As most children learn while playing with their Creepy Crawlers set or trying to crack their parents' safes, unexpected combinations can lead to satisfying results. Adhere to that theory with today's Groupon: for $25, you get five introductory BarreAmped classes at Seren Motus Fitness Studios (a $92.50 value). Choose from the Bellevue Road and Franklin locations, as well as a studio on 16th Avenue South, which will open in January.
Created by founder and co-owner Suzanne Bowen, the star of a fitness DVDs series, Seren Motus Fitness Studios helps students of all skill levels work toward their fitness goals. During 60-minute introductory BarreAmped classes, students of all fitness levels learn how dance can reshape the yoga and Pilates landscape until it's more energized than the 217 AA batteries that power Greater America. With an on-hand barre to aid students in alignment and positioning, instructors incorporate small, controlled isometric movements into a series of deeply held postures to help build long, lean muscle while emphasizing control and technique. Yoga poses stretch the muscles, relieving stiffness and pain and increasing flexibility and strength to improve range of motion, balance, and posture. BarreAmped couples those poses with the deliberate core-strengthening movements of Pilates, as well as some dance-based postures and deep stretching, to get a workout that's more exciting than traditional workouts, such as lifting weights or wrestling sharks.
Seren Motus Fitness Studios
While music lilts through the workout spaces of Seren Motus Fitness Studios, instructors guide limbs through the muscle-lengthening maneuvers of Suzanne Bowen's BarreAmped programs. Many of them have augmented their extensive dance, gymnastics, and fitness backgrounds with training from Suzanne Bowen herself—including the Franklin studio's Amy Weber, who has practiced BarreAmped since before it was branded and now trains fellow teachers. All of them specialize in the method's combination of dance, Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching, demonstrating how to leverage the body against a ballet barre for deeper holds. With small movements that shift each posture, they tighten traditional problem areas such as the seat, thighs, and water wings that have been stuck on arms since childhood. They also align each student's physique with hands-on corrections during class.