Setting the Barre and Defining a New You

Maria McKendry – Owner

Buffalo Barre is a locally owned women’s fitness studio founded by Buffalo native Maria McKendry, Physical Therapist, Certified Barre Instructor, NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist. Maria was the pioneer of Barre Fitness in Buffalo when she received her Barre Fitness Certification in Los Angeles and started teaching in 2012. Buffalo Barre is located at 5843 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY in the Transit Valley Plaza near YOLO restaurant. McKendry will celebrate her one year anniversary at this location in December 2014. Buffalo Barre was awarded Best Fitness Classes in WNY for 2014 by Buffalo Spree Magazine.

Buffalo Barre “Setting the Barre and Defining a New You” highlights Maria’s commitment to bring you the very best group fitness classes in a female-oriented, boutique setting. Together with a team of experienced and certified instructors, Maria offers a variety of classes including Barre, Yoga and Pilates. Classes combine use of the barre, various props for resistance, exceptional instruction and choreography to maximize results. Buffalo Barre’s method involves total body strengthening, stretching, cardiovascular conditioning, postural and balance training, each providing proven health benefits. Classes are appropriate for the novice to advanced student and are safe, challenging and fun. Maria’s education and experience as a Physical Therapist afford the client professional, individualized attention with emphasis on proper form and technique. McKendry uses her Physical Therapy background to offer modifications to her clients based on past injuries or current limitations. The results are strong, elongated, defined and lean muscles.

McKendry is a hands-on business owner. “I take pride in the fact that women of all ages and fitness levels can come to Buffalo Barre and receive a safe yet effective workout. I’ve worked very hard to create an environment where women can feel safe, accepted and empowered.” Mckendry is involved in her community and hosts monthly “Buffalo Barre Gives Back” events at the studio. A charity is chosen and the class is donation-based. New and existing clients are encouraged to participate in honor of the chosen charity.  McKendry supports other local businesses and hosts guest instructors. As part of a partnership formed with the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance, she accepts a student intern per semester and teaches a Friday Forum class to Dance Majors.

Unique to Buffalo Barre is a 30 Day Challenge program developed by McKendry. The 30 Day Challenge is offered to clients several times per year as a way to encourage everyday healthy living. The challenge includes unlimited classes, before and after measurements such as girth and percent body fat, weekly nutrition meetings with emphasis on organic and whole foods, an educational grocery store tour, a cooking class, a steps per day goal, ongoing support and more. The next 30 Day Challenge at Buffalo Barre will begin on January 20, 2015.

As part of the boutique style studio at Buffalo Barre, McKendry carries workout apparel, accessories and NeriumAD, an anti-aging skin care treatment. NeriumAD contains a scientifically tested and patented antioxidant as its main ingredient. To learn more about Buffalo Barre, please visit or call 716.880.7049. Gift cards can be purchased online or in the studio. Custom gift baskets are available upon request.

Countdown to the Holidays 30 Day Challenge!



Our next 30 Day Challenge starts on Oct. 20th and will have you feeling and looking your best just in time for the holidays!

Buffalo Barre 30 Day Challenge
This challenge is designed to change the way you think about food and fitness. In just 30 days, you will receive information on how to improve your long term health for years to come.The challenge will provide you with tools that will change your body and your life for as long as you choose to live by the advice you receive. We hope you decide to take the 30 day challenge with an open mind and a desire for personal change and development! The challenge ends right before Thanksgiving so you can look and feel your best just in time for the holiday season!
What The Challenge Includes and What is Expected:

-One month of unlimited classes of your choice.

-Weekly meetings including nutritional guidance and support. Emphasis will be placed on organic and whole food choices.

-An educational grocery store tour with Carol Poliner, Wellness Consultant for Wegmans Organic/Nature Section, Co-President of Weston A. Price Foundation-Buffalo Chapter.

-A seminar on “How To Prep A Healthy Week”

-Weigh in before, halfway and after the challenge.

-Girth and % Body Fat Measurements before and after the challenge.

-Optional before and after pictures.

-Support of other women participating in the challenge.

