” to continue class rather than “start over” after couple month break.

Overall, listen to your body, because pregnancy is such a special time and a time to really respect yourself and your body – that means something different to everyone, but to me that means continuing to focus time each week on my physical and mental strength and taking pride in how much I can do (even if it’s not as much as before :)!

How has barre helped to keep you mentally strong?

JH: This is my first baby and I experienced all the anxiety that goes along with being pregnant for the first time and becoming a first time mom. Going to barre helped to keep me feeling confident and to keep those anxieties in check! The community at the barre has been so supportive! I always leave class happier and more confident than when I walked in the door!
RT: Enough cannot be said about the strength of someone not giving up in a barre class when her legs are shaking uncontrollably! Continuing to go to class and surround myself with that kind of strength has helped me stay motivated to not give up myself and push myself harder, to stay mentally strong, and visualize my goals I’m achieving when class “hurts so good” rather than giving up or taking a break!

Do you feel barre helped support a healthy labor and delivery?
RT: Oh my goodness, absolutely!!! My doctor and nurses attributed my quick labor and delivery to staying so active with barre up until the very end (I took class the day I went into labor with my first!). Enough cannot be said for going into the hard work of labor having a strong body and strong core, especially, and it’s incredible how the mental strength developed in class translates to being able to manage contractions! We often say something like “no pain, no gain” in class – and this is the ultimate “no pain, no gain” scenario!

How did barre help you bounceback?
RT: I’m hoping I have a similar experience the second time around, because after my first child I really felt like I was able to pick up where I left off after just a short break to recoup. My muscles remembered the shakes! 🙂

It was also so great to be back in class and the supportive barre community, and to feel like I’m still “me” and retain that part of my life – because so much changes so quickly after giving birth, it’s nice to retain that piece of yourself. It’s also so incredibly important (even though difficult) to dedicate those couple hours during the week to yourself – because the rest of the time a newborn’s schedule pretty much rules all!

Yoga at the barre: Meet Catherine!


We are so excited to announce that beginning Wednesday, May 4, we will be offering a yoga class to supplement your barre regimen!  Long time barre regular Catherine L. will be leading a 60-minute Ashtanga yoga class at 8:00am each Wednesday and she is so excited to bring her love of yoga to you!

Meet Catherine

Catherine has been teaching yoga to kids, teens and adults for 11 years. She was trained by Ashtanga Yoga Senior Teachers; David Swenson, Manju Jois, David Williams, Tim Feldman, Kino MacGregor and Michael Gannon.

Catherine is blessed by her supportive husband Mike and her personal guru and son, Caden. This yoga has been a huge and positive influence on Catherine. She lives with her family in Minnetonka.

“I love to share this amazing life practice for daily living, growth and personal acceptance. To teach compassion and respect for the Ashtanga tradition by providing a safe, open and tranquil learning environment. Most importantly, to inspire others that a commitment to practice can positively impact our families, our communities and our world.”


What is Ashtanga yoga?

Yoga can act as a tool for daily living. It is a time for you, which in turn positively affects all who are in your life. In times of stress, yoga can act as a calming balm as we pause and take time to just be, without judgement of ourselves or others. Each time you step on your mat, it is an opportunity to realign, sweat, cleanse, stretch, strengthen, focus and meditate.


Ashtanga is an energetic form of yoga that focuses on a series of flowing body movements combined with attention to a specific breathing technique. Anyone can do yoga. Any age, any ability. All that is needed is a willingness to practice and breathe. Catherine will be teaching a modified short form of Ashtanga yoga at the barre.


What you need to know

-Although the barre does provide mats for barre classes and you are more than welcome to use them for yoga, we do recommend bringing your own mat as they are less slippery.

-No socks are needed.

-Sign up just as you would for barre classes on MindBody.

-Class is $22 and any packages/unlimited months can be used!

Clients of the Month: Jane R. & Susan W.

Meet Susan W. and Jane R.!  Regular clients of our Wayzata studio, these strong women balance it all – work, family, friends, and hobbies – yet have learned the true value and benefits of setting aside time for yourself.  Two and a half years ago, Susan introduced Jane to the barre and they have been coming three days a week ever since.  Oh, and did we mention they are sisters?!

Read on to learn more about these two “barre stars” and their inspiring journey!


Tell us about yourself! Work? Hobbies?

Jane:  I’m married with two children – a daughter, 25 and a son, 22.  I work in downtown  Minneapolis as an executive assistant and enjoy spending time with family and staying active.

I’ve always been active and interested in fitness, starting at an early age with dance classes.  Throughout my life, I’ve joined/participated in many fitness options – health clubs, yoga classes, dance classes and even tried to get into a running routine, but none of those really stuck.  Barre changed that…

Susan: I’m a married with 3 boys ages 25, 23 and 19.  I have my own market research firm and never really had much time for exercise classes.  I always did my own which never really worked out very well.  We have a home gym but my kids used it much more than I ever did.

In my early 50’s I started having issues with my lower back.  I was going to a chiropractor twice a month and things weren’t getting any better.  Even with the prescribed exercises my back was a little better but still had problems.


How long have you been coming to the barre and what inspired you to try it?

Jane: Sisters know each other and after hearing Susan’s testimonials, I joined her for class and quickly understood why she was so excited to find the program.  It’s been 2+ years and I’m still as motivated as I was after the first class.

Susan: I started coming to the barre in February 2013 with a  friend of mine.  I wanted to strengthen my core in hopes of making my back feel better.


How often have you been coming to class together?  Does having a “barre buddy” make you more accountable?

