We love our BBS mommies! Not only is it inspiring to watch them get their barre-burn on while in full pregnancy mode, but it’s incredible to watch how quickly they bounce back after the baby is no longer on board. One prime example is barre beauty, Stacey Kolenick. After giving birth to her gorgeous son Thomas this fall, she dropped us a note to let us know that her medical team believes her speedy recovery after an emergency c section was thanks to her hard work (and hard-earned abdominal muscles) at the barre. Having seen this woman pulse-pulse-plie her little heart out, we believe it!
Stacey has graciously allowed us to share her e-mail along with her astonishing before and after photos with all of you. We are so happy to have her back and so unbelievably honoured that she credits BBS with her timely come back. You are the definition of a Barre Star, Stacey. Keep up the fabulous work!
Hi To All My Beautiful Barre Tenders!
I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7pm via emergency c section we had a beautiful boy Thomas Stephen Kolenick, who weighed in at 7 lbs 3oz and 19.5 inches long.
Even though the c section was not my first birth preference, I am happy to say that my recovery has been remarkable, and my doctors, doula and family believe it is all because I worked out through my pregnancy. During the contractions leading up to my c section, I was so thankful for the flexibility and strength in my body and mind that I gained from Barre classes. I especially saw the benefits in my legs when I was in deep squats during labor, and I knew I gained that strength from working out over the last 9 months at the Barre.
When I came home from the hospital my Barre classes quickly proved to be beneficial to a recovering c section patient. I obviously cannot use my abdominal muscles, so I have to rely on my arms and legs to do the easiest tasks like getting in and out of bed! I have said numerous times over the last week to my husband that I am so thankful that I have strong arms and legs, as I could not imagine how women who do not workout can maneuver post c section.
I just wanted to say thank you for being such a huge part of my pregnancy and for the strength I have gained from hitting the Barre everyday. These classes have helped me through my pregnancy journey, and for that I am very thankful!
During my recovery I have confirmed how important fitness is in my life and how I cannot live without it. With that said, I would just like to encourage pregnant and non-pregnant women to remember how important and beneficial it is to dedicate at least 1 hour a day to building one’s strength in your body and mind, as you will never know when you will have recover from life's crazy twists and turns.
I think about all of you so often, especially when my Barre class reminder goes off on my phone everyday. As per doctors orders I am to "take it easy" for the next 6 weeks, which I think will be hard for me to do as I miss working out at the Barre, but as soon as I am cleared to workout I will be back in the Barre saddle!
Thank you again and I miss you all!
Stacey Kolenick xo