By the time they met in 2009, The Barre Code co-founders Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin were well on their way to being independently established within the Chicago health scene as go-to fitness experts. Their shared passion for personal training and empowerment through positivity led to the creation of Barre Bee Fit (The Barre Code’s original identity), which officially launched in 2010 with its first studio in the up-and-coming River North neighborhood of Chicago.
The business-savvy entrepreneurs continued double duty, working full-time at their demanding corporate positions while teaching the eight classes offered daily at the brand new location. The initial response to the concept was overwhelming – women wanted to revolutionize their routine with The Barre Code. Within six months of opening, Jillian and Ariana officially parted ways with their corporate path to pursue their potential-turned-powerhouse: an innovative one-stop shop dedicated to inner and outer strength.
Within a year of launching its inaugural River North studio, The Barre Code opened a second outpost in Lincoln Park, with the Gold Coast location following shortly thereafter. Today, The Barre Code’s studios can be found in multiple neighborhoods throughout the Windy City.
As The Barre Code continues to grow on a national level through the launch of its franchising program in 2012, one powerful consistency remains: a dedication to helping women transform into their strongest, fittest selves.