Jordan is the owner of Barre Forte Wichita. Jordan was an avid runner for a number of years until she discovered barre, which was the perfect complement to her running routine. Jordan fell in love with barre and, as that love grew, she became interested in opening her own barre studio. That dream came true in April of 2017, when she opened the first Kansas Barre Forte! A true Kansas girl, Jordan grew up in the country area and spent most of her childhood outdoors. She attended Wichita State for her undergraduate degree, followed by the University of Kansas School of Law. In addition to owning and instructing at the studio, Jordan also practices law in private practice.
When you think about the Pepsi Center, the first things that might come to your mind are great concerts, live events, and of course, the beloved Denver Nuggets. If you’re a diehard Nuggets fan, the Pepsi Center is the place to be! But, what if you could actually be on the same court where the Nuggets play their home games? That’s right – you’ll be center stage on that shiny wood floor when you sign up for Barre on the Court.
Barre on the Court is a 60-minute barre class, led by the incredible Brena Kautz. Brena is the Director of Instructor Development at Barre Forte in Denver, and will be conducting this special class on the court on November 12, at 3pm. We can’t even begin to tell you all of the awesome benefits that come with this event, but first, let’s clear the air.
If you’ve never heard of barre workouts, they combine elements of ballet, Pilates, and yoga. If you have heard of it, you may think it’s “just for women.” And, yes – it’s a very popular workout program for women. But, the truth is, it will kick a man’s booty, too!
Try comparing it to your next weight session at the gym, and see what leaves you feeling more taxed and fit – we’re willing to bet it’s a close race – but barre will definitely be more FUN – especially with friends! Taking this barre class at the Pepsi Center gives you a chance to try something new, grab your buddies, and settle in for a day of health, laughter, fitness, new friends and so much more. You’ll be learning from an incredibly talented instructor, and you get to do your workout on the exact same floor as the Nuggets will play later that same night!
Speaking of which, the fun doesn’t stop with the end of the workout. In fact, after your barre experience, you’ll have earned yourself a trip to the concession stand for your favorite treats, while you stick around and watch the Denver Nuggets play the Pistons. You’ll be able to watch the game from the stands, knowing you had a spot on that court just hours earlier. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday, isit?
This one of a kind experience is truly something you’ll never forget, so be sure to bring along some friends, and enjoy every second of being on the court, to watching your favorite team play. Ticket prices include the class itself, barre socks, and of course – a ticket to the game!
Be sure to sign up by Nov 2nd to get the specially priced tickets for this unforgettable event at: www.nuggetstix.com/barre1617. Upper Center (300-Level) Just $27 (normally $34) and End Loge (100-Level) just $48 (normally $62 each)!
So, ladies – grab your men! Guys, grab your friends and we’ll see you on the court!
Barre on the Court
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016
Class at 3 PM /Nuggets Vs. Pistons at 7 PM
Barre workouts are influenced by ballet, yoga, Pilates, and, of course, Jane Fonda. The influences of such varied disciplines allows us great freedom to pick and choose the most effective exercises from each of these disciplines. For example, I absolutely love Pilates based ab exercises (“C” shape curve of the lower spine), while I prefer yoga stretches (flat back). Feel free to mix and match exercises from all disciplines, keeping in mind the outcome for each stretch or exercise. Instructors should be free to use the language they are most comfortable with, while challenging herself to learn new ways of performing and cuing exercises.
While we trust our instructors to know which exercises and cues will achieve their outcomes, we do hold a hard line when it comes to the format of our classes and the types of movements we perform. We use light weights, high repetition, and small movements to lengthen and strengthen the body.
Don’t get stuck in a “Classical Pilates or Contemporary Pilates” type of debate. They are both great. They both have benefits. The story is similar in barre.
Tuck v. Neutral Spine – Our Official Stance
Both working with a tucked pelvis and a neutral spine have benefits and we encourage using both positions to accomplish different outcomes. For instance, when performing “Attitude Derriere”, tucking the tailbone under creates resistance for the glutes, particularly the gluteus maximus, and abductors. Because of the position of the pelvis, the student would be unable to lift the leg far from the ground. Performing the same exercise from a neutral position would allow the client to lift the leg much higher and place emphasis on the glute medius and obliques. In general, when working the thighs, we tuck the pelvis slightly, some would call this a neutral spine. While working the glutes and hamstrings we often encourage a slightly larger tuck of the pelvis, still far from flattening the lower back, to lift and shape the butt and back of the legs.
