BARRE METHOD & TECHNIQUE
Welcome to Bayou Barre!
Enjoy a blissful, welcoming atmosphere from the minute you enter our cozy space! Your teacher will guide you through a one-hour long challenging workout and will end each class with a relaxing stretch series.
Bayou Barre Method (American Lotte Berk) incorporates arm weights, planks, and emphasizes eccentric strength training for your thighs, glutes, abdominals, and back body.
Enjoy a good sweat while you embrace the shake!
Preservation Barre (the Original Lotte Berk technique) is all about opposition--stability in one muscle while another works like mad! This technique incorporates deep stretching while simultaneously strengthening your muscles, all without props. You'll enjoy a long, lengthening warmup, a 360 degree strengthening of the thighs, and a complete workout of your entire core, including your gluteal muscles and side body.
Warning--you will see amazingly fast results with the Original!
We know that you have more options than ever for your workout.
We are thrilled you have chosen us! See you in class!
“Let the energy circulate through your muscles, your heart, and your soul. Don’t just do it, feel it!”- Esther Fairfax
A bit about barre fitness...
"Barre" exercise was born in London in the 1950s to Lotte Berk, a former modern ballerina who created her technique after a back injury. Lydia Bach put her own spin on Lotte's technique and brought it to the US. Thanks to the hard work of Fred Devito and Elisabeth Halfpapp at Lotte Berk NYC, the Lotte Berk method inspired "barre" as we know it. The couple took their method to the next level with their program Core Fusion, later exhale spa, and as of this summer, Core Barre Fit. And, in a nutshell, that's how barre in the US came to be. There have been lots of spin-offs in the form of franchises and independent studios, and many barre workouts have completely reinvented what barre fitness means, leaving many people wondering what barre really is anyway! Luckily, Betsy, Brooke, and Sam are all trained and certified through Barre Guild Academy, and Lisa has studied Fred and Lis' work at CBF. We each strive to give you the most authentic barre experience at each and every Bayou Barre Method class.
Meanwhile, in England, Esther Fairfax continues to teach her mother Lotte Berk's exercise technique. Alive and well at the age of 86, she has trained a handful of people, including Andrea, as well as Kelly Wackerman and Pamela Kennedy of The London Method. Betsy, Catherine, and Lisa have each completed training in The Original with Kelly and Pam, and are eager to share this widely unknown technique to you as
right here in Thibodaux.
Welcome to Bayou Barre. Real barre. Real results.
Owners Brooke Ellender & Betsy Royster