Three Transition Tactics - A Barre Instructor Guide

Three Transition Tactics - A Barre Instructor Guide

Ah transitions. The skill that most class participants don't realize you have but is necessary in order for them to consider you to be one of the best. The two biggest challenges our Barre Intensity instructor trainees share with us in regards to teaching are simply speaking the words, which we address in our 5 Tips for Effective Cuing post, and transitioning from one move to the next. Begin incorporating our three transition tactics immediately and see what kind of impacts it makes on your class. 

Outside Your Comfort Zone - Barre Instructor Jitters

Outside Your Comfort Zone - Barre Instructor Jitters

I was once told if you've been doing the same thing for more than six months without feeling uncomfortable at least once, it's time to bring on a new challenge. I speak with new barre instructors all the time about their teaching jitters. They often ask "when does this feeling go away"? That nervous sensation lessons overtime, you won't always feel a knot in the pit of your stomach, but it should never go away forever.  Once in a while, stepping outside of your comfort zone is a good thing, and even after 10 years of teaching, I still get the barre instructor jitters.

The Launch of a Barre Program - Iowa State University

The Launch of a Barre Program - Iowa State University

April 2017 Barre Intensity had the pleasure of conducting our first barre instructor training in the state of Iowa; hosted by the campus recreation team at Iowa State University. We could not be more proud of what the team has accomplished with the build out of their new barre studio, continued instructor development and barre classes filled to capacity.

Hear from Ashley Artist, Group Fitness Coordinator at Iowa State University, on what their barre experience has been like. 

Get To Know Your Barre Master Trainer - Jinger Parson

Get To Know Your Barre Master Trainer - Jinger Parson

Jinger Parson is truly a master. Her ability to captivate an audience with her energy, knowledge and passion for fitness is one of a kind. While in her presence, all feel welcomed and although meeting for the first time, it's as if you've known her for years.  We're proud to have this Scottsdale, Arizona resident a part of our team and share a bit more on what makes Jinger tick. 

Get To Know Your Barre Master Trainer - Betsy Strope

Get To Know Your Barre Master Trainer - Betsy Strope

When you walk into a room with Betsy Strope, you immediately feel her excitement, passion and strength. This Lincoln Nebraska native travels the country educating current and future fitness instructors on the Barre Intensity technique and we're proud to have her a part of the team. Get to know your barre Master Trainer, then host a training of your own with Betsy leading the way. 

3 Ways to Make Your Barre Class More Exciting - Ramping Up Your Teaching Voice

3 Ways to Make Your Barre Class More Exciting - Ramping Up Your Teaching Voice

During each class, barre instructors are tasked with remembering choreography, sticking to the beat of the music, seamlessly flowing from one move to the next, cuing the body for safety and effectiveness and doing all of this while making the class FUN. There are many ways to make a fitness class enjoyable, but today we're focusing on the teaching voice. The words we say and how we say them have an impact on the class we teach. Here are 3 ways to make your barre class more exciting by ramping up your teaching voice.  

Barre Studio Spotlight - The Yoga Barre

Barre Studio Spotlight - The Yoga Barre

With each Barre Intensity Instructor Training we conduct, we meet trainees from all across the country, even the world. Some trainees are instructors searching for a new fitness technique to teach, a few are students looking to better their practice and others are studio owners with the desire to bring barre fitness to their community.  Sandi Anderson, Founder of The Yoga Barre, is a mix of all three: student, instructor and owner. We couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments and that's why we wanted to hear more about her journey in this edition of Barre Studio Spotlight. 

Collegiate Level Barre Certification Program

Collegiate Level Barre Certification Program

Barre fitness classes have become a staple on many collegiate campus recreation schedules across the country. Since instructor turnover is inevitable with graduation of student instructors, it's important to have a barre certification program that is reliable and effective. Who better to explain the benefits of the Barre Intensity barre certification program than one of our most valued partners at the University of Nebraska. Hear from Sarah Lewis, Group Fitness Coordinator, on why she recommends Barre Intensity. 

