In my latest podcast episode, I talked with barre3 Master Trainer and VP of Research, Lisa Schale-Drake, and there were so many takeaways during our chat, you know I have to share!
A Few Things About Lisa: What’s a Master Trainer, anyway?
Most simply put, Lisa’s job is to stay up to date on science pertaining to workouts, body mechanics, physical therapy and anything else related to healthy living. She then takes that information and puts that right into the barre3 workouts.
Because barre3’s workouts are always changing–and I mean always, the trainers have a different workout literally every week–it always needs to be informed by the latest information. And that’s what Lisa’s job is.
And this isn’t just about taking information from the outside and bringing it is: barre3 hosts focus groups of their own members, gets their feedback, and takes that info back to adjust the workouts. Lisa says the goal to make practitioners feel “amazing from the inside out.”
Lisa’s background is actually in musical theater. She always loved fitness, though, and ended up falling in love with the barre3 workout when she was in Portland in 2008.
As she transitioned into fitness as her career, she says she “dove in 100%” with fitness, soaking up wisdom from various trainers and workout practitioners all across Portland, then in turn bringing that back to the barre3 experience.
“For the past ten years, I’ve basically been studying the body.” -Lisa Schale-Drake
barre3: Never the Same Place Twice
One of my favorite things about barre3 is that the workouts are always changing.
Anyone who does barre3 knows that the workouts change weekly, so unless you have the same instructor during the week, you absolutely won’t be getting the same workout twice. And I’m actually sore every time I do a class, which is saying something for a workout I’ve been doing steadily for 3 and a half years.
So Wait… What’s barre3 All About Anyway?
I’ve posted on barre3 before and here’s what I have to say about it, but the simplest explanation for the workout comes from Lisa herself, and this is a better description than I could ever give. 🙂
“barre3 is a full-body balance workout that combines strength conditioning, cardio and mindfulness.”
And guys, this workout is good for literally any phase of life. Newbie, young, old, pregnant, postpartum, people who consider themselves marathoners or triathletes, CrossFitters or anyone else. What you’ll get from barre3 is a complementary exercise that helps to bring your body back to a state of balance and strength to complement your regular workout.
Here’s what barre3 has done for me:
- Aligned my body
- Improved my balance
- Helped my wonky hip (thank you, ten years of running!) to finally feel better for an extended period of time
- A toned core
- Stronger legs
Meeting You Where You Are
That means you don’t have to be an expert to go in, or even someone that necessarily loves working out. You just have to show up and put in the effort. You’ll feel calmed and strengthened, in both mind and spirit.
This is just a taste of what Lisa and I dig into! You have to check out the podcast episode to get more information and hear what she has to say about:
+ WHAT’S HOT IN THE WORKOUT INDUSTRY AND HOW BARRE3 IS KEEPING UP
+ HER MORNING ROUTINE WITH HER YOUNG TWINS AND FAMILY
+ TAILORING YOUR WORKOUT TO FIT YOUR CURRENT FITNESS LEVEL
+ WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU DO “SMALL RANGE” WORKOUTS
+ THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY WHEN IT COMES TO STAYING FIT