5:49 pm

1,000 Classes!

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We are SO proud to give two of our Tribe members a BBS shout out and say CONGRATULATIONS on hitting the 1,000 class milestone! This is such a huge accomplishment! To put it into perspective, we have been open for just over 4 years - or 1,460 days - and they have walked through our door and taken class on 1,000 of them. WOW!

Congrats to Selma & Stefanie for your dedication to yourself, your fitness journey and the BBS Tribe. We are so lucky to have you both and we are better because of you. You both are a constant source of inspiration and motivation to the rest of our Tribe and each and every one of our instructors and front desk team.

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Our community partner, Total Skincare Centre, has generously gifted both of these women with a complimentary one hour facial. You earned it! A big thanks to TSC for helping us celebrate our Tribe and this incredible milestone.

XO,
BBS Team

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5:17 pm

BBS Summer Challenge is B-A-C-K!!!

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It's BAAAACK! Can't wait a second longer? Register HERE.

The first day of summer has come and gone, the sun has been shining and you powerhouses have still been hitting the barre. You may remember from last year, and if not then you're in for a treat, the BBS Summer Challenge is back and better than before. 

Welcome to the BBS Summer Challenge! Running from July 24 to August 22. The challenge is simple: take 30 classes in 30 days. Miss a class or two? No problem! That’s where the BBS Bucket List comes in. There are 10 mini challenges on the Bucket List and you have 6 opportunities to redeem them as an extra “check” on the board. We’re kicking it old school and are using the honour system for these extra challenges. Complete one, let us know, show us a pic on social media if you have one and mark yourself off!

Successfully complete the challenge by August 22 and you will be entered into the draw for one of the many sweet prizes we have up for grabs! 

Now that you are amped up and ready to take part in the BBS Summer Challenge, what do you have to do? Register now, at the studio you frequent most often - that's where your name will be on the board (classes count at both studios). 

The Bucket List will be posted at both studios, but here’s a downloadable link in case you’d like to keep it handy for yourself.

Download the BBS Bucket List

Any questions? Let us know! Ask us on social, send us an email, or chat with us at the front desk. Will you accept the challenge? ;)

XO
BBS Team

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5:29 pm

Feel Good Half Naked

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Our next post in the BBS Guest Blogger Series is here! The sun is out and there is no better time to start thinking of swimwear for all those weekend getaways, pool time, or summer vacations. While the struggle to find a proper fitting and fashionable suit is most definitely real, there is no way you should forgo a fun-filled summer due to the lack of a killer bikini or one piece. We’ve asked Lori Bacon, Swimco’s president and owner, for her top tips for getting it right and what trends are HOT for this season.

Q: So what would you say is the best way to get a “Swimsuit Body”?

L: I’d say just have a body, and put on a swimsuit! Every body is a swimsuit body. Toss any hang-ups you have aside, and get ready for fun. Swimwear is your passport to exciting times in and near the water.

Q: How do you find the right swim style?

L: Make sure whatever styles you look at will help give you confidence! If you love your legs, show them off! And if you prefer to minimize a certain area, there are options for that too. Then think if the suit is for a specific occasion, like a girls’ Vegas trip or going to the pool with your kids. Think of what you’re using the suit for, and then finding the right style will be an easy pick.

Q: How can you find a perfect fit?

L: Swimwear doesn’t fit like street clothes, so be ready to find your sizing different from other stores. Trying things on is a must. Also, a lot of people don’t realize you can get cup sized swimwear, so busty gals can still find fantastic, on-trend pieces that offer the proper amount of support. If you visit our stores, you’ll find the girls know swimwear inside and out. It makes the entire experience so much more enjoyable when you’re talking to someone who really cares about finding you that amazing fit.

Q: What trends are big for this summer?

