Xtend Barre La Verne is conveniently located 35 miles east of Los Angeles nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel – Pomona Valleys. We offer a multi-level, safe, fun and effective class that anyone can join and thrive in. Beginners will quickly find their groove thanks to our dedicated instructors, and advanced clients will also love how Xtend Barre pushes them to the extreme. All ages, sizes and genders are welcome. The Xtend Barre workout is a fast-paced, 55-minute full body immersion that combines the amazing results of dance with the principles of strength and safety in Pilates.
Here at Xtend Barre La Verne we hope you feel invigorated, inspired and rebalanced after each visit!
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Cara Hipwell - Owner
Cara Hipwell has always enjoyed fitness and an active lifestyle. She grew up singing and dancing in show choirs, and after completing a degree in Animal Sciences she relocated to Southern California with her husband. Together they have four children and as a busy Mother and Business Owner she found that she didn’t have a lot of time for fitness. She began running after her youngest was born, but found that to be hard on her body. In an effort to remain active, Cara discovered Xtend Barre through a friend. She fell in love with the combination of Pilates, cardio, along with the grace of dancing that Xtend Barre offers. The best part was how safe and effective it was. Xtend Barre is low impact, and much easier on her body. After each workout she feels accomplished. She enjoys the 55-minutes of an Xtend Barre class where time just flies by. Her philosophy is: classes aren’t complete until everyone cracks a smile or/and giggles to show their excitement and enjoyment while working out. She is thrilled to meet new people and help them achieve their fitness and health goals with bringing Xtend Barre to La Verne!
Jolisa Grimmer - Co-Owner
Jolisa Grimmer is a Southern California native and active mother of 3. At a young age she was involved in tap and ballet. In her youth she played soccer, was a long distance runner, and swam competitively. Being active has always been her lifestyle. Jolisa graduated from CSU San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Kinesiology. After her second pregnancy she fell in love with Pilates. The philosophy of developing a strong core, correct posture, and to move with ease and grace was what she needed. A close friend introduced Jolisa to Xtend Barre and immediately she was hooked. It was the amazing chiseling and toning results she saw that got her into the studio. Then the feeling of empowerment, accomplishment, and challenge during and after each class is what keeps her going now. The opportunity to make a connection between mind and body with each workout brings a positive, grateful and refreshing influence into her life. Our bodies and minds are an amazing gift given to us. Xtend Barre is one outlet that allows her to show gratitude for these priceless gifts. It is the sparkle in each person’s eyes when the Xtend Barre workout is discussed, discovered and practiced that inspired Jolisa to help bring Xtend Barre to La Verne.
Elizabeth - Instructor
Elizabeth grew up dancing, starting at the tender age of two and half; she became classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. Her love for dance continued throughout the years as she studied dance at UCSB and stayed involved in the dance industry in Los Angeles. Certified in both yoga and mat Pilates, she has found her niche at Xtend Barre. Xtend Barre gives Elizabeth the workout she craves as it uses dance to make her muscles long and lean, while feeling that great Pilates toning burn! Elizabeth’s infectious zeal and years of experience teaching create a unique and powerful workout every class. Swing by her class so she can get your muscles Xtended!
Rebecca - Instructor
Rebecca is a Rancho Cucamonga native and has been dancing since the age of 6. She has danced ballet professionally since 2008 and has had many performance opportunities. Her serious study of ballet in the Inland Empire and around the country has led to discipline, and interest in overall health, fitness, and wellbeing. She is currently furthering her education and studying nutrition. She found Xtend Barre and instantly fell in love. It is the combination of her two passions, ballet and fitness, and she instantly felt physical results after only a few classes. After teaching ballet for 2 years around the Inland Empire, Rebecca is moving towards the fitness industry and loves teaching Xtend Barre. She is excited to help clients achieve their fitness and health goals with this graceful, high cardio, and low impact workout. She says "I'm so excited to welcome Xtend Barre to La Verne! I'm thrilled to help you reach your fitness goals and feel long and lean after this fun and amazing 55 minute workout."
Desiree - Instructor
Desiree is a La Verne native and an ex-dancer of 20 years. She competed in tap and jazz performing groups through local dance studios as a child and teenager. She was a cheerleader, song leader and dance team member at Bonita High School.....Go Bearcats! Desiree danced as an adult on the Mt. Sac cheer and dance team and eventually danced for 5 years for minor league sports teams. She met the love of her life and gave up dancing to get married and have beautiful twin daughters. Desiree missed the long lean muscles dancing gave her and was introduced to Pilates. She loved the core strength and flow of movement so much she decided to teach it. Desiree went through extensive training thru Marie Jose Bloom and her Master trainers Kendall Pink and Alicia Head thru the Long Beach Dance Company. While teaching reformer Pilates, Desiree discovered Xtend Barre and found her two loves ~ dance & Pilates. She is thrilled to be teaching Xtend Barre in her home town and can't wait to meet you at the Barre!
