All about barre3

aamadonna.jpgClick top title to open the item and scroll Recently, I tried a work out at Atlanta’s new barre3 studio in Buckhead.  Barre3 is the creation of celebrity fitness expert Sadie Lincoln. It combines ballet, barre work, yoga and Pilates for challenging whole-body workout. Barre 3 got a big boost a couple years when it became known that Madonna was working out with Lincoln. Since then barre3’s popularity has grown.

With so many new barre workouts appearing on the market it is hard to choose the one you will like best.  The barre 3 class I experienced opened with a warm-up that had a 1980s “Jane Fonda” feeling to it.  It was followed by an effective workout with light weights for arms and shoulders, and ballet barre work for the thighs and buttocks. These two sections were similar to other barre workouts that I have tried with classic exercises like pliés and bicep curls.  I loved the abdominal mat work at barre 3. The use of their squishy fitness ball really focused “the burn.”                                barre3 got a boost from celebrity fans like Madonna (photo: John Shankman)

Barre3 is a unique experience worth trying if you enjoy barre and Pilates. As with all barre workouts, if you are looking for yoga this is not yoga.

The Buckhead studio is owned by Katie Schrier. She first fell in love with barre3 at Lincoln’s original flagship studio in Portland, Oregon.  Katie agreed to answer my questions_Blog_Atlanta.jpg about barre3:

Katie Schrier on barre3:

DD: How is barre3 different from other barre workouts?

KS: Our variety and our approach to fitness are what make us different. We offer variety:  We have a unique ability to teach classes that consistently deliver a head-to-toe, balanced workout without being boring or repetitive. We are constantly innovating so clients get fresh, smart, and thoughtful exercises that will continually challenge, break plateaus and fight

boredom. We have a team of choreographers with a singular mission to balance the body and improve posture. Our choreographers come from a wonderful and diverse background ranging from professional athletes, to yogis, accomplished dancers, Pilate’s teachers and physicians.

“One thing that is really special about barre3 is our focus on whole body health.  Being healthy isn’t just about working out, it’s about everything from how you sleep to how you nourish your body to your relationships with friends and family. Because all 24 hours of the day contribute to your overall health and well-being, we offer clients support beyond our studio walls with online workouts, seasonal recipes and combined exercise and nutrition programs like 28 to Great and 7 Day Body Blast. We also recently launched a Mobile App that
gives you easy access to local studio listings, 10-minute workouts that are great on-the-go, seasonal recipes, even the ability to create your own grocery shopping list with ease.

 

Another way to plug into our vibrant community and get loads of support throughout the day is through our Atlanta – South Buckhead Facebook and Instagram pages. I love staying connected with clients online – I’m constantly posting tips and tools to help the Atlanta community stay motivated and on track.

Another thing that makes us totally unique is our signature three-step workout formula designed (and proven) to build strength, burn fat and create long, lean muscles. Here’s how it works:

We start with an isometric hold. By holding your muscles at mid-contraction (their strongest point) you increase strength and endurance without having to add weight, shorten the muscle, or even move. Holding still strengthens your muscles continuously (there’s no room for breaks!) while focusing on posture and alignment.

Then, we layer on small, controlled one-inch movements. By moving only one inch, you maintain the strength and endurance benefits of a hold but can keep it up longer. One-inch movements heat your body from the inside out, increase core strength, and rev your metabolism.

Finally, we flush out the body with low-impact, large range motion, a heart-healthy cardio blast that improves circulation, sends fresh oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, burns calories and re-energizes the body. The results are truly amazing!”

I’m most proud of barre3’s accessible, warm, and welcoming approach to fitness. Our community is supportive of one another. We’re a family. It’s amazing to see veteran clients shepherd newer clients. My favorite parts of the day are the moments I spend in our studio lobby before and after class connecting with clients and my instructor team. Our

culture is really special.

DD: How many times week is it recommended doing the workout to see

results?  And how long before results are apparent?

