The team

 
 
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Each instructor brings their own creative experience to class. They have the training, the professionalism, and the desire to excel. And most importantly, an unselfish dedication to our members.

 

Every class is different, challenging , and safe. Body awareness is key, modification and unique movements created by our Team is beyond what you will find any where else. And most important, our team works hard to make sure each client understands the technique in the fastest safe way.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Michelle Rahlves L.C.T.
Owner – Trainer

Barre & Personal Training


Working in Physical Therapy for 7 years with Ladd Williams PT, Michelle learned the correct techniques for an effective workout.  Taking Pilates classes for 4 years and then training in Bar classes in Southern California gave her the incentive to bring The Bar Effect to Northern California.

As a 20 year Truckee resident, Michelle has worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and traveled the world with the U.S. Ski Team on the World Cup Circuit.  She is certified with the ISSA, the International Sports Science Association. Partnering up with The High Fives Foundation in 2011 has given her experience in working with injured athletes of all levels. After 8 years on the Snowboard Circuit, Michelle rehabbed her knee of 9 surgeries with Bar workouts. The Bar Effect now allows for an active life style with 10 year old twins.

 
 
 
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Carol Hockridge

Pilates

Carol has had a passion for fitness and healthy living since childhood.  Having great role models such as progressive grandparents who taught her to respect health and treat fitness as a necessary means to enjoy a full life propelled her into the fitness industry at an early age.

As a collegiate-level swimmer, and being motivated to compete, she landed in competitive aerobics and was an aerobics instructor (in the ’80’s..),entered triathlons, and competed in bike racing.

After finding Pilates in 1999, due to a realization that restorative, core-focused, mindful exercise was the best thing for her body.  The Pilates method has elements of physical therapy and is profoundly based on correct alignment and movement.  This became her passion.

In 2005, she founded ONE Pilates and Fitness, based in Sacramento, CA.  For 10 years it was a place for her to practice and teach others the wonderful benefits of Pilates. Recently relocating to Truckee, CA, she is happy to be a part of The Bar Effect!

 
 
 
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Serina Hays

Barre

As a resident of Truckee for that past 7 years, Serina loves the active lifestyle and friendly atmosphere that makes our town so unique. Coming from a background in dance, and pilates class, Serina discovered The Bar Effect and was hooked! It brings the best moves from pilates, dance, yoga, and blends it together to make a workout that leaves you toned and strong, with a killer backside. A singer from an early age, Serina can be found playing with her band Serina Dawn at many local spots around the lake. As well as hanging out with her 2 year old, Caden and her husband Joe. She looks forward to bringing her skills together to help others enjoy a great core strengthening workout.

 
 
 
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Ingrid Stutzman

Pilates

Ingrid’s love for fitness started at an early age as a gymnast. Her gymnastic career sparked an interest in many other activities over the years, including running, skiing, Pilates, dance and SUP. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Drexel University in 2001, Ingrid attained professional fitness certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in Pilates Mat, Roller and Ring, Reformer, SURFSET, and TRX. Ingrid’s passion for health and fitness has made her committed to helping people live a more enriched life. Her emphasis is on stretching with strength and control, muscle sculpting, injury prevention, and whole body movement. As a mom of two, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and hiking with her dog Rocko.

 
 
 
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Julie Nowak

Barre

Profile coming soon.

 
 
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Shanna Arney

Barre

Profile coming soon.

 
 
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Cassandra King  

Barre

Profile coming soon.

 
 
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Leigh Collins  

Pilates

Profile coming soon.

 
 
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MEGAN rodman

BARRE

Profile coming soon.

 
 
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Amie Engerbretson

Barre & PErsonal training


Born and raised in Tahoe, is a true lover of the outdoors and of the high level of fitness necessary for her to go out and seek adventure. She first discovered the Bar Effect style of training when living in Chicago where she took classes for 2 years. With a strong background in dance both as a company member and a teacher, she has developed an excellent awareness of body positioning, balance and strength. Amie is a professional skier currently sponsored by Salomon, Sessions, Smith Optics and Discrete Headwear. She approaches fitness as a way to enhance life, prevent injury and relieve stress. Additionally, Bar Effect is a great cross training for her to build strength which enables her to pursue her many sport passions including skiing, mountain biking, paddle boarding, running, rock climbing, and dancing.  She aims to share these techniques and benefits with others.

 
 
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Daron Rahlves

mountain warrior

The most decorated male American Downhill and Super G skier in history. Daron won 12 World Cup races, had 28 World Cup podiums, 7 US National Titles, is the 2001 World Champion in Super G, Silver medal at the 2005 Worlds in DH and Bronze medal in GS. He was the winner of the legendary Hahnenkamm Downhill in 2003 and SG in 2004 along with 7 podium finishes in Kitzbuhel over 5 years. 2007-2010 Ski Cross was the competition of his choice. In 2008 Daron took the win in Skier X at Winter X Games 12 and finished 3rd overall on the Jeep Skiing/48 Straight Tour. Top World Cup Ski Cross finish was 2nd place in St Johan, Austria in 2010 and that year he made the US Olympic Team for his fourth time to debut this new ski discipline in Vancouver, Canada.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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what people are saying about us

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If you’re looking for the best barre workout in town you’ve found it at The Bar Effect in Truckee! Michelle, the owner and trainer, runs an amazing studio. The instructors are professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to giving you an awesome total workout. Everyone will find benefits from any of classes, whether you are at the top of your game, nursing an injury, or just want to maintain your health.
— Joanne S., Tahoe Vista, CA
 
Carol is the Pilates queen! She has a great personality and an incredible knowledge of Pilates, I think she used to own her own studio. An amazing workout and has you smiling during her class!
— Olivia P., San Mateo, CA
 
Wow. Today was my first Bar class. I was apprehensive beforehand, but I was quickly put at ease by a wonderful instructor by the name of Amie. Amie was kind and very generous of her time during class. I’m known to be extremely uncoordinated, so her assistance with helping me nail the positions (or try to at least, who am I kidding!) left me very appreciative. Thanks Amie and The Bar Effect! Looking forward to my next, less awkward attempt at Bar.
— Chelsea S., Tahoe City, CA