Top 10 Reasons The Bar Method Works
Burr Leonard : Founder and CEO
Several decades ago, I dreamed of an exercise technique that would give students beautiful, lean, toned and healthy bodies for life and would help empower them to realize their own dreams. I started with an exercise technique I loved, The Lotte Berk Method, and fine-tuned its exercises by drawing on the knowledge of physical therapists.
I added wisdom from my father George Leonard’s book, “Mastery,” to create a teaching system that would empower students to make lasting changes to both their bodies and lives. The product of my work is The Bar Method.
1. The Bar Method quickly re-shapes students’ muscles.
The Bar Method exercise targets the muscles that play the greatest role in body change, then keeps these muscles working intensely and safely long enough for them to change. It then intensely stretches each muscle worked to make it look & feel longer & more graceful.
“People seem to think I am crazy, but I swear that I started to feel my muscles lean and tone right from day one!”
Lindzi (from ABC’s The Bachelor, 2012)
2. The Bar Method slims down students’ bodies.
Pam : Before
The Bar Method workout is fast-paced form of interval training that maximizes caloric burn during & after every class. This format gives students slimmer, leaner bodies after a few months of regular attendance.
“I’ve lost over 35 pounds and I’m still changing and challenging my body.”
Pam : After
3. The Bar Method maximizes results with its strategic class design.
The Bar Method boosts results by placing its exercises in a specific order. First, it organizes the sections of the class so that they alternate between the front and the back sides of the body, enabling students to tone one side of their body while they elongate the side they just worked. Then it slims down students’ bodies by placing the most aerobic exercises in the second half of class when students are very warmed up and are burning away body fat. These design elements give exceptional results by multiplying the benefits students’ get from each exercise.
“My muscles have elongated for the first time ever instead of bulking up.”
4. The Bar Method is safe and therapeutic.
The Bar Method keeps students' joints safe by following the recommendations of physical therapists and our medical consultants.
“Bar has been invaluable to me over the past few years. I tore my hamstring a few years ago and it has helped tremendously with rehab and strengthening… I believe there are other 'similar' classes out there. However, having tried one or two, they aren't as well conceived or safe as the Bar Method, in my opinion.”
5. The Bar Method rigorously trains its teachers.
Bar Method teachers learn and are tested on anatomy and physiology, which enables them to give their students individualized hands-on adjustment throughout class. Students gain knowledge of body-alignment & improve their ability to safely target difficult-to-reach muscles safely.
“All the instructors at the Bar Method are so precise in their vocal directions and hands-on in their adjustments that just a few months of doing it has really gotten to where it took me years of training in yoga to understand…. I find myself consciously standing straighter even when not in class.”
6. The Bar Method helps student achieve their individual goals.
Norma : Before
Bar Method teachers know their students’ names, learn their goals, and guide each student towards achieving them. This personal attention gives them the confidence to make significant and lasting changes in their bodies.
“I was the heaviest, the oldest, and, assuredly, the most out-of-shape participant, and yet the teachers and students were so kind and encouraging that I continued to struggle through… Now, a little over two years later, I have lost those 75 pounds, lost countless inches, and wear a size 8 pant. Who would have thought?”
Norma : After
7. The Bar Method tailors its exercises for a wide range of body types & ages.
The Bar Method is dedicated to making the benefits of its workout accessible to students of varying body types, ages and fitness levels. For example, students with sensitive shoulders get options from their teachers that allow them to keep their arms below shoulder height. Students with tight hamstrings have access to lower bars and straps to help them stretch, and students with sensitive backs get special cushions for added support.
“I needed a lot of help in the beginning. All of the instructors were knowledgeable, helpful and encouraging -- they never made me feel bad or embarrassed about being a larger size person or having physical limitations -- and they seemed to genuinely celebrate my progress as I became stronger.”
8. The Bar Method improves posture and coordination.
Bar Method teachers make it a priority to help students improve their posture by giving them one-on-on coaching on body awareness and alignment.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I went for a physical and the doctor said I had grown a ½ an inch. Finally, as a grown woman I am learning to 'Stand Tall!' ”
9. The Bar Method delivers high quality classes in all of its locations.
Carol : Before
Aspiring Bar Method teachers audition to be accepted into the Bar Method’s training program. Trainees study for up-to-six months and must pass a series of exams before being qualified to teach. As teachers, they undergo an evaluation every year in order to remain certified. This system ensures that Bar Method students always get a well-taught, body-changing workout in every Bar Method studio they attend.
“All the Bar teachers are fabulous. It never matters whose class you are in, each teacher gives you a great workout each with their own personal touch that challenges us.”
Carol : After
10. The Bar Method studios are beautiful, supportive places to work out.
Our studios are consistently clean, serene and welcoming environments. Students become members of a bonded community where they feel a sense of belonging as they reinvent themselves, physically & mentally.
“The studio felt more like a spa than a gym and I instantly saw myself being comfortable at Bar Method, even though I didn’t know a soul… The customer service at Bar Method is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. Everyone is so friendly, helpful and welcoming. I am constantly greeted with a smile when I walk in and everyone has taken the time to learn my name.”