11:09 am

BBS Bonus: Mastering Your pH Lecture Filling Up Fast!

While our barre classes take care of your muscles and your cardiovascular abilities, there’s more to your overall health than the pulse-pulse-plie can offer (It sure does develop a cute booty, though!). Your body is your temple and while it’s great to take care of the exterior, it’s what’s happening inside that really makes all the difference. With this in mind, we have Naturopathic doctor, Angela Kirk, coming in to offer all interested barre beauties a free presentation on Mastering Your pH on Monday, June 9th from 7 to 8 p.m.

This talk is designed to help you identify sources and effects of acidity in your body, as well as tools to help you alkalinize. But to clarify what all this actually means, we caught up with Doctor Kirk to get the scoop on what’s on the agenda.

There are only a few spots left, so if you’re interested in learning how to Master Your pH, get yourself signed up at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=28266

See you there, barre stars!


We hear quite a bit about how keeping the body in an acidic state is bad for our health, but what exactly does that mean?

Acid is a pro-inflammatory condition that impedes the bodies ability to function optimally. An acidic state supports conditions of pain, inflammation, arthritis, and disease, while an alkaline state support healing, detoxification and optimal body functioning.

What are the main sources of acidity that people need to be aware of and concerned about?  

Stress, shallow breathing, lactic acid, high protein/high grain diet.

What exactly does it mean to be in an alkaline state and why is it desirable?

Alkaline means that your diet and lifestyle allow the urine to be at a pH of 7 or more after your first morning void. In this case, the body does not need to dump acid into tissues to keep the blood at it's necessary pH for life, and you also are not harvesting buffers from within the body to support blood pH (think calcium loss from teeth and bones).

What can people do to counteract acidity and get themselves back to an alkaline state?

Well they should start by coming to my talk! That’s what we will be discussing.

Who should be (or needs to be) attending your workshop?

Everyone interested in living a long healthy life without disease or pain should be interested in learning how to be alkaline.

What will people take away from your presentation? What will they learn?

Acid traps, and tools for alkalinity.  How to test and determine if this is a bigger issue for them, and ideas for what to do about it. It’s going to be very informative.

10:46 am

BBS Level II: Instructor training

barre tender

Are you ready to take your training, knowledge and enthusiasm to the next level? We are! Join us for Barre Body Studio Level II instructor training and learn how to become a strong fitness leader by perfecting your teaching skills. Throughout the workshop 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. This course is for those wanting to take their knowledge of barre and their instructor skills to the next level. Whether you want to become a stronger instructor or you just want to start learning the basics, this is the training for you. Cue the music, put on the mic and start perfecting what you have learned.

June 22nd, 2014

Barre Body Studio - Calgary
12:30pm to 5:30pm $195

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11:23 am

BarreStar Hall of Fame: Post-baby Super Babe Sonia

Before Sonia Lota stumbled across BBS, she was bored with her workouts. Feeling uninspired and dealing with the stresses that come along with becoming a mother for the first time, she decided to push herself out of her comfort zone and sign up for a barre class. To say it was love at first burn for this 36-year-old Calgary native, would be an understatement. "I was  in a rut with my fitness routine," Sonia says. "I never found something I really enjoyed so I never stuck to it, but I wanted to get my pre-baby body back!" Well, she did that and then some. Since walking through our doors in March of 2013, we've watched Sonia make an incredible transformation. Congratulations on everything you've accomplished, Sonia. We love having you and are so happy to have been a part of your journey. Now it's time to go after that next bucket list goal of yours, girl. We can't wait!  Everyone…meet Sonia.
When and how did you come across Barre Body Studio?  
I first heard about BBS from an article in the newspaper. The studio is just down the street from my house, so I decided to give it a try. I had no idea I would be hooked after one class!
How have those things changed since Barre became a part of your life? 
My life has changed in ways I never imagined  possible since starting Barre. I have lost 35 pounds and I have muscle definition I have never been able to achieve by going to the gym. Barre keeps it interesting so I'm never bored. I plan my day around going to BBS and I have made fitness a priority! My mental wellbeing has improved as well. Overall my mind just feels healthier and I feel confident inside and out!
What do you love about Barre?
What's not to love about Barre? I love how you can make it your own and work at different levels. I love the challenge and I try push myself every class; that is how I have seen results. The instructors are amazing and have really helped me along this journey.
How often do you attend classes now/what is your current workout schedule like?
These days, I attend Barre five days a week! On the days I don't go to barre, I do 30 minutes of cardio. Barre has also encouraged me to lead a healthy lifestyle. I make better decisions about what I eat and I am showing my daughter how to make those choices as well.
What's next? What goals are you setting for yourself these days?
I would like to keep up taking barre five times a week and I would love to start training to run a marathon. That is one of the things on my bucket list! Maybe I will finally be able to check that one off!

12:39 pm

Guest barre tender Ksenia Thurgood is coming to Calgary


Montréal's Ksenia Thurgood is coming to Calgary with her creation: Barre Burst! A mixture of barre with HIITS (high intensity interval training) of ballet, jazz & ballroom technique. Perfect complement to any Barre class.

Two left feet? Perfect!

Dance interval training to sculpt the entire body while improving strength and flexibility. Open to all levels, no dance experience required!

You'll be drippin' sweat, but the beats are so good you won't care!

Reserve a spot in Ksenia's class:

Barre Burst

10:45am - 11:45am on Friday, May 23rd

8:00 am

Form Friday – Inner Thigh Series

Form Friday – Inner Thigh Series

Do you like the look of strong adductor muscles? If so, keep these tips in mind the next time you perform the inner thigh series!

Performing the inner thigh series is an excellent way to tone the inner thighs otherwise known as your adductor muscles. These muscles can be tricky to locate but so fulfilling when you do! As always, proper form is necessary in order to target any muscles effectively while keeping your body safe from injury.

Starting with the back side of the hips pressed against the barre; slide the arms behind you to set up good alignment while opening the feet up to a natural small v position (heels together, toes part, external rotation from the hips not the knees).

Extend working leg out in front of you by reaching the toes towards the center of the room. Keep your body weight centered in the supporting foot and avoid locking into your supporting knee. Remember, height is not the ultimate goal; prevent the hip flexor and quadriceps muscles from taking over by keeping the leg approximately one to two feet off the floor. Doing so will balance the work in the abductor muscles and out of other areas. The working leg should be straight (no bend in the knee).

Continue to lengthen through the top of the head, pulling the chin into a neutral position while lifting through the chest and rolling the shoulders down and back. Continuously reach the foot towards the center of the room (pointing through the toes) while keeping the hips pressed against the barre. Your knee should be kept in a “turned out” position, just as you started. When we get tired the leg tends to roll back to a parallel position. As you strengthen these supporting muscles it will become easier and easier to keep the leg in an external rotation position. Again, doing so will ensure that the work is kept in the target zone, the inner thigh versus the quadriceps.

Let’s review...

Barre Body Studio Form Friday Inner Thigh

Now it’s time to move! As you lift and lower the leg ensure that the leg stays very straight to engage the adductors. Small movements are a must in the inner thigh series to keep the larger muscles at bay. When working with tiny pulses lift the leg up from where it is being held, rather than in a large up and down motion. Continue to shine the inside of the heel up towards the ceiling through the external rotation in the hips. Always allow for modifications when needed by lowering your leg and taking rests as need.

Lastly, don’t feel discourage if you notice your form slipping from time to time. Each class you get stronger and become more aware of your mind body connection and positioning. Dedication to the practice gets results.