H2L Barre Instructors

Meet Adrienne

pilates classesThe Facts: Adrienne McCaskey teaches Pilates and Barre at H2L. She holds a comprehensive certification for Pilates mat and apparatus from Power Pilates. Adrienne teaches the Barre Body® method and as a Founder and Teacher Trainer, she travels the country to certify dance and fitness instructors.

Her History: Adrienne is a classically trained dancer who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Business Administration. Adrienne worked in Washington, DC in management and healthcare consulting for 10 years, most recently with Deloitte Consulting LLP. Her dance background and love of movement attracted her to Pilates. She taught for six years at Studio Body Logic®, Northern Virginia’s first and premiere Authentic Pilates studio, where she worked under the direction of Karen Garcia who is one of a handful of second generation Pilates instructors in the world. Adrienne returned to Central Pennsylvania with her husband Matt to be closer to her family and now enjoys spending much of her free time with her young son William.

What to Expect: Adrienne is dedicated to sharing the amazing power of the authentic Pilates system of body conditioning and the safe, dance-based Barre Body® method with her students in a challenging, fun and encouraging atmosphere.
Favorite Quote: “No man- no machine can correct or create vitality, power, or health for you; everything comes from within, you have to unfold it.” – Joseph Pilates
Guilty Pleasure: Reality TV, popcorn and wine!

Meet Caitlin

harrisburg barreThe Facts: Caitlin Taylor teaches Barre classes here at H2L Studio. She’s certified in the Barre Above method.

Her History: Caitlin graduated from Messiah College in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology.  She has been teaching kindergarten for the last 5 years at the Kindergarten Academy in Mechanicsburg School District.  Caitlin began taking barre & cycling classes when the heavy weight training she was used to began to affect her joints.  While she still loves weight training, barre has proven to be just as challenging of a workout and because of that, she wants to share it with others!  When Caitlin isn’t teaching kindergarten or barre, you can catch her spending time with family & friends, eating, traveling, training for her upcoming Spartan races, and rooting for Notre Dame (Go Irish!)

What to expect: During Caitlin’s class, you will listen to some loud & upbeat music while sweating a bunch & receiving a LOT of encouragement & praise for pushing yourself as far as you can go!

Favorite Quote: “Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Guilty Pleasure: French fries, Sangria, & Netflix (preferably all at once)

Meet Courtney

courtney bakerThe Facts: Courtney Farinelli teaches Barre classes here at H2L Studio. She’s certified in the Ballet Barre Method, Inline Barre and Balanced Body Mat Pilates. She has also attended conferences and workshops to keep up with trends and expand her fitness knowledge. She lives in Mechanicsburg.

Her History: She graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology. Her love of health and fitness began with running, picking up Pilates, Yoga and Barre on her cross training days. She fell in love with the methods and started practicing daily. Now, she enjoys sharing that passion with others. When she isn’t working in marketing or teaching here, she’s spending time with family and friends.

What to Expect:
During Courtney’s class you can expect to hear a variety of pop music while pushing yourself to plie a little lower, crunch a little higher and hold a plank for a little longer.

Words to Live by: You can do anything for a set amount of time.

Guilty Pleasure: Sweets, for sure.


Meet  Heather

The Facts:  HHeather Empson teaches Barre classes here at H2L Studio. She’s certified in the Barre Above Method, has her NCCPT (National Council for Certified Personal Trainers) certification and is a certified SCW Sports Nutrition Coach.barre classes in mechanicsburg

Her History: Heather has played sports her entire life and after playing basketball in College and graduating from West Chester in 2010 she needed to do something to stay active. Heather had avidly practiced yoga since she was a Junior in High School and she fell in love with weight training during college. In 2012 she became in personal trainer while living in DC and always preached to her clients and herself that you have to switch it up! She encouraged them to try different classes, different types of cardio and not just stick with the same methods of exercise over and over again. Heather came to H2L when it first opened and took a Barre class with Courtney and fell in love. About a two years later she decided to get certified and wanted to be part of the studio she fell in love with. When Heather isn’t working in Sales or teaching here, she is spending time with family and friends, hiking, going to concerts, always trying new food and traveling whenever she can!

