4:55 pm

Lean Secrets, from Barre Body Studio

The reason that Barre Body Studio workouts get results is because our workouts have been designed to define, lift and sculpt the body. In order to define the muscle you have to create room for the muscle to breath. Stretching in an important part of any fitness regime, because stretching allows your muscles to relax and lengthen after a challenging training session. Regular stretching helps promote lean muscles and will help reduce post workout muscle inflammation and soreness. Making a habit of stretching is a good habit to have. 
 So often exercise programs brush the importance of stretching aside. The stretch component of a workout gets neglected or skipped because we often can’t see the benefits of stretching as immediately as burning out our gluts in plié pulses. However the simple act of stretching can improve one’s posture, reduce muscle aches and even boost your mood. When you stretch you encourage blood circulation within the body and as a result you send more oxygen to the brain.

The key to a good stretch routine is balance. Be mindful to stretch both the front and the back of the body to prevent any muscle imbalances. Here are a few great stretches to help you flush out your legs after a leg shaking barre workout.



(These Stretch Tips are sourced from Oxygen Magazine).


Stretches out the gluteus maximus

Standing Figure 4 Stretch

(Stretches out the gluteus maximus).

Tip: If you are having difficulty keeping your balance, place one palm against a wall or another sturdy object for support. Standing tall, place your right ankle against your left thigh; when viewed from the front, your legs should resemble the number four. Bend your hips and knees, lowering your glutes and pointing your tailbone toward the wall behind you. Hold for up to one minute, then switch sides and repeat.




Stretches out the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and the hamstrings

Seated Figure 4 Stretch

(Stretches out the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and the hamstrings).

Tip: If you can’t bend forward very far just relax and breath into the stretch and try reaching for your extended leg foot.
Sit on the floor, extending your left leg and placing the sole of your right foot against the inside of your left thigh as shown. Reach your arms forward, bending at the waist, until you feel a stretch in your glutes, the sides of your hips and the back of your thighs. Maintain this position for 30 seconds to one minute, then switch sides and repeat.




Gentle Lower Back Twist

Gentle Lower Back Twist

(Stretches out the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and erector spinae).

Tip:Sit up tall and keep you spine tall as you stretch.

Sit tall with your legs extended in front of you. Bend your right knee and place your foot on the outside of your left thigh. Twist toward the right and hold for 30 seconds to one minute; when finished, repeat with your left leg.






Lying Figure 4 Stretch

Lying Figure 4 Stretch

(Stretches out the gluteus maximus and the hamstrings).

Tip: Relax your back. Your back should be flat, not arched, as you perform this stretch. Lie on your back, extending both legs into the air. Cross your right ankle over your left leg and loop your hands around your left thigh, gently pulling it toward your chest. Hold this position for 30 seconds to one minute, then repeat on your right leg.






12:37 pm

Barre Body Studio Six Week Fitness Challenge

Barre Body Studio Six Week Fitness Challenge


The Barre Body Studio Six Week Fitness Challenge kicks off on March 2nd and runs until April 13th, 2013. Registration is $260 and will include:

  • Access to one class per day from March 2 to April 13
  • Body composition testing with Natural Way Chiropractic on Sunday, March 3 between 11am and 12:30pm, (see attachment)
  • Access to the Barre Body Studio "form" workshop on Saturday, March 16th from 12 to 2pm where you can ask questions and review your form
  • Wrap up body composition testing with Natural Way Chiropractic on April 13 from 1:30 to 2:30pm.
  • Access to the challenge wrap up party. Details TBA.

The Barre Body Studio classes fuse the fitness techniques of dance, Pilates and yoga and have been designed to streamline muscle appearance and re-align the body without adding bulk to the muscles. With a commitment to fitness and proper nutrition choices the fitness challenge will help you create a lengthened and lean body. Rise to the challenge and meet us at the barre.

4:22 pm

Calgary ShawTV Feature: Barre Body Studio

We are excited to share the ShawTV feature of our studio.

12:36 pm

Water. Drink it.

Barre Body Studio Waterbottles

Everyone knows we should be drinking water on a daily basis. General rule of thumb: consume half of your body weight (in oz) every day. For example, if you weight 180 lbs, you should be consuming 90 oz of water a day. The more active we are, the more water you will need to take in to remain hydrated.

Water is one of the most important factors in flushing out toxins from our body, aids in skin health, has a role in regulating body temperature, nutrient absorption and helps lubricate and cushion joints. It is also essential for brain function, which is composed of 76% water. This is why severely dehydrated individuals experience alterations to reflexes, alertness and cognitive ability.

Tips for drinking more water:

  • Bring a FULL water bottle with you everywhere you go. Having a water bottle is not only convenient, but is a great reminder and will also help you track how much you are actually consuming by the number of times you have to refill it.
  • Infuse water with flavor to make it more interesting. Storing water with raspberries, lime, cucumber, rosemary, mint, etc. can create a subtle flavor that is not only refreshing, but good for you too!
  • Have a glass of water when you wake-up and one right before you go to bed. It is best to pace your water intake throughout your day than to consume large amounts at any one time which puts more demand on your filtration and digestive systems.

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Dr. Karen Quinn is a Chiropractor at Natural Way Chiropractic and also has a Degree in Exercise and Health Physiology. She is passionate about inspiring others to embrace natural healthy living.