[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How much time do you spend mindlessly listening to the radio or T.V. each day? If days fly by and hours disappear, it is likely that you lose valuable time doing even necessary tasks like driving or preparing meals. If you have never listened to podcasts, you will find a whole world of people out there with similar interests as you that are talking about issues and topics that you care about! Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn about things you are fascinated by and hear experts discuss things you care about. Some of the most popular podcasts out there are on topics like sports, politics and true crime. There are so many more possibilities, however, that allow listeners to dive in to more specific topics like startup businesses, specific television shows and behavioral psychology, for example.

THAT is why we decided to create our very own podcast about what it’s like to be a barre instructor. BarreCast was created to bring instructors together in an industry that can often feel very isolated and even cut throat. We all have the same vision to make our communities better by teaching classes we love. Take a listen and see what you think!

Episode 1, we discuss with one of the authors of our manuals and Master Instructor, Hallie Edmonds, how the integration of ballet makes fitness more attainable-not more elite. Many barre classes you may come across make students feel left out if they don’t have a ballet background. Ballet is the foundation of barre because of the discipline and shapes the body makes in the movement. It is unlike any other movement form out there and that makes it seem out of reach for the general population. Our job as Barre Instructors is to make that accessible for our students- not to ‘dumb’ it down but really to explain why certain positions and movements have the names they do. We can also bring the ballet fundamentals to athletes that are used to training in a very different way. By focusing the work on smaller muscle groups in the body, we create a physical discipline that athletes do not typically get in their training elsewhere.

If you are an avid podcast listener, share what inspires you! If you have never even heard of podcasts, try searching a topic you are interested in and see what you find. Your challenge is to find new ways to be mindful in the mundane tasks you do so you are growing and learning throughout each day. Don’t let those precious seconds fly by!

Listen to our BarreCast Podcast:


The class outline for March is all set to our own version of those awesome Jock Jams CD’s you know you love! And that inspired us to use that trusty ball for almost all of the exercises listed…even some of the stretches! These outlines are meant to inspire you as instructors to try something new, use fresh music and put classes together that your clients will LOVE! Use some or all of the outline provided to try new things and push your clients to the next level while continuing to focus on safety. There are so many tutorials out there and it can be nearly impossible to differentiate between exercises that are safe and unsafe in a 30 second video. We promise these exercises have all been designed and approved by our expert Master Instructors to ensure safety and accuracy. If you need more clarification or information about anything listed in these class outlines, never hesitate to reach out to us at support@barrecertification.com and we will be more than happy to help! Be sure to tag us in anything you post about these themed classes! We want to show you and your dedicated clients off to the world!

How often do you feel a creative block as an instructor and feel your students losing interest. It can be such a challenge to come up with themes, songs, exercises and outlines that feel fresh and new for students. So many certified barre instructors choose to teach classes because they love fitness and empowering their community. This should not translate to hours alone in the studio stressing out about future classes. Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices, personal efficiency, and small steps to make big changes. We have based BarreZen on this principle because we know that instructors are self-motivated people that want to make a difference in the world and their lives. If you are an instructor that loves the moments when you help students come to huge revelations but struggle to stay inspired yourself, this is the place to find that inspiration. New class outlines and playlists will be posted monthly by our very own Master Instructors. If you think you may have an idea to contribute to members, we want to hear about it! Let us know how you stay inspired daily! Tag us in your social posts to share new ways to approach classes @barrecertification #barrezen and have fun!