For anyone who has never tried The Energy Barre® Method, or is new to the EB Community, we welcome you to read more and learn about our EB Babes and why they love coming to EB. We hope that you will love coming to The Energy Barre®, too!
One of our EB Babes shared with us how she feels about EB Burn, our class for the cardio queen, and how it's SO much more than just an exercise class:
"Sometimes you find a place that challenges you physically, connects with you mentally, and inspires you to work harder -- not just during that particular class, but in all aspects of life.
The Energy Barre, its extremely challenging classes, and its motivating and inspiring instructors reignited my love for exercise. After having two children, I struggled to find a fitness routine that worked with my schedule and gave me the results I wanted. When I stumbled upon the Energy Barre while researching studios for an article I was writing for the Boston Herald, I knew from the moment I entered the studio that the place was special. Its energy captivated me; I was quickly hooked.
As women, we all wear many hats in life -- mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, plus our professional title. But, sometimes we forget one of the most important hats -- our own. As I completed class after class, gained muscle strength, and focused on positivity, I finally realized how important it is to do something that works for me, that keeps me happy, that challenges me, and that makes me stronger.
As I enter my third year as a client at EB and reflect on where I was and where I am going, so much in my life has changed -- not only did I dive back into my role as a full-time working mom, but I decided to complete my school administrator's degree program (something I started before I had my first child, but didn't complete because motherhood took over!). Through it all, I have maintained my commitment to exercising and the rewards I reap are immense.
One of my favorite classes that I attend religiously is Julianna's 5:15 a.m. EB Burn class. Once I went back to working full-time, I knew that I needed to stay fit to stay happy. This time around, I wasn't going to let mom-guilt takeover, so that meant adding in some early morning workouts all year long! Now, Wednesday is not my busiest day of the week, but rather, it is my favorite day of the week. I literally look forward to waking up before 5 a.m. to start my day at EB.
The class is intense, but I LOVE it. When Julianna throws a new complicated move into the mix, I challenge myself to keep up and not stop. If I can make it through all the rounds at her pace, I feel like an Olympic gymnast! When I'm in class, I find my focus; I push myself to work my body to its limit, and then I transfer that energy into other areas of my life. I leave the studio soaked in sweat and pumped for my day.
The old adage, 'work hard, play hard,' rings true. I work really hard when I take a class at EB and I feel as if the physical benefits are just a bonus to an improved mental focus I have found with all the hats I wear in my life." - Rochelle
One of our amazing clients has shared her story with us about how EB Cardio Dance has, quite literally, changed her life. Below is a letter Jill wrote to Katie, our Cardio Dance creator, about her experience. With her permission, we are sharing it with all of you:
"I reached my highest weight ever the summer of 2014. I saw a photo of me and my friends at a baby shower and barely recognized myself. My doctor asked if I was interested in pursuing gastric bypass, but I knew if I could just find the right thing/place, I had it in me to do it on my own.
I suffer from degenerative disc disease and severe back pain because of it, so I started swimming at the end of 2014 to try to add fitness into my life while protecting my sensitive back. When the Energy Barre opened in Beverly in 2015, I decided I wanted to try it out so I took my first class and loved it. Though I had tried barre at different studios before, I never felt the atmosphere was a welcoming one until I found EB, so I knew I wanted to make this studio my new fitness home. While finding my stride, I took classes on and off, swam here and there, attempted some of the EB challenges, but could never managed to complete them. Once again, I started to give up and doubt my ability to make a lasting change.
That all turned around in February 2016 when I took my first EB Cardio Dance class with Katie.
It was a class, or should I say, experience, like no other. I had never worked so hard in an hour and was convinced multiple times I'd have to leave before it was over because of how intense of a workout it really is....but I stuck it out. The next day, I was sore, but there was a sisterhood among the girls in the class and an infectious energy from Katie that I just couldn't say no to. I signed up again. And again. And again.
I've been taking EB Cardio Dance classes with other EB Barre-type classes sprinkled in all year and it's no overstatement to say that it has changed my life. I've lost 87 pounds, countless inches, have more strength and energy, and have met some of the greatest girlfriends among the other woman in EB classes.
I just finished my first-ever Energy Barre challenge and could not be more proud of how far I've come. I can't wait to continue my journey knowing that I have an unmatched support system with you [Katie M.] and all the Energy Barre girls.
I know I said it before, but I can't thank you enough. Brienne and all of the EB instructors have been instrumental, and the support from the girls in class continues to be out of this world. I feel like I get to know at least one person better with every class, and that's because I'm finally all the way out of my shell.
I feel at-home in cardio dance, and it's that sense of belonging that makes it so easy to keep working. I now KNOW that I can do hard things, but you've helped make those things much more fun.
As a PS.....I cried while writing this. I'm so so thankful for the atmosphere you create in every class, and I can't ever thank you enough for what you've done for me, Katie. Thank you a million times."
"I remember the day I signed up for my first class at The Energy Barre® in Stoneham. I have always struggled in staying committed to my workout routine, and my view on fitness was that it was more of a need than a want. I was so nervous during my first class but I LOVED it!
Though the studio is about thirty to forty-five minutes from my home and work respectively, it is well worth the trip! The studio's friendly, welcoming environment is rejuvenating. It is a place where I can focus 100% on self-improvement and clear my mind.
