Aimee Balkenede

Aimee Balkenede

Aimee embraces the creativity teaching Barre Intensity offers. As a former dancer, with years of ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary training, she loves the opportunity to combine dance and fitness to create a mind-body connection experience.  She strives to create a positive, yet challenging environment for each of her clients, encouraging them to embrace the strength and stamina you find with a Barre Intensity class. It is her goal to to make each Barre Intensity class a unique experience, and for each participant to leave feeling stronger, taller (physically and emotionally!), and more centered.  Aimee currently resides outside of Denver, CO with her husband and two children.

Aimee is ACE group fitness certified.  She is certified in Pilates mat and reformer, TRX, and Spartan.

Ellen Baker

 Ellen is an avid music lover, former professional musician, road cyclist, and skier.  For the past eight years she has made her home in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, enjoying a career as a speech-language pathologist.  After her second child, Ellen turned to group exercise classes because they made her feel empowered within her body and confident within her mind.  Prompted by her personal experience with exercise as a means to transform the self, she began to take on the role as instructor for group exercise classes.  She was guided and mentored by strong women throughout her journey to becoming an instructor.  Now, as a certified Barre Intensity Instructor and spinning instructor, she seeks to help other women and men on their fitness journeys. She believes in the power of music to inspire, perspire, and transform the self.  Her classes place an emphasis on proper form and alignment to produce functional power, and to allow the body to build strength and stamina without injury.