A shared passion in fitness brought The Barre Code's co-founders Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin together in 2009 to form a unique boutique studio crafted around women's fitness. After years of independently choreographing workouts, the duo joined forces to form The Barre Code –formerly Barre Bee Fit– a fitness program dedicated to crafting workout regimens around the Barre Code mantra. Since 2010, the pair have been teaching classes that uphold the Barre Code's mantra and promote cardiovascular conditioning, strength-training, and restoration.
In a short time, The Barre Code has expanded from a small studio space to a national franchise which includes multiple locations throughout the U.S. Workouts center around the ballet barre and feature stamina-building exercises that help rapidly build stronger arms, abs, thighs, and glutes. New routines are available each week and classes that include kickboxing, high-intensity interval training, yoga, and dance continually evolve to keep up with fitness innovations. Participants can also count on instructors to regularly introduce new props and moves to keep them interested and seeing results.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I'm not your typical cookie cutter trainer. Before I start training a client I give them a functional movement system (FMS) assessment, a screen used nationally by athletes to reduce injuries. I then tailor my workouts to each person
for not only weight loss, but to make them better and stronger.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
My exercises are designed to not only be effective, but to be fun and challenging.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have been training people for over 16 years and I like the feeling I get when I have helped someone achieve their goal, the scrawny kid, the post pregnant mom or the person with an injury post rehab. After working for corporate fitness companies I wanted to go on my own to better serve my clients.
What do you love most about your job?
Empowering people with health and fitness spills over in their personal lives, with families, hobbies and jobs. This makes life easier and more enjoyable for everyone.
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