It’s was 6:50am on a wet and rainy Thursday morning when I found myself walking into Sydney’s Dymocks Building about to attempt my first Xtend Barre class.
The full-body regime incorporates elements of pilates and dance into a strength-based, fast but gruelling workout that targets the abs, arms, thighs, and calves. 55 minutes later, the session left me feeling sore in an ‘accomplished’ kind of way. And it’s all down to Andrea Rogers, the US-based founder of Xtend Barre.
Her energy was palpable and infectious as she pliéd and tendu-ed her jet-lagged body with more enthusiasm than I could personally manage after two coffees. The dancer-turned-fitness-entrepreneur counts Victoria’s Secrets Angel, Martha Hunt, as one of her celebrity clients, but says the workouts she does with the 29-year-old model and her Xtend Barre devotees is exactly the same.
“The models and the celebrities that you work with are all human beings and have the same goal as you would with every client,” she tells Mamamia.
“They want to focus on endurance, cardio, flexibility, strength training or they want to focus on sculpting or chiselling specific portions of their body. We all have those same goals, so I don’t do anything different that I wouldn’t do in my classes.”
Clearly, her classes are popular because they work, as evidenced by her 70-plus global franchise, with 22 of those boutiques located in Australia alone.
Andrea says her classes are suitable for people of all fitness levels, from the chronically inflexible to the pilates and yoga expert.