Raising the barre

Connie Crane is bringing one of the hottest new fitness routines, Barre Strength, to Saratoga Springs. Attracting a celebrity clientele, this mishmash of trending exercises is all the rage in California and New York City and Crane said Spa City is the perfect place to start spreading it to the Northeast.

The sophistication of the routine is what makes it attractive to a wide range of people, said Crane, and also what makes it the perfect fit for a region known for its classy and quaint atmosphere.

People are running, walking, jogging through Saratoga and everyone is so into health. I wanted to bring this here because it's so sophisticated and I think would fit in with the setting, said Crane.

Crane grew up in Saratoga and went to Skidmore College. She spent several years in the consulting and lobbying business, which is where she discovered fitness routines that kept her relaxed.

"I always found working out had been a major stress relief in the male dominated world of lobbying. I'd gone to spas and found it essential and calming to keep healthy and focused," said Crane. "I had an office in Manhattan and kept hearing about a studio called Physique 57. Then I went to Kentucky and did my first barre strength workout at a similar studio. I said 'Oh my God, what is this?' I went online and decided to open a studio of my own."

It was around this time that she got ill and switched her focus from what she was doing for the rest of her life to doing nothing else but living. She said this turned out to be something of a turning point because she buckled down to make her dream happen. She picked the place that feels "most like home" as ground zero and secured 468 Broadway right above Max London's as the spot for a mirrored studio with hardwood floors.

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