7:30 pm

That Deep Burn, Explained

Blog - BBS Basics

What is lactic acid and why do we talk about it during barre class? These are great questions. Lactic acid sounds scientific and, we’ll admit it, a little bit scary. We’re here to explain the basics of lactic acid, the what, why and how!

What is Lactic Acid?

Lactic acid is a substance that builds up in your muscles during strenuous exercise.

The How & Why

Let’s start simple. As we work out, we start to breathe faster as our bodies send more oxygen to our working muscles. Typically, our bodies generate energy using aerobic methods, meaning with oxygen. However, there are some circumstances where our bodies can’t keep up with this delivery of oxygen … think escaping the zombie apocalypse or that last set of pulses at the barre. In these situations, our working muscles produce energy anaerobically, or without oxygen.

Where does this energy come from when there’s no oxygen? It comes from glucose being broken down in our body into a substance called pyruvate. When oxygen is limited, our bodies temporarily convert pyruvate into lactic acid, breaking down the glucose and allowing energy production to continue.

Our working muscles can continue producing energy anaerobically for one to three minutes while lactic acid starts accumulating in our muscles. This is characterized by that intense burning sensation in our muscles that we all love to hate. In other words, we are working our muscles to the point of exhaustion and lactic acid builds up as a natural defense against muscle overexertion. Once we slow our body down or “flush it out” with a final set of “singles”, oxygen becomes available and lactic acid reverts back to pyruvate, allowing our muscles to recover from the strenuous event.

Why do we take you to that point of muscle exhaustion in barre class? Because that’s where change happens. This is where YOU make magic happen! We reach that burn, the peak of the lactic acid build-up and then keep you there for one to three minutes. That’s one to three minutes of pure magic. Right before your muscles are over exerted we get you moving again so blood flows through the muscles, allowing them to recover.

That’s what is happening when you experience that deep barre burn and why our barre tenders always push you to finish that ONE. LAST. SET. We know it’s hard, we know sometimes it’s easier to stop when we feel that burn, but we want you to stay safe and get rid of that burn the right way. And there’s no better way than one last set. ;)

BBS Team

6:22 pm

The Other Bar

Blog - Favs_SummerDrinks

We're all about that work work work work work at the barre, but you know that we play just as hard once class is through! After a killer barre burn, there's no better way to unwind than sitting in the sun with a summer cocktail! And the best part is that after a couple hundred pulses, you have certainly earned it.

We thought we'd share with you some of our absolute favourite summer drink recipes. Trust us, this barre isn’t the only bar that your tenders know their way around. So next time you’re looking to sit back in the sunshine, give one of these recipes a go!

PS. Everything tastes just a little bit better with an umbrella ;)

"Healthy" Spritzer 
4 oz white wine 
3 oz club soda 
Ice and a squeeze of fresh lime!

Rosé … all day 
No recipe needed ;)

Raspberry Mojito

1-2 oz vodka 
Sparkling water

Frozen raspberries   
Lots of lime 

Short + Sweet
1 oz ice lychee flavoured liquor  
5 oz champagne or white wine 

A dash of sprite or 7-up
Add fruit if you want to feel fancy

1 bottle Corona  
1-2 oz tequila 
Lime slush to taste

Mango Margaritas
1-2 oz tequila 
1 oz cointreau or triple sec 
Splash of mango juice 
2 limes, juiced

Splash of orange juice (optional)
Pinch of chilli powder (optional)
Blend or serve over ice 

1/2 beer  
1/2 ginger beer (or ginger ale, sprite, grapefruit juice)

Have your own favourite summer sips? Don’t hold out, we want the deets! Share your recipes with us on social. 

BBS Team

1:39 pm

You've Got This!

Blog - SummerChallenge

You're almost halfway there! We see you barre babes showing up. Even when it's sunny, even when it's pouring, even when we know sometimes Netflix & Chill sounds like a much better idea. But you show up and you work hard and you make us proud. We've been seeing your posts on Instagram, watching you share pics and quotes that amp you up. We can't tell you enough just how much this delights us. We love being a part of this challenge with you. We love being included in the goals you set for yourself this summer. We love having you as a member of our #tribe.

With just over 3 weeks left in the BBS Summer Challenge, we are here to cheer you on, encourage you on days when you're just not feeling it and motivate you to pulse just that little bit deeper. We know you can. We know you will. We know you've got this.

Don't forget to check out the BBS Bucket List, just in case you need an extra check mark one of these days.

Here's to the final weeks of the Challenge and, more importantly, here's to you #BBSTribe!

BBS Team

11:08 am

Second Position Reverse Chair

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Katrina and Hillary are here with us today to run through the second edition of the BBS Vlog: Technique Tips. Watch as they set up a proper reverse chair in wide second position, pointing out a few things to watch for. This is a great exercise for targeting hamstrings, outer thighs and lower glutes. You may see this facing the barre sometimes too, in a traditional chair position. 

What's your favourite "love to hate" barre move? You know the one! The one that gets those shakes going instantly but you just know it's working. Let us know your fave in the comments below or on social...you know where to find us. ;)

Barre Body Studio - Calgary