Above the Barre

May 10th, 2013

I am a huge believer in consistently switching up your work-out routine. I had found myself in a bit of a fitness rut and felt I had to find something that would challenge my body in new ways.  Being half way through my ‘Year of the Butt’ and not totally on target, incorporating Barre into my fitness regimen seemed like a perfect fit…and it was! I have never seen results happen so quickly with my body. I am completely addicted to Barre!

To give my H&H Readers more information, I sat down for a Q&A with my incredible instructor and owner of Above The Barre Fitness, Maria Gerelus.

H&H: For those who don’t know, what exactly is a barre class?

MARIA: A Barre class is a total body, ultra results oriented workout. It is a combination of Pilates, yoga and therapeutic stretching all pulled together into one extremely intense hour. The method I teach is called BarreAmped. Pure Barre and The Bar Method have clients tucking their pelvis for most of the class. We insist on a very natural curve to the back so no strain and no stress on the body.

H&H: What type of physical result is typically seen in a Barre client?

MARIA: Results are realized not only on the outside but also on the inside. Posture improves, back and neck pain disappear, those who suffer from migraines have seen a lessening of occurrences, sleep is improved. Inches are lost and sizes are dropped. You feel empowered after a Barre class.

H&H: Can anyone participate in a Barre class?

MARIA: Yes. Though extremely intense, a Barre workout is extremely gentle on the body. There is no impact, nothing that can jar your joints or hurt you. I have clients from 15 all the way to 80. Anyone can do it and can stay with it forever.

H&H: How quickly will a newbie notice a difference in their body?

Most clients will see results within 4-6 visits in a 2 week time frame. I’m telling you it is amazing.

H&H: Explain, “If you are shaking, you are changing!”

MARIA: Small isometric movements and position holds are used to take your muscles to fatigue causing the body to shake and the shake causes the body to change very quickly. The result is a long lean muscle.

H&H: What is your favorite part about being a Barre instructor?

MARIA: I absolutely love this workout. I have been working out since I was 15. I am turning 52 this month and have never seen bodies change so quickly. I love that many of my clients who have given up on working out because they hate the gym scene have become addicted and come 3 to 5 times a week.

I love the community of woman that comes to my studios, all lovely and supportive. I love sharing this method and empowering my clients. I am always excited to see bodies change right before my eyes.


For Tampa Bay locals click here to follow Above The Barre on Facebook and here for  class schedules and locations. For my H&H Readers outside of the area, find the closest Barre studio and try it out! I promise, you will be hooked!

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One Response to Above the Barre

    Tanya Tue, May 21, 7:30pm


    Love Maria and Above the Barre. Need to get my butt back in there:-).

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