Raising the Barre

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If you’ve seen me lately you’ve probably heard me talk about taking barre classes and how obsessed I am with them.  I just started a couple of weeks ago at Barre Evolution, and it’s changed my life.  I’ve done everything from kickboxing, to spinning, to body pump, to pilates, to yoga; and thankfully to all that experience in the gym, it’s given me a better appreciation of barre.  What’s so different about barre than any other workout is less is more.  By just using your core and tiny movements you can target certain areas of your body to firm, shape, and strengthen.

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The origins of barre come from ballet, but you don’t have to be an experienced dancer to get the hang of it.  If you’ve done pilates or yoga the learning curve is a little easier.  With focus on core strength and lots of plank poses, you’ll be feeling the burn in no time.  The tiny one inch movements are just what you need for your body to get a good work out without lifting heavy weights.

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The owners Nancy and Nicole opened up their 1st studio 6 years ago and they now have 4 studios between West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, and Greenville.  The awesome thing about Barre Evolution is that they’re all about supporting their local community. They have a BE Local Love program where they encourage donations and promote awareness for their nonprofit of the month.  They’ve worked with local charities like The Center for Women, Charleston Parks Conservatory, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Dee Norton Children’s Center, and Pethelpers to name a few.

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So far I’ve loved every class and instructor I’ve had and I can’t wait to experience their outdoor pop-up classes that take have taken place in Shem Creek, the beach, and hopefully a SUP boarding one in the works.  Another part that I love about coming to class is that I end up shopping their sweet selection of athleisure wear. They have some the coolest leggings I’ve seen in a while, and now I’m proud to wear my outfit out post workout.

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For me working out is not to necessarily lose weight, but to firm, tone, and strengthen.  Above all having one hour to myself in my hectic schedule is priceless and that’s why working out is so important to me. Being self-employed it’s so easy to start working as soon as I wake up until after my kids go to sleep, and in that hour I can totally disconnect from technology or any stress in my life.  So whether your a fellow entrepreneur or your punching that clock, take a moment for you.  Do yourself a favor and try Barre Evolution to get your fitness on and tell them the Curator sent you!

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Photography by Libby Williams

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This is Annette, one of the instructors, who continuously kicks my butt.

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The second floor studio in their West Ashley location is always bright and airy.

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