-Private Facebook support group just for this challenge so participants can ask questions, share recipes and support one another.

-A pass for a free class so you can bring a new Buffalo Barre friend to class with you during this challenge.

-*New to this challenge*- Steps Per Day! We ask that you purchase a Pedometer. Pedometers can be found for as little as $20 or less at Target, Wal Mart, etc. Your goal will be to walk/run 12,500 steps/day and journal it. If this is not enough for you, set your own goal like 13,000, 14,000 or more! Also, as in our challenges in the past, keep a daily journal of food consumed. Journals will be checked at weekly meetings.
All participants will receive a Buffalo Barre tank top!

At the end of the challenge, a winner will be chosen. The winner of this 30 day challenge will receive a free month of unlimited Buffalo Barre classes! Winning this challenge will be based on total percentage of weight lost, inches lost, % Body Fat lost, attendance at classes and meetings and taking a variety of classes each week. We want a well-rounded winner that took the time to experience all that Buffalo Barre has to offer so you must try Barre, Yoga and Pilates classes to be eligible to win!

Each category will be weighted:

Class attendance: 25%

Meeting/Tour Attendance: 20%

Weekly Journal Entries of Food Consumed and Steps/Day: 10%

Weight Loss: 15%

% inches lost: 15%

%Body Fat Loss: 15%

Starting Measurements: Monday, Oct. 20 (sign up for a 5 min. time slot in studio or call 716.880.7049)

Kick off Meeting/Nutrition Seminar#1: Tues. Oct. 21, 7 pm-7:45pm @ Buffalo Barre with Maria McKendry

Nutrition meeting #2 -Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7-7:45pm @ Buffalo Barre. This meeting will feature a seminar on “How To Prep A Healthy Week” with Jessica Altman. Jessica will also cover roasting veggies, batch cooking grains like quinoa, and how to make a raw kale salad. Jessica’s credentials are :BA Environmental Studies, MEd Science Education, and she is currently enrolled in a Plant-Based Professional Cooking certification through Rouxbe cooking school.

2 week weigh in on Mon. Nov. 3. A day before or after is ok if you can’t make it in that day!

Nutrition meeting #3 – Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7pm-8:15pm, grocery store tour @ Wegmans, 5275 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville. Meet in the produce section in the front of the store.

Meeting #4- Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7-8 pm @ WNY Chapter of Weston A. Price Foundation, 100 College Parkway @ Youngs and Wherle Rd., Williamsville with 3-5 guest speakers on Home Remedies.

Final Measurements: Tues., Nov. 18 (sign up for a 5 min. time slot in studio or call 716.880.7049) Please don’t sign up for the challenge if you can’t be measured on this day!
Winner will be announced Friday, Nov. 21!

To sign up please visit:

*If you cannot make the meetings, we are sorry but we cannot share that information with you.
*We cannot allow pregnant clients to participate for obvious health reasons.

Your Investment for The 30 Day Challenge is $175. Please register soon. Spots limited to 25 participants.

Please give us time to accommodate and prepare. Price goes up to $200 on 10/17!

If you already have an existing contract/package These can be placed on hold/existing package expiration can be extended. Cannot combine with other offers. No refunds or exchanges.

Good luck! We’d love to follow your progress so we created the hashtag #BuffBarre30DC. Folllow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Tag @buffalobarre on Instagram. Take pictures at the studio before or after class, doing your steps/day, making healthy food choices, etc. and post away! Let’s have fun with this!

Maria McKendry
Buffalo Barre Owner
Physical Therapist, Certified Barre Instructor, NSCA Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Nerium Brand Partner
Buffalo Barre ~”Setting the Barre and Defining a New You”
5843 Transit Rd.
East Amherst, NY 14051

Buffalo Barre Partners with the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre & Dance

Starting in the Fall of 2014, Buffalo Barre will partner with the University at Buffalo Department of Theatre & Dance. We will have a student intern from UB’s Dance Program at our studio so that she can learn how a studio operates, partake in classes and assist with daily operations. In addition, Maria McKendry, Physical Therapist, Buffalo Barre Owner, will teach a Barre Master class to the Dance Majors at UB as part of their Friday Forum Series. We feel honored and excited to begin this partnership with the UB School of Dance. As always, we are looking forward to assisting our community and feel that this partnership is a true blessing to our studio.

