Beverly Barre

Our Instructors

Carrie O’Donnell, Founder
carrie@beverlybarrechicago.com

Background:
I grew up in Beverly.  I swam and played water polo growing up.

How did you get into Barre?
I love to run and I have always done cardio classes.  I was training for the Boston marathon in 2013 and a friend took me to a Barre class to help with my training.  I could not believe what a challenge it was, I was using muscles I had never used before!  I will admit after the first class I was a little unsure about this whole Barre thing, but I continued to go and couldn't believe the results.  The classes not only helped shape my body, but also increased my endurance for running and helped prevent me from any injuries.  I love that every time I go to a Barre class I always feel challenged.

What other athletic activities do you enjoy doing?
I love to run.  Growing up as a swimmer I never thought I would say those words, but I really do find some inner peace running.  I love to do races and compete every year in the Ridge Run and Beverly Turkey Trot.

What made you decide to bring Barre to Beverly?
I loved growing up in Beverly. I have lived in Charleston, SC, Washington DC, Boston, MA and a couple of different Chicago neighborhoods and I cannot imagine raising a family anywhere else.  It is truly amazing to me how strong the ties are in Beverly, people you haven't seen in years will drop everything and be there for you when you are going through a hard time. The people of Beverly overwhelmed my family and I with their support and I wanted to bring something I loved to this community.

Molly McAlinden, Founder
molly@beverlybarrechicago.com

Background:
I grew up in Beverly and enjoyed competing in many sports and Irish dancing as a kid.

How did you get into Barre?
My whole life, I have always been active and interested in different types of exercises. About 8 years ago, a friend of mine told me about a new (barre) place that opened up near our work. I decided to check it out, and after a month of taking classes, I noticed a difference in my body and was hooked! Barre classes help me with some hip challenges I have from long distance running. Even today when I take classes, my legs still shake, it never gets easier, but I am always challenging myself to get stronger.

What other athletic activities do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy combining barre classes with cardio such as running and biking. Running has been a passion of mine since I was young, and I’ve completed two Chicago Marathons.

What made you decide to bring Barre to Beverly?
I feel my best when I consistently take barre classes and I wanted my friends, family, and community to enjoy this same feeling. Beverly has always been a wonderful community to be part of, and sharing my passion for barre classes is one way for me to give back.

Patty Holland, Instructor
patty@beverlybarrechicago.com

Background:
Born and raised in Beverly, I grew up running and participating in sports.

How did you get into Barre?
When Carrie and Molly brought Barre to Beverly I decided to try it out as I had heard great things and love all types of workouts. After running the Chicago Marathon in 2014, I needed a new exercise class that would be low-impact while still tightening and toning my muscles. Initially, I was intimidated at the idea of Barre; however, after a month I noticed more definition in my body and felt challenged every class. I love the way Barre continues to shape and strengthen my body.

What other athletic activities do you enjoy doing?
I love running, particularly competing in races, spinning and intensified and interactive group workouts.

Colleen McWalter, Instructor

Background:
I grew up in Beverly and enjoyed running and playing different sports.

How did you get into Barre?
I have always been active and enjoy different exercises. After running the Chicago Marathon in 2012, I needed a new exercise class that would strengthen my hips and strengthen my muscles. When I first started, I was intimidated at the idea of Barre; however, after a month I noticed more definition in my muscles and felt challenged every class. The stretching helped my running as well. Barre classes still test me, but I love the challenge.

What other athletic activities do you enjoy doing?
I love running, pilates, yoga, spinning, group workouts.