L: High necklines are still a huge trend, and coming in even more silhouettes than ever. There are bikinis with cute cropped crochet like this style by Kenneth Cole Reaction, or if you prefer one pieces, you can get the look in a updated maillot with mesh by La Blanca. Speaking of one pieces, that’s a huge shift in trends this year. One pieces aren’t just for being covered up. Sexy one pieces with high leg lines, plunge necklines, lace up sides and strappy backs are the must-have pieces for summer. I love how they can double as a bodysuit too with shorts.

See the top trends here:

High Necklines
Sexy One Pieces

Thanks so much to Lori for catching up with us! We loved hearing the inside scoop on the hottest trends in swimwear this season. Swimco has generously given the BBS Tribe an exclusive discount until July 3, 2017. Shop online using the code BBSYYC to save 10% off your purchase.

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XO
BBS Tribe

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4:25 pm

New Offerings at BBS

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Spring is in full swing and we wanted to share a few new things happening in and out of the studio!


Corporate Barre

Did you know we offer corporate classes? That's right! We will come right to your place of work and teach a lunch-hour barre class in your office. Interested in bringing BBS to your office, or have questions about how it works and corporate rates? Email us at calgary@barrebodystudio.com and we'll get back to you asap.

We hope you're all enjoying the sunshine at last! We'll be seeing you at the barre real soon.

XO
BBS Team

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11:21 am

Have the Urge to Put on the Mic?

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Calling all aspiring barre tenders!

BBS will be holding an in-studio Level I&II instructor training workshop April 22 & 23, 2017. Not sure if you want to take the leap into teaching? Have more questions? You’ve come to the right place!

Level I is a foundation level training that is also geared to help you to take your own personal commitment to the next level. During day one you will learn the BBS method and how to turn that into a kick butt class either as an instructor or participant. Throughout the session we will also focus on form, anatomy, and how to increase your mind-body connection.

Level II focuses on how to become a strong fitness leader by perfecting your teaching skills. Throughout day two we will discuss different teaching styles, what it takes to be an effective fitness leader, using music effectively in your classes, and how to properly cue, sequence and transition to ensure your flow from start to finish.

Please note that BBS will be hiring only 1-2 instructors at this time, so participating in the training does not guarantee a position.

IS THIS THE JOB FOR YOU?
~You have a passion for fitness and a need to share it
~You have attended at least 50 Barre Body Studio classes
~You have education in movement, anatomy, or personal training 
~You are certified in yoga, Pilates, dance or some other form of fitness
~You embrace and embody the Barre Body Studio culture (psst passion, enthusiasm, and community)
~You are CPR certified and have personal instructor insurance
~You have friendly and professional etiquette
~You are highly organized
~You are able to teach either early morning, week day, evening, and/or weekends at all BBS Calgary locations
 
TRAINING
Be prepared to transform your knowledge, fitness level and self-determination. This process is about having fun while also challenging you to master a new skill. Barre Body Studio training takes time, commitment, dedication and an unstoppable will to succeed.

Step 1: Attend 50 Barre Body Studio Classes
Step 2: Attend the Info Session
Step 3: Attend BBS Level I & II training
Step 4: Prepare a mini audition
Step 5: Attend Level III training
Step 6: Prepare full audition
Step 7: Teach New Tender Classes (if hired)

ROLE
As a BBS barre instructor, your responsibilities would include the following:

~Prepare, practice and teach top notch Barre Body Studio classes
~Provide support to front desk barre stars
~Ensure studio is kept clean, safe and organized
~Be a team ‘tender and promote team work
~Maintain knowledge of studio offerings
~Promote and maintain the studio atmosphere and culture

PRICING
BBS Instructor Training Levels I & II must be taken together and cannot be purchased separately. Register before March 22 for $599 (regular price $649+gst).

QUESTIONS
Have any additional questions? No sweat! Send us an email at Calgary@barrebodystudio.com and we’ll be happy to answer them.