What to Expect: During Heather’s class you can expect to hear a variety of music from classic rock to rap music while incorporating more yoga and weight training.

Words to Live by: What I want is what I’ve not got, and what I need it all around me.

Guilty Pleasure: Stouts and Almond butter


Meet Kelly

the barre studio harrisburgThe Facts: Kelly Ruth teaches Barre classes here at H2L Studio. She’s certified in the Barre Above Method. Kelly lives in Mechanicsburg.

Her History: Kelly’s love for fitness and particularly group fitness started 20 years ago after taking a step aerobics class. Since then she has done everything from yoga to strength training and everything in between. Her love for Barre started after the studio opened a year ago. Becoming an instructor was something she was so passionate about that it seemed like a natural progression.  She loves teaching and all the clients in her classes. Kelly has 3 children (19, 9 and 8) and has been married for 13 years.  She enjoys traveling, singing and dancing in her car and watching the Steelers win (especially against the Ravens).
What to Expect: During Kelly’s class you can expect a lot of pulsing, pausing and planking. Most importantly she will motivate you by pushing you to your own individualized limits while playing pop, dance music and occasionally some old school hip hop and rap.
Words to Live by: Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice. 


Meet Lindsey

The Facts: Lindsey Armstrong teaches Barre at H2L and is certified through the Inline Barre method. mechancisburg barre studioLindsey is a Junior at Messiah College and is majoring in Music and Worship.

Her History: Her love for fitness began in her junior year of high school where she developed a love for running and yoga. Although her days of running became less frequent as she experienced knee problems, she began attending H2L shortly after the studio opened and quickly fell in love with Barre, Barefoot, and Pilates. While she never thought she would become a fitness instructor, she is excited to share her passion for Barre with others. Each time she practices Barre she believes it is another opportunity to push herself, mind and body, more than the class before, and she hopes to empower others to do the same. She is also passionate about empowering others to feel confident and strong in the skin they are in.
When she is not teaching at H2L, she is likely in class at school, working on campus, making music, or spending time with her friends and family.
What to Expect: During Lindsey’s class you can expect to hear a variety of pop music (familiar or unfamiliar … she’s always on the lookout for new, fun music 🙂 ), while pulsing and holding positions. She hopes to motivate you to push yourself, but more importantly to encourage and support you in your Barre/fitness practices.
Words to Live by: Take time to do what fills your soul with joy.
Guilty Pleasure: Chick-fil-a milkshakes and HGTV 🙂


Meet Marisa

barre harrisburgThe Facts: Marisa Zimmerman teaches Barre classes here at H2L Studio. She’s certified in the Inline Barre method.

Her History: She graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2008 with a degree in Elementary Education. She has been teaching elementary school in the Central Dauphin School District for 8 years and currently teaches 2nd grade. She is also a single mom and has a two year old daughter named Mila. Most of her time is spent with her daughter. She began taking barre classes with Courtney a year ago and fell in love with the workout as a way to relieve stress and have some “me time”. She wanted to continue pursuing her passion for barre and share it with others.

What to Expect: A good workout & good music

Words to Live by: If it doesn’t challenge you… it doesn’t change you.

Guilty Pleasure: Chips Ahoy Cookies and Milk


Meet Megan

barreThe Facts: Megan Lesko teaches Barre classes here at H2L Studio. She’s certified in the Barre Above method.

Her History: Megan is a speech therapist by background, but has always loved fitness and playing sports. She enjoys strength training and HIIT workouts and is also certified in P90X live. She began taking barre and pilates to help her recover from an injury and stuck with it in order to avoid getting hurt again. Megan also runs, takes cycling classes, or does quick HIIT workouts for cross training when she isn’t taking barre or reformer. Megan is married with 2 girls and runs her own early intervention business. She recently started blogging with a group of friends for a little escape.

What to Expect: A good mix of music and exercises that will challenge you, regardless of fitness level.

Words to Live by: Life is not a dress rehearsal.

Guilty Pleasure: Dark chocolate anything.

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