News From The Barre

May 2016

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Friend Friday

Forget happy hour at the bar. Enjoy time with friends at the barre on Fridays this May.

For the month of May we will be running a Friend Friday special. Bring a friend who has never taken a Be Barre Fit class before on Fridays and they get in for free. To book, email or call the studio.

So call your mom! Text your best friend! Everyone is welcome to any Friday class. We look forward to seeing you at the barre!

Meet Stephanie at the Barre

In 2015, Stephanie Prather took a leap.

She left the professional world to become a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. At the same time, she also became a second-time student at the University of Delaware working toward a behavioral health science degree with minors in nutrition as well as strength and conditioning.

And now she's an instructor with Be Barre Fit. You can find her at the barre teaching the new 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday class as well as the occasional early morning class.

“I am blessed to be able to have the opportunity to make the second half of my life mirror my passions. I am even more fortunate to have a supportive husband and family that backs me all the way,” Stephanie said.

It was a desire for something outside her regime of running, cycling, yoga and weights that brought her to the barre. She said she was searching for something that would give her the intensity she loves without the impact.

“I do find the burn addicting, but the fact it’s low-impact on my joints is even more appealing. Now in my 40s, I really try to listen and work with my body differently,” she said.

And anyone looking for a serious workout can find it in Stephanie's class.

“I can be intense. I believe working muscles to fatigue\overload, then stretching gets one stronger,” she said. “I keep that in mind when I work out. I also believe rest days are important. I listen to my body and have become better at giving it what it needs.”

Her hometown is Harleysville, Pa., but she has been a Delaware resident for 20 years. She currently lives in Newark with her husband.

“I met my husband on the bike in a cycling club we both belong to. He saved me when I lost the wheel of the rider in the front. We’ve been riding together ever since,” she said.

Another person she likes to stay active with is her close friend Kathy Mowczan, who suggested she try barre and come to Be Barre Fit. The two already worked out together by doing yoga and going on walks.

“It’s nice having a couple of my favorite people active because it means I don’t have to sacrifice my workout to get bonding time in with each of them,” she said.

Stephanie said she prefers to teach a more traditional barre class, leaning toward the Lotte Berk Method, which concentrates on targeting specific areas for strength and flexibility training. However, Stephanie will also throw in bursts of cardio to elevate the heart rate.

So, if you come to her next class, “push through it and go toward the burn,” Stephanie advised.

“You will see results!”

More barre!

We're excited to announce our barre schedule is expanding.

Patti Rothman will be joining us to teach gentle barre on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. This class will be a fusion of the Total Barre method common at Be Barre Fit and Zenga, mindful movements based in yoga. This is a great class for newbies or anyone who wants to slow things down and focus on each movement. Come meet Patti!

Also, for those who can't get enough regular barre, we will be adding 4 p.m. classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Stephanie Prather.

We hope these changes will accommodate your schedule. Any feedback on what else you'd like to see? Let us know!

We're on a roll!

Did you see Trish tend the bar at April's "Keep the Arts Alive Yorklyn" guest bartending event at the BBC Tavern? Thanks to everyone who came out and helped raise $4,440 for Yorklyn's Center for the Creative Arts! "Keep the Arts Alive Yorklyn” will revitalize the facility and grounds of the community arts center on Upper Snuff Mill Row.

Our next big event is an all-you-can-eat shrimp fest with George & Sons Seafood Market. RSVP to guarantee your seat on May 16. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the market, located at 215 Old Lancaster Pike in Hockessin. A flat fee of $20 covers all the shrimp you want (drinks are not included). Call 302-239-7204 to grab your seat.

Can't make it? If you love Capriotti's, the sandwich shop in Lantana Square is also involved. Between May 9 and 14, Capriotti's will donate $1 for every large hoagie ordered.

This fundraising project launched April 1 and officially closes at a block party bash at CCArts on June 4. For more information, follow Keep the Arts Alive Yorklyn on Facebook.