Jane: Susan and I attend 3 days a week.  I know that I am motivated by a class type of environment and with the added benefit of attending with my sister, it keeps it fun.  We look forward to seeing each other and believe we are both inspired/motivated by each other.

Susan: Jane and I attend 3 classes per week.  The buddy system works so well for us.  There are many times you just don’t feel like going but you know the other person will be there so you go.  It has really helped me stay on track.


What are your favorite barre benefits, mental and/or physical?  Challenges? 

Jane: I believe the benefits all play together – mental and physical.  I’m proud of myself for making barre class a priority and not sitting back, making excuses (no time, too tired) and letting nature take its course.  There’s also the important side benefit that I’m setting a good example for my family – that fitness is important at all ages.

Susan: The best part of the barre is the physical benefit which is why I started taking the classes.  I didn’t realize how you have the mental benefits as well.  I can tell when I come back from vacation and feel sluggish.  It only takes one class to start feeling more on top my game.


How has the barre impacted your life?

Jane: I love that I can do all the things that make me feel good whether it’s hiking or still being able to fit into an old pair of favorite jeans. Class clears my mind and give me that one hour to do something just for me.

Susan: My quality of life is so much better.  I haven’t been back to a chiropractor for 2 ½ years and have regained strength which I thought was gone.


How do you balance work, family, hobbies, etc. and still have time for barre? 

Jane: Like most, the majority of the day is completing tasks and doing things for others.  Setting aside three workouts a week is important for me.

Susan: Actually, it works out pretty well.  Jane and I attend the same classes each week so we already have the time allocated for class.  I feel fortunate to only need 3 hours each week to have the type of body and strength I’ve found at the barre.


What does “barre strong” mean to you?

Jane: Investing in yourself – mentally and physically

Susan: Barre strong means being the best version of yourself you can be.  It is never too late to start working on making your body strong.  Also, I learned at the barre that pushing yourself drives change.  I always thought shaking was a sign that my body couldn’t handle it and I needed to stop.  I’m so glad I learned that pushing myself was just what I needed.


15 signs you’re addicted to the barre




1. When you recognize a “b” car magnet and give that person major props for those 20 classes in 30 days.

2. You need to dig through at least two pairs of sticky socks before you can find your wallet or keys in your purse.

3. When everything waist high suddenly becomes the perfect make shift barre.

4. Your non-barre friends don’t understand what you mean when you say, “I can’t get brunch tomorrow morning – I need to get my dot.”

5. When Pitbull comes on in the car and you immediately think of Kalli telling you you’re about to do a superset of thigh dancing.

6. Your children’s teachers suspect you may have a drinking problem because the kids told them you go to “the bar(re)” every morning.

7. The first thing you do Saturday morning is check to see if there is room in the 8:00am HIT class.

8. You have a love/hate relationship with Cindy’s love of push-ups.

9. When waterskiing on Lake Minnetonka has a whole new meaning.

10. You think Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was totally written about Paula’s thigh series.

11. Wunder Unders have become a second skin.

12. You know there is nothing “mini” about Mini Barre.

13. #BarreStrong is a lifestyle.

14. You know the 6:00am Edina crew means business.

15. Somehow the most physically exhausting part of your day is the easiest and most satisfying ❤

Client of the Month: Erica Z.


Meet Erica Z.!  A regular client of our Edina studio and mom to three little girls (almost 6, 4 and 1.5 years!), is our December client of the month!  When not lining up at the barre, Erica loves staying active through running, hiking, snowshoeing and downhill skiing.  She’s also an avid baker & cook and likes to volunteer as much as possible at her daughter’s school.  Read on to learn more about this “barre star” and her inspiring barre journey!


How long have you been coming to barre and what inspired you to take your first class?

I’ve been coming to the barre for a little over a year.  We’ve been getting our family pictures taken with bellasaluti for many years and I saw the photos that they took for the barre pop up on their facebook page and thought it might be a fun thing to try.  It was quite some time between seeing those photos and taking my first class, but they inspired me to see what the barre was all about.  


What is your biggest challenge in class, physically and/or mentally?

Thigh dancing – ha!  It’s so hard!  I also think the abs portion is hard because it’s at the end of class when you’re fatigued and it’s hard to keep good form.  


You’re an evening class regular.  How do you keep yourself motivated at the end of the day to come to class?

I love the evening classes.  They’re usually a little quieter  and I love having all the stress and the craziness of the day to fuel my workout.  I also like that my daughters are home to see me leave to go workout.  I love giving them the example that it’s important to take time to move your body.  


What physical and/or mental changes have you noticed since making barre a part of your routine?

I’m 35 and honestly in the best shape of my life.  It’s inspired me to be more active and adventurous.  This summer I tried stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and got on a bike for probably the first time in 20 years.  I also started running a few miles once a week and ran my first 5K!  These are all things I wouldn’t have done if the barre hadn’t whipped me into shape!  


How has the barre impacted your life?

It’s made me healthier, stronger, happier, more active, and I’d say a little more patient.  Oh, and I can do a lot more push-ups 😉  


Favorite section of class?  Favorite position?

Push-ups – I love the challenge of trying to get through all of them on my toes while keeping good form.  I also love the side seat series.  Hair pin and clam shell are my favorite positions.  


What does “barre strong” mean to you?

To me, “barre strong” is the point in class where your mind is begging you to stop.   Maybe, your legs are on fire or your shoulders feel like they just can’t pulse those weights one more time.  Whatever it may be, you find a way to shut off that voice telling you to stop.  That little moment when you push through, that’s barre strong.