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Fitness barre set higher in Beachwood business

Posted: September 8, 2012 at 12:19 am

BEACHWOOD - Pepper Pike resident Yana Salwan just set the fitness barre higher in Beachwood. She recently opened Barre Cleveland, Northeast Ohios first Barre fitness studio.

Barre Cleveland is a women-only studio hidden behind red brick in suite 209 at 3737 Park East Drive. The exterior is nondescript, as a sign has yet to be mounted. The interior is calming with paint colors in shades of green, blue and brown. The space has a beach vibe - something that may be most refreshing to participants come winter.

It is a little refuge for women, Salwan said.

I want women to come here, feel comfortable and create new friendships.

It is important for moms to instill healthy habits in themselves and their children, Salwan said.

Salwans husband is Mario and mother to eight-year old Ashton, a third-grader at Moreland Hills Elementary. Happy wife happy life, Salwan laughed.

In order to be happy, one must be healthy too, she continued. Barre is a type of exercise that incorporates aspects of classical ballet, Pilates, yoga and other strengthening exercises. It was developed more than 50-years ago by Lotte Berk, a German dancer. Berk sought to find an alternative exercise after a back injury and came up with Barre. The exercise method was brought to the United States by Lydia Bach.

Studio owner Salwan has been working on her fitness since college where she ran track religiously. Her knees began to hurt, so she shifted her focus to group fitness classes, such as step aerobics.

After her son was born about eight years ago, Salwan left her career as an analyst at Progressive Insurance to pursue a full-time one in fitness. She has held personal and group fitness training certifications since 1997 and most recently worked as the group fitness manager at Lifetime Fitness. However, years of high-impact workouts gave Salwan three herniated discs in her back.

She needed to find something else to keep her in shape - and able to work as a fitness instructor, she said.

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