Happy 2016! Inspired by the Renwick Gallery's stunning new installation called WONDER, I am reminded how deeply personal our experiences of "wonder" are. read more
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b.fit barre blends strength training, Pilates and ballet-barre work in a high-energy, core-strengthening workout that isolates muscle groups, using precise, targeted reps. The method is based on the concept that fitness-savvy consumers are constantly in pursuit of new and challenging, results-oriented techniques. Our passionate b.fit team has seen the method transform bodies, creating long, lean muscles, while increasing endurance and flexibility. Beyond results, we take pride in having built a community of devotees who have proven to be invaluable in recommending the workout to friends and family. Our success is based on a firm belief that the clients drive the business, and we promote camaraderie and personal guidance in every class.
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B.Fit Barre owner Linda Bachrack, chose to feed her addiction to the incredibly challenging and effective barre technique by transitioning from barre student to barre-keep when she moved to DC in 2005. “I call it my psycho mid-life crisis,” says the former magazine editor, “but introducing b.fit barre classes to the DC area has been extremely satisfying.” Linda is the mother of three grown children and a grandmother of seven, but feels as though she’s nurturing and encouraging an entire community of dedicated and hard-working barre devotees in the joy and pain of continuous tucks, curls, lifts and pulses. “We’re burning up the ballet barre … join us for a power hour.”
Jenna Velella /trainer
Jenna grew up outside New York City in Oceanside where she spent her youth performing - singing, acting and dancing all around New York. She put performance on hold during her undergraduate years at Cornell, but stayed dedicated to fitness as an avid runner. Jenna moved to DC in 2004, and found b.fit a year later. She trained with Lotte Berk disciple, Carrie Rezabek, in 2007, and has been teaching ever since, even during a 2-year stint at Cornell, while pursuing her MBA. In 2013, she welcomed her daughter, Sophie, to the world — and developed b.fit's pre/postnatal barre program. Jenna's permanent residence is now in Philadelphia, where she works in corporate operations for Starr Restaurant Organization. Luckily, her job brings her to DC weekly, and she remains teacher and trainer at b.fit. In addition to barre, Jenna is a devoted Baptiste yoga practitioner, spinner and runner. Despite a whirlwind work schedule and dedication to teaching and training, her best energy is spent exploring and enjoying life's pleasures with toddler Sophie, husband Jason, and dog Jonah by her side.
Los Angeles native Charmaine Chan moved to DC after graduating from the University of Michigan. As a former cheerleader, choreo/hip hop dancer and even a rugby player, you can say Charmaine has a passion for sports and fitness. She has always been in pursuit of the perfect workout. From spinning to Bollywood dancing, she has done it all. However, the discovery of barre has transformed her workout routine. She loves that the method makes working out fun and is never the same. Charmaine enjoys barre so much, she wants to share it with the rest of DC. When she is not working out, you’ll find Charmaine planning her next big trip and seeking good food and wine with friends in the city. She can’t wait to see you all in class!
Taylor moved to DC to pursue a career in nursing, after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky. As a busy nursing student, she struggled to find an efficient workout that kept her interest and also offered tangible results. Thankfully, it wasn't too long until she discovered b.fit barre. Taylor immediately became addicted to the b. fit method, thanks to its intense and focused strengthening techniques which are always choreographed to upbeat, energizing music. Taylor took her commitment to the b. fit method to the next level by becoming a barre-tender, in hopes of sharing this amazing workout with the growing DC barre community. When she's not in the studio, Taylor loves baking, hunting for vintage home goods and working on her next playlist.
A ballet dancer for many years, Kelly loved the precision, fluidity, and personal challenge of dancing en pointe, qualities she fell in love with all over again at b.fit barre. “Don’t worry, though, you won’t find tutus and piano arpeggios in my classes,” she says, “just a fast-paced, upbeat, music-driven workout with plenty of smiles.” Away from the barre, you can find Kelly in a different teaching role: as an instructor at Georgetown University, where she teaches environmental ethics, global justice and other philosophy courses. She holds a BA from Harvard and MA from Georgetown, where she recently completed a PhD program, and now works at its flagship ethics institute. She loves meeting new students, brainstorming fun choreography and searching for the next perfect song to introduce in class. “Hope to see you at the barre sometime soon!”
A Minnesota native, Chrissi moved to the District in 2008 after discovering a love for politics on the campaign trails of Iowa and Missouri. With a busy work schedule that forced her to stay fairly transient, it was a challenge to find a workout routine that was as efficient as it was effective. A ballerina since 3-years-old, Chrissi always found herself drawn to group exercise options that synced movement with music. Chrissi discovered the b.fit community in 2012 when she returned to DC after a year-long campaign stint in Boston, and immediately knew she had found her niche. As an instructor, she feeds her creative side by marrying rhythmic beats with dance-inspired movements, resulting in an inspiring and intensive workout experience that leaves all her students grooving. When she’s not tending the barre or greeting students at the b.fit check-in desk, Chrissi serves as Chief of Staff for External Affairs at a Washington government agency. In her free time, you can find her biking through the District – Chili Dog and Queso in tow – seeking out the perfect dry rosé and vintage furniture treasures.
Stephanie was born in Boston, but spent many years traveling internationally with her family as a young child. She was exposed to various forms of dance in her early years and was also a student of the piano. It was then that she developed a foundational interest in movement and music. She holds a B.S. in business from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A from Xavier University in Ohio. Stephanie’s lifelong pursuit of an active lifestyle has included playing team sports such as basketball, tennis and running. She’s been a student of barre since 2008 when she discovered the practice in Minneapolis. Giving her a sense of rejuvenation and accomplishment, it instantly became a part of her regular routine. She comes to the barre "to find balance and focus.” Stephanie’s hope as an instructor is to help others do the same.
