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Mommy & Me Summer Drop-In

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BBS' Mommy & Me program has become a staple in our class offerings following our first, sold-out session that was offered in the Fall of 2014. Since our inaugural session, demand for this program has grown exponentially and, to date, BBS Calgary has held 16 Mommy & Me programs, hosting 230 new momma's and their babies...can you even imagine the cuteness!?

Our instructors help you focus on the target areas that we, as new moms, want to tone and firm up. Our experienced team assists you to modify the exercises for participants who have experienced Diastasis Recti (Ab Muscle Separation) and bruised, dislocated, or even fractured coccyx (tailbone) to ensure you are working within your physical restrictions while still receiving the benefits of a BBS workout.

As we head into the summer months, we know how important fitness has been for many of the new momma's who have joined in our program and, we want to encourage continued use of your class passes during the times of the year when your schedules are the most unpredictable. With the warmer weather comes callings to hit the beach, take the family on a daytrip to the Zoo or perhaps to enjoy an adult-only patio fiesta - cheers!

Starting June 7th, we will be offering drop-in Mommy & Me classes each week, all summer long. Join us at Ramsay on Tuesdays from 10:45-11:35am or at Bow Trail Wednesdays from 1:15-2:05pm. All class passes are welcome; that includes all class cards and Monthly Memberships. Single class drop in rates apply. You will be able to sign up each week, one week in advance, online. Want to commit to the full summer program? You can! Pick your studio, pick your day and email us at calgary@barrebodystudio.com to register for the 14 class program. Pre-register before June 5th for only $195 ($14/class). Register after June 5th for $225 ($16/class).

Not sure if Mommy & Me Barre is the right program for you and your little one? Hear what some of our past and present mom's are saying:

"Every morning before class, I wake up after a long, sometimes sleepless night thinking "not today"; but then I realize that staying home would mean missing out on the best part of my week."

"Barre was an absolute lifeline for me in the early months. I wanted to get into activities that would be social and physical to help minimize the possibility of post-partum depression. I didn't have any high risk factors, I just knew motherhood would be a big change from my previous life (which I loved!) so I wanted to help ease the transition. The women I met are amazing and the exercises targeted areas I didn't even realise needed attention (it's hard to take stock personally when you are caring for a little!)."

"I love seeing new moms come into the class, nervous and sometimes only a few weeks post partum...then killing it and leaving with a new found confidence and even a few new friends."

One of the big questions we get is, "What should I expect?", here's what a few barre mamas had to share:

"Motivating instructor, caring staff, a community of other women facing similar struggles, exercises that target specific areas that may be overlooked in a regular class, many laughs and lots of cute babies!"

"A super supportive and fun environment of other moms who feel your pain. Life with a baby is not easy and finding time to exercise can be even harder. You'll probably be late to class at least once...or always; your baby will probably begin to cry, barf, or poop right when we start your favourite exercise; and when you hear your instructor say "that burn is real" you'll think you couldn't possibly do one more set of 8; but you can and you will. Then you'll leave class feeling like a boss...a bad-ass mom boss."

"Aside from the obvious family obligation (just jokes)... I wanted to get back in shape while spending actual time with my baby (not with her in a stroller, at daycare, or just laying beside me on a mat)."

New moms, we get you and we want you to know that you are doing an amazing job. 'Adulting' is hard work, but being a new mom is even harder and sometimes, less rewarding. So, in case no one has told you lately, YOU are important. You are providing for your little one; this is the real-and-raw deal, motherhood isn't always Instagram pretty - we see YOU. You are hustling. You are doing this. You are KILLING IT at being an adult - a full-time parenting adult. YOU ARE IMPORTANT. We wish you a full night sleep (nursing chair counts - sort of), the ability to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea and, an uninterrupted shower.

Ready to meet us at the barre?!

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary

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3:11 pm

Werk That Booty!

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What are two of our favourite things? Barre Burn & Booty Bouncing! Booty Pop Barre is 75 minutes of a rump shaking good time. Adriana & Lauren will pace you through a workshop style class that blends fun hip hop choreography and booty toning barre fitness.

Join these two barre booty beauties (say that 10 times fast...) on Friday, May 27 at 6:30pm at our Bow Trail studio to get IN on this. There are only a few spots left so don't wait, sign up on MindBody today or click here!

Bring on the twerk, the tick-tock, and come get your eagle on girl!

