Foundation Course Objectives:
1. Learn creative choreography of a well-balanced Barre workout
2. Learn to modify and choreograph future workouts with the Course Template
3. Understand how to break down various movements and explore the stabilization and mobilization required to achieve them
4. Learn how to cue, correct and modify effectively for all populations
5. Apply the six Total Barre Foundational Principles
6. Utilize the suggested beats per minute for each segment of the workout with optional music playlist
The Total Barre Foundation Course provides the groundwork for Instructors, enabling them to produce safe, effective and varied programs that address the needs and goals of every client. Drawing from the diverse backgrounds of our Instructor-base, the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ (MH&F) team has created this program which will equip Instructors with the knowledge and confidence to design and teach highly evolved standing fitness classes in any setting.
Format – 11 Segments
The Level 1 Foundation Course presents 11 specially arranged and selected segments to serve as the template for each session or class. Each Total Barre class follows this template; however, the specific programming and exercises are determined by the Instructor to address class requirements and objectives. Segments are accompanied by timed selections of music, each at a designated pace. The 11 segments focus on individual areas of the body or movement type and when combined, produce a balanced and complete workout.
Each of the segments from the Foundation Course have been filmed and are posted online in a secure area of
Merrithew.com. All course participants will be given access to these great visual resources as Moira Merrithew
walks you through the choreography with and without music.
This simple template is instrumental in assisting Instructors to teach well structured, systemized Barre classes.
Once the basic format is presented, Instructors are taught strategies allowing them to progress clients by modifying the primary exercises, creating new variations of those exercises or altering the pace through the accompanying music. Instructors develop awareness to closely monitor the performance of their clients through the understanding of how and why each movement is being performed. This knowledge will create an understanding of how to modify or vary the exercises when necessary by adding props to the movements or altering the rhythm of the music used.
Participants are also introduced to the Total Barre Principles—six movement awareness fundamentals that provide the structure and biomechanical basis for each exercise. During the course, participants have the opportunity to experience the movements before examining the application of the principles and learn the essence of each exercise along with the theories of dynamic stability, optimal mobility and movement efficiency.
Programming and exercise choice for each Total Barre class focuses on exercise progressions, movement form and efficiency, and the importance of cueing with music for movement quality. Additional concepts are explored— including the value of cardio-based intervals within a program, suggestions on themes of workouts or programs geared toward specific fitness goals—to add variety and meet the needs of a wide range of clientele. Expertly crafted Total Barre classes will leave clients feeling energized, invigorated and delighted, improving fitness and quality of life, while helping them avoid injury.
This course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness or movement who hold a related certification and/or degree. Individuals who do not possess this background may still participate in the course and will be issued a letter of completion, but will not be granted an instructor qualification. A history of participation in fitness or movement is highly recommended for anyone wishing to take this course.
Equipment Used in the Course
Stability Barre™, Pilates Mat, 12" Mini Stability Ball™, Soft Dumbbells / Hand weights 1.1–2.75lbs, use of props as a focal point / support
Certificate of Completion and Continuing Education Credits
By successfully completing the course, participants earn 0.7 STOTT PILATES CECs and other organizations.
RECOMMENDED: Complete the Total Barre Workshops to receive further programming content and choreography that is not covered in the Foundation Course. Currently there are 3 Total Barre workshops with many more to follow.