Each class uses a different mix of movements every time.
Inside the Xtend Barre West Hollywood studio.
Lengthening and strengthening exercises are a fundamental part of Xtend Barre.
Xtend Barreâ€™s Samantha Rabon.
Although Xtend Barre West Hollywood owner Samantha Rabon is new to LA, the Aussie beauty fits in seamlessly with SoCal’s fit-focused lifestyle. Rabon dedicated 15 years to being a professional dancer, spending 12 of those as a lead soloist at the famed Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris. It was through the harsh physical demands of dance that Rabon found the healing qualities of Pilates.
Once Rabon discovered the Xtend Barre workout—a multi-level, barre-focused regimen that combines elements of dance with the strength, safety, and training of Pilates (all Xtend Barre instructors are certified in Pilates) and offers up a different routine for every 55-minute-long class—she was hooked. We chatted with Rabon about opening an Xtend Barre studio in West Hollywood, a new class inspired by the Moulin Rouge, and more. 8254 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, 323-782-1770
When did you first discover the Xtend Barre workout? SAMANTHA RABON: I discovered Xtend Barre about three years ago, after returning to Sydney from Paris as a retired dancer. Xtend was being offered in the small Pilates studio where I had done my Pilates training. It was everything I wanted in a workout: combining the amazing results of dance with the principles of strength and safety in Pilates. The shape and strength of my body was better than it was during my Moulin Rouge days—and in a very short time, even after having two children! I was instantly hooked and soon became certified to become an instructor; my new career started from that moment.
What sets Xtend Barre apart from other cardio barre studios in LA? SR: Xtend Barre fuses all elements of dance with a repertoire that is always varied in order to challenge the mind and body. This allows instructors to become creative and clients to never feel bored in their workouts. It allows “every” “body” to perform dance movement in an elegant and graceful way.
The routine for each class is constantly changing in your workouts—why is this important? SR: When doing the same class over and over, your body will get used to the routine and will consume less energy. If the repertoire is constantly changing, your body will be continually challenged and it will burn more calories, resulting in a more successful weight loss and change in the way your muscles are formed. There is nothing worse than going to a class when you can anticipate what is coming next. Many people will quit their workout routine due to boredom or lack of results. Changing your workout routine is a motivator and it makes it more interesting for you.
You’ve just launched a new class inspired by the Moulin Rouge. Tell us about that. SR: We stick to the same format as any other Xtend Barre class, but we amp up the dance movement with a lot more showgirl style. We introduce the feather boa as a prop along with some showgirl-style exercises with names like: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, I Think I Can-Can, You’re So Passé, Showgirl Showdown, and Don’t Cross the “Chorus” Line. We finish the class with a little dance routine so we can let our hair down and dance. It's super fun and girlie. Clients are loving the showgirl experience!