Barre fitness technique is derived from the Lotte Berk Method, a program originally created in the 1950’s.  Lotte Berk was a renowned European ballet dancer who suffered a severe spinal injury in a car accident. Working with an orthopedic surgeon, she designed a series of exercises to strengthen the spine and core to help in her own rehabilitation. Upon full recovery, Lotte Berk began sharing and teaching her exercise method to others.

Barre is a unique method of cross conditioning that fuses the best elements of ballet, Pilates, flexibility, and interval strength training. The method focuses on sculpting the body proportionally with the use of a ballet barre to aid in balancing one’s body weight over gravity, exercise balls, light dumbbells and exercise bands.  It is a no-impact, high intensity workout that utilizes small, isometric movements. Targeting specific, muscle groups in each interval providing increased stamina and endurance.

Adopting the principles of interval training, Barre combines intense bursts of strength conditioning with powerful, deep lengthening recovery stretches. This specific sequence aids in developing lean muscle mass, while increasing flexibility and range of motion. 

Barre is an efficient, one hour, full body workout that focuses on creating a strong, lean and toned physique. Cross training in this way, is key in allowing the body to train in aspects of strength, postural balance, flexibility, coordination and grace. The amazing focus you reclaim as you go through your workout, allows you to face the rest of your day calmly, confidently and health-fully.


This fat-burning session is guaranteed to: Sculpt arms, Thin thighs, Tighten abs and Lift your seat. With a consistent practice, participants rave about the physical and mental benefits of this intense workout. Most barre enthusiasts find that their bodies transform, making it leaner, longer and stronger. 

Release the dancer body inside of You!

Sue Costigan

Sue Costigan

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Sue Costigan // Founder


Sue Costigan is a lifelong resident of Akron. She began her fitness career over 29 years ago. While attending the University of Akron, Sue obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and an Associates Degree in Technical Education. During college, Sue started her part-time fitness career as a group fitness instructor and taught classes at the University and many local fitness facilities. In addition to teaching group classes, she managed the group fitness program for a national fitness facility. Sue also developed and managed a group fitness program for a local Spa and Wellness Center. In addition to instructing a variety of class formats, she has developed, managed and implemented Corporate Fitness/Wellness programs for local businesses. 

To round out her fitness education, Sue holds a certification in Barre from Barre Company. She has a National Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Her specialized training and accreditations over the years include those in Gorilla Sports- Cardio Kickboxing, Pilates, Boot Camp, Reebok STEP, Reebok SLIDE, Urban Rebounder, PowerFlex and Super Slow High Intensity Strength Training.  

Most recently, she developed and instructed a Barre fitness program for a local fitness facility where she also specialized in one-on-one private High Intensity Strength Training. 

Sue discovered Barre workouts during her rehab for a shoulder surgery. She had some temporary limitations due to the surgery but found Barre to be a very safe but highly effective workout.  Barre gave her the full-body workout she was looking for.  She could focus on her thighs, glutes, abs and postural muscles. The results were incredible!  Barre is extremely effective when done on a consistent basis and can create truly amazing results.  At no point in her fitness career had she experienced such great results so quickly.  

Sue is a mother of two girls, Emma 15 and Audrey 12, who have her love for fitness as well. Swimming, tennis, gymnastics and dance are just a few things keeping them all very active.  

Sue has a passion for fitness.  It is rare to be able to live your passion. Sue and her highly trained team are looking forward to bringing her method of Barre fitness to the Akron area. Whether it’s working with clients one on one or in a group setting, she shows her true love for motivating people to achieve their goals. Her mission is to help her clients understand that by focusing on their health they can transform their body and their life. Sue understands fitness is more than how you look. Sue lives her life to achieve health and balance in both mind and body.