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Kristin Booker • July 1, 2015

Fitspiration: Jenna Muller

As part of the ongoing #Fitspiration series, I’ve been trying to find people who inspire me with their classes and their way of live. One such person is a dear friend and long-time business associate, Jenna Muller. I first met Jenna as a powerhouse public relations professional here in New York City, and then watched with admiration as she followed her passion to become a full-time fitness instructor. The gorgeous new mom is now teaching at barre3 here in New York and New Jersey, and her tireless energy and big heart have translated to a new career filled with women who come into her classrooms and soak up a little of her sunshine (and rock-hard abs.) Meet my beautiful friend, Jenna…


I’m sort of new to this whole fitness instruction thing…

“I started in public relations, and I still freelance and consult. However, WAY before that, I started dancing when I was 3 and continued with everything from tap, ballet and jazz all the way through college.  Dance was — and still is! — my great passion.  Fast-forward 15+ years, and I found myself working in the corporate world and feeling unfulfilled; I missed being in a studio.  I’ve always tried to stay fit, and when I worked in Midtown Manhattan, I found myself at Physique 57 in my first barre class.  I loved it!  I’d always been a fan of Lotte Berk, and was amazed at the results. Then one day, I was reading US Weekly and read about Sadie Lincoln, the founder of barre3, a fusion of yoga, ballet and Pilates, and how she had trained Madonna.  It piqued my interest.  Make a long story short, I decided to fly to barre3 headquarters in Portland, Oregon to meet Sadie and potentially open a studio in the New York/New Jersey area.  Instead, I became a certified instructor and started teaching in the Morristown, NJ location. That was back in 2011. I’ve been doing it ever since.”

barre3 isn’t your regular barre class…

“As I mentioned, barre3 draws from multiple disciplines — yoga, ballet and Pilates — and works to balance, strengthen and lengthen the body through a signature barre3 formula. What I personally love about barre3 is that it’s always evolving; even though each class is based on a mixture of the same sequences, it’s a different class every single time. It’s also low impact and safe for anyone, even pregnant women.  I taught up until my 36th week of pregnancy, and it has been ridiculously helpful for me postpartum.  But it’s perfect for anyone — even men!”


My favorite moves that get results…

“I love Narrow V legwork.  Think of First Position in ballet (that’s probably why I love it!) Heels pressed together, hips level and square, engage your core, and add shallow or deep plies. The posture targets your inner and outer thighs, quads, hamstrings, core and calves.  It’s also a graceful posture.  If you want to target the entire body, you can never go wrong with Plank Pose.  You can also add so many variations to it: side plank, lifting one leg off the floor, or even at the barre.  We always say plank is primary posture put to the test, and it’s true!”


Three things I wish women would stop doing to themselves…

“I wish we’d stop beating ourselves up for not being Superwoman! It’s ok to let things go by the wayside from time to time.  I’m learning this myself, by the way. Also, there’s no reason to go all out in class all the time.  It’s ok to modify a posture and listen to your body; especially on days you’re just not feeling it.  Finally, you need to move more and sit less. When I worked at a desk all day long, I never got up, even for lunch.  Even ten minutes will help.  Your body will thank you.”

Three things I wish women would start doing for themselves…

“First, I wish we’d start celebrating small victories and achievements.  Even the little things warrant a celebration. Also, we must — MUST —empower and support other women. Most women I meet do this, but we can never have enough ‘girl power.’  Now that I have a daughter, I think about this even more.  Finally, get more massages!! Oh wait. That’s just me. J My point is taking time for yourself is a huge deal.”



If you’re just starting your fitness journey or coming back from a long absence…

“For beginners, I say take it easy.  Keep it simple and modify where you need to do so. Also, stick with it and celebrate those small victories.  At the end of the day, we’re ALL a work in progress.  Before your first barre3 class, just know the basics: we work barefoot, so sneakers or footwear aren’t necessary, and we provide all the props including mats, core ball, and weights.  You’ll discover muscles you may have not know you had (or at least haven’t used in awhile,) and you get through it by remembering to breathe. Big!  At the end of the day, you showed up for a class. That’s the first step.

My favorite indulgence…

“Although it’s hard to pick just one, I’d say it’s a tie between deep tissue massage and wine. “


What motivates me to motivate you…

“Clients motivate, inspire, and energize me daily, especially when we chat about their progress.  Even a simple “Thank you” after class just makes my day; those words are motivating and humbling.  Music also motivates me to motivate you! I’m obsessed with music and playlists plays a huge part in each class.”

Jenna Muller photographed by Kristin Booker at barre3 West Village in New York City. All rights reserved.


One Response to Fitspiration: Jenna Muller

  1. Sam Handle says:

    I would like to thank the Barre3 team and a special thanks to Sadie lincoln for starting barre3!!!

    Jenna is very special to me, not just because she my daughter… she is a person that cares about others.

    my wife and I love her, Sean, and Ava Grace

    Thank you all again,

    Sam and Ingrid

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