Following the launch of its first Boston location on Newbury St. in May, Forme Barre opens a second area studio today at The Street at Chestnut Hill (33 Boylston Street, next to Legal Sea Foods). A popular studio on Nantucket, Forme Barre has an additional four locations in New York and Connecticut.
To celebrate the opening, both Boston studios are offering the following packages/deals for a limited time:
- Buy 5, get 1 free class
- Buy 10, get 2 free classes
- Buy 20, get 4 free classes
- Buy 30, get 6 free classes
- One month of unlimited classes for only $99, use code “NEW99” at checkout
“Born and raised in Boston, I am not only delighted to be owning a business in my hometown, but also thrilled to introduce fitness enthusiasts to Forme Barre’s research-based approach of the popular workout,” said owner Christina Schwefel. “I’m so happy that we’ll continue to see our Nantucket regulars who are based in Boston area year round.”
Incorporating elements of ballet, pilates and strength training, each 60-minute Forme Barre class combines targeted muscle training with complementary stretch sequences to provide a perfect balance of intensity and release. The Forme Method makes a concerted effort to activate and engage the deepest layer of the core: the transverse abdominals. These muscles tend to be undertrained and underutilized, particularly post-pregnancy.The team at Forme has developed a proprietary abdominal sequence which uses bespoke props and aims to educate clients about their own core function and patterns. Instructors use verbal and hands-on adjustments to help clients access and train the entirety of their core.
Forme Barre differentiates itself from competitors with its extensive training and continuing education program for instructors. The goal is to keep the team inFORMed by best practices and the Method always evolving. Regular consultations with classical ballet trainers, physical therapists, and experts in biomechanics and postural alignment help instructors stay on top of the latest findings in topics such as pelvic floor health, postnatal core functioning, and spinal alignment.
Feedback from these inFORMed sessions led to the creation of the studio’s custom designed and locally hand-sewn AlignMats, which aid in the ideal alignment of the spine, hips, knees and ankles in the various Forme Barre Method positions. The Forme team is currently developing two exciting consumer products, which they aim to bring to market by 2020. In addition, they have partnered with digital powerhouse NEOU and have built an impressive online library of workouts.
Open seven days a week, Forme Barre classes are $30 a session or $22 for students, teachers and military. In honor of the grand opening, both locations are offering unlimited monthly classes ($99) for a limited time when using the code “NEW99” at checkout. Other grand opening deals include: Buy 5, get 1 free class; Buy 10, get 2 free; Buy 20, get 4 free; Buy 30, get 6 free. Students, teachers and military can also take an additional 25% off all packages (excluding the “NEW99” deal) in celebration of Forme Barre’s arrival in Boston for a limited time.
Schedules for both the Newbury St. and Chestnut Hill locations can be found at www.FormeBarre.com/Locations.
About Owner Christina Schwefel
Christina Schwefel is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), as well as trained in Mat Pilates. She has a longstanding interest in fitness methods that strengthen and lengthen the spine, improve posture, and tone and sculpt hard-to-change areas of the body. Before finding barre, she combined her training to create her own group fitness concept that merged power yoga, mat pilates and strength training. First opening a studio in Nantucket in 2013 under the Go Figure brand (where she also launched a mobile barre studio, the Barre Bus – a fully patented concept), Christina purchased Go Figure in early 2016 and launched the rebrand as Forme Barre in 2018. Christina builds upon her fitness knowledge and years of teaching at New York City boutique studios and large health clubs by seeking expert consultation and engaging related research to maintain the company’s emphasis on alignment and form. A Psychologist and Professor, Christina credits her academic background and love of research as major forces in her role as head of the boutique fitness company. Christina also holds a Masters in Gender Studies from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University where she actively teaches and publishes.