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary


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9:47 pm

BBS Quick Reads

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A few weeks ago we shared our favourite barre books on the blog. If you liked that, you are sure to LOVE this. We have gathered a list of your BBS barre tenders' favourite magazines that keep them updated on all of the latest health crazes, fitness trends, food innovations, fashion fads and celebrity gossip (you got us … we are so guilty). If you’re looking for your next quick read, we've got you covered! Check out our list:

Dote
Vogue 

In Style 
Lou Lou 
Vice
Branded

Yoga Journal 
Self 

Oxygen
Avenue  

Women's Health 
Clean Eating 

Did your favourite not make the list? Then we want to check them out! Let us know your favourite magazine reads on social media: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary

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11:19 am

BBS Spring Fling

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Ain’t no party like a BBS party! Have you been to one? Well this is your chance! On Thursday, May 12th we will be celebrating the end of April showers and the coming of May flowers at our 6th annual community event, Spring Fling! We are excited to come together with the people of BBS + YYC to celebrate community! Stop by our BBS Ramsay location anytime from 6pm – 8pm for an evening of wine, eats and of course, the warmest company. We will also be hosting local vendors from the Calgary area that set sights on all things health, wellness and beauty. If you want a sneak peak of what pretty, little things might be accompanying each vendor at our event, just click on their name to redirect to their websites. This is who will be joining us:

The Livery & Coutu Kitsch
Adorn Boutique
Lola Lash Bar
Beauty Counter
Natural Way Chiropractic
Hemm
Rachel's Art
Dirt Belly

We also want YOU to join us at our Spring Fling! Sign up online through your MindBody Connect account to reserve your spot! This year, we are happy to support the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada with every donation throughout the evening’s event. Come by, connect with community, support a great cause and cheers a glass of vino or two with us!

XO
Barre Body Studio - Calgary

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10:53 am

Track It with BBS

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Fitness performance trackers are certainly the latest fitness craze and we are on board with this one! Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit and more – it seems like these high tech fitness trackers are popping up everywhere. We see our clients working it just a little bit harder at the barre with the added motivation of the little strap around your wrist measuring heart rate, calories burnt, steps taken and active minutes. But what does this all mean relative to your Barre Body classes? We're talking all things fitness trackers and breaking down each component of your tracker so that you can get a feel for what is actually going down in your Barre Body class! 

Heart Rate: The latest and greatest feature of the fresh new trackers is the heart rate monitor - we are obsessed! Monitoring your pulse during your barre class is a great way to ensure that you are maintaining your target heart rate and getting the most out of each class that you take. Both your resting and active heart rate is dependent on age, sex, activity level and overall health, therefore, they are a little different for every person. If you want a rough estimate of where your own target heart rate should be, Live Strong has a great calculator on their website. Because your Barre Body Fit class is not centred on high-impact cardio series, but cardio components are included in every class, your heart rate will stay in the fat-burning zone for the majority of your class. In this zone you are building an aerobic base and burning calories from fat. In the cardio zone, your exercise will typically be higher intensity and higher impact so that your heart rate is also higher. In this zone your body is burning carbohydrates. So regardless of the name, your body will be burning calories (and continue to burn calories after) the entirety of your barre class. Did you know that the BBS barre method is one of few that incorporates a cardio component into almost every class, now you know why!

Calories: Heart rate monitors and calorie counting devices typically report a range from 300-600 calories burnt in a 60-minute barre class. This will always be dependent on the choreography of the class, the intensity of the cardio and the individual energy that you put into your class. Barre is also unique in the sense that because it is mostly anaerobic, your body continues to burn up to 100 calories after your class is complete. You can read all about the “afterburn effect” in this article by Dr. Christopher Scott here!

Your tracking device may not be able to pick up your barre workouts on its own, like it would running, walking or biking, so be sure to set your workout timers every time you start those marches!

PS. Do you have a Fitbit? We L.O.V.E the new feature of MindBody Connect that allows you to sync your Fitbit information with your MBC account. If you haven’t set that up yet, click here to find out how!

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary

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4:44 pm

BBS Hits East Village

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Ready to kick your summer fitness into high gear? We've got just what you need! Starting this Thursday, May 5th, and running all the way until the first week of September, Barre Body Studio is holding outdoor barre classes at East Village in the downtown core. Yes, you heard right … your favourite sweat sesh + outside in the YYC sunshine! Oh but it gets better, these classes are absolutely free to attend and open to everyone. Join us every Thursday at noon for an hour of pulses, plies and fresh air! We will be hosting these classes at the East Village Experience Centre, which is just west of the Simmons Building. If you need directions, just ask! Space will be limited so make sure that you arrive early to save a spot. All you need to do is bring your own mat, a water bottle and just show up to have some fun in the sun with us!

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary

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