Ready to take the leap?
REGISTER NOW

XO
BBS Team

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11:21 pm

Back Pain Remedies

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We are so excited to kick off our Guest Blogger Series with Dr. Karen Quinn. Dr. Quinn is an advocate for natural health and active living. As a Chiropractor, she believes health extends beyond how we feel and promotes a proactive approach to function, vitality and performance. She focuses on postural balance, family wellness, lifestyle optimization and neural health. Dr. Quinn practices in the SE community of Ramsay. Without further ado, please welcome Dr. Quinn to the BBS Blog!

In class you likely often hear the cue of finding “neutral pelvis”. You may have heard different suggestions on how to find this, but your personal anatomy, biomechanics and body awareness may make this harder to feel.  The reason why a neutral pelvic position is ideal, is due to the fact, that in neutral, general impact and your own body weight is dispersed more equally (less repetitive stress). How we do one activity is generally how we do all activities, so your practice whether it be Barre or something else, is a great glimpse into how you move (or don’t move) everyday.  Here are three positions that may create back pain, why it may occur and how to correct it as it relates to “neutral”.


1. Laying flat on the floor on your back with legs straight (think savasana!). If you feel low back pain in this posture, it could be because you have excess stress on the back portion of your spine (facets). When you are in this position, it typically will exaggerate your low back curve. If you already have excess curve here, this can be uncomfortable.

Remedy: Allow for a gentle bend in your knees, ideally with support so you can completely relax and not have to “hold” anything up. If you are in this position and doing any leg lifts, tucking your tail under slightly either with your hands framing your tailbone (palm down), or elevating your tail onto a slight elevation (while maintaining this tucked pelvis). When standing, be mindful that you aren’t collapsing into your low back. Strengthening into your lower abdomen will also help to balance your pelvis as it acts to pull up from the front like suspenders. Some may find that paying attention to the distance between their front lower ribs and the top of their pelvis can help with this awareness also.

2. Forward folds (standing or seated). Just as the previous example created strain on the back portion of your spine, bending forward puts weight on the front of your spine (the discs). This is increased further with limited hamstring flexibility as it will be harder for the pelvis to tip forward, thus more motion will be recruited in the spine.

Remedy: Moving mindfully and learning to isolate pelvic mobility will help. In the meantime, taking tension off the hamstrings by allowing for a slight knee bend (either seated, with or without a prop under the knees or standing) is recommended. To get a feel for the hinging motion you typically want at the hips, bring yourself to a seated position on a chair, and try to hinge forward bringing your belly button to your thighs. You should feel that your tailbone tips back behind you. If your tail doesn’t move and you are rounding through your back, you aren’t hinging. Note, there are times where rounding forward may be cued to help stretch through your lower back muscles. This under normal circumstances should be safe, unless you have known lumbar disc irritation.

3. Side bends! To understand why something isn’t moving properly, it is important to understand what proper function looks like. In the lumbar spine (low back), it has what is known as “coupled motion”, which means two motions occur at the same time. I point this out, because this adds more variables as to why certain movements may be challenging. For example, side bends in the low back in a properly functioning spine, will also have rotation in those same vertebrae (it bends and it turns). If the spine is unable to rotate, your ability to bend to that side will also be compromised.

Remedy: Ensure you aim for motion (both flexibility and strengthening) in all ranges in any given area. Forward, backward, both sides and rotation to both sides. You may also need to see your Chiropractor, Physio or Osteopath to help get “stuck” areas moving again. One of the other possibilities, is pain or restriction bending to one side due to a deeper muscular imbalance. There are many combinations of imbalance that can contribute to this, but one approach you can take is to stretch the opposite hip flexor (if difficult bending to right side, stretch left hip flexor). One last thing, is to be mindful of your mobility. Our body tends to “cheat” and where we don’t have motion, it will recruit up or down the chain. By being present and creating a proper foundation for movement, you will more easily feel where your body is masking dysfunction and can then take the steps to correct it.

A big thank you to Dr. Karen Quinn for sharing just a fraction of her wealth of knowledge with us and our community. We will definitely be keeping these three remedies in mind should we feel any pain in our back while at the barre. Connect with Dr. Quinn online or on Insta, with @dr.kq.

