Ashley Trover, Instructor
I am wife to Michael, and mom to three precious children: Mary Grace (7), Henry (5), and Hudson (3). I have been staying home with my kids since I had my first in 2010. My husband and I enjoy outdoor activities together such as running and cycling, and we also enjoy creating healthy food together in the kitchen. Motherhood has been the most incredibly rich, challenging, messy, beautiful, life-changing, and fulfilling job I have ever had, but mama needed an outlet. I found that in group exercise classes. I love FOB because it makes me stronger and keeps me healthy, but I keep coming back for the community. Standing alongside other strong people and cheering each other on to keep going and get in just one more burpee has filled me up in a way I wasn't expecting. I am so excited to join this incredible team and be a part of sharing the experience, strength, and joy that I have been privileged to enjoy.
RACHEL HUNT, Instructor
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I am married to James and we have one daughter, Emma. I am a girl passionate about making sure every woman knows her worth, beauty, and lovability. My why in life is the women that feel forgotten, invisible, and alone. This is what started my health journey. I have lost over 100 pounds (170+ pounds of pure fat lost), gained 80+ pounds of lean body mass, lost over 15 inches from my hips – and I still struggle with the same inner issues I did before my health journey began. That has led me to understanding that health is not just about weight, food, or muscle – it is a holistic aspect of being human – and we must pay attention to all the parts that make us who we are. Full Out Barre was pivotal in helping me make gains in muscle mass while losing fat mass so my muscle mass outweighs my fat mass for the first time in my life, but there’s so much more in this community. I have had a lifelong struggle with confidence, body image, worth, beauty, weight, and so on – losing pounds did not change that. Being loved and accepted in the Full Out Barre community is changing that and helping me heal some of the inside places.
I am excited to be a part of Full Out Barre because it is changing the culture of women’s fitness – we are not competing with one another: we are encouraging one another, loving one another, and cheering for one another. When we change our culture, it changes our lives and the lives of the next generation(s)! That is exciting! I think you and me could be friends! Come belong with us!
Melanie Smith, Instructor
I was born and raised in beautiful South Africa but always had an itch to see the world and broaden my horizons. After high school I traveled to the US and met my husband while living in San Francisco. The only thing I have been completely certain of my whole life was that I wanted to be a mom! I now have a 21 year stepson, 11 year old twins and an 8 year old. I absolutely LOVE being a mom. I think it is the most rewarding and sometimes challenging thing I could ever do, and my number one goal in life is to raise kind, empathetic, generous and happy human beings. Actively pursuing health and fitness has always been a part of my life. I am a certified Health and Life coach. I LOVE to cook healthy meals and to inspire others to do so. I'm a runner at heart; I started taking FOB classes to strengthen and add lean muscle for speed in running. I experienced all those benefits from FOB but also found so much more. FOB is a community of loving and supportive women (and sometimes bros) who raise each other up. For me, FOB is and intense and challenging work out, but more than that, it is place where I feed my soul and I feel safe to be me. I hope that you find the same support and community in this wonderful place!
Natalie Freeman, RD, Instructor
I’m Natalie. I taught aerobics all through college and grad school, but gave it up when I started my career as a critical care dietitian. I did this for 5 years before having my first daughter and beginning my life as mommy. Three kids later, and YEARS of focusing on everyone else and I realized I had lost me. I didn’t do anything to take care of myself. I had tried to go to the gym here and there but I never committed. I felt awful about myself and beat myself up for not looking like I used to (ahem..three kids and 15 years will do it). And I just wanted to feel good again. To be honest, barre terrified me. But I finally gave it a try. After the first day, I was hooked. Don’t get me wrong, my body was screaming, but I kept coming. Everyday. I fell in love with the upbeat feel of it, the challenge, and the dance bent (I danced as a kid). What I didn’t expect was the mental transformation that was taking place. It’s about strong not skinny...if it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you...not to mention the community and friendships it’s created. I knew I needed to jump in and become a part of the movement. It’s made me better and I want to be a small part of giving that gift to others.
Laura Keane, RD, Instructor
My name is Laura Keane, and I am a wife to my husband, Cooper, and mother to two sweet kiddos. Six years ago, shortly after my son was born, I transitioned away from working full time as a registered dietitian to working full time at home. While I’ve always had an appreciation for food and overall health, I found it challenging to incorporate exercise into my daily routine after having kids. I was intimidated to take the first step with my new body, and I was not comfortable walking into a gym with people I did not know or with equipment I did not know the first thing about. The first time I walked into Full Out Barre I knew this was a place I could belong. Everyone was so friendly and encouraging, plus the workout was fun and effective! Now I look forward to coming to Full Out Barre because I know I’m helping my body with the workout, and my spirit with the relationships that I have built here. I am so honored to join the Full Out Barre Team, and I hope to give back at least a part of what it has given to me.
Jenny Kelly, MD, Instructor
My first love was dance. And soon I also fell for its punched up cousin, cheerleading. I found joy inside these activities—both in practicing and in performing. But it wasn’t until I discovered running that I was able to abandon concerns about what my body looked like and focus on what it could achieve in a specific moment. Power, not pointed toes. Being strong, not slim.
As years have passed, I’ve searched for activities to compliment my running in an effort to prevent injury and burnout and stumbled upon FOB thinking it was “a regular barre class.” But I found the intensity was invigorating. The intentionality of the workout structure was reassuring. And just like a walk through your childhood home, the integration of dance-my first love-was inspiring.
Since incorporating FOB into my weekly routine, I feel stronger and have managed to avoid any significant injuries. FOB has helped me identify and strengthen areas that larger muscle groups may compensate for during other exercise routines.
FOB is built on sound principles of exercise and metabolism. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves while respecting their bodies and their boundaries. As an instructor, I look forward to supporting our students’ progress by encouraging safe form, intentional progression of skills and an encouraging environment.