Kristen did most of her “growing up” in three great states – California, Arkansas and Indiana, and proudly had a southern drawl from first to seventh grade. A former gymnast since the age of 6, she back-flipped her way through her college years at UC Berkeley. After earning a Master’s degree at the University of Michigan, Kristen moved to DC in 2007 to start a career in educational research and policy, and reconnect with high school friends. In search of a workout that was fast-paced, always challenging, yet easy on her beat-up joints, she found b.fit barre soon after the studio opened, and has been hooked to the music-driven pulses and tucks ever since. Kristen lives right around the corner from the studio with her husband and the other love of her life, Franny, a spunky terrier and dachshund mix. She is getting ready to take on a big new role in February 2016 as mom to baby boy [?].
Katie was born and raised in New York City, where she trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. She received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and her B.A. from Smith College, where she performed modern jazz and hip-hop pieces with the student-run dance company, Celebrations! In addition to b.fit barre, Katie has over 300 hours of yoga teacher training including certifications in vinyasa, rocket and prana flow yoga. Now a lawyer in Washington, Katie was thrilled to discover the b.fit community and Linda’s charming studio in Logan Circle. “B.Fit Barre is a blast — it’s a fun, challenging workout that leaves you feeling energized and strong regardless of whether you’re a barre expert or a new beginner."
After earning her law degree in New York, Gina moved to DC in 2007 to start her career on Capitol Hill. Now a Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress, Gina searched for a workout that offered balance to her busy workdays. She stopped her search when she found the fun and always challenging practice of b.fit barre. She’s now taking her passion for the practice, and using it to teach her students. When she’s not at the studio, Gina enjoys cooking, traveling and pretending she can play golf. She’s an avid Nats fan – “except when they play the NY Yankees” – and she is always in search of a great book. Her classes offer an intense and creative routine set to music that will make you want to move.
Kristin Queen Shaffer
A native Texan, Kristin moved to DC after graduating from college in 2000. At the encouragement of a friend, Kristin took her first barre class in 2008, and loved it! But a crazy work-travel schedule, pregnancy and life as a first-time mom prevented her from attending regularly until fall 2010, when she “re-discovered” barre for the second time. A lifelong athlete, running track and cross-country in high school and college, Kristin was looking for a way to get back into shape after her first child, and more importantly, find some “me time.” After her first class back, she was hooked and made b.fit her "home away from home," attending barre classes three times a week. As a student she returned time and again because of the community, the music and the challenging workout that was never predictable or old. As a barre-tender, this full time working mom brings her love of barre and exercise, and her powerful playlist, to class each week. Her goal: “kick your butt every class; anything less isn't worth your time.”
A lawyer by day, Alicia discovered barre when looking for a challenging, but fun, exercise routine that she wouldn't get bored with. And after her first barre class, she was hooked. Alicia loves introducing newcomers to barre, as well as making barre veterans feel the burn. “That's one of the great things about barre,” she says, “everyone can dig deep for a harder workout.” Alicia holds a B.A. in Political Communication and a M.A. in Political Management from George Washington University, as well as a J.D. from New York University. In her free time she is involved with community theater. She loves coming to barre to focus on the workout and the music, and forget the rest of the world for an hour. She hopes to make every class a fun and intense workout for all her students.
|05:00 pm||Advanced Burner|
|06:00 pm||Last Call|
|07:45 pm||Barre Basic||tag||tag||tag|
|1 month unlimited||$200|
|3 month unlimited||$450|
|6 month unlimited||$750|
|10 classes students and teachers||$150|
|2 classes new student special||$22|
Barre-Burner classes are 45 minutes.
Barre Basics recommended for first-time barre students.
All other class times are original b.fit barre classes, recommended for all levels.
strength + grace in the new year13 January 2016
Happy 2016! Inspired by the Renwick Gallery's stunning new installation called WONDER, I am reminded how deeply personal our experiences of "wonder" are. While the artists' commissions celebrate a myriad of natural objects, and invite us to marvel at their transformations into large-scale sculptures, I was prompted to reflect on my time at the studio and just how wondrous the everyday and the ordinary can be.
In this new year, I hope you will join all of us at b.fit in resolving to appreciate the little wonders in the studio -- sunlight streaming through the bay window, the synchrony of music and movement, the grace of a lengthening stretch, the beauty of a pointed toe, the power of a deep plie, and, most of all, the self-satisfaction of a body strengthened through hard work and perseverance. AmericanArt.si.edu/renwick
5 classes/$50 -- a great way to get acquainted with us
1-month unlimited/$150 -- the valentine's day push
Join our own Kristin Shaffer and Amy Rizzoto of MOARfit for a 3-week mash-up of heart-racing HIIT circuits, plyometrics and barre. These girls are on a mission to make you feel strong, fearless and confident in 2016. Get ready for a killer workout!
sundays 330 - 430 pm
Jan. 17, 24 and 31
$55 for the series/pay in the studio/sign up now under workshops on mindbody.
Taylor welcomed her new baby boy Everett Tucker into the world on Dec. 30. We can't wait to meet him! What a special holiday gift. And we're thinking he might go by Tuck, so we expect him to be the new studio mascot. Congratulations Taylor and Mark!
Check out the launch of our new, updated website, bfitdc.com. Thanks to Miro Minarovych for the gorgeous photography and the re-design (onthemoon.tv)
Don't forget to follow us on instagram (bfitbarre) and Facebook (B Fit) for studio updates, last-minute class changes and weather cancellations.
One tuck, one pulse,
Linda and your barre-tenders
1339 14th Street
Washington, DC 20005