We have started a new series of blog posts called Instructor Spotlights! Since many of you spend countless hours at barre n9ne®, we thought you should know a little more about the ladies who stand up in the front of the room counting out pulses, holds, and the like 🙂 This week we bring you Kirstin! She has been coming to barre n9ne® since *almost* the day we opened our doors in 2010. She is not only an incredible instructor but she is also an amazing mom, school teacher, and friend. Enjoy!
1: What are your favorite songs to work out to?
That’s a toughie because it depends on the workout. For cardio workouts, I love Stomp to my Beat by JS-16, Lose Myself by Eminem, and Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J.
For non cardio workouts, I like Flo Rida’s Wild Ones, Usher’s Scream, and something from Pink (currently- Slut Like You, though the title is unfortunate!).
Regardless of the type of workout I’m doing, I always throw in one Rolling Stones song, too, which I grew up listening to with my dad. Adding a song from them is a little nod to him. He died almost four years ago, so when I hear a Stones song, it’s like he’s with me on my workouts. I think he’d get a kick out of me teaching barre classes.
2 – What’s your favorite food/guilty pleasure?
I have many, but ice cream is a staple that I have every night. Seriously. Every. Night. It stems back to childhood when my family would gather on the couch with our dishes of ice cream to watch TGIF television (shows like Full House!). It has even become a family rule (that I instated!) that during our two-week summer vacations at Lake Winnipesaukee, we have a daily trip out for ice cream at a local spot, often getting flavors unique to that shop. Over the years, my flavors have varied, but my current go-to is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I am more partial to vanilla-based flavors.
3 – Favorite move to teach? Favorite move to do?
Well, to teach, it might be standing abs because I think it’s very effective, and having proper form is very easy, so I don’t worry about people hurting themselves. I also love the shoulder series because I’ve already seen people improve – they go longer before taking a break, which is awesome!
My favorite move to do is a toss-up between glutes at the barre and the side leg series. Both moves were so hard for me when I started classes over two and a half years ago, and I have a personal sense of satisfaction that they have gotten easier. And, I think they make your legs and butt look awesome! This particular zone is my problem area, so moves that target it are my faves.
4 – What’s one thing about you that clients may be surprised to know?
I knit. A lot. I was prompted to learn after watching some of the mothers at my daughter’s school. After sitting through my intensive qualifying exams for my doctoral program, I wanted something relatively brainless but creative and productive, and knitting fit the bill. I have made hats, jackets, sweaters, scarves, skirts, wraps, bags – you name it. I haven’t made a pair of leg warmers yet, so that might be next on my list!
5 – What do you love the most about teaching at barre n9ne?
I love the positive female energy running through this place. Teaching at an all-boys high school by day, I really enjoy the balance that the environment barre n9ne® gives me. A workout at barre n9ne® improves my mood, my confidence, and my body, and I feel blessed to play a role in bringing these improvements to other women.