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Maria McKendry, Physical Therapist, Buffalo Barre Owner and the University at Buffalo School of Theatre and Dance

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Maria McKendry, Physical Therapist, Buffalo Barre Owner shares her knowledge.

Buffalo Barre Makes Us Mighty!

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On Saturday, September 20, Team Buffalo Barre ran in the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon in support of Niagara Hospice. The race started at Artpark in Lewiston and ended at Porter on the Lake Park in Youngstown, NY. Each runner ran 13.1 miles!

Buffalo Barre Gives Back in Remembrance of 9/11 and Flight 3407

Today is the 13th Anniversary of the day that changed America forever. September 11, 2001. Everyone who was old enough can remember where there were when they heard the news. My husband and I were on our honeymoon in Hawaii. We were on the elevator in our hotel getting ready to leave and catch a flight to the next Hawaiian island when a man who worked at the hotel told us what happened. I didn’t believe him…or maybe I didn’t want to believe him. It seemed unfathomable, yet sadly, it was true.

On February 12, 2009 a plane crashed in Clarence Center, NY just a short distance from my home. All 50 people on board including one on the ground were killed. On that cold, rainy night, I heard a plane go by and seconds later heard a loud thud that shook our home. Not connecting the two, I thought maybe one of the kids fell out of bed. When I checked on them and saw they were all somehow still asleep in their beds, I called my girlfriend who lives nearby to ask her if she heard it. She told me to look out my back window. The entire sky was bright orange…completely engulfed in flames. We started praying while our husbands walked to the site only to return home later with tragic news.

In 2009, I had the honor of organizing the Flight 3407 Memorial 5K Race and volunteering as Race Director for two years.  We had a committee and a lot of help from the community. I met so many amazing people and a few who really changed my life… forever. As a community, we created something to bond the families with the community in remembrance of their loved ones. It was something that could be repeated year after year for as long as they wished. The Flight 3407 family now organizes the race and every year people are able to come to Clarence Center to show their support. Each year, it brings more healing and serves as a way for everyone to remember what happened on that fateful night. I feel that it’s so important to remember these tragedies not only to honor those lost but to serve as a reminder that life is fragile and everything can change in an instant.

Today we honored the lives of those lost so tragically, their families and all First Responders involved. Three donation-based classes were offered to benefit the families and communities directly impacted. We were so grateful to have Power Yoga Buffalo instructor, Steven Procknal, as a guest instructor for one of our classes. Steven experienced two tragic losses when he lost his Aunt and Uncle.  His Uncle, Sean Rooney, was on the 105th floor of the second tower on 9/11 and his Aunt, Beverly Eckert, was on Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009. Beverly was a 9/11 activist. Throughout the class, Steven spoke about how his losses have drawn him closer to his family and how light can always be found in the darkest of times. Thank you Steven for your beautiful words of wisdom.

All proceeds from classes at Buffalo Barre today will benefit Tuesday’s Children and the Flight 3407 Memorial 5K Race.

Proceeds from the 2014 Flight 3407 Memorial 5K Race will benefit Remember Flight 3407 Inc., Clarence Citizens for Veterans, and the Eastern Hills Sunrise Rotary Foundation. We chose to include the Flight 3407 Memorial 5K Race due to the upcoming race date, October 4, 2014. To register, please go to

Thank you to all who attended class today and/or donated towards the causes. We appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you also for helping to make Buffalo Barre the amazing community that it is!

Maria McKendry
Buffalo Barre Owner
Physical Therapist, Certified Barre Instructor, NSCA Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Nerium Brand Partner
Buffalo Barre ~”Setting the Barre and Defining a New You”
5843 Transit Rd.
East Amherst, NY 14051


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Maria McKendry, Owner of Buffalo Barre and Steven Procknal, Instructor at Power Yoga Buffalo

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