instructor spotlight: kristen barrett!

instructor spotlight: kristen barrett!

Kinected’s all-star instructor and resident, Kristen Barrett, is rockin’ Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, and teaches killer classes to boot! Read on to learn more + check out the sched to book with her today.

Preferred prop? The Yellow Bumpy Ball! It’s so versatile! You can put it under your sacrum to challenge stability, between your thighs to engage those adductors, or under your ribs to increase spinal mobility.

Fun fact: I am obsessed with scary movies, especially the classics from the 70s! I own every movie in the Halloween series!

Kristen grew up in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, where she spent most of her time in the dance studio. Her passion for movement brought her to Arizona State University where she graduated suma cum laude with a B.F.A in Dance Education as well as a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. Soon after graduation Kristen moved to NYC to pursue a career as a professional dancer. She had the joy of performing for a variety of artists including Chris Masters, Diane McCarthy, and Shandoah Goldman.

Less than 2 years into her dance journey Kristen herniated a disc in her lumbar spine. The severe pain in her back and pelvis was so unbearable that she had to stop all physical activity including dancing. She tried every medical treatment and therapy imaginable, but nothing provided long-term relief. Kristen was devastated, worried that she would be in pain forever and never dance again… until she discovered Pilates. Through lots of hard work, patience, and practice Pilates eliminated Kristen’s pain and transformed her body making it stronger, healthier, and more expressive than ever before. It was this firsthand experience that inspired her to become a Pilates teacher.

Kristen completed both her comprehensive Pilates mat and apparatus certifications from the Kane School of Core Integration. She is also an AFAA certified Primary Group Exercise instructor and licensed Pound® and Zumba® instructor. Kristen is ecstatic to be a part of Kinected’s Residency Program and can’t wait to share her love for movement with others!

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