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March 26, 2012 / ShapedforFitness

Xtend Barre Instructor Training

My fitness instructor training courses are complete!!!

Last weekend I capped off my intense 4-week fitness instructor training schedule with my favorite training course, Xtend Barre.

Xtend Instructor Training

The Xtend Barre Training is one of the most well structured programs on the market. The 18 hour training course is comprehensive, providing trainers with information not only on the exercises themselves, but “how to effectively teach them.” In addition, trainers are given information on how to modify exercises for beginners and special populations and how to progress exercises for the advanced clients. (www.xtendbarreworkout.com)

The Xtend Barre training was truly the best training program I’ve been through. All of the trainings I’ve done (Piloxing, Pilates, Yoga & Xtend Barre) taught us how to do the exercises properly and how to modify or advance the exercises. Pilates and Xtend Barre taught us how to be better teachers and improve our instructing skills. But Xtend Barre took it a step further taught us how to make a class flow and how to teach with music. Skills that seasoned instructors have learned over time but the Xtend Barre training includes music studying and review.

To see a sample Xtend Barre workout, check out the demo video of Xtend Barre.

Here’s what we did over the 3 days and 18 hours of training:

Xtend Barre Class

Each day we started the training with a full Xtend Barre class. Photos courtesy of Courtney Miller, our fabulous instructor trainer.

Exercise Breakdown & Teaching Practice

After the morning class we broke down sections of the workout and focussed on about 6-8 exercises at a time. We practiced and perfected our own form, learned modifications and challenging variations, and then took turns teaching the exercises to each other.

The first time teaching was so nerve-racking! It’s funny because I’ve been teaching classes for a while and have confidence in what I teach, but teaching something new in front of strangers made me fumble my words. Thankfully, everyone was super nice and didn’t judge each other’s performances.

Principles of Xtend Barre

In addition to deep diving into each exercise, we reviewed the history of Xtend Barre, the foundations and principles, how to teach to different populations, class formatting and planning, and musicality.

Music Training

The largest learning curve for me and many instructors is learning how to teach with and to the music. Not only is music a great motivator, keeps the pace and provides a tempo, it helps the instructor count the reps without counting. The music we use in class has a consistent 4-4 beat so if you start an exercise on the right beat you can hear and feel when you reach 4, 8, 12, or 16 reps. Pretty cool, right? Tough part is starting on the right beat and smoothly transitioning to another exercise and finding the beat again.

We did a lot of music studying by listening for the phrases, strong beats, clapping with the tempo, and talking to the beat of the music. This was the most helpful part of the training course. By the end of the weekend, almost everyone was able to find the beat and transition on the beat.

Teaching Practice

The final project of the training course was to teach a section of the workout for 5-7 minutes. Thankfully we were each given our section assignments at the end of day 2 so we were able to create a lesson plan ahead of time. Me and another student were given the warm-up section to teach and we had to teach different exercises. Since I already do a 2nd position plie warm-up in Piloxing, I decided to push my comfort zone and do a warm-up with the ball. Overall it went okay and had some great critiques from Courtney to help me improve.

Certification Requirements

In order to be certified to teach Xtend Barre, I have to video tape myself teaching a full Xtend Barre class and send it in for approval. They say it generally takes instructors about 60 days of practicing before submitting the DVD. My friend, Carey who is a yoga instructor at the Xtend Barre studio, also took the XB training course and I’m very happy to have someone to practice with.

Exhausting Weekend

The Xtend Barre instructor training was incredible and I loved every minute of it. It definitely wasn’t an easy course though! At the end of each day I was physically and mentally exhausted that fell asleep at 9:30 each night. Even though I was physically exhausted, I wasn’t terribly sore and I think that was because I’ve been taking XB classes for about 5 months and my muscles were used to it. But, during the morning class on the 3rd day, my muscles were so tired that I struggled to stay low in my plies and had crazy shaky legs in the chair/ski slope section.

Overall, I would highly recommend the Xtend Barre instructor training. It’s a pricey course, but well worth your money. I can’t wait to teach this awesome workout!

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  1. ana / Mar 27 2012 1:45 pm

    Hi, I have been looking for a place to get certification for fit yoga and xrend barre, where can I get the same certification??? Thanks

  2. Rida / Apr 25 2012 3:20 pm

    Hi Bri, was wondering if you have to teach at Xtend Barre studios once you’re certified or if you can teach at other fitness studios? Also, have you heard of Beyone Barre? I’m considering taking a certification course with either Beyond Barre or Booty Barre. Thanks!

    • ShapedforFitness / Apr 25 2012 3:40 pm

      Hi Rida!
      Xtend Barre instructors may only teach at Xtend Barre franchised or licensed locations. In addition to XB studios, there are many Pilates studios that offer Xtend Barre classes with a XB license. Is there a studio near you? I love teaching and taking XB and highly recommend their training, but you do have to teach at their studios.

      Booty Barre is the most similar barre class to Xtend Barre so I also really like the workout. Once you are certified in BB, you can teach anywhere. I’ve never taken a Beyond Barre class before, but I read online that it’s only at licensed studios like Xtend Barre.

      Hope that helps and good luck!
      Bri

  3. Jodie / Apr 1 2013 4:58 am

    Thanks for this recap. I have been researching barre courses to take and I decided on xtend barre. Hoping to open studio by end of year and want to offer this class. Have you been using the stick in your classes?

    • ShapedforFitness / Apr 2 2013 10:13 am

      Hi Jodie! Very exciting you want to open a barre studio this year, good luck! Our studio doesn’t have stick classes yet, but maybe we’ll add it this summer. Looks like a fantastic workout though!

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