5:08 pm

P-A-R-T-Why? Too Many Reasons to Count!

We like to party—we like—we like to party. You can thank us for getting the Venga Boys song stuck in your head later because we’ve got some serious good times to discuss! This coming Thursday (February 20th, 6 to 8 p.m.), BBS will be officially celebrating our first birthday and we want you to be there. Actually, if we are being totally honest ,this is more than just a birthday fete. It’s also a celebration of our amazing customers and all of your incredible successes during this past month’s 30-Day Challenge.

To show our appreciation for all of you and your incredible goal-crushing attitudes, we’re planning an evening of style (there will be a live activewear fashion show), luxury (there will be nibbles. bubbles and a killer silent auction) and fun (all of you are fun, right?). As a bonus, all the proceeds of the auction will be going to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter who are celebrating their 40th year of service to the women of our fair city.

This is one BBS event you don’t want to miss. And hey, your toned tushies deserve to raise a glass with your instructors, classmates and friends after the focus you all demonstrated this past month, so we hope you will be able to join us.

Please RSVP at  http://barrebodystudio.liveeditaurora.com/blog/celebration-2014/. and we’ll see you soon! xxo.

11:56 pm

Barre Star Hall of Fame: Meet Mandy

With the BBS 30-Day Challenge drawing to a close, we’re gearing up for some serious celebrations. With this in mind we’d like to introduce you to Mandy Alston, just one of the amazing success stories that has come out of Barre Body Studio recently. Mandy only became a barre star a few months ago, but during this brief time she’s found a strength and confidence in herself she didn’t know was there. As an added bonus, she hasn’t just transformed her attitude towards exercise, but she also transformed her body! Check out Mandy’s story and if it inspires you to share your own BBS experience, please get in touch. There’s nothing we love more than hearing about the successes of our barre beauties!


So tell us, how did you get hooked on the barre?

I started at Barre Body Studio in November when a girlfriend of mine dragged me to Toni's class one day. I’m so thankful that she did, because I have been hooked every since! Minus taking a brief hiatus over the holidays due to pneumonia, I have been going two or three times a week even prior to the challenge kick-off in January.

What have you noticed has changed since making BBS part of your regular routine?

Even without changing my diet or anything else in my life, barre has transformed my body. Everyone started commenting on my weightloss and I started to feel it in my clothes mid-January. So far I have lost 28 pounds and feel amazing. I’ve always had curves—and I still do—but they are looking extra good now.

Tell us about your 30-Day Challenge experience.

Through the pain, the aches, the early mornings and a nasty winter cold, I am proud to say that I have made it to BBS every single day of the challenge! The first two weeks, as with anything, were most definitely the hardest. My body was achy and tired and was probably confused as to why I was putting it through this, but then there was a turning point when I just started to feel fantastic. It was my goal to feel like a strong, new women at the end of the challenge and I have accomplished that. I feel so strong, I see the results and I am confident.

What is it that you love about BBS?

Since the moment I stepped through the door the staff and other members of Barre Body Studio has made me a part of their family, welcoming me everyday with a smile, remembering the little things I tell them and offering me the opportunity to share my story with the rest of the barre community. I’ve tried all sorts of workouts over the years, but nothing has even come close to how much I enjoy barre. I LOVE this workout and that is a rare and special thing.

So what comes next?

Well after the challenge wraps up it’s still my intention to get to BBS four or five times a week and I’m actually going to do the Level One Teacher Training in the spring which will hopefully take things to the next level for me. I can't wait!

5:46 pm

Level I: Instructor Training (new date added!)

Instructor Training

Have you ever felt the urge to put on the mic, even if it is just to sing a little Beyoncé? Well we have great news; we are hosting our first Level I, one-day instructor training intensive at BBS.

(sold out) Saturday, March 8th, 2014 – 9:30am to 6pm

where: Barre Body Studio
cost: $325

(new date added!) Saturday, May 10th, 2014 – 10am to 6pm

where: Barre Body Studio
cost: $325

Sometimes the instructor bug isn’t the only reason to take a training session. This is a foundation level training that is also geared to help you to take your own personal commitment to the next level. During this one day intensive 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 focus on form, the BBS method, and how to increase your mind-body connection.

Click here to register today or contact us at calgary@barrebodystudio.com for more information. All abilities and fitness levels are welcome. Space is limited.

instructor training registration >

*In order to complete certification all interested instructors will need to attend Level II training at BBS. Level I is foundation level training. Level II training dates TBA.
**Registrants must attend a minimum of five Barre Body Studio classes prior to the training in order to understand the basic class format.

2:20 pm

BBS Tips for Success!

Well barre beauties, we are more than half way through our 30-Day Challenge and the energy you guys are exuding is AMAZING! To keep the success flowing for the next couple weeks, we've compiled a few tips to help you keep your eye on the prize and, most importantly, feeling great while you power towards your goals! If you have any tips or tricks of your own, please feel free to share them with us on the social media platforms—we love to hear from you! 

1. Stay away from the scale. Become in tune with your body and how you feel in your clothes. Numbers don't matter. What matters is the WAY you feel.

2. Eat well. Nourishing the body with healthy food, snacks, and water can feel like a time consuming task during your busy week. Take the time to read labels, pick whole grains over white, incorporate as many vegetables as possible, enjoy fruit, and make room for adequate protein (meat or other sources).

3. Watch your serving sizes. Portion control is key to maintaining a healthy diet. Even when we fill our plates with healthy foods we need to know our limits. Stop eating when you feel full, eat healthy snacks often (this will keep your metabolism revved up), and drink water. When we balance the body with proper food and stay hydrated we become more aware of our natural signals for hunger or hydration. In other words, the body's signals will be more clear to you and less driven by sugar highs/lows, fatigue or dehydration.

 4. Drink water. Our bodies need to stay hydrated in order to stay balanced. Without proper hydration we are not as in tune to our natural signals for hunger or thirst which can create over eating or not eating enough, decreased productivity, and brain functioning to name a few. 

5. Work hard. Challenge yourself every day. Imagine how strong you would become and how quickly that would happen if you did ONE extra push up every day. You have to start somewhere, why not today?

When we are active we naturally feel good because of the endorphins produced during exercise. When we feel good it transcends into all areas of our lives. We seek healthier food choices; we treat others better and our positive "self-talk" increases. Be kind to yourself and your body. Enjoy the journey and don't strive for perfection. You don't have to be perfect to be your best.