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Finally – the most comprehensive guide to building a great barre program has arrived!

Toronto, ON August 12, 2014 – Barre exercise continues to be one of the hottest forms of fitness, with no shortage of programs available on the market. However, as its popularity increases, so do the number of injuries among exercisers, specifically around the knees, lower back and shoulders. To ensure a safe, fresh and fun workout for everyone, Merrithew™ (MH&F) releases Total Barre: The Foundation Manual — A Comprehensive Guide to Building a Great Barre Program. Created as the most all-encompassing guide available, the manual gives a framework for building and modifying barre classes that emphasize the correct biomechanics of movement while increasing strength, flexibility, stamina and dynamic stability.

This fully-illustrated, step-by-step guide is a go-to resource for group fitness instructors, personal trainers, dance instructors, mind-body professionals or movement specialists wishing to incorporate a comprehensive and safe barre program into their offerings. It’s also the perfect accompaniment for those who are taking the MH&F Total Barre Foundation Course.  “Our Total Barre Foundation Course and Workshops were some of the most popular sessions among instructors at our multi-stop World Tour last year,” notes Lindsay G. Merrithew, President and CEO of MH&F. “We created this for fitness professionals who haven’t been able to make it to our on-site courses and workshops but still want to lead a fun and safe class.”

“This manual wasn’t just designed because barre is a popular fitness trend,” continues Lindsay. “The Total Barre program is based on more than 25 years of expertise with the STOTT PILATES® brand and our deep understanding of exercise science along with detailed exercise descriptions and the biomechanical movement essences that make them up. We explain how to modify the movements for novices or amplify them for those participants with more experience or a desire for a more intense workout. Instructors will be well equipped to accommodate rehab patients, active aging clients and every type of exerciser.”

Powered by music, the Total Barre method is made up of an 11-segment template. “For each section of the Total Barre workout, suggested track length and corresponding beats per minute (BPM) are provided,” shares Moira Merrithew, Executive Director, Education. “The speed and rhythm of the music have been specifically chosen to match the desired results of the segment and correspond with the area of focus. This manual is arguably the most important part of any barre instructor’s programming toolkit.”

Available for $75.00 USD/CDN, Total Barre: The Foundation Manual. A Comprehensive Guide to Building a Great Barre Program is available at, and select online retailers. Click here to view sample pages of the manual.

About Merrithew

Merrithew is the global leader in mind-body education and equipment. Founded in 1988, the company has trained more than 60,000 instructors and partners worldwide, developed six innovative education programs— STOTT PILATES®, ZEN•GA®, Total Barre®, Halo® Training, Merrithew Fascial Movement and CORE Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training— and has produced an extensive line of professional and at-home equipment and accessories for personal and professional use. In 2020, Merrithew launched Merrithew Connect, a video streaming platform featuring the latest Pilates and mind-body workouts from its top Instructor Trainers.

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