Spotlight: Xtend Barre
We love trying new fitness classes. Recently we tried Xtend Barre in La Verne, Ca. Not only was it fun, but it kicked our butts!
Our timing was great because we had the honor of taking one of the senior instructor's class, Jessica. Not only is she gorgeous and has a killer body, but she is hilarious during class! Sometimes we wanna laugh or giggle during class, and I'm happy to see an instructor not be so serious and have fun with her clients. One of my favorites things she does is "RAISE THE ROOF!" And she get's the most high pitched voice when she says it. Super cute, and funny.
I have known the owner Michelle Roberts for over 7 years. She used to come to a wine bar that I worked at, and she and I hit it off immediately. She has a radiating smile and a contagious fun loving demeanor. She and I ran into each other 3 years ago at an Xtend Barre class when it was under new ownership. Coincidently enough she nows owns two studios! I had the privilege to sit down one on one with her and discuss her business and here's what she had to say:
TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
I love fitness! This workout helped me through a very difficult season in my life. Everytime I came to class it would help relieve stress, induce endorphins, and allow me a break from everything.
WE'D LOVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT XTEND BARRE. CAN YOU TELL US THE IDEA BEHIND IT?
The XB workout is a fast paced 55 minute full body immersion, that fuses dance, pilates, and sculpting exercises at the ballet barre to provide a chiseled body fast!
WHAT SETS IT APART FROM OTHER BARRE CONCEPTS?
It is low impact and safe for every body type. We teach a multi level class geared to challenge bodies of any age, gender or fitness background. Exercises can be modified for beginners, prenatal, and post natal clients, as well as those with prior injuries. The exercises can also be amplified for advanced clients that are looking to challenge themselves.
ARE YOU GROWING? OPENING UP ANY MORE LOCATIONS?
We are growing! A studio was just opened in Pasadena, Ca and Dallas, TX! The franchise is always looking for new franchisees to expand the brand so more people can enjoy a workout with real results.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO BARRE AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES?
The Xtend Barre system sculpts the body proportionally so that all body parts are equally challenged. this total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen, and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside out. The result is a long lean physique without added bulk.
CAN PREGNANT WOMEN DO BARRE THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE PREGNANCY?
Yes! Pregnant clients as well as post natal are provided a booklet with go to exercises to help prepare them for class. In addition to keeping the body healthy Xtend Barre can also help reduce discomfort, boost energy, strengthen pelvic floor muscles to support childbirth, increase sleep, and improve mood.
ANY ADVICE TO THOSE WHO WANT TO BE BARRE INSTRUCTORS OR MAY BE LOOKING TO OPEN THEIR OWN FRANCHISE?
This is a positive environment aimed at helping others achieve their goals. Clients come for many different reasons and not all of them are physical. If you desire to see others succeed in their individual journeys, this is a very rewarding career. As a franchise, it supports owners on an individual basis as well as social media content, monthly meetings via go Go To Meeting, marketing campaigns, product branding and all the essentials to help the franchisees succeed in their own business. There is a lot of support from the franchise level. If you'd like to learn more you can go to XtendBarre.com, there you will find locations closest to you, instructor training, and franchise opportunity information.
GIRL ON THE GO Q'S:
I NEVER GO TO BARRE WITHOUT...
My grip socks!
FAVORITE OTHER FORMS OF EXERCISE?
WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?
FAVORITE THING TO EAT AFTER BARRE CLASS?
THANK YOU MICHELLE ROBERTS!!
Michelle Roberts is not only beautiful inside and out, she is also very inspiring. Her story of reinventing herself from real estate to owning her own Barre franchise is nothing short of amazing. She found her passion of fitness and helping others and turned it into a business. Not only does she love seeing her clients everyday she makes it a point to build relationships with each and every one of them. I personally don't know too many fitness studio owners that go as above and beyond as she does.
If you're local to the La Verne or Rancho Cucamonga area, do yourself a favor and pay her a visit to her studios. Take a class, I promise you'll love it.