KS: I encourage clients to do barre3 at least three times a week. And because it is low impact, barre3 is a workout clients can do daily, if they so desire. Many clients tell me they feel a difference in the way they hold their posture after just three classes. Our studio is celebrating our one-month anniversary this week and I already have clients telling me they have seen physical changes in their body such as weight loss and a stronger core. One client told me she has been able to shave a minute off her running pace time. Another client who is a violinist shared that she feels herself holding a stronger posture while playing the violin and that she is experiencing fewer aches and pains from her time spent playing.

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How high are your heels? What’s you style?

Gwen Stefani at  benefit for Japan dressed with stunning style in an outfit made of 3 Kimono.You don’t hear enough about Signature Style anymore. Today, the talk is all about trends and celebrities. It’s a shame. Celebrities have always influenced style. Think about Marilyn and her trademarked blonde bob and high-heeled wiggle, or Katherine Hepburn and her panache in menswear. Style icon Audrey Hepburn wore deceptively-simple black classics, shades, and Hermes scarves. All these women had a signature style. Lauren Bacall and VeronicaLake draped long flaxen hair over their faces. Bette Davis had her “eyes,” and Joan Crawford had those damned shoulder pads, right through the 1970s. I could go on, but I am sure you get the picture.

 
There are a few stars today who seem to understand into the signature style. Sharon Stone found her look with old-time, Hollywood glamour, platinum hair — and serious sex appeal. You can always pick out Gwen Stefani with her blonde bob. Marcia Cross of Desperate Housewives has a surefire signature with her flaming hair and porcelain skin
 
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Nicole Kidman are drop-dead gorgeous, but I can’t think of a style signature that would define them.
 
Tyra Banks of Top Model fame recently summed herself up: “With me you know what you’ll get. I’ll have my weave on and a whole lot of makeup.” She briefly tried to go “natural.” It lasted five minutes. Miss Banks knows her signature style depends on glamour. She is, after all, the self-appointed arbiter of the world “top-model.”
 
Style signatures are what used to help make a “super-model” super. Twiggy was a twig-thin waif with enormous eyes. Cindy Crawford has her mole. Lauren Hutton had a gap in her smile. In the ‘50s, popular model Candy Jones rode a peppermint-striped bicycle to her appointments in Manhattan.
 
There is no doubt that having a signature style garners attention. Why else would Madonna, the queen of self-marketing, appropriate the signatures of other blonde icons, from Marilyn to Marlene? And, Lady Gaga can sing, but would she be the mega-star she is today without her over-the-top style?
 
Fashion is fabulous and ephemeral. It changes in a season, but sometimes a fad won’t stay hot even that long. Trends are important; they update your look and keep you current. Forget investment dressing with the idea of keeping “good work suits” for 10 years. You wear this stuff every day. You clean it, it gets tired looking. Certain fabulous pieces such as a great jacket, blouse, bead corset, or evening accessories can last for years. Certain gloves and bags can — and have –endured for generations.
 
Collectables lead to a signature style. They become deeply personal statements that express the essence of you. Style doesn’t depend on whether you are wearing the latest style, but on how well what you wear reflects your style and flatters your figure.
 
I have noticed many women admire other women who have a definite style signature.  They admire a fabulous bracelet collection or even a single stunning bangle. They notice the woman who always wears a scarf with élan – that elusive skill. Oh, don’t forget the girl with the shoes! Does she always wear skyscraper heels or fab flats? In jeans or a gown, you always remember her shoes.
 
Everyone knows Vogue’s iconic editor Anna Wintour by her dark glasses and streaked bob. She is the same classic “Anna Wintour” rain or shine! Diana Vreeland, the last great Vogue editor before Anna, looked like a Kabuki performer with her black lacquered bob and rouged cheeks. Her style is still inspiring designers.
 
A style signature helps define you. It gives you confidence, it’s armor you put on to face the world. A great bracelet or pair or shoes always makes you feel fabulous even if you are wearing an old suit or weighing in a bit over your ideal.
 
Like it or not, how we look sends a message. So why not have it reflect who you really are, as well as today’s passing fad or trend?
 
Fashion is fabulous but style is iconic and can last a lifetime. So darlings, how high are your heels? How fabulous are your flats? What’s your style signature?
 
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