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Benefits of Barre

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There are so many benefits to exercise. We know this. There are also a lot of benefits of barre fitness, in particular. Increased flexibility, strength, coordination, weight loss. We know those too. We wanted to know the REAL benefits, the things our Tribe were noticing happening to them! So we asked and this is what you had to say:

OUR FAVS

 

  • As an older client, I needed something to stay fit and healthy. Barre exceeded my expectations. I am recovering from a shoulder injury and in just a few short months I have more range of motion and strength than I ever imagined I could have again. I also feel so strong and healthy and never feel out of place or "old" when I come to BBS. Being in class with majority younger clients, I was worried I wouldn't be able to keep up but barre makes me feel so confident and worthy.
  • I was able to do full squats and lunges all through my active labour and feel great!
  • It's the one workout that I actually like coming to
  • I don’t murder people (click here)

 

COMMUNITY

  • It's a great workout but also socially interactive
  • My barre friends have become my real life friends

 

MIND, BODY & SOUL

  • It pushes me but I can still come every day
  • Inner strength
  • My butt looks better
  • I always feel like I'm in a better mood when I leave
  • It resets me
  • I don't have to think about what to do/don't have to plan my own workout
  • I lost a lot of weight and feel great about myself
  • I don't worry about re-injuring or injuring myself anymore when doing other activities because I feel so strong from barre!
  • Barre gets me energerized and ready for the day

 

What are your barre benefits? Send us a note on social media and let us know, we always love hearing from you.

XO,
The BBS Team

 


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11:05 am

Drink Up Babes!

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With summer finally making a reappearance here in YYC and the sun shining bright, we have some advice for you … HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE! We're talking all things water and the effects it has on both your everyday life and barre practice. Water = good, common knowledge right? Right … but exactly how much water should you be drinking? When should I be drinking water? How does water affect my workout? These are the type of questions that we will be tackling on the blog today.

So first off, we think that it's safe to say that water is really really really important. It is sort of the Jack-of-all-Trades when it comes to your health and well-being. Drinking plenty of fluids will help fuel your body, circulate nutrients, flush out toxins, make your skin glow, prevent headaches, affect your mood, aid weight loss and keep everything functioning the way that it is supposed to.

A general rule of thumb regarding just how much water you should drink typically goes as follows: you should be drinking your body weight (in lbs), divided by two (in oz). SO… if you weigh 140lbs you should be drinking 70oz of water daily. This can also vary, depending on your age, gender, height, activity levels, etc. However, it is not entirely clear-cut for our barre stars and exercise fiends, because the more active you are, the more water you require to stay hydrated. If you are wondering just how much water your body will require during its workout it's important to consider intensity levels of the activity and your sweat output. Camelbak has created a fantastic calculator to recommend how much water you should be taking in to maximize performance in your workout. Check it out here!  

Next, we're going to talk about what is the best time to drink water to maximize its effectiveness. Studies often promote the benefits of drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up – this is said to help activate your internal organs and flush out toxins before your first meal of the day. It is also important to drink water before and after meals to help with digestion and proper nutrient absorption. It's beneficial to have a glass of water before bed, this will help replenish any of the water that you lose during your slumber. And of course, don’t forget to stay hydrated during your daily workout! Remember that there is no right or wrong way to drink water … as long as you are getting enough of it!

We know that reaching your daily hydration requirements is much easier said than done, you are certainly not alone. So to help you out, we have compiled a few tips and tricks to help sneak a bit more water into your daily consumption. Here they are:

  1. Fruits and veggies are water-rich foods – increase your intake of these bad boys and you are well on your way to optimal hydration!

  2. Get creative with your water – try different fruit infusions to spice things up. You can add oranges, lemons, mint, watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, ANYTHING!

  3. Keep a water bottle with you at. all. times! Make it a habit to carry your water with you. If it's within reaching distance, then you are far more likely to drink throughout the day. 

  4. If you are tech savvy, there are actually water tracking apps that will hold you accountable to getting your daily servings. Some even have alarms that you can set, if you need the reminder. 

  5. If you’re out for a night on the town, stick to a one-to-one rule when drinking alcohol. For every vodka cran, follow it up with a glass of water (you'll thank us in the morning). ;)

  6. Invest in a marked water bottle so that you can track exactly how much water you are taking in. 

  7. Hot water with lemon is truly a girl’s best friend! Start your day off with a cup to kick start digestion, balance pH levels and hydrate the lymph system. 

We hope you found these tips and tricks helpful. Get it in ya BBS!

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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