Grand Junction’s ROKBarre offers full-body workout with plenty of stretching
Mollie Shepardson, a Grand Junction native, loves to hike and ski. A few years ago, however, she fell making turns on the slopes and tore several muscles in her leg.
“When I was injured I realized you only have your body parts for so long,” she said, “It gave me an appreciation for taking care of the body.”
During the rehabilitation process, when practicing yoga wasn’t enough, Shepardson was invited to a barre class, which is considered a low-impact workout.
“I was hooked from that moment on,” she said. “Being a full-time student and working two jobs, it was nice to get in a full workout in 60 minutes.”
Shepardson, 25, attended college in San Diego. When she moved back to Grand Junction last year to be closer to family, she began planning for ROKBarre. Her studio officially opened last October in downtown Grand Junction (530 Main St., Unit F).
“With creating ROKBarre, I wanted to do something different,” she said. “You can get a full workout here.”
According to Shepardson, the basic concept of ROKBarre is the isolation and exhaustion of each muscle group for longer, leaner muscles.
It’s close to a mixture of yoga and pilates, she explained, and it’s the first known studio of its kind in Colorado’s Grand Valley.
Four different classes are currently offered: Barre 1, Barre 2, Barre Cardio and Hot Barre. Barre 1 is a class for beginners; Barre 2 offers more advanced techniques; Barre Cardio gets the heart pumping; and Hott Barre is done in a heated room (like hot yoga).
Class sizes are kept small, around 10-15 participants, and held daily, including mornings and evenings.
Participants can sign up for individual classes or get full memberships. Individual classes cost $15, and packages start at five sessions for $65. An unlimited month of classes costs $140.
While some men may think it’s for women only, Shepardson said that’s not the case.
“It’s incredible for athletes to be stronger and perform in sports they do since it’s low- to no-impact without injuring themselves,” she added.
In the future, Shepardson hopes to hire yoga instructors and provide yoga classes as well.
“The community has been really supportive here,” she said.
After taking a class, I am still sore. During the class, you truly isolate a part of the body and work it until you are literally shaking.
The class was non-stop for 60 minutes and moved very fast from movement to movement; I didn’t get bored or too worn out during a set. Each part of the body is worked from arms, to glutes, to legs, to abs. The best part? Stretching!
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