Inside Look - Barre Anatomy Workshop

Inside Look - Barre Anatomy Workshop

Understanding anatomy, how the body moves and why, is a crucial part of teaching any form of movement. When it comes to physical form, we draw clear and powerful instruction from our understanding of the body and its function.  The Barre Intensity Online Anatomy Workshop was created with the fitness instructor in mind. Read on for a glimpse in what we cover during this 10 hour online workshop. 

Barre Class Blueprint - Instructor Training Planning Guide

Barre Class Blueprint - Instructor Training Planning Guide

Creating your own class choreography has it positives and negatives. The plus is you have the ability to be YOU and tailor class to your clients. The negative for some is wondering where to begin. Each barre instructor has their own formula for crafting their barre class and it often adjusts with experience - no, it won't always take you 2 hours to prep. Here's our Barre Intensity barre instructor training blueprint for putting together your class choreography. 

Training Your Instructors: Here's How to Open a Barre Studio

Training Your Instructors: Here's How to Open a Barre Studio

Let's get right to it, opening a barre studio is hard work. Finding the right location, managing the build out, defining your brand, building a website and securing your team are just a few of the milestones before you open a barre studio. "If you build it they will come" is only true if you also market your product and have top notch barre instructors on the schedule. Since we're in the barre certification business, we know a thing or two on how to get your team ready for opening day. 

3 Modifications for Knee & Hip Pain - Wide V Knee Bends

3 Modifications for Knee & Hip Pain - Wide V Knee Bends

Wide V Knee Bend, or 2nd position Grand Pile, is a barre class staple regardless of the format. For many students and instructors alike, the expectation of perfect ballerina form can come at an unpleasant cost. While we may want our legs wide, knees bent deep, and feet turned out, our knees and our hips might need something different. 

Getting to Know Your Barre Instructor - Celeste Garcia

Getting to Know Your Barre Instructor - Celeste Garcia

Not only is Celeste a fabulous barre instructor, she currently manages the role of International Master Trainer for Barre Intensity. Her work on educating others in Barre Intensity and movement has brought her to the countries of Panama, Indonesia and soon to be Columbia.  If you've had the pleasure of attending a barre certification with Celeste or participating in one of her barre classes, you know mind, body and spirit is at the core of who she is. Spend some time getting to know Celeste as she answers a few of our fitness questions. 

Best Bicep Workout for Barre

Best Bicep Workout for Barre

Barre workouts are known for using light hand weights, typically 2 lbs., to fatigue the upper body. Getting to the point of "burn" for the shoulders and triceps is fairly simple, but the biceps, that's a whole different story.  Effectively working the biceps in the parameters of a barre workout requires knowledge and strategy. Take it to a whole new level by putting together these pieces. 

Online Barre Certification: Instructor Testimonial

Online Barre Certification: Instructor Testimonial

Wondering if our Barre Intensity Online Barre Certification program is all we're cracking it up to be? Recently Ellen Baker from Colorado not only completed the Barre Intensity Online Training program, but passed her video test out making her an official Barre Intensity certified instructor. We were so impressed with Ellen's barre teaching skills, we decided to ask her a few questions about her online barre instructor training experience. 

Barre Studio Spotlight: CORE Studio

Barre Studio Spotlight: CORE Studio

Last month we had the pleasure of conducting our barre instructor training & certification at CORE Studio in Daphne, Alabama.  We were graciously welcomed and hosted by Lindsay Rainey, Founder of CORE Studio, and are beyond proud to have the Barre Intensity technique taught on CORE's class schedule. See what lead Lindsay down the path of becoming a fitness studio owner, why she chose the Barre Intensity technique and what she looks for when hiring fitness instructors. 

Getting to Know Your Barre Instructor - Elyssa Sardy

Getting to Know Your Barre Instructor - Elyssa Sardy

The role of "barre instructor" is just one of the many titles Elyssa Sardy carries. To us at Barre Intensity, we have the pleasure of including the word "Master" to her name. If you've attended a Barre Intensity Barre Certification and had the pleasure of working with Elyssa, you know her passion and excitement for all things barre and fitness shines through. Spend some time getting to know Elyssa as she answers a few of our fitness questions, then join her for an upcoming barre instructor training.