What Does The Barre Code represent?

The Barre Code logo intentionally features varied widths representing the individuality of women (all shapes and sizes) showing up as they are, standing together in pursuit of their own journey and supporting others along the way.

Melissa Ohlson Owner & Master Trainer

Meet your local Barre Code studio Owner and Lead Trainer

Melissa is the owner of The Barre Code Lombard at Yorktown Shopping Center. She found The Barre Code while working full-time as a Project Manager at an Insurance Company. While in the corporate world, she missed her true passion of dance & fitness, and fell in love with The Barre Code’s classes and mission.

She loved the fact that the classes changed weekly, were constantly challenging, and provided the ability to mix up your routine; something that’s extremely important to keep your mind and body engaged. Melissa was also looking for a better way to connect with the community and find other women with similar interests and goals. She made the move from the corporate world to opening her own studio in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since.

Melissa completed her undergrad in Marketing at Michigan State University and her MBA at Northern Illinois University. She’s certified to teach barre, bootcamp, strength training, cardio-kickboxing, HIIT, and restorative class formats.

Melissa Ohlson

How We Do It

We teach badass classes. We go beyond the barre with our all-in-one program: Barre, Bootcamp, and Brawl. Sweat under neon lights to music that drives you, and be led by the most passionate instructors in the industry.

We preach “Nothing to lose. Everything to gain.” We will never idolize slimming shapes or shrinking sizes. We are a safe space for every BODY.

We practice radical self-love. We show ourselves love through movement. We celebrate our unique abilities and strengths.

We work to let go of standards that do not serve us. We build a stronger society. We are a collective of women who accept the differences that make us beautiful, and together, strive for beauty that makes a difference.


Creating A Movement of Empowerment

Women face many challenges, and it is our goal to use The Barre Code platform to raise awareness about challenges and successes centered around body image, mental health, women’s health and wellness topics. We share stories of struggle and triumph to help others know they are not alone and offer a community of support by bringing ‘normalcy’ to issues women historically have faced alone or with shame.

As The Barre Code continues to grow, our vision grows stronger to continue to use our brand as a vehicle to positively impact the lives of individuals worldwide.

Featured Publications

The Barre Code has been featured in Elle, Bazaar, Vogue, and more! Learn how we are empowering women through our total body workouts and community.