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Belly Up to the Barre

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
Jessica Baker works out during a barre class at Biker Barre, a new fitness center in Capitol Hill. The gym, which opened last month, is owned by two women, one with an interest in spinning and the other with a passion for barre workouts, which combine elements of yoga, Pilates and ballet.

“There are a lot of programs out there right now that aren’t necessarily bad exercise programs, but if you don’t go in with a solid base of core strength, you can get injured,” he said. “Kickboxing, cross fit — as you go along in these classes, you will get some benefit, but if you’re not properly prepared, you can set yourself up for injuries.”

Both Brodsky and Fouts emphasized that in developing the studio, as important as the atmosphere was, the fitness was paramount.

“It exceeds people’s expectations,” Brodsky said. “There are plenty of things that are good in theory but fail in execution. We really feel like we are filling a need and it’s amazing to bring something new in.”

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