XO

BBS Team

Note: this article is not intended to replace a professional diagnosis or consultation. If you are experiencing pain, please consult your Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or other medical provider.

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3:44 pm

Barre Star Monika

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Our newest inductee into the BBS Hall of Fame is Monika! Monika has been a part of the BBS Tribe for over a year now. She wanted to share her journey and what barre means to her. We were all ears! Learn Monika's story, below.

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"I saw the BBS new location sign on Bow Trail for a few months and after seeing something about the Barre workout trend on TV I told myself this is something I want to try one day. In November 2015 I was given a free pass to try BBS. After I got home from my first class I told my teenage girls that I’m never going back there again! I worked out muscles I never knew I had and ached all over. But after seeing the intro special I figured I owed it to myself to go back and try it again. Of course this was after the pain had subsided from those unknown muscles mentioned before. I soon figured out that every class had a different instructor and every instructor and class had new moves that I hadn’t seen (or felt) before. Something just seemed to make sense and I kept on going and going! The challenges were fantastic and really helped motivate me to keep going. I soon made some new friends and got to really enjoy the instructors and their different personalities. I’m now well into my second year and I’ve honestly never felt better in my entire life. I’ve recently turned 50 and I’ve learned that muscle toning is incredibly important for bone density and health as we age. And I love that I can now hold a plank longer than my athletic teenage daughters can! I truly believe that what BBS has created - with their fantastic instructors, great facilities and outstanding customer service - truly helps women become healthier, stronger and more beautiful versions of themselves. I can’t ever see a time where BBS won’t be an important part of my life."

Each and every one of you create an important piece in the puzzle we call the BBS Tribe. We wouldn't be who we are if it weren't for you. Thank you Monika, for giving us a chance (and a second chance!), it is our privilege to have you in our community. Congrats on your first year and here's to many more! May you always be able to "out plank" your daughters! ;)

XO
BBS Team

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4:43 pm

Barre 101

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Sometimes, when we get used to doing things over and over, we let habit and automation take over and we find ourselves just going through the motions. This can happen in our exercise too. We've all had an off day where we catch ourself "going through the motions" in class, and not really connecting with what movements our body is making and why. With the 30 in 30 Challenge just underway, here is the first instalment of Barre 101! We hear this "shop" talk in every class, so here's a quick reminder of what these terms really mean:

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So next time your barre tender tells you to pulse, pulse, tuck ... take a moment ... breathe in and close your eyes.

Connect with what you are doing ... engage your muscles from the inside out and feel yourself getting stronger.

XO
BBS Team

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4:46 pm

Barre Star Chantelle

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We are so excited to welcome barre star, Chantelle, into the BBS Hall of Fame. Chantelle has been a part of our tribe for just over a year and we wanted to catch up with her and find out how her first year has been! Here's what Chantelle had to tell us:

"As a mama of four and a former dancer, barre has honestly been the perfect workout for me. I remember my very first class thinking "oh gawd, my sphincter hurts, I didn't even know I had muscles there!". Barre has also been amazing for my pelvic floor, and again being overly candid, I went from peeing every time I jumped to doing jumping jacks without a trickle! (Which is a huge feat as most of you mamas out there know). I'm also a runner and ran my first half marathon last Spring and barre provided my muscles with the strength and support they needed to get me through un-injured. I love the studio and all the beautiful instructors, who shine from the inside out. I plan to keep on pulsing and plieing for many years to come. Oh, and the added bonus, my bum is cuter too! Thanks BBS, you honestly rock."

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Chantelle, YOU ROCK. Thanks for being a part of our tribe and for taking the time to share your experience with us and the rest of our amazing community. We love hearing how barre has made you stronger, and you're right...the cute bum doesn't hurt! ;)


Want to share your story with us? We want to hear it! Send us an email at calgary@barrebodystudio.com and share away. We can't wait to connect!

XO
BBS Team

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