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May 2, 2014

Raising the barre

Big-city workouts come to small-town studios

They are low-impact but high-intensity and flex, stretch and fatigue muscles you never knew existed — and they’re all the rage.

The traditionally “big city” workouts of Pilates and barre are starting to become mainstream in the gyms and fitness studios of small towns.

In the Rowley area alone, there are at least three studios that offer these workouts, including two that just opened within the last six months on Route 1: Studio 5 Fitness, owned by Lindsay Zappala, and Studio 13, owned by Jennifer Tano.

“For the longest time, these programs were not offered around here, while in New York and California, they were everywhere,” said Tano, who started her Topsfield studio to expand on the success of her Beverly location, which has been open for four years. “I wanted to bring a studio to the North Shore that offered all the benefits and positive energy of Pilates and barre workouts and, more importantly, was welcoming to all.”

Zappala, whose studio is located inside MAC Fitness in Rowley, echoes that sentiment.

“Studio 5 strives to make people feel the absolute best in their own bodies,” she said. “We are unique individuals, and every one of our classes is individualized, with a small-enough class size so that everyone gets one-on-one instruction.”

Zappala, who worked for many years as an instructor in other local clubs, said she saw a gap that needed to be filled — providing a more encouraging environment for all shapes, sizes and ages at a lower cost.

“Fitness shouldn’t be just for the wealthy,” said Zappala, who offers a five-days-for-$5 option to new members. “Bringing my price down opens up this workout opportunity to more people — younger girls, those just starting out — all in keeping with the ultimate goal of having each of my clients achieve their own personal best.”

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