May 2017 Newsletter read more
Its not Just a Fitness Factory.
Its a community.
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.
be strong ... be focused ... be energized
see you at the (ballet) barre!
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.
A proud NYC native, Clare moved to D.C. last year for a position in President Obama's administration after covering politics and working in news for seven years. Clare received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College. After discovering barre in 2014 in New York, Clare was eager to find a barre studio in her neighborhood and found a community with Linda and the b.fit family. She loved that each teacher had her own style and technique, and especially loved that each curated playlist reflected the teacher's unique choreography. Clare loves how barre is a mix of proper form, small but powerful muscle control and dynamic flow to push you past your limits and have those sweat beads dropping! During her free time, Clare loves to explore new cities (for the food!), sing her lungs out at karaoke, and hit up live music shows.
Born and raised in Brazil, Ana and her family moved to New York when she was 12 years old. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Ana studied International Development at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Bologna, Italy. She then moved to Washington, D.C. to begin her career as a teacher. In addition to teaching, Ana coordinates an English language development program across 17 D.C. schools that serve underprivileged youth. After discovering barre workouts over two years ago, Ana quickly fell in love with the b.fit studio. She loves b.fit for its welcoming atmosphere, sense of community, and the fun, but always challenging, classes. Being a barre-tender allows Ana to combine her passions for both teaching and barre. If you don't see Ana at the studio for more than a week, she is likely traveling. Ana visits her extended family in Brazil as often as she can, and discovers new places as well. So far she has been to 30 countries!
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 shares her life with her husband and the other loves of her life, a new baby boy, and Franny, a spunky terrier and dachshund mix.
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.”
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.
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.
|07:00 am||Barre-Burner||Barre-Burner||Barre-Burner||B.Fit Barre||Barre-Burner|
|09:15 am||B.Fit Barre||B.Fit Barre|
|10:30 am||B.Fit Barre||B.Fit Barre|
|04:00 pm||B.Fit Barre|
|05:30 pm||Barre-Burner||Barre-Burner||Barre-Burner||Barre-Burner||B.Fit Barre|
|06:00 pm||Barre Basics|
|06:30 pm||B.Fit Barre||B.Fit Barre||B.Fit Barre||B.Fit Barre|
|07:45 pm||Barre Basics||B.Fit Barre||Barre-Burner||B.Fit Barre|
|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-Burners are challenging 45-minute classes, recommended for intermediate level barre students.
Barre Basics recommended for first-time barre students.
All other class times are original one-hour b.fit barre classes, recommended for all levels.
Grippy socks required in the studio for stability, comfort, cushion and hygiene.
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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
may ... a prelude to summer02 May 2017
May ... a celebratory month of holidays and graduations and sunshine and the high anticipation of summer escapes. We're having some fun in the studio this month. Come sweat with us!
12:15 p.m. Wednesdays Pop-Up Burner: Save the date every Wednesday in May, starting tomorrow 5/3. Kristin hijacks your lunch hour with a high-energy, 45-minute barre break.
12 p.m. Saturday, May 13 Community Class: Join Chrissi for a donation class to benefit the See Forever Foundation. The foundation supports the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC. For the past 20 years, these schools have given at-risk children and young adults a second chance. They are striving to continue their mission. Sign up online. Suggested donation of $20 will be collected in the studio, and all proceeds will go to the organization.
11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 14 "Love You, Mama": Kristin welcomes all moms, moms-to-be, and mom/daughter duos to a special Mother's Day celebration at the barre.
5:30 p.m. Sundays "Last Call": Beginning this Sun. 5/7, we finish out the week with one "Last Call at the Barre" class. It's your last chance to end the week on a positive note, and reset for Monday morning. Please note that the former 5 and 6 p.m. classes are taking a hiatus for the summer. If it's 5:30 on Sun., you should meet Amanda at the barre!
Memorial Day schedule:
10:30 a.m. Chrissi
12 p.m. Chrissi
5 p.m. Kristin
Keep your barre practice consistent with our May special: 25 percent off of our 20-class package. $225/20 classes, no expiration
We love D.C.'s summer interns. If you're here for the summer, come try b.fit barre. $150 for unlimited classes all summer long. Pass this along to the new intern in your office.
Put a sock on it! As one who is averse to too many rules and regulations, I've held out on this one for the past 10 years. Unfortunately, the "bare feet dilemma" is a legit concern. I'm sure most of you are already sock converts, as socks are a requirement at many barre studios. Beginning May 15, we will institute a grippy-sock requirement, just in time for sweaty foot season. For two weeks, all of our socks are available for purchase for $5. Grab a pair and make them a favorite workout wear essential. I think you'll love them!
Please check our Facebook (B Fit) page for last-minute schedule changes. And don't forget our instagram feed: @bfitbarre Follow us!
One tuck, one pulse, Linda and your barre-tenders
free to be ... a rock star at the barre02 May 2016
april newsletter02 May 2016
spring forward15 March 2016
b.fit barre ... a burning passion11 February 2016
hello love ...
|b.fit trainer, jenna, and her daughter sophie
our valentine to you
February just might be the biggest party month of the year. So many reasons to celebrate -- the Super Bowl, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day, even Leap Day! Though the weather might be more conducive to Netflix bingeing, lift your spirits with some high-energy barre classes ... and then go out and party!
This month only, 20 classes for $214 (our nod to the calendar). Happy Valentine's Day.
The exclusive "heart" bottle is your gift to yourself in February. Who can resist a bkr water bottle that's more accessory than necessity?
bkr at the barre -- a match made in heaven. This little indulgence is on sale for $27 this month (reg. $34).
5 p.m. Sun., Feb. 14 -- and the passion begins ... at the ballet barre. Stephanie brings the heat to her advanced barre burner, combining heart-stopping cardio with some sensuous dance moves and ballet stretches. The perfect prelude to romance!
clare + ana
Welcome your newest barre-tenders. You've probably met Clare already, as she plunged headlong into a teaching schedule in January. Join Ana for her free apprentice class Fri., Feb.12 at 6 p.m. You've seen her stunning form in class, and she's ready to share her barre technique with you. We'll post her teaching schedule soon.
Please check our Facebook (B Fit) page for last-minute schedule changes and snow-day cancellations. We'll try our best to keep as many classes as possible in inclement weather. We were open every day during the blizzard for all you wonderful die-hard barre groupies.
We will also be adding a couple of new classes this month, including a 6 p.m. basics class on Friday. Watch the MindBody schedule for the official start date.
Check out our beautiful new website at bfitdc.com. Photography by the immensely talented Miro Minarovych @ onthemoon.tv
And don't forget our instagram feed: @bfitbarre Follow us!
One tuck, one pulse,
Linda and your barre-tenders
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