The newest fitness craze in Spokane is inspired by dance, but this isn’t Zumba. Spokane has two new studios — Spokane Barre and The Bar Method Spokane — that borrow from ballet training for intense fitness classes with results. The idea is ballet-inspired leg exercises paired with core strength, with variations each time so the routine doesn’t get dull.
“It’s one-inch movements, but it’s pretty intense,” says Kerrianne Thronson, owner of the Bar Method Spokane. She initially liked the program for its attention to detail, but was won over by the effects. “It worked,” she says. “It worked quickly and it was challenging.”
Certified instructor Mary Conklin first tried the program at Thronson’s recommendation and was impressed by how well it worked. “I had ab muscles that I thought were shot after having three babies, and they’re back,” she says.
Spokane Barre is owned by Emily Rogers, who was previously a corporate trainer. She designed the barre program after seeing that a lot of women weren’t getting the results they’d hoped for.
“They weren’t getting that lean, feminine look that they were really wanting,” she says.
Because the classes target hard-to-reach muscles, they’ve been popular with runners and other athletes as a complement to their other activities. And since they can accommodate many ages and skill levels, it’s popular for moms and daughters to sign up together.