Barbara is Energy Pilates & Fitness's resident Francophile. She loves everything about France: the food, the language, the art, the history, the desserts and did I say DESSERTS??!! More on that later…
Barbara's other passion is Energy Pilates & Fitness. Barbara was born and raised in St. Paul. She has lived and studied in France. Her first immersion into French culture was as an undergraduate French major--she spent her junior year in Provence and then later in law school, she studied international law in Paris at the Sorbonne. She also found time to live, work and PLAY!!! in NYC, but finally made her way back home to the heartland of Minnesota. Her love of group fitness started in elementary school, has never stopped and she has tried them all: track in high school, jazzercise and aerobics in the 80's [her sister Kathy became an aerobics instructor and she took all her classes here and in Chicago], then on to tennis, biking, golf, pilates, yoga… and now with Energy in her life she does it all and loves it!
Barbara lives, breathes and believes in Empowering women and men through fitness, and is a long-time “Debra Fan”:“Debra changed my life--since attending her classes at Lifetime Fitness over 10 years ago when my family moved to Woodbury -- I've been hooked and inspired. She tricked me into teaching a class 6 years ago-- and it's the best thing I've ever done. Being a part of Energy and Debra's team is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done in my life.
I am blessed and so grateful to be a part of Energy.”Barbara's dream is to open an Energy Pilates and Fitness satellite branch office in the South of France, teach every class in French and serve Crème Brûlée [her FAVORITE DESSERT!!!!!] after class - fresh from Angelina’s [South of France outpost] Kitchen - I say “C’est magnifique!”
Barbara [also] is an attorney and lives in Woodbury with her husband and two boys. Pilates, good wine, croissants and all things French, and lots of gut-splitting laughter daily are her secrets to balancing all the boys in her life and a busy professional life. The boys know Mom is so much happier after Pilates.... and a dose of Energy (her anti-PMS strategy!)
And when life gets intense, she remembers her Grandmother saying, “Dear, this too shall pass…”
Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Barefoot Cardio Training Expert