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!