5:17 pm

Barre Star Clare hits her 1,000 Class Mega-Milestone!

 

Clare is a force to be reckoned with. She pushes herself, those around her, including our instructors, to live up to the Barre Body Studio hype and bring it every single class. As a lunch hour regular, Clare has become a very familiar face around the studio. We asked Clare to share her experience with BBS over the past five years...

 

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'Walking through the doors at BBS is like walking into “Cheers” - where everyone knows your name!!Instantly I feel like I’m surrounded by friends.

2013 was a pretty awful year for me on so many personal levels. Taking my first barre class in Nov 2013 was really the kickstart to an amazing journey of self discovery, of self love and finding a confidence I never knew I had. The journey continues today.

BBS has truly changed my life. Sure, losing 24lbs in my first 3 months was a bonus - nothing has changed my body like barre. But it’s the growth from the inside that has meant the most.

Aside from moving to Canada from Scotland 13 years ago, this journey has been one of the most life-changing events in my life. 

I love being surrounded by amazing women (clients/instructors alike) on a daily basis, how we push & motivate each other. No judgement, no ego, it just is.'

Clare - Congratulations on hitting the mega-milestone of 1,000 classes! We are so lucky to have you as a part of Tribe and community. Keep kicking ass girl!

 


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1:38 pm

CONGRATULATIONS Kathryn - 1,000 Classes!

Meet Kathryn! This barre-star has just hit the MAJOR milestone of 1,000 classes! Kathryn’s love of barre shines through in each class where you can catch her lifting 5 lbs weights and pulsing through the sets with style and grace.

We had a chance to catch up with Kathryn following her big class...

'I have always been active but over time I found that it became increasingly difficult to motivate myself so I tried joining a gym and working with a personal trainer but nothing stuck.

I have never gravitated towards group fitness classes but then I discovered Barre Body Studio. From the minute I stepped into the studio in Ramsay, I felt a connection. Having grown up in Montreal, the studio is in a character building that made me feel instantly at home. The front desk staff and instructors were very personable and it still surprises me today that they are able to greet everyone by name.

I appreciate the cueing and corrections so that you obtain the most possible from the exercises and that I need to be focussed in class as I have a wandering mind. Barre is deceiving, those tiny movements, particularly as you become better at connecting with the small muscle groups, have a cumulative effect.

Barre has made me stronger both physically and emotionally. I always know that I will feel re-energized after a class no matter what transpired during the day, and the strength and flexibility that I have gained have had a positive impact on all other sports that I pursue.

I honestly can't imagine my life in Calgary without barre.'

 

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Kathryn joined our Tribe when our doors first opened and has been a staple in all class types and times ever since. Thank you for including BBS in your fitness journey Kathryn - you are an incredible inspiration to all of us. 

 

xo

The BBS Team

 


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10:29 pm

1000 CLASSES - Congratulations Stacey!

Stacey has been a member of the BBS family ever since we first opened our doors over five years ago. This powerhouse mom of two recently completed her 1000th class with BBS and we could not be prouder of her! You can see Stacey at every single 6 a.m. class on the daily and her hard work and dedication inspires our entire community.

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"The transformation has not only been inward but also outward. I am in the best shape of my life, and I am truly happy and proud of how hard I have worked. This is after two babies in 5 years (all while still doing barre right until the end) that I can say without a shadow of doubt that no other workout has given me results like barre. Barre has become a part of my life to the point that I seek out barre studios even when I am on vacation. I am so very thankful and appreciative of my journey and the role barre has played, and will continue to play in the years to come,” Stacey told us.

Thanks for being a part of our Tribe, Stacey! You make us to want to be better and stronger and lift each other up.

FLASHBACK – Stacey was first featured on our blog in 2014 – check out it out!!

BARRESTAR HALL OF FAME

 


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12:58 pm

Heart and Soul Challenge

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The Year of Living Well is already off to an amazing start! Take it to the next level with the BBS Heart & Soul Challenge.
 
28 Classes in 28 Days
February 1-28
 
Successfully complete the challenge and be entered to win prizes from local businesses and our BIGGEST grand prize of the year:

ONE YEAR OF FREE BBS CLASSES!

Sign up at your home studio, that's where your name will be on the Challenge Board. Free to register, but space is limited. 

REGISTER NOW

Crunched for time? No worries. Doubles are permitted (2 classes in 1 day). We allow 1 reservation per day so your 2nd class of the day must be on a drop-in basis only. 

We know how challenging taking class everyday can be. We want this challenge to be fun, rewarding and not feel like (too much) work! This being said, listen to your body and mind - take breaks when you need to. There are THREE opportunities to get an extra check mark on the board, just in case you miss a class or three.

  1. Bringing a friend to class? They earn you an extra “check” on the board!
  2. Post about your #YearofLivingWell on social and tag @barrebodystudio. Get an extra “check”!
  3. Set a goal at the start of the challenge. You don’t need to tell us. This is for you. Challenge ends and you crushed it? Give yourself an extra “check”.

Good Luck!

XO,
BBS Team


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4:07 pm

Congrats on 1,000 Classes, Stefanie!

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We are SO proud to give one of our Tribe members a BBS shout out and say CONGRATULATIONS on hitting the 1,000 class milestone! This is such a huge accomplishment! To put it into perspective, we have been open for just over 4 years - or 1,460 days - and they have walked through our door and taken class on 1,000 of them. WOW!

Congrats Stefanie on reaching this awe-inspiring milestone at BBS! Your commitment and hard work in each and every class gives us energy and keeps us going. We thank you for that. We are honoured to have you in our Tribe. You are a constant source of inspiration and motivation to the rest of our Tribe, each and every one of our instructors and front desk team.

