More amazing news for The Bar Method of Central Florida!

I heard some great news this morning. Cayce Hurley (co-owner of the upcoming The Bar Method Dr. Philips and current instructor at Winter Park) has been asked by Burr Leonard to be a part of an Advisory Panel at The Bar Method HQ to use her knowledge as a Physical Therapist to assist with technique and modifications.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of Cayce! She totally deserves this position. Cayce is extremely knowledgeable about matters of the physical body and it has been such a blessing to have her wisdom to turn to on many occasions at work.

Wow! What a team I work with! All of my coworkers are amazing and exceptional women. They each have something unique and special to offer. I am so honoured to work with them and learn from them!

The amazing Cayce, with equally fabulous instructors Danielle and Trish in the background.

Why do I love The Bar Method?

So I write about it a lot. I’m an instructor so of course I am invested. But I am sure some of you are wondering, “What is so great about this Bar Method malarkey?”

I’m inspired to tell you why. My life changed the day I walked in to the Winter Park studio last September.
The change has been a 101% positive one.

Not only have I gained an amazing workout that makes me feel good about myself and has changed my body in ways that I never imagined possible, but I love the fact that I am learning every single day that I am in the studio…. AND I have the benefit of being surrounded by wonderful instructors/friends whose wisdom I try to glean on every occasion, and our clients, whose hard work and dedication always keep me inspired to better myself as an instructor.

It doesn’t matter whether you take a class with a seasoned instructor or a new one. Today, I took Cayce’s community class. Freshly certified is dear Cayce. I LOVE taking her class. She is a physical therapist so is extremely knowledgeable about the body and I love how she explains the exercises and their benefits during class. I also love her sense of humour and wit. She cracks me up! Her choreography today was perfect. It was simple yet soooooooo hard! I love that! She taught Foldover for seat and exerted a neat choreography… ueber simple, yet totally bum-whipping… that had my glutes still shaking whilst trying to grip them during curl. OUCH!

I love walking out of a peer’s class thinking, “That was brilliant! I am going to learn from that and use it in one of my classes!”

But let me back up. Why do I love The Bar Method?

I was a dancer for 26 years… 11 of those professionally. When I stopped dancing, I still had a huge desire to stay fit and keep in shape.
I tried the whole gym rat thing and was uninspired. I love yoga and have taught it… but I love it more as a form of meditation and stretching of the mind and body.

The Bar Method has helped me to discover muscles that I didn’t know I even had.
It satisfies my love of dance… it helps you to be elegant and achieve gorgeous posture.
It satisfies my needs to have toned muscles… the hour-long workout works every muscle in the body to fatigue and then stretches them out after each intense exercise.
It satisfies my need to meditate…. I get “into the zone” during every class. Eyes shut, often with a grimace on my face, and clear, precise breathing…. I am taken away to another plane.
By the time I walk out of class, I am proud that I have made it through the hour and have worked to my greatest capacity.

People are always fascinated when they hear about the hard training that each Bar Method instructor has to go through.
An intensive week long training with a Master Teacher. Then a good 4-6 months post-training at the studio. Three written exams. Community classes and a video evaluation.
And even when you do become certified (and oh it is a joyous event!) then as instructors and as a studio, we get together every week to discuss the Method… to be sure we are doing things correctly and to soak up wisdom from Head Office.

The Bar Method is safe. It is good for you and it is healthy. We are trained to make modifications for any students with injuries or issues. The Method has been formulated together with Burr Leonard and physical therapists to be certain it is completely safe for the human body.

We pay attention and give individualised focus to very single student in the class…. during EVERY class. Usually several times during the class.

I refer to Burr as “God”! I know it sounds cheeky… but she is our guru. She is so knowledgeable and has the most amazing experience and history behind her.
She worked with Lotte Burke and then went on to form The Bar Method so meticulously with great attention to detail.
This is no fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants workout. This is a methodically thought-out and produced exercise regime.
And quite frankly, it works. Ask any client.

