2012-03-14 / Business

Feel the burn — program offers fitness training at the barre

by ANDREA KIMBRIEL
Editor


Mary McKendry leads Burn at the Barre workout classes at One on One Fitness & Karate Center. 
Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Mary McKendry leads Burn at the Barre workout classes at One on One Fitness & Karate Center. Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Maria McKendry encountered the barre technique, a combination of yoga, Pilates, ballet, and hand weight and isometric exercises, while traveling in Los Angeles.

Now a certified barre trainer as well as a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified personal trainer and a physical therapist at Brothers of Mercy, McKendry is offering Burn at the Barre classes at One on One Fitness & Karate Center, 9142 Main St., Clarence.

This style of fitness training is popular in California and New York City and has started to spread throughout the United States, said McKendry, who believes that her business is the first of its kind in this area.

“There’s a buzz out there with people wanting to get started with it,” she said.

McKendry said barre was developed by Russian dancer Lotte Berk in the 1950s as a way to rehabilitate herself after a back injury. It incorporates the ballet barre, although previous dance experience is not necessary for participants.

McKendry is a marathon runner and a triathlete but found the barre workout challenging.

“I was like, ‘Wow, this is great,’” said McKendry, noting that she could see a change in her body while doing the moves about five times.

While effects will vary based on individual fitness levels, McKendry said the program helps people get results quickly.

Her program improves posture, flexibility, coordination, endurance and muscle tone and offers a cardiovascular workout. Hourlong classes are offered for about 10 to 12 people and are set to fast-paced music. She also offers a beginner class.

“If you’re not at a fitness level where you can handle the moves, that’s the place to start,” she said.

She’ll help people develop the correct technique to exercise the correct muscle and avoid injury.

The classes are appropriate for women or men ages 16 and older, she said. She began offering the classes on March 1. They are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

She hopes to have themes, such as “1980s Day,” and potentially add evening and Saturday classes.

“I just want people to have fun and enjoy it,” she said.

She knew One on One Fitness owner Al Festaiuti through their work organizing the Flight 3407 Memorial Run in 2009 and 2010, and when this opportunity opened up, he agreed to let her use space in his facility.

More information about the classes are available at www.burnatthebarrewny.com, www.facebook.com/burnatthebarre or by calling 880-7049.

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