The Bar Method

The Bar Method

The Bar Method

I like Twitter. But I admit that I didn’t understand Twitter for the first 10 months that I was on Twitter.

Then one Saturday afternoon in June I met these cool local bloggers at a Denver, Boulder blog meet-up.  I started following many of them on Twitter and my Twitter learning curve jumped exponentially.

I still can’t explain Twitter in a succinct sentence (let alone 140 characters).  However, I like how this Denver blogger gives Five Reasons Why Everyone (Even Moms) Should Be On Twitter .  Or if you want a frequently updated, user-friendly guide to Twitter, Darren Rowse, author of the TwiTip Blog will bring you up to speed.

Twitter gives me instant information and access to networks that I wouldn’t otherwise find in a Google search.   While information overload might be one criticism of Twitter I have had very positive experiences and made great connections through Twitter.

And that brings me to today’s blog post.

A couple weeks ago one of my blogging friends aka, The Casual Perfectionist, Tweeted this:

“I just had THE BEST WORKOUT at The Bar Method in Boulder! Stay tuned for the official review…but WOW!”

I immediately, responded to her Tweet with this Tweet:

“Ooooh there is a Bar Method in BOULDER? Where? I tried it in LA and loved it, will you do it again? I want to go!!!”

Then the owner of Boulder’s Bar Method Studio emailed me:

Hi Jolene — I saw your Twitter posting about the new Bar Method here in Boulder and wanted to extend a personal invitation to come and check out a free class. I’m one of the owners. You’ll love it!  Let me know if I can help set it up and answer any questions.

Warm regards,

Paul Wenig

Wow!  How cool is that?  Through a nonchalant 140 character Twitter conversation I ended up with a free Bar Method class.  I like Twitter!

I also REALLY like the Bar Method.  It is an amazing Healthy Discovery.  And no, it has nothing to do with drinking alcohol 🙂

What is the Bar Method?

The Bar Method routine is designed to craft a sleek, toned, dancer-like physique while burning calories. It is inspired by ballet dance exercise. Each Bar Method class is composed of eight to nine strengthening exercises that work muscles to total exhaustion, followed by stretches, while maintaining an intense pace that burns fat and increases stamina.

Benefits:

*Creates strong, flat abdominal muscles, a lifted seat and defined thighs.

*Sculpts and elongates all major muscle groups.

*Reduces body fat.

*Stretches the most chronically tight muscles, namely those around the hips and lower back.

I arrived at 2425 Canyon Blvd, in Boulder at 5:15 pm on Tuesday.  I was greeted by Leslie, one of the owners and Becky (shown below) who was teaching the 5:45 pm class that I would be taking.

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This is the bar that goes all the way around the exercise room.

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There were eight women and one man in the class.

We started off working our triceps with light weights.  Note, the following black and white photos are NOT from the class I took on Tuesday.  I wanted to participate fully and not be distracted taking pictures.  So I downloaded these pictures from Google images to give you a visual of what I did.

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Then we moved to the infamous bar.  We did a lot of quad, glut and calf work.  We hung onto the bar for support and did various combinations of squats.  It was HARD!

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Then we sat under the bar, hung on for support, and alternated lifting our feet to stretch our hip flexors.

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We then moved to the floor for core work.

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At the very end we hung on these wall bars to stretch our shoulders and back.

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It was a great work-out!  I stretch muscles I forget I have when I do The Bar Method. People who do The Bar Method on a regular basis definitely reap the benefits with sculpted, toned, elongated bodies.

Currently there are Bar Method studios in Colorado, California (where it originated), Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Washington.  There are also Bar Method DVD’s available so you can try it at home, modified without The Bar of course.  I asked Becky (my teacher) what she thought of the DVD’s and she said they were really good and she recommends them if you don’t live close to a Bar Method studio.  But keep your eyes open for a Bar Method studio near you.  This is an up and coming Healthy Discovery that is growing and quickly expanding across the country.

And now I want to pay it forward!  I was thrilled to be given a free class so I would now like to give *you* a FREE class. Leslie, one of the owners, gave me this complimentary pass.

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If you live in Colorado and want to try a Bar Method class or even if you don’t live here but you will be visiting soon, all you have to do is email me:  jolene at healthy discoveries dot com.

First come first serve.  I will mail this pass to the first person to email me and tell me you want the pass. It’s that easy.  Go on, I’m at my computer now, email away!

And once again, a very special thanks to Paul Wenig, Leslie Rosenberg and The Bar Method Boulder!

Comments 8

  • Mimi Fleischman says: August 20, 2009, 9:56 pm

    Hi Jolene,
    What a wonderful, fun blog!! I am Bar Method Founder Burr Leonard’s sister and the Director of Bar Method LA. I guess you took a class at one of my studios!
    Anyway, just wanted to add that Burr’s Blog on Fitness is an amazing resource full of break through information of exercise and health. You can read it at http://blog.barmethod.com.
    Thanks for your fabulous story!
    Best,
    Mimi
    Mimi Fleischman, Director
    Bar Method LA.

  • Dannah Lewis says: August 21, 2009, 9:25 am

    Hi Jolene,

    I remember reading those first Tweets! I’m thrilled that you loved your Bar Method class and that you chose to write this great blog. I am Bar Method Founder Burr Leonard’s assistant and P.R. manager. I run our corporate Twitter and Facebook fan page accounts (BarMethodSF). Your blog has become a big hit with many of our studios posting to their fan pages.
    Let us know if you are ever in San Francisco, Burr still teaches out of our S.F. Marina Studio.

    Best,
    Dannah Lewis
    Bar Method Inc

  • Jolene says: August 21, 2009, 9:51 am

    Mimi – Thank you so much for stopping by, I really enjoyed your West LA studio and Yes! everyone please note http://blog.barmethod.com for great on-going info on The Bar Method.

    Dannah- So nice to meet you via this instant social media network! I will definitely stop by your San Fran studio next time I’m there. And I appreciate you passing on my article.

  • Burr Leonard says: August 21, 2009, 10:40 am

    Hi Jolene,

    I’m Burr Leonard, the founder of the Bar Method, and enjoyed your delightful article about Twitter and the class you took. Glad you like the workout!

    Regards, Burr

  • Dr. J says: August 22, 2009, 7:38 am

    Hi Jolene!
    I have a good friend who has done ballet from age 4 to now, 45 years old! She is the premier dancer for a very reputable company. I don’t know of anyone who has lasted at her level this long since Dame Fontaine. She, I’m sure has spent plenty of time doing the Bar Method!

    Since I live in a large college town, which has been voted the number one party school in the country, they are quite versed in another Bar Method, I’m sure 🙂

  • Jolene says: August 24, 2009, 9:28 am

    Burr – Thanks for stopping by! And Yes! I’m already looking forward to my next Bar Method workout.

    Dr. J- It sounds like your friends use of the Bar Method has paid off, it is definitely a fun way to sculpt the body!

  • Lori in Denver says: September 2, 2009, 10:23 am

    I went to the class today and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the tip, and now I’m going to tweet about it!

  • Sagan says: September 2, 2009, 2:31 pm

    Wow so cool! I love the way that blogging and Twitter create so many opportunities. The Bar Method sounds fantastic. I wish we had it in my city.

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