"When I heard about the challenge, I decided to give it a go because I was relatively new to the Energy Barre. Having just discovered it this past October, I quickly fell in love with it for a couple reasons: It’s super close to home, you offer numerous classes with childcare that fit into my own schedule, and, after a short period of time, I could already feel my body growing stronger. So, as a New Year’s Resolution, I wanted to kick my workouts up a notch and I knew that the challenge and the Energy Barre would give me the opportunity and motivation to do so based upon the aforementioned reasons. Plus, after having my son, I struggled for over a year to feel comfortable in my post-baby body. My stomach took quite the beating! My main motivating factor was that I hoped that the challenge would help me to feel comfortable once again in my post-baby body.
The challenge did just that, but so much more! Nearly two years after having my son, I can finally say that I am feeling comfortable in my own skin again. I may never have solid abs (my muscles split during both my pregnancies causing that diastasis separation that never reconnected), but I know my core is stronger than ever."
"I wanted to reach out to you because I received comments from multiple nurses on how fit I was for being pregnant, which I attribute Energy Barre 100% to. I am proud to say I took my very last class being pregnant on Sunday at week 39. The EB Mama class was also awesome teaching modifications (especially the c-curve) as well as breath. I feel like both the breath and c-curve helped me immensely during labor.
Just wanted to thank you and the rest of the EB ladies for helping make my delivery an easier process than what it could have been."
"I think that is one of the main reasons I love Energy Barre. You and your team of instructors literally exude encouragement and positivity. Not in a rainbows, butterflies and glitter sort of way, but in a way that is realistic and makes sense. You remind us that challenges and bumps in the road are inevitable but not unbeatable. It is this perfect balance of reality and positivity, which I have only found at Energy Barre, that helps me challenge some of my own perspectives, thoughts and beliefs and also helps me see the bigger picture."
"I would be remiss if I did not send you a quick email to state some things you likely already know. You have created such a positive place for people to better themselves. Your energy is contagious. Some people ask me if I'm obsessed with EB, the obvious answer if yes. Its not just about the workout, its the environment you have created. You have made yourself the real leader in barre studios not only with your reasonable pricing so anyone can attend, but with your personal attention to clients. You absolutely inspired me to want to do more outside of teaching in regards to fitness."
"I've been coming to EB for over a year, and loving it! I wanted to thank you all for creating such a great experience and not just a fitness studio but a community of positivity! I love to read your inspirational quotes and really appreciate your focus on the whole person. Thank you for creating such a wonderful place to be, for both bodies and minds!"
"I have to tell you, my husband made the (loving) comment that my bottom was firmer now than before I became pregnant! Ill take it as a compliment! Looks like I'll be continuing to join you well after baby arrives to maintain my (now firmer???!!) derrière!"
"I really appreciate that you took the time to make things awesome for all of us (the clients and the instructors). You really have a wonderful studio-I am a firm believer of the workout--I always feel something hurting after each class (a feel good kind of pain, and what? I have muscles there?!) I get tons of compliments on my shoulders and arms."
"I just wanted to send an e-mail to express how much I have enjoyed taking classes at the Energy Barre since November, and how much taking classes at the studio has positively impacted my life. Back in November I was feeling extremely uncomfortable in my own skin. I have never been thin, but I was my heaviest in November, and due to feeling not only unhappy with my appearance, but unhappy with my health, I began feeling the effects of my physical health throughout many other areas of my life. I spent the majority of my summer inside, swimming in heavy clothing, and I lost interest in doing things I previously enjoyed, like going to the beach and going out with my friends on weekends. As the fall approached, I felt that I was losing control over every aspect of my life: my weight, health, career and relationships. I had resigned to my state of misery over my lifestyle, and felt as though I was not strong enough to change the way that I thought, and therefore my choices. Come November, I felt as though I was a passive observer to my life, watching as my confidence slipped through my fingers. On a Sunday night in November I cried with anger at my circumstances, which were entirely self-created. I blamed every extraneous variable that I could use to create a scapegoat for my situation. I finally realized that the only person who could change these circumstances, no matter where or to whom I threw blame at, was myself. I have never enjoyed exercise, and I always felt that it was something that only certain people who were already in shape could be successful at. When I started joining classes at the Energy Barre, my perception of exercise changed. I wasn't thinking about long-term goals that had pant sizes attached to them in correspondence with far-off dates, I was thinking about how I felt in that moment, and how I was becoming stronger, physically and mentally. That is that attitude that the Energy Barre instructors perpetuated, never making me feel incapable or weak, but fearless and strong. From the atmosphere of the studios, which are all inviting and aesthetically stunning, to the smiles and welcoming greetings from instructors, I stopped dreading exercise and started actually looking forward to it. Every time I feel like I'm too weak to continue a series, I look at the quotes on the walls and try to push further. I am writing this e-mail because I can imagine how much of a challenge it is to create, not only a successful exercise studio, but a successful environment. I am very grateful that I found the Energy Barre, as it is transforming me from the inside out- from my thoughts to my body. I finally feel in control of my choices and circumstances, and have learned to stop defaulting to excuses and start owning them. Thank you for all of the work you have put into the studio to make it so inviting."
"It is so nice that you take the time to do these little things, like send an email just to say Happy New Year, even as you continue to get busier and time becomes a scarce commodity. Your gracious appreciation of your clients and unwillingness to take things for granted are truly just a couple of the many things that set you & your business apart from most others. Shockingly I have completed 300 classes and I want to thank you very much for the cute messenger bag. Both my daughters are eyeballing it which tells me it is very hip & trendy and will get a lot of use in this house! It was nice to come home with a prize to impress my family with and I even got a " wow" from them when I told them why. At this point my moments in the spotlight are few and far between and while I do not mind at all taking a backseat to my family I have to admit I enjoyed that "wow" moment immensely."
- Michelle (Triple Crown Queen)
"I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I love the Energy Barre! I've been going to EB Beverly for about a month now and I just love it for so many reasons. First, the environment is so welcoming and doesn't have the "mean girl" atmosphere like so many of these boutique gyms have. Who wants to work out if they're worried about being judged? Not me! Second, all of the instructors are incredible! I've been taking a lot of Liz Bovio's classes since they fit with my and my husbands schedule (being home to watch kiddos) and she is just fabulous. All of the classes challenge me and my body to do things I would never do on my own. Finally, I've finally noticed changes in my body that I haven't seen since before having kids. I have a 5 year old and a 2 year old and I'm a runner. My body changed after having the kids and 2 c-sections and after training for and running a few half marathons, I still had extra weight in places (hips and belly) and had no idea how to get rid of it. Classes at EB are bringing out the changes I've been wanting to see for 2 years. I've taken classes at other studios, but NOTHING compares to the atmosphere of positivity and the challenging nature of your classes. Thank you."
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