MOMS Method fitness opens in Chesterton
BY JOHN ROBBINS Post-Tribune correspondent January 28, 2014 1:20PM
Marketing director Rachel Spadavecchia and studio owner Orlee Glazer go over schedules at the MOMS studio in Chesterton. | John Robbins/For the Post-Tribune
MOMS Method studio
761 Indian Boundary Road, Chesterton
Phone: (219) 929-1550
Updated: March 1, 2014 6:14AM
CHESTERTON — What could be the next big thing in fitness has arrived in Northwest Indiana, brought by Maryland transplant Orlee Glazer.
Mind Over Matter Studio Method — MOMS Method — has opened in Chesterton. MOMS Method fuses elements of ballet, Pilates and gymnastics into a fitness program called Barre, after the fixed barre found in ballet studios.
Glazer and her husband, physician Chad Glazer, moved to Chesterton last year from Baltimore. A top Baltimore area real estate agent, Glazer fell in love with the barre fitness regime when taking a class in New York City.
“When we moved here there was no place to take a barre class. So that was the source of my inspiration to create my own studio,” said Glazer.
“We’re the only studio offering barre classes in northwest Indiana,” she says. Glazer had professional ballet training while a youth and combined a dance minor with an economics major at Duke University.
In college she learned about stretching and conditioning, and also discovered Pilates. “That rounded out my movement education,” said Glazer.
The core of barre is taking strengthening exercises, adding lengthening movements and combining them with a barre to help support and provide stability while engaged in the exercise.
Barre takes Pilates strength moves and makes them smaller and more controlled. “We hold a position until we burn out the muscle,” said Glazer.
“It sounds painful but it’s a good burn. Learn to love the burn.”
After, “burning out the muscle,” comes a complementary long stretching position. “That creates the long, lean muscle,” Glazer said.
The movie, “Black Swan,” heightened public awareness of what Glazer calls, “the ballerina look — that strong but long look.” Black Swan star Natalie Portman is a fan of barre, too, according to the MOMS Method website.
Glazer became certified in a barre technique used at a Washington, D.C. studio, which she says is more ballet-oriented. Glazer has developed her own methods and techniques of barre, a product of her ballet and dance background, her own philosophy, and her own experiences.
“Being pregnant, I realized that a lot of moves recommended for pregnant and older women were movements already in barre. Non-impact, supportive and strengthening,” said Glazer.
She chose her studio name because she wants students to develop longer, stronger sculpted bodies, but she also hopes the concentration required will help them develop strong minds, as well.“I want women to know they can do anything they want to do. They just have to set their mind to it.”
MOMS also is for women only.
“I want women to feel comfortable here,” she said. “I want women to be strong and take care of themselves. Women are always taking care of other people; here, they can concentrate on their own needs.”
She has taught barre classes to mixed groups in the past, she added, but “I realized that barre movements aren’t really designed for men.”
Glazer opened the studio doors to her first customers on Jan. 13 and the response has been gratifying. Hourlong classes are scheduled from Monday through Saturday and she is already considering adding more classes.
A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. until noon with demonstrations and food.
The MOMS Method studio is at 761 Indian Boundary Road. For more information or class schedules contact MOMS Method studio at (219) 929-1550 or their website: www.momsmethod.com.