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 Balser Owner

Melissa fell in love with group fitness in the fall of 2012 and dreamt of opening her own fitness studio from the moment she stepped in her first class. It wasn’t until March 2019 before this dream became a reality. Hoping to create a safe, supportive, challenging, and positive space for women to workout, gather, and connect, she opened the doors to The Barre Code Westlake in November of 2020.

The Barre Code Westlake started in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Because of this unique beginning, each of our team members, guests, and clients have played a foundational role in molding this studio into what it is today – an insanely empowering, positive, and upbeat studio with varied and challenging classes. Our community continues to grow and support one another in our deeply individual fitness journeys. We look forward to sharing our passion for fitness, enthusiasm for variety, and our commitment to empowerment with each person that walks through our doors. At The Barre Code Westlake, it truly is all about what you can GAIN through fitness: strength, confidence, and love for the skin you are in!

Outside of the studio, Melissa is a mom of two, a wife, and a dog mom. She loves the outdoors, sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Melissa Balser

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.