OUR SMART PEOPLE

FORT WORTH

Intelligent exercise for women

Smart Barre™ studios specialize in intimate, choreographed classes designed for you. An effective and efficient use of time, our method combines strength training and stretching as a sustainable form of exercise for women of all ages and a variety of fitness levels.

MEET OUR SMART PEOPLE

Abbie O.

Abbie O.

Education

BBA in Business Marketing, a BA in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and a minor in Psychology from Southern Methodist University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Owner of Abbie O Events, Event Planning Company, Mom to Oliver and Vera!

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Chair at the barre to get those thighs to burn!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

Get to your shaking point and make a change in your body.

Allie F.

Allie F.

Education

M.Ed. in Language and Literacy Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Christian University
B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

First Grade Teacher in FWISD
Smart Barre Instructor
200 hour certified Power Yoga Teacher

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

My favorite would have to be clamshell. I love to work those glutes like crazy-and it works the inner thighs and obliques as a bonus!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Lace up those abdominals like a corset!” I love visual cues like this. It really helps me focus on how I need to squeeze in my core and hold my chest up like I’m proud to be in class!

Alyssa K.

Alyssa K.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and minor in English from Texas Tech University

Current Occupation

Associate Communications Manager at Virbac
Smart Barre Instructor

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

It’s difficult to choose just one, but probably Smart V. I love that you can work the quads, inner thighs and glutes all at once! Plus, there are so many exercise variations in Smart V, you can experience something different each class.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Can you sink one inch lower?” Yes you can! It’s always worth the extra effort!

Bailey D.

Bailey D.

Education

Ph.D. Candidate and M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University
M.S. and B.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas

Current Occupation

Spring Board Diving Coach for G.C. Divers
Smart Barre Instructor and Front Desk
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Does lying down when the workout is over count? The deepest and most relaxed breath of the day!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Pull your belly button toward your spine.” I used to have a hard time understanding what it meant to really have a tight core; I would push my stomach muscles out. It wasn’t until I heard this cue that I finally understood and now I say it all the time!

Carleigh K.

Carleigh K.

Education

Currently pursuing a degree at Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Front Desk, owner of Arlington Heights Pet Sitters

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Wide second plié

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Burn it Out!”

Catherine R.

Catherine R.

Education

BFA in Ballet with a minor in Education from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Community Enrichment and Summer Intensive Coordinator with Texas Ballet Theater

Favorite Smart Barre exercise

I have never found an ab exercise that works my abs so deeply as High C Curl! Pressing my lower spine into the ball not only strengthens and tones my abs but helps me to find length in my lower back, and it’s become my favorite part of class.

Favorite Smart Barre cue

I love when I can ask clients if they could sink “just one inch deeper” into a thigh exercise. Watching everyone simultaneously drop a little bit lower is so inspiring!

Elaine T.

Elaine T.

Education

B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Marketing from St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Current Occupation

Associate Director of Website & Social Media Management at Texas Christian University, since 2001
Instructor at Smart Barre, since 2013

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Chair! Just when I think we may have done ourselves in, I try to imagine sitting on a luxurious chaise filled with clouds instead. How can such a simple movement include the total body? From our calves all the way to our upper back and biceps, this one is sure to make you shake!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Put on your high heels, Ladies! Lift through the top of your crown” -because I’m fairly certain we’re all royalty…probably.

Hayley W.

Hayley W.

Education

BFA in Ballet with minors in Education and Math from Texas Christian University
M.Ed. in Counseling from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Front Desk; Recruiting and Communications Coordinator at Blueprint Consulting Group certified Texas real estate professional

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Wide second is my favorite because I feel it targets the quads, hamstrings, and inner thighs. Plus when you add some leaning and twisting you get to carve out those oblique muscles in the abdominals!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Open your feet into a Smart v, like a slice of pizza”.. because it makes me think it’s ok to have a slice every once and a while when I work out at Smart Barre.

Kimmy K.

Kimmy K.

Education

Currently pursuing a degree in Business Management from the University of Texas at Arlington

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Dance Instructor at Artistry in Motion and Performing Arts Center

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Arm work!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Shaking is weakness leaving the body”
“You can do anything for eight more counts”

Krista L.

Krista L.

Education

BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance, BA in Writing from Texas Christian University 

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Dance Faculty at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Texas Dance Conservatory

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Chair at the barre to get those thighs to burn!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

Get to your shaking point and make a change in your body

Lacey G.

Lacey G.

Education

BS in Human & Environmental Sciences, Hospitality Management from University of Alabama

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Manager at Maven

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Plank, plank, plank!  Oh how I love to plank.  It’s that full body engagement that gets me every time!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“You ladies should be feeling this, yes?!”  I always like to get confirmation from the clients that they are in fact feeling the burn.  If I don’t hear a response after this cue I know it’s time to take the challenge to the next level, right?!

Lauren H.

Lauren H.

Education

B.A. in Writing from Texas Christian University

Currently in the TCU Teach Masters Program

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Dog Sitter

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Anything working glutes; I love challenging myself and finding a way to also engage the rest of my leg muscles.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Tight limbs are light limbs!”

Lizzy M.

Lizzy M.

Education

BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina.

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Account Executive at PAVLOV Agency

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

I love to utilize wide second position because there are so many variations to the exercise and it gives you a nice stretch in your inner thighs.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Keep your shoulders over your hips for a nice tall posture”… because standing a little taller can give you a feeling of pride which everyone should have after leaving a Smart Barre class!

Sally H.

Sally H.

Education

Associate of Arts from Front Range Colorado
Pilates mat l/ll training through Balanced Body

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Front Desk
Owner and artist of Wind and Roots, LLC.

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

I love combining “L” shape with clamshell on the mat, and adding the band as an extra challenge. This is great for toning your hips and gluts, making those pants slide on a little easier.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Just one more eight count, you can do it!” Your muscles may be shaking and fatigued, but that little push at the end means you’ve done it and it’s almost over. Warning: this may include smiles, giggles and sigh of relief!

Sara S.

Sara S.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Texas. Currently pursuing a Health Fitness Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. Pursuing STOTT Pilates certification

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Wide Second is my favorite Smart Barre exercise because it targets the entire body! Everything one could want from a workout, all in one position. I love this exercise also because of the variety that it offers – the options are endless.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Know your Body.” I LOVE this cue because it reminds you to only do what feel goods to YOU.

Sarah C.

Sarah C.

Education

BS in Advertising and Public Relations, Art Minor with Photography Emphasis from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and stay at home mother to two boys

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Chair is a love/hate relationship for me. I hate it because it’s outside my physical comfort zone. I love it because it challenges me mentally and reminds me that my body’s health is worth fighting for!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

Thank yourselves for showing up to class and be confident in who YOU are!

Traci J.

Traci J.

Education

BFA in Radio/TV/Film/Production with minors in Journalism and Religion from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Director of Recruiting, Blueprint Consulting Group, & Mom to Ty, Blake and Finley

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

There are so many that it’s hard to pick!  Today, it’s a low c-curl crunch with hands behind the head raising the leg in attitude for pulses and twists.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Pull the shoulders away from the ears and relax the neck.”

Victoria R.

Victoria R.

Education

BFA in Ballet with a minor in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre instructor and Pilates instructor at a physical therapy clinic

Favorite Exercise

Planks are my favorite because you can feel every muscle in your body working together!