4:36 pm

Things Our Gym Bags Can't Live Without!

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We can all relate to digging around our gym bags for our favourite pair of grip socks, or that hair elastic that you KNOW you threw in there! This got us thinking about the things we have in our gym bags that we simply can not live without. Okay, if we're being real honest we could, but we don't want to!

You think your gym bag is out of hand? You should take a peek into your barre tenders' bag. Just kidding, we probably wouldn't let you. ;) Here are a few of the things our Barre babes just can't seem to part with, besides Fuel Bars of course.

  1. DoTerra Essential Oils - Adriana can't live without Peppermint oil for headaches, Lavender for stress, and Oregano for immunity. 
  2. Burberry Lipstick - Sometimes you just need a quick pick me up and Lena says this lipstick in English Rose does the trick.
  3. NatureBox Sriracha Roasted Cashews - Reanna thinks these are the best for when the munchies hit! Yum!
  4. Wash Dolly - Amanda swears by these local make-up remover cloths.
  5. Saje Roll-on Perfumes - Emma loves these roll-on perfumes and is currently switching between Goddess and Yoga scents.
  6. Saje Peppermint Halo - For anyone prone to headaches, Katrina & Kenna call this roll-on a lifesaver!
  7. Acuball - Leave it to one of our resident dance teachers to always have an Acuball in her bag. Lauren loves using it to roll out her feet!
  8. Nail Oil from Butter Beauty Parlour - Marlo always has snacks in her bag, along with nail oil from our friends at Butter. 
  9. Bumble & Bumble Prêt-a-Powder - This dry shampoo is a game changer and Jaimie uses it after class, in between showers. Grab a bottle at Butter!
  10. Lint Brush - One of the more practical answers we got! Tara doesn't leave home without her lint brush, and let's be honest, many of us have asked to borrow it. 

What are YOUR gym bag essentials? Any local products that you're loving these days and can't seem to live without. We want to know! Leave us a comment or send us a message on social. 

XO
BBS Team

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11:53 am

Why All the Pulses!?

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You’re sitting in chair pose at the barre, shaking like a leaf and your instructor shouts “one last set of pulses” and you can’t help but think “why all the pulses?!”. It’s not some twisted form of barre torture being performed by your favourite barre tender, we promise. There is a reason for all the pulses! Let us explain.

What is a Pulse?

A pulse is a small movement that is less than an inch in either direction. This type of movement is called an isometric movement. Isometric movements occur when a muscle tenses without changing its length, almost like a small contraction. This contraction is then followed by the release of the muscle, resulting in a small one-inch movement back into the original position. An isometric movement is the opposite of concentric and eccentric movements. These occur when a muscle stretches then shortens - think bicep curls or plies. At BBS we use a combination of both. After several sets of pulses, you feel that deep burn in your muscles and you may have a case of the shakes – your muscles are at the point of exhaustion. This is where the concentric and eccentric movements come in. The pulses are often followed by a set of singles (full plies, squats, lunges etc), which help flush out the lactic acid that built up during the isometric movements.

Why all the Pulses?

So, now that you know what exactly a pulse is we can tell you why we use all those pulses. Put simply, an isometric movement helps maintain muscle strength. It strengthens muscles without adding bulk. Isometric exercises target specific muscles that are often not targeted in other types of exercise, as well they work multiple muscle groups at once. There is less strain on ligaments and tendons during isometric movements, preventing injuries more common in traditional strength training. A benefit of isometric exercises is that you can hold a position while continuously engaging your muscle. The pulse acts like a mini-recovery allowing you to hold positions for longer and perform a higher number of sets, increasing both strength and endurance.


To sum it all up, we know that a pulse is an isometric movement and isometric movements are small movements that tense muscles without changing their length. This targets specific muscle groups which builds strength without adding bulk and increases endurance.

XO

BBS Team

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6:13 pm

Happy Tucking!

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Hey Tuckers!

It's Challenge time again and we're bringing Tuck for Turkey back, and it's better than ever. The challenge is simple:

Take 21 classes in 28 days!

That's it! Register for the Challenge on November 9 at 9am and then take 21 classes between November 23 to December 20. Complete the Challenge and be entered into the draw for one of many sweet, sweet prizes.

Speaking of sweet prizes...here is a sneak peek of what we have up for grabs:

1. One month FREE at BBS
2. BBS Pulse Chest Strap
3. FIVE Buddy Passes

And that's just a sneak peek! Want to barre your way to extra entries into the prize draw? Who wouldn't?! ;) Use BBS Pulse in class to earn points. Earn enough points during the Challenge, get extra entries into the draw. Easy, right? Fun, right? Ya, we think so too! Can we sign up? Here is a breakdown of how the points are earned using BBS Pulse:

Earn 10,000+ reward points during Tuck for Turkey and redeem in-studio for your extra entries into the prize draw. Points must be redeemed in-person at the studio. Participants must be signed up for the Challenge for points to count towards the prize draw.

How you earn points:

By staying in the optimal heart rate zones for the majority of class. BBS Pulse is all about tracking where your heart rate is during class. Ideally, you are spending the majority of class in zones 3 and 4, which are the aerobic and anaerobic zones. To learn more about the heart rate zones, read this.

For every minute of class, we will award you with points! The number of points is up to you, based on which heart rate zone you're in. Check it out:

Zone 1 (green) = 1 point/minute
Zone 2 (light grey) = 5 points/minute
Zone 3 (teal) = 15 points/minute
Zone 4 (dark grey) = 15 points/minute
Zone 5 (pink) = 10 points/minute

To give you an idea, imagine you're in a Press class and you spend 5 minutes in zone 1, 12 minutes in zone 2, 15 minutes in zone 3, 12 minutes in zone 4 and 6 minutes in zone 5. We won't bore you with the math, but you just Pulsed your way to 530 points, in only one class!

What the points mean: 

10,000 points = 1 extra entry
12,000 points = 2 extra entries
14,000 points = 3 extra entries
16,000+ points = 4 extra entries

Okay, last but not least, here are the nitty gritty details:

·      Challenge Registration opens at 9AM on Wednesday, November 9 on our Events Page
·      Challenge runs from November 23 to December 20
·      Take 21 classes in 28 days
·      There is no cost to participate but space is limited, sign up fast!
·      Register for the studio you frequent most often, that's where your name will be on the Challenge board
·      Classes count at both studios, so mark it off next time you're at your "home" studio

If you have any questions about the Tuck for Turkey Challenge, email us at calgary@barrebodystudio.com or drop us a line on any of our social channels.

XO

BBS Team

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