We chatted with Stefanie after her 1,000th class and her words humbled us so we wanted to share them with all of you:

I really couldn't have achieved 1,000 classes on my own, and I certainly didn't do them alone. The instructors & tribe members were right there with me; this is as much their accomplishment as mine. 

Not so long ago, I was a member of the Calgary Stampeder Outriders. I was not a dancer growing up, so auditioning for the team was a leap (and to be honest, a bit of a dare!) but joining the team, and being part of that community had an amazing impact on my life. It improved my confidence, discipline, public speaking; it got me involved in Calgary volunteer activities and generated many friendships and relationships that I still cherish today.  When I stopped Cheerleading I filled my time with other things; you know the usual routines. Taking my daughter to dance, soccer car pool, house/yard work, going to the gym (boring!). It wasn't until I found Barre Body Studio that I realized that I missed that atmosphere of group activity and comradery. How could you not smile after 60 mins of choreographed, synchronized booty shaking to Flashdance!?

To be successful and consistent with any exercise program you have to find something that you love, that doesn't feel like work and just do it (as often as you can)! 400, 600, 1000; the milestones sneak up on you when you love the experience, the people and the environment.

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Our community partner, Total Skincare Centre, has generously gifted Stefanie with a complimentary 90 minute facial and gift basket. You earned it! A big thanks to TSC for helping us celebrate our Tribe and this incredible milestone.

XO,
BBS Team

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5:49 pm

Congrats on 1,000 Classes, Selma!

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We are SO proud to give one of our Tribe members a BBS shout out and say CONGRATULATIONS on hitting the 1,000 class milestone! This is such a huge accomplishment! To put it into perspective, we have been open for just over 4 years - or 1,460 days - and they have walked through our door and taken class on 1,000 of them. WOW!

Congrats to Selma for your dedication to yourself, your fitness journey and the BBS Tribe. We are so lucky to have you and we are better because of you. You are a constant source of inspiration and motivation to the rest of our Tribe, each and every one of our instructors and front desk team.

We asked Selma what made her push for 1,000 classes and her response is really the reason we do what we do. She told us "it has never been the number for me and I have never counted my classes! What motivates me is the energy & strength I feel after each class!". Selma also mentioned that "the teachers are amazing and have inspired me to push myself to places I never ever thought I could go! There is nothing more beautiful than when you prove to yourself how strong you are!". We couldn't have said it better ourselves. 

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Our community partner, Total Skincare Centre, has generously gifted Selma with a complimentary 90 minute facial and gift basket. You earned it! A big thanks to TSC for helping us celebrate our Tribe and this incredible milestone.

XO,
BBS Team

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3:44 pm

Barre Star Monika

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Our newest inductee into the BBS Hall of Fame is Monika! Monika has been a part of the BBS Tribe for over a year now. She wanted to share her journey and what barre means to her. We were all ears! Learn Monika's story, below.

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"I saw the BBS new location sign on Bow Trail for a few months and after seeing something about the Barre workout trend on TV I told myself this is something I want to try one day. In November 2015 I was given a free pass to try BBS. After I got home from my first class I told my teenage girls that I’m never going back there again! I worked out muscles I never knew I had and ached all over. But after seeing the intro special I figured I owed it to myself to go back and try it again. Of course this was after the pain had subsided from those unknown muscles mentioned before. I soon figured out that every class had a different instructor and every instructor and class had new moves that I hadn’t seen (or felt) before. Something just seemed to make sense and I kept on going and going! The challenges were fantastic and really helped motivate me to keep going. I soon made some new friends and got to really enjoy the instructors and their different personalities. I’m now well into my second year and I’ve honestly never felt better in my entire life. I’ve recently turned 50 and I’ve learned that muscle toning is incredibly important for bone density and health as we age. And I love that I can now hold a plank longer than my athletic teenage daughters can! I truly believe that what BBS has created - with their fantastic instructors, great facilities and outstanding customer service - truly helps women become healthier, stronger and more beautiful versions of themselves. I can’t ever see a time where BBS won’t be an important part of my life."

Each and every one of you create an important piece in the puzzle we call the BBS Tribe. We wouldn't be who we are if it weren't for you. Thank you Monika, for giving us a chance (and a second chance!), it is our privilege to have you in our community. Congrats on your first year and here's to many more! May you always be able to "out plank" your daughters! ;)

XO
BBS Team

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1:54 pm

What do you love about Fall?

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Fall is officially here! Mother Nature even tried to skip ahead on us with that early white stuff. Whoa. At least give us until Halloween. Fall seems to be a lot of people's favourite season. The pretty colours, mild temps (well, some of the time) and cozy layers are just a few of our fav things about this season. We chatted with some of your rockstar barre tenders, and here is what we love most about Fall!

  • Changing of the seasons and cozy sweaters. –Marlo
  • Pulling out the warmer clothes, jackets and boots. I have something called foot duvets from Restoration Hardware that are as amazing as they sound. Also fires in the fireplace. –Emma
  • The colours! Fall is always so picturesque and beautiful. –Kenna
  • The colours of the leaves, the start of a "new year" with the dance season, and pulling out all of the sweaters and scarves! –Lauren
  • I love the changing leaves and how beautiful the snow is. - Amanda
  • Crisp mornings but warm afternoons...the crunch of leaves under foot, chunky sweaters & campfires. -Tara
  • The leaves changing. It's THE most beautiful thing ever. –Adriana
  • The gorgeous colours and fresh crispness of the air. -Reanna

What is YOUR favourite thing about this colourful and cozy season?

XO

BBS Team

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