Trainers blend Pilates core work with ballet exercises and yoga to help build strong, lean muscle
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About Q&A with Kristen Hall, Owner of Marie Christine's Dance and Fitness
Tell us about your business.
Marie Christine's Dance and Fitness was founded as a way to help women 18 and older to meet their wellness and fitness goals. Our founder, Kristen Hall Poage, is certified in various Barre methodologies (PrimaBarre, Booty Barre, Vbarre) as well as POP Pilates. These workout methods will create a lean, toned, and sculpted physique.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our workouts are challenging, but we strive to create and upbeat environment that is filled with plenty of encouraging words. We also pull a lot of positive focus into each class to help our clients visualize meeting their goals and creating the body they've always wanted. We provide modifications for those who feel that they are not yet ready for some of our more challenging routines. We change our workout routines weekly in order to keep our class fresh and exciting, and we also assist our clients by being available for any questions before and after class.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
We believe that the workout environment should be free of any judgment. Clients of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels are encouraged to join our class.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
A typical class is 60 minutes in length. Our Barre classes begin with a warm-up, followed by several routines that sculpt the arms, legs, gluts, and abdominals. We stretch between each workout segment and utilize light hand weights, exercise bands, and medicine balls. Each workout is done using the Ballet Barre. POP Pilates is completely mat based! It's an incredible fusion of ab chiseling, total body defining moves choreographed to your favorite Top 40 Hits. This intense workout challenges the student to flow from one exercise to the next, developing a rock solid core while leaving no muscle untouched.
Equipment: Ballet barre. Resistance bands are available for purchase.
Students should bring: Pilates mat, small hand towel, and water.
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot