motivate. barre • cardio • cycle |  newburyport

The unique combination of instructors with engaging teaching styles and seriously challenging regimens defines Motivate Barre and Cardio. Knowing that every class on the schedule will be a killer workout taught by excellent instructors makes going to Motivate all the more convenient and easier to commit to a healthier lifestyle. And it's bad-ass fun! - Claire P.

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is fun.

Working out is challenging enough. If it isn’t enjoyable, you are far less likely to stay with it. Motivate Barre and Core & Cardio are constantly changing…the moves, the music, the momentum. It keeps you on your toes (quite literally sometimes)…in body, mind, and spirit. You’ll never get bored.

is challenging on muscles while kind to joints.

The movements are safe, small, and controlled. There is less pressure on your spine, joints, ligaments, and tendons in Motivate Barre classes. Using proper, instructor-led form, your core is engaged throughout class thereby improving posture. Motivate Barre builds bone density.

meets your body where it is.

If you are brand new or are a seasoned barre or cardio enthusiast, you can successfully work out side-by-side at Motivate Barre. Educated and seasoned instructors can modify or challenge each client simultaneously. No experience or coordination is necessary. Motivate Barre is for EVERYONE!

increases flexibility.

Do a quick Google search on “flexibility and aging” and you will be astounded at just how important flexibility is to our aging bodies. Flexibility affects our performance, movement, ability to bounce back from injury…and is the most often ignored part of our exercise regimen. Motivate incorporates stretches into every class.

increases lean muscle mass.

Building lean muscle mass increases your metabolic rate. We lose muscle mass as we age. That lowers our basal metabolic rate (BMR) which means we are less able to use the food we eat and we store more as fat. Our muscles have high energy requirements; they use more energy, even when we are at rest. The strength training in Motivate Barre increases our lean muscle mass thereby increasing our ability for our muscles to work more efficiently… even when we are at rest.

creates a habit.

If your goal is to become stronger, leaner, more flexible, gain more endurance…or all of the above, you need to take action. Motivate Barre works out the ENTIRE body. There are no days spent on particular body parts; we get it all in. Make Motivate Barre a regular part of your life and you will see and feel the difference.

gives you fast results.

Noticeable changes occur in the first month: your posture changes, you start to see lines in your arms, you feel your work out in muscles you didn’t even know you had. Even more rapid results occur when you attend 3 to 5 classes per week.

keeps your spirits lifted.

The endorphins you get from your Motivate Barre and Core & Cardio and Yoga sessions will undoubtedly lift your mood…so will the improvements you will see. You will clearly notice a change in posture, tone, endurance, and flexibility. The sense of community and personal attention your receive at Motivate Barre keeps you coming back too. We are a welcoming studio and we know you by name. Nothing MOTIVATES like feeling at home and seeing success.

Haven’t been to such a kick butt studio ever!! I love it :)”. ~ Sarah S.


our instructors.


Meghan Kinsey, Owner & Lead Instructor

meghankinseyMeghan has enjoyed being athletic her entire life. Throughout her younger years she enjoyed a competitive running career. As running left with her with a nagging injury, she tried various methods of staying in good physical shape although she never found a true fit until barre. After the birth of her third son in 2006, she stumbled upon barre and found an exercise program that was complete and transformative. She fell in love.

Rather than just staying a student of barre, Meghan became certified in A to Z Method in 2008 and then Rasamaya Barre in 2011 and has been actively teaching group sessions and privately for over eight years. Meghan enjoys teaching her students the way movement, music and breath can align and change you…mind, body and spirit. She is often accused of having a little too much fun while instructing her students.

In addition to motivating her barre and cardio students, Meghan is wife to her husband, Brent, and mother of three school-age sons. Out of the studio, Meghan holds a Masters degree in Education and was a classroom teacher and a childbirth educator, and was as a Newburyport City Councillor.

Maureen Sullivan, Barre and Core & Cardio Instructor

motivate-barre-newburyport-instructors-maureen-sullivanMaureen Sullivan has been practicing barre for six years and has been teaching for three.

She found barre after having her third child. She was seeking relief from nagging lower back pain, and trying to “bounce back” after having three children. After taking just a few barre classes, she started to feel stronger, more aligned and relief from her lower back issues. It has become a passion for her. After practicing barre for several years she decided to grow in her practice and teach.

She truly feels better now at forty, than she did at thirty. She attributes this to her increased flexibility, core strength and awareness of body mechanics, that barre has given her.

Maureen is also a registered nurse, who has specialized in labor and delivery for eight of her twelve year career.

Maureen feels truly inspired and humbled by the students she gets to teach in her classes. They come from all walks of life and all different fitness levels, but all are seeking to gain strength and improve their quality of life. She hopes after every class, they leave with a better awareness of their body, and a feeling of strength and accomplishment.

Anne McCoy, Barre and Core & Cardio Instructor

annemccoyAnne grew up in Angers, France and developed a great passion for horseback riding at an early age. She was a regular competitor as a jumper and spent all of her free time caring for horses and being a presence at the local barn.
When Anne moved to the United States in 1999, to teach French and Spanish, she found it difficult to instruct and keep a regular riding schedule. As an alternative, Anne went to some gyms, but it wasn’t the same. She soon discovered yoga and practiced it regularly. Anne also tried classes, such as kickboxing and spinning but it wasn’t a good fit. She wanted to find something different.

It wasn’t until Anne moved to Newburyport with her family, that she tried barre and fell in love. Anne felt that she was having fun with friends while working out, which was new. She quickly saw personal results and decided to work hard. She also liked the fact that it was challenging, but that she never got hurt because the instructors always made sure she had proper form. The small movements and the muscle isolation theory made sense to her.

When Anne was asked to teach barre, she saw it as an opportunity to share her passion with others. Anne loves barre because it’s safe, fun, challenging and different every day.

And when not at the barre, she is back at riding horses and finding that barre is making a better rider than ever!

Heather Jacob Turkel, Barre and Core & Cardio Instructor

Heather-Jacob-TurkelAthletics have always been an integral part of Heather’s life. Throughout school, she participated in various sports, excelling in soccer and volleyball. In College Heather played soccer competitively. In her twenties, she found yoga as a complementary practice to the other sports in her life, but after many years, didn’t feel like it was “enough”. Heather found the results she was looking for in Barre. She began to notice that she was stronger and faster in other sports and that her physical body began to look longer and leaner. Her endurance also increased and is now better than in her younger years! Barre has truly helped Heather exceed her physical fitness goals and continues to inspire and amaze her. It is Heather’s wish to share these findings with her students as a Barre Instructor, knowing that barre is accessible to students of all fitness levels.

Outside of the studio, Heather holds a design degree from RISD and can usually be found designing clothing for her two girls. Otherwise, she is most likely coaching and playing soccer, on her mountain bike, or most favorite of all, going on adventures with her husband and daughters.

MaryJo Anderson, HIIT the Rail Trail and Core & Cardio Instructor

maryjoMaryJo brings her energetic soul and experience to every class she instructs. An avid athlete her entire life, a competitive swimmer in her early years, collegiate basketball player, and an avid Triathlete. Naturally a transition from being a member of the audience to leading classes only made sense.
Certified fitness coach and spin instructor specializing in interval training, she has been happily teaching fast paced, motivational and challenging classes since 2010. Her main focus is always on coaching each client to reach his/her full potential all while (hopefully) keeping a smile on their face.

She believes that music, whether a strong beat or with soulful lyrics, creates an energy within you that makes you want to move.

In her classes you will feel more and think less with a workout that goes beyond calorie burning into something deeper, that resonates from the inside out.

MaryJo lives in Newburyport with her husband, two children and two crazy Boston Terriers.

Pam Brockmeier Armstrong, Barre & YogaBarre Instructor

Pam-Brockmeier-Armstrong-Motivate-Barre-NewburyportPam Brockmeier Armstrong has a passion for keeping her body in motion and challenging herself. She has been a swimmer and a cyclist for many years and dabbles in triathlons when she forgets that she dislikes running. However, more than fifteen years of practicing yoga has helped her realize that not every motion must be forward or fast or linear. When Pam discovered AtoZ Method in its first summer, she was thrilled that it both complimented and strengthened her athletic interests, and she was stunned to find muscles she never knew she had! She has been actively teaching barre since 2009 and is a Rasamaya certified yoga instructor. As a teacher at Motivate, Pam endeavors to bring out a passion for finding your challenge every day, as well as for finding your relaxation.

Jen Garner, Barre and Core & Cardio Instructor

Jenn-Garner-Motivate-Barre-NewburyportJen’s passion for fitness and health extends beyond her work. Growing up she was a competitive athlete in volleyball, soccer, and track & field. She has immense knowledge about anatomy and physiology through her work as a neuromuscular massage therapist in NYC for many years, with clientele being many professional and nonprofessional athletes, as well as celebrities.

Her passion for food and health inspired her to study holistic nutrition, and has been a certified Health & Nutrition Coach in NYC and now Boston.

In recent years she’s found a new love, Barre! She became certified in Pilates before getting certified in Barre. This gave her a strong foundation in the principles of proper spinal alignment and movement. Most recently, she was an instructor at Fly Barre in Boston. It influenced her to create very athletic barre classes set to music with a driving beat and some Bass! It will make you want to dance and pushes you to keep pulsing!!

Her favorite hobby is cooking! She loves to revamp classic comfort foods to a healthier standard, but also believes that really dark luscious cake or your grandmother’s Mac and cheese is sometimes the answer. You can find her creations on her Instagram Kale_Chick.

Robin Marino, Barre, Core & Cardio, Mat Pilates Instructor

Robin began her love of movement with ballet, starting at age 9. She has danced with the Pittsford Ballet School and The University of Rochester Ballet. While attending The North Carolina School of the Arts summer program, she discovered Pilates and quickly fell in love. She went on to receive a performing arts scholarship to SUNY at Buffalo and graduated with a degree in Women’s Studies.

In 2004, Robin received her 600-hour Pilates certification in mat and all apparatus through The Long Island Center for Pilates. She is also certified to teach Balletone and Exhale Core Fusion and currently leads barre classes at Exhale in Boston in addition to Motivate.

Robin’s lighthearted style and self-depricating humor makes her a joy to be around and the barre burn a little more bearable!

Robin lives in Newburyport with her husband and three children.

Jana Schulson, Run Club

Jana has been a life long runner. After college she ran with a women’s running team in California and trained for several marathons. Her love of running then took her to coaching the high school level in cross country in California and eventually back east at the collegiate level.

Since having her family, she has coached at Newburyport High School.

Soon after the birth of her second daughter, she knew her body needed something else besides running so she began barre.

You will now see Jana running the streets of Newburyport as well as in Motivate Barre & Cardio classes.

our classes.


Motivate Barre

is a dynamic, full-body, joint-safe workout that strengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body that originates in the Lotte Berk and A to Z Methods. Motivate Barre is set to fun and upbeat music and combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, yoga, Pilates, and orthopedic exercises. The controlled movements are very focused, effective, and safe. (No coordination is necessary.) Proper alignment and form is the primary focus. Incorporated into each session are active stretches to develop more toned, sculpted, lengthened, and supple muscles. The entire body and mind are constantly working throughout each session. Every position is cued to properly achieve and maintain core engagement. Through this process, your body, posture, and physical awareness will be transformed. No area of the body is left undiscovered in a barre class. We will tap muscles you didn’t even know you had.

“I was completely new to barre, and pretty intimidated by the whole thing. Meghan made it so easy to jump in! After two weeks, I was hooked! I have never seen such fast results in my strength and flexibility – plus I lost 10lbs in my first couple months. Absolutely LOVE Motivate Barre!!”  ~ Kate

Motivate Core & Cardio

is going to make you sweat. Wear your sneakers and bring your towel. A perfect complement to Motivate Barre, Core & Cardio combine High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with core work and stretching. This component of your sessions with Motivate is the ultimate in fat-burning. HIIT is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. HIIT increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery. This “catch-up” effect is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.

 “I have never sweat so much in any class, ever, like I do in Core & Cardio.”  ~ Meagan N.

 “I need two towels for Core & Cardio.”  ~ Brian C.

Motivate Cycle

Consider what you know about indoor cycling and take it up a notch. You’ll get all the benefits of a cardiovascular workout with low impact without losing the intensity. The instructor’s voice and pumping music will challenge you to take it to the next level. Complement the strengthening and lengthening of your barre regimen with this all-out-sweat-fest.

Motivate Cycle & Core

30 minutes on the bikes followed by 15 minutes on the mat. Sweat-fest followed by an ab blast. No joke.

Motivate CardioBarre

is a perfect fusion of our Motivate Barre and Core & Cardio classes. This is an upbeat, sweat-filled, fast-paced class that conveniently checks off your muscle-building and fat-burning needs at once. You’ll need your sneakers… and a go-get-em attitude for this one!

Motivate YogaBarre

is a fusion of yoga with Motivate Barre. Barre and yoga naturally complement each other while developing strength, flexibility, and postural awareness. Motivate YogaBarre combines the intense strengthening and lengthening benefits of barre with the deep stretch and calm strength inherent in yoga. Both your yoga practice and your barre practice will improve.

 “Intimate class-size coupled with serene & mindful instruction puts yogabarre on my CAN’T MISS list. Pam’s well-timed reminders, her careful oversight, and her eye for position and adjustment makes this class a standout. The results are immediate.” ~ Erin C.

HiiT The Rail Trail

This fun and diverse outdoor interval training class mixes body weight exercises with cardio and strength training. This class is designed to be different all the time, and pushes our participants harder than they’d push themselves. We want to keep you guessing – and challenge you differently every class! Our goal is to offer encouragement rather than intimidation. We want you to have tons of fun – but please be prepared for some high intensity interval training!! This class is offered for all ages and fitness abilities!

Details: Class starts and finishes at the Rail Trail where it intersects Washington Street.

the schedule.

the schedule.

You may sign up for classes below. If you’re on a mobile device you can also use the Mindbody app for iOS and Android:



workshops & events.

& events.

the details.

what to expect

First and most importantly, expect to have fun…it is sort of a requirement. If you are new here, please create an online account when you register for classes. All scheduling and payments are done online through the mindbody online system. (If you need help, email us and we’d be happy to assist you.) Mindbody also offers apps for your phones for ease of signing up on-the-go on iOS and Android:





Registration opens a week prior to class for studio classes. Workshops, events, and series registration opens approximately a month before they begin.  Classes can fill and guests may be waitlisted. If waitlisted, you will receive an email from the studio if space opens (don’t opt out of emails or you won’t get these notices). First time clients should arrive at least 10 minutes early so we can show you around.

studio etiquette

We have mats at the studio available for you. If you’d rather, you may bring a personal mat for your use. Clean indoor sneakers are required for all Core & Cardio and CardioBarre classes. Next, to save us from spills, please do not bring glass or uncapped drinks into the studio. Cubbies and hooks are available to store your personal belongings. Finally, please turn mobile phones to silent before the start of class. Please refrain from phoning/texting/emailing during class as well. We really want the studio to be an escape from our busy lives. The calls/texts may be disruptive to clients around you trying to focus on their work. If for some reason you need to take a call/text, please be sure to excuse yourself to the bathroom or outside the studio. In the same spirit, please refrain from conversation once class begins so that everyone may be able to hear the instructor and focus on themselves during class.

cancellation policy

There is a 12-hour cancellation policy on all classes.

These policies are designed to make sure Motivate Barre & Cardio can accommodate as many clients as we can. We want those who wish to come to class to have a space reserved, and those on the waitlist to be notified in time to settle in comfortably.

• You can cancel your reservation via your account up to 12 hours prior to the start of class. If outside of the 12 hours before class, members and those on unlimited class passes: a late cancel or no-show will result in a $14 fee ($9.50 for core & cardio). For those on a class pass: a late cancel or no-show will result in the loss of the class and you will charged as attending. You may still cancel your reservation outside of the 12 hours before class to allow another client to get into class, but the late cancel policy still applies.
• Private/duet/small group sessions require a 24-hour cancellation. Outside of the 24-hour cancellation, you will be charged as attending.
• Please be aware that spaces will be released as soon as class starts for the individuals on the waitlist/walk-ins, so please be sure to arrive at least five minutes before class.
• We understand emergencies happen; email us in case of extenuating circumstances.
• In the case of a class cancellation, we will post on our Facebook page and on mindbody online.

Motivate reserves the right to cancel class if there are fewer than 5 clients pre-registered 90 minutes before class.

Class packages cannot be shared between two people. Each person must have their own account within our mindbody online system and their own class package to use. We can however set it up so that you “pay for another client”. Please email us at if you would like to do this.

*Policies can change without notice. You are responsible for staying updated and are responsible for abiding by new policies.


Motivate Barre & Cardio is located in the heart of Downtown Newburyport in the historical Mercantile Building on Prince Place (just around the corner from Lexi’s and the Port Tavern). There is free on-street parking throughout the entirety of downtown. You may also use the municipal parking lots next to our building or a few yards away next to the Public Library. After class, make your way back down State and Pleasant Streets for some coffee or shopping.

rates & membership.

rates &

Ready to motivate? Simply click/tap the shopping cart icon and you’ll go to Mindbody where you can complete your purchase.

  purchase gift cards


  New Client Special: 3 classes for $21 (2-week expiration)

  Intro Private Plus Two Weeks Special: $99 Private Session Plus Unlimited Studio Classes for 2 Weeks – BEST VALUE for New Students Who Seek a Little More One-to-One Attention

motivate membership

   Unlimited Studio Classes $119/mo. via autobill. (6-month minimum)

member benefits:

For every three member referrals, one free month for you.
Member Appreciation Events
One Vacation Hold per Year
10% discount on products

Other Options

  Barre or Cycle Drop-in Rate: $16

  Core & Cardio Drop-in Rate: $12

  *5 All Class Pass: $75 ($15 per class)

  *10 All Class Pass: $140 ($14 per class)

  *Core & Cardio 10-pack: $95 ($9.50 per class)

*5 & 10 All Class passes expire 4 months after purchase.

  Month Unlimited Pass: $160 (30-Days pass, no commitment)

  Six Month Unlimited Pass: $650 (6-month pass, no commitment)

  Year Unlimited Pass: $1,200 (365-Days pass, no commitment)

  Youth (under 17 years of age) all class 10-pack: $99

  Youth (under 17 years of age) core & cardio 10-pack: $75

private, duets, and small group sessions — in-home and in-studio. contact to schedule.

  Single session: $85/hour

  10 Session Pass: $750

  Duet session: $100/hour

  10 Duet Session Pass: $900

  Small group (3 to 5 people): $150/hour

  5 small group sessions: $675

If income is an issue, please contact Meghan at the studio. Cost should not keep you from meeting your health and wellness goals. We will work something out together.


Corporate rates available. Please email the studio. 15% discount is available to students, teachers, veterans, and military. Please email the studio for promo code before making your purchase.

contact us.

motivate. barre • cardio • cycle
9 prince place, newburyport
contact us at 508.574.8095
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