My body is addicted to it! I love how it has strengthened and sculpted my muscles.
And I love how it never gets old or any easier! It just gets harder and more challenging every day.

Today I was excited. I had a Bar Method breakthrough and was able to put my own note up on the pinboard. I completed 40 push-ups on the balls of my feet.
(In all my life, I have never been able to do more than 3… pre-The Bar Method.)
My dear friend Trish and fellow instructor said, “Hey! One for each year of your life!” If this is what 40 is all about doing The Bar Method…. then bring on 50 and 60!!!

Thank you, The Bar Method! You are the absolute bees knees! You have given me joy, a better body, a daily challenge, and some of the best friends and co-workers EVER!

Béla Károlyi

My new nickname a la one of my sweet clients today!
Apparently I put them through their paces this morning… and due to the British accent, I made them think about the Olympics!
I had them all striving for gold medals! They were all winners in my eyes. A really great crowd this morning.

Good news… Cayce, dear friend, was-trainee, and new partner with Karen in the upcoming Dr. Philips location of the The Bar Method in Orlando, is now officially certified! BRAVO Cayce!
More good news… our beloved Kendra is officially a National Evaluator for instructors of The Bar Method!
Way to go girls… and here’s to The Bar Method Winter Park! So proud to be a part of the team!

Gold medals all around!

Great things that happened this week!

Firstly, The Bar Method Winter Park turned 1!!!!

Secondly, Karen taught her first Level 2 class at the studio. She was absolutely fantastic. She taught the class flawlessly, with confidence and finesse.
We enjoyed 4 sets of thigh and two sets of seat. It was challenging and fun… and felt such an accomplishment at the end of class.
We were so proud of our seasoned clients who joined and conquered the class!

Thirdly, the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London! Wow! What a truly fabulous spectacular.
I have to admit, I got pretty teary watching it all. I am so proud to be British.
The hubby and I LOVED the Queen’s “entrance”… and Mr. Bean was an absolute hoot!
I wish all the athletes the very best of luck and here’s to a happy and safe Olympic Games this 2012.

Fourthly, we are off on holiday!!! Sin City here we come!
Somebody’s turning 40! I wonder who???

Sarah & her war wounds and buddy, Jingle!

Baby Sash

Happy Anniversary The Bar Method Winter Park!!!

One year ago today, Karen Moreno opened The Bar Method Winter Park.

Little did I know that when I walked through those doors last year, that my life would change dramatically…. in such an amazing way!

Karen is easily one of the best bosses I have ever had. She is hard-working, approachable, fun, adorable, and generous to a tee.
I have so much respect and love for her. She exudes warmth and is the type of person who brightens a room just by being in it.
The same goes for the wonderful group of instructors that she put together as her team for the studio. They are all so different, but each one of them is wonderful and special.
I feel so very blessed and honoured to now be a part of that team.

So happy 1st birthday, The Bar Method Winter Park!
I love you, I love our clients, I love my coworkers, and most of all, I love Karen for bringing all this into my life!

Karen & I

Level 2 Class

I just got back from working, teaching at 7am, and then taking a wonderful Level 2 class taught by guest teacher Sherri DiMarco from The Bar Method Miami. I really loved it. It was certainly a challenge and seemed completely action-packed.

The class seems to move along a lot quicker (although at the same time seems very long!) as there are more exercises to fit in. We did three sets of thigh work (chair, LT with MM, and HPW with a ball) followed by fold-over, which was then followed by 2nd position and diamond thigh, finishing with arabesque! Wow! I got the dizzies during the final set of seat work but pushed myself through.

Flat-back was fun as we did a lot more variations and subsets. Curl was topped by completing an 80-count plank! Super! That was humbling and I didn’t think I would make it through after all the other push-ups and spider planks we had performed earlier in the class. But I managed to suck it up and stay up there. Phew!

The stretching between exercises moved along a lot quicker than in a mixed level class, but I didn’t feel gipped in any way.

Sherri taught the class effortlessly with finesse and I enjoyed experiencing her different explanations of things and her choreography.