Brittni - Instructor
Brittni recently moved to the Los Angeles area with her husband, baby and puppy. She has nine years experience in competitive and high school cheerleading, as well as playing softball and soccer throughout middle and high school. After having her daughter, she discovered Xtend Barre in Salt Lake City and was immediately addicted and taking classes daily. After more than a year of Xtend Barre classes and seeing almost immediate results, she decided she wanted to help others reach their fitness goals. In addition to Xtend Barre she also enjoys jogging, watching basketball (Go Celtics!), music and being outdoors. She can't wait to share her passion for Xtend Barre with you!
Tanya - Instructor
Throughout the years, Tanya has been very involved in sports including: soccer, karate, dance (tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop), cheer, and other outdoor activities. Tanya’s active life style and the injuries that accompanied it sparked her interest in the human body and movement. In 2007, she graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. As an undergraduate at the universities’ fitness center, she promoted body awareness and injury prevention as well as designing individual program designs for students and faculty. She later became fascinated with the mind body connection and how your body affects your mind just as much as your mind affects your body. So, in 2009 she continued her education within the field of Kinesiology and graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a focus in sport psychology. Today, she still continues to expand her knowledge in the sport and health industry through the Xtend Barre Mat Pilates and instructor training, an extensive reformer Pilates training, studied under Marie Jose Bloom and her master trainers Kendel Pink and Alicia Head thorough LBDC, and obtaining an indoor cycling certification. Tanya strives to live a healthy and active lifestyle and enjoys Pilates, yoga, swimming, hiking, indoor cycling, and of course the Xtend Barre workout. Tanya is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge of fitness and helping others achieve their fitness goals and finding their own strength and beauty within.
Candice - Instructor
Candice is a Southern California native, mother, and wife. Other than loving on her husband and son, one of her greatest passions is helping women live life to their fullest potential. She has spoken at various events, mentored young girls, and volunteered at various non-profits. All in the name of building women up. Fitness has always been a part of her life and throughout the process of a back injury she noticed fitness played a key role in how she viewed herself. Not because of the way her body was shaped but because of the way her spirit was fed when she was active. Over time, she discovered this to be true for many women. Thus, beginning her journey into the fitness industry to help others live life to the fullest in a new way. Xtend Barre was a perfect fit! It is low impact, challenging, has cardio in it, and is ever changing! She was thrilled and immediately wanted to instruct. "I am so excited to be teaching at Xtend Barre La Verne! It is my belief that all women are created unique and beautiful and it is my pleasure to be a part of their fitness journey. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a full time working mom. Whether you are single or married, 18 or 80 ~ being healthy is important. Whatever your goals are, let's work towards achieving them!" Come and Xtend with Candice; she would love to meet you.
Recca - Instructor
Recca was born and raised in North Carolina where she began studying classical ballet at a young age. She then went on to play the Alto & Tenor Saxophone and was a cheerleader in high school. She attended East Carolina University and followed her college sweetie to California, got married and became a mother of two. After having her second baby, she became more health and fitness conscience to lose the baby weight. Quickly she knew she wanted to help empower others to find their full potential and became a fitness instructor. She has been teaching body sculpting, Pilates, kickboxing, indoor cycling, aqua aerobics and yoga for 5 years. She is a certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor as well as a certified Keiser indoor cycling and Pilates instructor. Recca LOVES the barre technique fitness formats and is SUPER excited to share Xtend Barre and Piloxing with La Verne!
Llana - Instructor
Llana has always had an active lifestyle growing up. With tennis as the family sport, she was always in and around the courts and played competitively in high school. She also trained and participated in other sports like swimming and volleyball.
As an adult, she craved for a regular fitness routine that would give her the same, if not higher level of discipline and challenge. When she started practicing yoga, it satisfied those cravings and through continuous practice, not only did she build on her strength and flexibility, it has also led her into a healthier lifestyle.
As a certified yoga instructor, Llana teaches a Vinyasa flow style class emphasizing movement to breathe connection and alignment. She creates an environment that is both supportive and encouraging, allowing her students to further their abilities and step outside their comfort zone. She is thrilled to guide any new student in yoga to build, as well as challenge, their strength and flexibility.