In 2015 Stephanie took a leap and left the corporate world to become a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. At the same time, she also became a second-time student at the University of Delaware working toward a behavioral health science degree with
minors in nutrition as well as strength and conditioning.
And now you can find Stephanie at Be Barre Fit teaching the new 4p.m. Tuesday and Thursday class as well as the occasional early morning class.
“I am blessed to be able to have the opportunity to make the second half of my life mirror my passions. I am even more fortunate to have a supportive husband and family that backs me all the way,” Stephanie said.
Her hometown is Harleysville, Pa., but she has been a Delaware resident for 20 years. She currently lives in Newark with her husband, who she met on a cycling club ride. He saved her when she lost the wheel of the rider in front and they have been riding together ever since.
It was a desire for something outside her regime of running, cycling, yoga and weights that brought her to the barre. Stephanie said she was searching for something that would give her the intensity she loves without the impact. “I do find the burn addicting, but the fact it’s low-impact on my joints is even more appealing. Now in my 40s, I really try to listen and work with my body differently,” she said. And anyone looking for a serious workout can find it in Stephanie's class. “I can be intense. I believe working muscles to fatigue\overload, then stretching gets one stronger,” she said. “I keep that in mind when I work out. I also believe rest days are important. I listen to my body and have become better at giving it what it needs.”
Stephanie said she prefers to teach a more traditional barre class, leaning toward the Lotte Berk Method, which concentrates on targeting specific areas for strength and flexibility training. However, Stephanie will also throw in bursts of cardio to elevate the heart rate.
So, if you come to her next class, “push through it and go toward the burn,” Stephanie advised. “You will see results!”
Beth has been taking ballet since she was 5 (we won't discuss how many years that
has been) and teaching for the past 15. She has performed as member of the Delaware
Dance Company and Charlotte City Ballet. She began taking Pilates classes 11 years
ago and loves how barre incorporate aspects of both disciplines. Beth also serves as
the resident choreographer for the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) in
Kennett Square PA. She lives in PA with her husband and two children.
Beth Holladay - Barre Instructor
Audrey grew up in Kennett Square. Her passion is fitness, she claims that she was never good at sports but has always loved being active, she found her niche in group exercise and the gym. She has been in the health and wellness industry for over 25 years. Her goal is to help others achieve an active healthy lifestyle.
Audrey has a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Major in Accounting. She has a plethora of certifications as a Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, a Fitness Specialist, Yoga Instructor, TRX, Spinning Instructor, IBBF
International Ballet Barre Fitness Association and SB Barre Certified by Soul Body. She
is co-owner of Health Coaches of Delaware, LLC www.healthcoachesofdelaware.com.
What brings her to the barre? barre is that combination of tough and gentle. It allows your body to work hard, see results and not aggravate injuries. Years of running and pounding has taken a toll on her body, she said that barre allows her to work hard while listening to her body. Audrey has always loved teaching and this allows her to get back to what she loves. She has never let age stand in her way, she believes in trying her best. She competed in two marathons, she claims that she was not a good runner but her goal was to finish, she put in the work and finished both. She also competed in two figure competitions, the first at age 48 and did very well. She has always told her kids as long as you can look in the mirror and know that you could not have worked harder, the results do not matter. Audrey is an inspiration to the Be Barre Fit team.
Audrey Griffith-Barre Instructor
Trish Mackay - Owner
Trish is fortunate to have lived in many places; Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia; Cambridge, England; Hoboken, NJ; East Lansing, MI; she calls home Newark, DE where she lives with her two children, Jake, Georgia and Bichon Shihtzu, Angel.
She has a Diploma in Library Science and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Queensland. She is certified in Adult First Aid/CPR/AED by the American Red Cross.
In 2014 she was introduced to barre and was instantly hooked. She not only saw almost instant results in her body, she was drawn to the energy and camaraderie that the studio atmosphere provided. Her enthusiasm for the exercise inspired her to become barre certified by Exhale. Trish desires to help others reach their lifestyle goals through barre and strives to create a fun yet challenging environment for her clients.
Meet Our Instructors
Stephanie Prather - Barre Instructor
Emily Zucal - Barre Instructor
Head to the barre on Thursdays and you'll see a new face -- Soul Body Barre instructor Sarah Griffith.
You might find the tempo to be a little bit faster in these classes, which emphasize dynamic movements.
"Soul Body is choreographed to the move. On this song, on this beat, you are doing this exact movement," she explained.
While newcomers can certainly check out the class, it's also a great option for people who have been taking barre for a while and want to "bump it up."
When she's not teaching barre, Sarah is a physical therapist with ATI Physical Therapy. She came to her career after suffering a sports injury herself. Amazed at how the world of sports medicine worked, she decided to attend a six-year program at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa., to earn her doctorate degree in physical therapy.
Having been a runner while at school, Sarah was looking for a different workout after moving back to the area. It just so happened she knew someone who could help. She grew up across the street from Be Barre Fit instructor Audrey Griffith and, when the studio was about to open in fall 2014, Audrey was her mother-in-law to be.
"From talking to her I knew she was going through the training to become a barre instructor and it sounded interesting," Sarah recalled. She was here for the very first day of Be Barre Fit classes.
Now both Audrey and Sarah are instructors, as well as family. Sarah lives in Newark with her husband, Pat, a web designer, and their black Labradoodle, Moonshine. The two married last year in White Clay Creek State Park. Naturally, they are an active family. In addition to barre, Sarah likes to do yoga at home or explore the state parks with Pat and Moonshine.
Sarah taught her first class at Be Barre Fit this January. She hopes her barre class is a fun hour, and it usually is filled with smiles and laughter.
One element of barre she really likes is the way it emphasizes working from within and engaging the core through isolated, purposeful movements -- a concept shared in her PT work.
Her advice for new students: "Focus on getting the movements first, focus on getting that core and understanding the movement before you try to make it more challenging."
Sarah Griffith - Barre Instructor
Jessie was born in Seattle and grew up in a small town in Chester County (West Grove, PA) on 2+ acres. After attending college in Florida she wanted to be closer to her family and moved to Delaware.
Jessie has a BS from the University of Central Florida in Communications and Magazine Writing. She recently completed a MBA at Wilmington University.
Jessie works as a Sales Coach at Capital One, she assists in running a team of 28 dynamic Associates, who keep her very busy. The environment at Capital One is like no other place that she has ever worked; they work hard, play hard and routinely give back to the community. She genuinely enjoys her coworkers and her job so much so that she is approaching her 4-year anniversary at the bank.
Dance and fitness have always been Jessie’s passions. Sweating keeps her sane and breaks up the monotony of the daily grind. From age 5, dance was a huge part of Jessie's life she danced through high school and into college. Her mom was her first dance teacher and her father taught her, so being active runs in the family. She enjoys working out and makes it a priority to fit gym time into her schedule every week. After getting bored with her gym routine, she took her first barre class and was hooked. She has not experienced quicker results or a better full body workout in some time.
Jessie is also passionate about style and writing. After college she was a freelance writer for Orlando Style Magazine, Delaware Today and Philadelphia Style magazine. In her free time, she enjoys “styling” her house, painting and decorating.
Jessica Winchester-Barre Instructor