I had a climbing accident that put me out of commission, and I lost my job as COO of a vitamin company. When I was rehabbing, I would go from a yoga class on one side of town to a spin class on the other. I was very frustrated. I thought, “Why doesn’t someone put this together and open up a yoga and spinning studio?” We launched in August of 2001, right before 9/11.
➝ A combination of ballet (hence “barre”), Pilates, yoga, and low-impact aerobics, barre workouts are a variation on a regimen that emerged in the 1960s, when German dancer Lotte Berk, looking for a way to gently nurse a back injury, came up with a series of exercises. Early acolytes included Joan Collins and Britt Ekland, which we’d call a stamp of approval. Some of the leg lifts and deep pliés can leave your legs shaking like a Chihuahua’s, but movements can also be so subtle, you’re not sure that much is happening on the outside. It is.