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Raise the Barre

  • By Carolyn Matera

With flagships in Connecticut’s toniest towns, think Greenwich and New Canaan, as well as studios in Nantucket and Palm Beach, Carmel is Go Figure’s premiere West Coast location. The barre studio, favored by inthe- know locals, offers classes designed to strengthen core muscles, tighten problem areas, improve posture and tone the entire body.

You’ll also find chic activewear from well-known labels -- Alo Yoga, Splits59, Beyond Yoga, Onzie alongside boutique lines Joah Brown, Nancy Rose Performance, Liquido Active and R & R Surplus. The amazing selection of leggings is reason enough for me to stop by.

Owner Carolyn Matera has over 25 years experience with various barre methods, spending the last 13 years practicing Go Figure’s style of barre technique. “Barre is the ultimate full body workout that helps in everyday life. Our method incorporates the best of yoga, pilates, orthopedic exercises and classical ballet. It’s incredibly effective in toning, strengthening and conditioning the entire body,” says Matera.

Expect to work with a traditional ballet barre, using your own body for resistance and incorporating light hand weights throughout the class. And if you haven’t done a plié since you were six, not to worry. Classes are suitable for any age or level of experience. Matera tells me, “Barre is a workout that works for all body types, beginners or advanced as our boutique instruction enables everyone to work at their own pace.”

For people with recurring injuries or who are recovering from surgery (yours truly included), Go Figure’s exercises are non-impact, gentle on the joints and produce dramatic results. “Some of our clients have come in with various injuries such as rotator cuff, knee, hip and lower back issues. At Go Figure, form is everything and pro tecting these areas while strengthening is paramount to a safe and effective workout,” says Matera.

Go Figure opened its Carmel location in March 2014. Matera, an East Coast transplant, says, “Moving from Connecticut to Carmel has been a dream of mine since early 2000. My husband, our three children and I believe that Carmel is a truly special place and love everything about it. We are blessed to be part of this community.”

If one of your goals this year is to get more active, try something new at $20 per class. Your second class is free. Go Figure Dolores St. & 8th Carmel-by-the-Sea (831) 250-5231 www.gofigurestudio.com

Marsha McGregor is your resident fashion, beauty, and lifestyle expert. A former writer for In Style Magazine and Public Relations consultant, she currently resides in Pebble Beach. Stay Connected: follow her on Instagram and Snapchat @marshamcgregor.

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