During standing exercises, such as “Diamond” and “Classic Chair”, we encourage clients to tuck the pelvis slightly under, shy of a flattening the lower back completely. This position protects the lower back, engages abs, lengthens and strengthens the quadriceps, and firms the glutes.
Both working abdominals with a flat back and rounded lower back have benefits. Sometimes we work the abs from “Boat” often performed in yoga classes. We also work abs with a “C” shaped lower back, aka, “tucked” pelvis.
When exercising the glutes and hamstrings from a prone position, we encourage tucking the pelvis under and lengthening from spine to the crown of the head. When “untucked”, clients often dump into the lower back. The “untucked” position also encourages movement from the lower back, rather than from the glute and hamstring. The more intensely the pelvis is tucked, the harder it will be to lift the leg and the more difficult and more effective the exercise will become for strengthening and shaping the leg and seat.
We encourage clients to flatten their lower back to the mat. Only allowing their legs to lower as far as they can maintain their flat back. Once the back pulls away from the floor, the abs disengage and the lower back starts to share the workload. Simply holding your knees in “Table Top”, with back flat to floor, provides serious work for the abdominals. We should never encourage clients to lower their legs at the expenses of the abs and low back.
So What Now?
Do the hard work of learning the nuances each exercise and stretch you will perform and cue. When in doubt, ask a mentor and then ask another mentor. Take into consideration both opinions and decide how you will both challenge and keep your clients safe when instructing your class. We can all agree that keeping the spine long and the core engaged is important for any exercise, and any discipline.
Amy O’Connell, a Colorado native, is a competitive runner – from 10k’s to 100 mile races in the Rocky Mountains and Alps – she loves pushing past her limits. She has a love for all things fitness and discovered barre as a way to build strength, prevent injury and improve her running performance. When Amy was pregnant with her son, she discovered her passion for barre went beyond running – barre offers something for the athlete in all of us – and the results are incredible. She loves helping others achieve their fitness goals and realizing that anything is possible. With her partner Sarah, opening the Barre Forte studio in LoHi is a dream come true and she is very excited to show people how they can meet their best.
Sarah Brittenham, a Colorado native, grew up with a love of athletics and the outdoors. In college she developed a passion for running, and all things fitness. After moving to Denver she was able to combine her love of running and the outdoors and became an avid trail runner, competing in ultra races of all distances, including the Leadville Trail 100. She took her first Barre class in 2009, and immediately fell in love. It was the perfect workout, changing her body in a way no other workout had, while keeping her injury free. During her first visit to a Barre Forte studio she knew she had found something special; a kick ass workout, and an amazing community of women pushing each other to meet their best. She is thrilled to be opening Barre Forte LoHi with her friend Amy and can’t wait to tuck and tone with you all!
So I know this is a little past due… ok, it’s A LOT past due, but here’s what I have to say about my progress in the month of August; I kicked butt! Not only did I drop nearly five pounds, but I shrunk another quarter inch in almost all of my measurement marking areas 😀 Also, and this has probably been my favorite part of returning to the studio, my confidence levels reached new heights in August! I landed two new, AMAZING jobs, and even found the courage to ask a hottie out for a date. I’m not just “meeting my best” in the mirror, I’m starting to see it in everything I do. I’m not sure exactly where I’m going in life, but I know damn well that I’m on my way and that Barre Forte has helped me start moving towards life goals I never dreamed I’d be capable of going after.
Well here I am! One month has passed since I returned to Barre Forte, and I must admit that getting back to the barre wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. The festivities of the 4th of July holiday upended my first week back. I drank too much, I ate too much, and I didn’t go to the barre as much as I had told myself I would. Even after all the smoke had cleared from the fireworks and the last of the leftover BBQ had been tossed in the trash, I still hadn’t started going to class regularly. Life threw me some pretty crazy curve balls and I didn’t push myself to set a routine until July 14th. By then, most of the troubles in my personal life had smoothed out and I was able to focus on myself again. I drew out a plan in a spiral notebook, signed up for classes, and made myself go. Once I got the ball rolling, I started to see the numbers on the scale get smaller (despite their uptick in the opposite direction at the beginning of the month compliments of potato salad and stress eating).
Despite my set-backs this month, I learned a lot about perseverance and self-control. I can do what I set my mind to, but I must stay focused. Even more importantly though, I have to forgive myself for not making as much progress as I wanted to. Rather than being discouraged that I have not met the smaller goal I set for myself this month, I must find encouragement in making progress towards my ultimate goal of creating a healthier lifestyle, and a better and stronger body. This month, I’m 3.2 lbs closer to meeting my best!