Xtend Barre Studio brings a hot new fitness craze to Bel Air. Working at the barre is transforming bodies in exclusive cities throughout the world, including New York and Los Angles where it is hugely popular. Classes are lead by certified trainers who pack each 55-minute session with isometric exercises to tone arms, abs, thighs and derriere. A fun and challenging workout paired with cardio will burn 400 to 500 calories in a single class. Deb Devoe, owner, reports that with two-to-three workouts weekly, she has seen clients reduce a full size in one month.
• Builds lean muscle
• Increases core strength
• Improved endurance
• Increased flexibility
• Trained & certified instructors
Deb DeVoe, owner of Massage Heights and Xtend Barre
“Don’t let the barre intimidate you. This workout is a fusion of Pilates, dance and elongated stretches – anyone can do it,” says Devoe. “If you like to move during your workout, and want a full body tone and chisel while having fun, you will love the results!”
This unique exercise program was designed by professional dancer and choreographer Andrea Rogers. Her workouts are popular with celebrities, and she has been featured in Shape, Vogue, Fitness and Marie Claire magazines. The Xtend Barre studio in Bel Air is the first of its kind in Maryland.
The students in a recent class are a testament to the broad appeal of this workout. Members ranged from their 20s to late middle age. There is even one student in her 70s. Some come because they enjoy dancing, while some come to develop strength and muscle tone.
“My own doctor stresses the importance of weight-bearing exercise in order to build or maintain bone density,” says DeVoe. “Women of all ages need to pay attention to the health of their bones.”
Xtend Barre workouts are done at a ballet barre, offering important benefits only weight-bearing exercise can give, and taking traditional exercise moves and re-inventing them. For example, instead of getting down on the floor and doing push-ups, students remain standing and push against the barre using their own body weight as resistance. Other moves involve modifications of traditional ballet poses that will tone, stretch and firm muscles.
“This workout creates lean muscle and core strength without a lot of wear and tear on the joints,” DeVoe says. “It’s really the perfect workout.” I95