For the Love of Barre and of Myself
My barre story starts in 2005, when I was trying to rebuild my life after many significant changes ~ a pivotal break up, a scary illness, the loss of all of my belongings and being pulled away from my life in Arizona for a few years.
Once I was able to move back to Scottsdale, it didn’t take long for me to get fed up with feeling unhealthy. I was incredibly out of shape, also very overweight for my frame, tipping the scales at over 220lbs and barely squeezing my 5’5 self into my clothes. I didn’t have much respect or appreciation for my body at that time, so I thought I’d try learning to love it while also giving it more of the care it needed.
I found a trainer – he thought he’d never see me again after our initial meeting, I certainly didn’t match the elite athletes he was used to hanging with at the gym. But something in me knew it was time to do better, be better. After 18 months of hard work, I realized that I was more of an athlete than I’d ever known – I crushed every challenge he threw my way and felt pretty darn good! I met my fitness goals, was feeling great about my body and inspired to take on more new experiences!
It was then that I was asked if I would consider learning to teach a new workout method (barre) that was coming to AZ. Me, a fitness trainer? What?! I watched 3 strong, powerful, super fit yoga instructors shake and quiver at their first set of thigh and seat work – if these women could barely keep going, how would I be able to do it, let alone teach it? But that inner athlete in me wouldn’t turn down the chance and I said yes.
Training was tough – so much to learn, so many moves to understand, so much about the body to appreciate! It wasn’t until I taught my first class that I realized that I had finally found my WHY, my passion for helping others, coaching them through challenges and towards wellness goals. It brought tears to my eyes to feel that feeling, to connect with my purpose – I had waited 35 years for that feeling!
I started teaching in 2007, first one or two classes a week, then 5 or 6. While life has thrown me lots of curves and changes since then, Alyssa has always supported my passion for you, the clients, and for all that barre means to me. Every class, every single one, lifts my spirits, fills my heart and reminds me that life is about giving, connecting and making each other feel good.
So thank you for showing up, for working as hard as you do and for letting me life my passion each hour that we get to spend together!
— Barre Instructor