It definitely gave us all (teachers and students alike) a good taster of a Level 2 class. I hope we will be able to offer some classes soon at our studio. I know our instructors (not me! Too green still!) are more than capable of teaching it, so I am excited for them to take on the challenge at some point. Bring it on!

First week of work as instructor complete!

I have made it through my first official week of work as an instructor. I’m really enjoying work and the new challenges it brings!
Now I have the fun task of changing up my choreography and teaching new exercises! It certainly keeps me on my toes.
I feel like i never stop learning with The Bar Method! I love that.

We just had a training at our studio this past week for the next batch of instructors-in-training. My trainer, Jen Hertsenberg, came in to town to lead the proceedings. She really is phenomenal and had a great group of women to train. There were 4 girls from Orlando (all training in readiness for the new studio that will be opening in the Dr. Phillips area) and then 3 from out of town… San Diego, Covington, and Boston. Now the post-training fun and games begin!

In other news, we have finally had some rain. It has been so dry for months and months and this past week has been stormy and rainy. Trouble is, I am so spoilt living in the Sunshine State now that whenever we have more than 2 days of rain I get antsy!

G is enjoying her little summer day camps. She is excited about going up to the mountains to spend a few weeks with Grandma. She is such a joy to be around. I love my little buddy. I feel like I want to keep a video recorder constantly on her at the moment as we have the most amazing conversations and she comes out with both some of the funniest and most endearing things. I am always touched when people compliment me on her. The other day, a friend said to me (who doesn’t know about our past) “She is so cute! You guys cannot stop at just having her. You need to have more!” I smiled to myself and said in my heart “It’s not for the lack of trying.” There are days when my heart still aches. I often think about Henry and how he would be right now. I also wonder why I haven’t been able to get pregnant again. I can’t help but feel it is meant to be that way. I am such a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. Maybe we are not meant to have another child right now. Maybe we are not meant to have another child ever. All I know is that I just have to keep my focus on G. She is such an absolute blessing. I couldn’t wish for a sweeter, kinder, more loving, and special child. I feel guilty and selfish when I wish to have another baby. There are so many people out there who can’t even have one.

I DID IT!!!!!!!

After a long hard gruel of 4 months…. I passed my written exam and just heard today that my video was approved by my trainer!!!! I am officially certified!

I have wanted to write before now but have been so crazy busy and overwhelmed, but just wanted to share the good news!

I am over-the-moon! So bloody happy!

I am so grateful to my trainer, Jen… and to my amazing boss and mentors, Karen and Kendra. And to my fellow co-workers and amazing clients at the studio… plus a few good friends and fam.

So blessed!

Happy Earth Day!

In honour of Earth Day I am sitting by the pool enjoying the glorious Florida sunshine. Gwennie is splashing in the pool pretending to be either a mermaid or a whale. I am constantly being requested to take a look at what she’s doing. I am amazed at her incessant chatter. It’s as though her little brain goes 100 miles an hour constantly. It can be a little tiring but she is so damned cute! Now that I am working I think I enjoy, and appreciate more, our times together. She really is such a joy and a blessing!

It’s been 2 1/2 years since we lost Henry and I have grown used to the fact that Gwennie may be our only one. I have stopped getting hopeful each month and am finally able to embrace each period with open arms rather than tears of frustration.

Not sure what happened this month but I ended up being four days late. I felt the old familiar creeping of hope in my veins. Today put a strong, resounding stop to that feeling. Am I disappointed? Yes, in a way, but in another I am not. I know that if G is our only child we will be able to give her so much more than we would if we had two children. I am such a firm believer of everything happening for a reason. I believe there is a greater plan for all of us. I want to try and go with the flow. Sometimes it is easier said than done. I can’t help but battle a feeling of loss. I am getting older and I know my time, in being able to have another child, is nearly done.

In other news, one of my knees is bothering me. After discussion with my peers it seems as though I am going too low in wide turned-out thigh. I did it 3 times in class last week and I am feeling it. I need to bring it on up. I feel it’s fortunate that I am getting a 3-day break from class to rest it a little.