Overall, I LOVE the challenging classes, incredible instructors, fun challenges, and overall inclusive community environment.
EB has completely changed my outlook on the role fitness plays in my life. It's more disappointing when I cannot schedule a class due to other commitments! My confidence level has done a complete 180 degree turn. Confidence comes when someone begins to MASTER a task and the only way to master is to PRACTICE - which EB allows me to do each time!
My goal is to continue practicing and enjoy The Energy Barre community environment while doing so! I cannot thank the EB community enough for its role in my overall fitness journey, and I am so happy to continue growing and pushing myself!" - Kim P.
"This time last year, my mother told me she was taking 'barre' classes and that I should come with her and try it. At first I was hesitant, assuming I'd either hate it or be embarrassed at how uncoordinated I might be. But, after trying my first class, I was tired, sore, and totally hooked. I spent the next few weeks learning all of the basic barre positions while telling myself to keep at it no matter how challenging it could be.
It was halfway through the Summer Sizzle Challenge when I noticed how much better my clothes were fitting and how much stronger I was getting. This was the first time in my life that I had actually enjoyed working out. Although I've played sports most of my life, exercising regularly was something I've never stuck with. Since I've started working out at The Energy Barre®, I get up 4-5 mornings a week excited to tuck, pulse, and shake with the best instructors around. Every EB instructor I've taken classes with has become one of my motivators in becoming a stronger, healthier, and happier person.
I am happy to say that over the past year I've lost 20 pounds and over 8 inches total. I am finally starting to feel comfortable in my own skin and I can't thank the barre girls enough for helping me accomplish my goals. Not only is The Energy Barre® a place to get in my morning workout, it's a community of girls - beautiful on the inside and out - who genuinely care about all of us. The Energy Barre® has undoubtedly changed my life." - Morgan Y.
"There are so many things that make me jump for joy! Thank goodness I decided to incorporate The Energy Barre® into my life because it has led me to a lot more happiness. It gives me the trifecta of mental, emotional, and physical strength. I spend my days taking care of others, and in all honesty, it is one of my favorite things to do in life. Whether it is because I am a teacher or the fact that I am my mother's daughter, the feeling of pure happiness runs through my veins when I am able to give someone else a helping hand. Yet, something was missing and I truly believe it was my own fulfillment and as the saying goes, "you cannot serve from an empty vessel!"
While reflecting back on the last six months, I have come to realize that I have encountered some of the most physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging experiences of my life, and I can wholeheartedly say that I wouldn't want it any other way. I know for a fact that The Energy Barre® has helped me overcome these hurdles, and I am beyond grateful for that. From riding elephants in Thailand, to seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland, to teaching over
one hundred eleven and twelve-year-old children that there is a much bigger world outside of their 'little bubbles,' the past six months of my life have been anything but ordinary. With that said, there has been something that I have been able to consistently expect and that is the overwhelming feeling of excitement and completeness when I am at The Energy Barre®. It is there that I've developed the strength to overcome and push through any obstacle I have had to face. Not only does the accepting community help me recognize my own hard work, it fosters my internal strength which carries over into all aspects of my life.
I am a 6th grade teacher who thrives off of positive energy and I am fully aware of that. I try to promote that same energy to my students. It is not always easy and that is okay.Through the years, I have learned to embrace and appreciate setbacks that I have experienced and consider them more of a lesson learned. Yes, I am human and there have been times where giving up instead of persevering would have been a lot easier, but giving up leads to much less happiness in life than perseverance and hope. There are many aspects of life that cannot necessarily be 'planned', 'expected', or 'easy,' but if life was that ordinary, where would the fun be in that? Thanks to EB, I have been enlightened and this knowledge has helped me grow. I still spend endless hours assisting those around me, but because I've learned to take care of myself, I can now do the job more effectively. More importantly, I do it with a smile on my face (usually from laughing at myself), a light in my soul, and with some ripped biceps - all thanks to the extraordinary Energy Barre!" - Kelli B.
"I took my first class at The Energy Barre® about three years ago and have been hooked ever since! Before finding The Energy Barre®, I had tried so many different types of fitness and exercise regimens at different gyms, but EB is different. It's more than just a place to get a workout and exercise routine. The atmosphere is truly one of a kind. It's hard to put into words the feeling you get when you walk in the door. It's like walking into a place of positivity, serenity, and strength. The instructors are so welcoming and so inclusive of everyone at all fitness levels. The variety of classes makes it so that I can mix it up or stick with my fave. Either way, I never get bored and know that I'm tucking, pulsing, and shaking my way to my fitness goals! The instructors always make you feel like you're rockin' it! I am now pregnant and am loving the EB Mama class. It's not always easy to feel myself or like my body is my own but that class works with my body in a safe, relaxing environment. I can't wait to try EB Mama and Baby ™ next! For me, taking classes at The Energy Barre® is about being healthy and strong, both physically and mentally, and I love that that's what I get out of my experience there every single time. When I leave, I feel like I can take on the world! I love that my daughter sees my commitment to taking care of myself when I'm there. She has even come to love and enjoy The Energy Barre® and as she calls them, "the gym girls!" EB makes me love my strong body and my clear mind and teaches our kiddos how fun being healthy can be!" - Christine H.