By: Jennie McKeon
Lisa Cole had been trying to lose weight for a year before she started taking classes at Beyond Barre Pensacola. She was searching online for local yoga classes when she found the Beyond Barre Pensacola website and signed up for her first class. She was immediately “hooked.”
“I loved it,” she said. “I think it was a dynamics class. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a great workout. I especially like how the class works all of your body, it’s not isolated to one area.” Trying a new workout can be intimidating, but Lisa said she felt comfortable. The instructor and fellow clients were friendly.
“It was laid back, not pretentious,” she said.
Less than two months of classes, Lisa has lost 20-pounds to date. She not only enjoys buying new clothes, but feels better in and out. “Emotionally, I have a better outlook,” she said. “I have more energy. It’s a big difference, everyone is encouraging here.” At 58, Lisa said it’s been harder and harder to lose weight over the years. Not to mention, working from home makes it more difficult to get up and active. But without a change to her diet, she started to see the pounds melt away — and was having fun at Beyond Barre classes. Beyond Barre workouts incorporate yoga, pilates and ballet fitness. Lisa says she’s never had dance lessons and jokes she has “no rhythm,” but it hasn’t hindered her results.
“I’ve always wanted to take ballet,” she said with a laugh. “What surprised me is how quickly you adapt. Within a week you’re able to come work out and not be incredibly sore. And there’s a variety of classes so it doesn’t get stagnant.”
Testimonies like this are music to the ears of Beyond Barre Pensacola owner Briana Knight, who opened this studio to help folks like Lisa meet their fitness goals. “It’s very similar to my first experience with beyond barre class,” Briana said. “It’s exactly why I wanted to do this in the first place.”