Oh, holidays. During that time of year, we all indulge a little extra, have that extra cookie or glass of wine (or both...oops) and enjoy this time with our family and friends. It is such a wonderful and joyful time, but come January, I think many of us are itching to get back into a routine and work off those indulgent meals and missed workouts. Over here at Hysteria, we will be featuring a three-part series called Find Your Fit, where we will be interviewing three different fitness studios in the Alexandria area to help our readers get to know the owners, and find out what makes their workouts awesome.
Today, we will be featuring the beautiful Angela Lutzker of Studio Barre. Located near the Braddock Road metro station, Studio Barre is an exercise boutique that teaches the “barre method,” a ballet-inspired workout that incorporates elements of dance, pilates, and yoga to help clients tone up, improve posture, and build a lean dancer-like figure. Hysteria employees Kate and Juliet are big fans of this studio, and Angela was kind enough to sit down with us and give us the low-down on Studio Barre, and how you can “tuck” and “plié” your way to a stronger body in 2017.
Kate: Can you give us a little bit of information about your background, so we can get to know you a little better?
Angela: I have always been interested in health and fitness. For a long time I used to be a runner, but then I got injured. I started practicing yoga, but I couldn’t help feeling like I wanted more. I then tried barre, and I was hooked. I wanted to start a community of my own, and help people get excited about transforming their bodies and reaching their goals.
Kate: What makes Studio Barre different?
Angela: I think what makes our studio different is our community. We hire people who are personable and with vision. We want people to come in and feel like it's their place. Along with an intense workout, this level of intimacy is important to us.
Kate: What are the benefits of barre vs other workouts?
Angela: Barre is beneficial because it accesses muscles that other workouts cannot, with tiny isometric movements that hit muscle groups from head to toe. By working these muscles to fatigue, you break them down and build back lean (not bulky) muscle. It not only tones and strengthens, but after a barre workout, you burn more calories throughout the day. You can really build a dancer-like figure. It is also low-impact, so it can be very beneficial for those who have had previous injuries or are older. Barre really is a great workout for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities.
Kate: What would you say to a newcomer to barre?
Angela: Anyone’s first time in a fitness studio can be intimidating and overwhelming, with all the nuances and new information, but keep coming! The more you come the better at it you will get. It takes a few classes to see results, but in about two weeks of barre and going 3-4 times a week, you will be able to see results and feel stronger. Many of our clients have lost weight, toned up, and improved their health with healthy eating and consistent barre workouts.
Kate: A lot of Hysteria’s customers are busy working professionals. What advice do you have for them regarding a healthy lifestyle when time is limited?
Angela: My advice is to never underestimate the power of a small workout. Even if you only have 5-10 minutes for a plank or some free weights, that little bit really adds up and keeps your fitness level from plateauing. These stolen moments can really add up and improve your muscle tone. Eating a balanced diet is also important, like preparing meals the Sunday ahead of a busy week to help keep yourself on track. I also believe strongly in the power of positive thinking. If we are constantly stressed out and beating ourselves up mentally, it can really counteract all the good things we are doing for our bodies.
Kate: What is your favorite thing about your job?
Angela: My favorite thing about my job is working with so many wonderful people with great energy. I love having the opportunity to really get to know the clients who come in multiple times a week, and getting updated on their lives and families. You feel their absence when they haven’t come in awhile. Additionally, health and wellness are very important to me, and working in this industry not only holds me accountable for my own well-being, but I get to see people reach their own goals and make a difference in their health.
Kate: What exciting things do you have planned for Studio Barre’s future?
Angela: Our first year anniversary is in April, so we will have a celebration for that. We love to do challenges every month to keep things exciting for our clients, like the Live Love Detox we are doing for the month of January. We also hope to collaborate with more local businesses and maybe do some pop-up workshops. We love being part of the Alexandria community!
Studio Barre is located at 610 N Fayette Street, next to Bastille. We look forward to collaborating again with this lovely studio in the future!