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!

Blog - Tribe Milestones

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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5:17 pm

BBS Summer Challenge is B-A-C-K!!!

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It's BAAAACK! Can't wait a second longer? Register HERE.

The first day of summer has come and gone, the sun has been shining and you powerhouses have still been hitting the barre. You may remember from last year, and if not then you're in for a treat, the BBS Summer Challenge is back and better than before. 

Welcome to the BBS Summer Challenge! Running from July 24 to August 22. The challenge is simple: take 30 classes in 30 days. Miss a class or two? No problem! That’s where the BBS Bucket List comes in. There are 10 mini challenges on the Bucket List and you have 6 opportunities to redeem them as an extra “check” on the board. We’re kicking it old school and are using the honour system for these extra challenges. Complete one, let us know, show us a pic on social media if you have one and mark yourself off!

Successfully complete the challenge by August 22 and you will be entered into the draw for one of the many sweet prizes we have up for grabs! 

Now that you are amped up and ready to take part in the BBS Summer Challenge, what do you have to do? Register now, at the studio you frequent most often - that's where your name will be on the board (classes count at both studios). 

The Bucket List will be posted at both studios, but here’s a downloadable link in case you’d like to keep it handy for yourself.

Download the BBS Bucket List

Any questions? Let us know! Ask us on social, send us an email, or chat with us at the front desk. Will you accept the challenge? ;)

XO
BBS Team

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11:21 am

Have the Urge to Put on the Mic?

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Calling all aspiring barre tenders!

BBS will be holding an in-studio Level I&II instructor training workshop April 22 & 23, 2017. Not sure if you want to take the leap into teaching? Have more questions? You’ve come to the right place!

Level I is a foundation level training that is also geared to help you to take your own personal commitment to the next level. During day one you will learn the BBS method and how to turn that into a kick butt class either as an instructor or participant. Throughout the session we will also focus on form, anatomy, and how to increase your mind-body connection.

Level II focuses on how to become a strong fitness leader by perfecting your teaching skills. Throughout day two we will discuss different teaching styles, what it takes to be an effective fitness leader, using music effectively in your classes, and how to properly cue, sequence and transition to ensure your flow from start to finish.

Please note that BBS will be hiring only 1-2 instructors at this time, so participating in the training does not guarantee a position.

IS THIS THE JOB FOR YOU?
~You have a passion for fitness and a need to share it
~You have attended at least 50 Barre Body Studio classes
~You have education in movement, anatomy, or personal training 
~You are certified in yoga, Pilates, dance or some other form of fitness
~You embrace and embody the Barre Body Studio culture (psst passion, enthusiasm, and community)
~You are CPR certified and have personal instructor insurance
~You have friendly and professional etiquette
~You are highly organized
~You are able to teach either early morning, week day, evening, and/or weekends at all BBS Calgary locations
 
TRAINING
Be prepared to transform your knowledge, fitness level and self-determination. This process is about having fun while also challenging you to master a new skill. Barre Body Studio training takes time, commitment, dedication and an unstoppable will to succeed.

Step 1: Attend 50 Barre Body Studio Classes
Step 2: Attend the Info Session
Step 3: Attend BBS Level I & II training
Step 4: Prepare a mini audition
Step 5: Attend Level III training
Step 6: Prepare full audition
Step 7: Teach New Tender Classes (if hired)

ROLE
As a BBS barre instructor, your responsibilities would include the following:

~Prepare, practice and teach top notch Barre Body Studio classes
~Provide support to front desk barre stars
~Ensure studio is kept clean, safe and organized
~Be a team ‘tender and promote team work
~Maintain knowledge of studio offerings
~Promote and maintain the studio atmosphere and culture

PRICING
BBS Instructor Training Levels I & II must be taken together and cannot be purchased separately. Register before March 22 for $599 (regular price $649+gst).

QUESTIONS
Have any additional questions? No sweat! Send us an email at Calgary@barrebodystudio.com and we’ll be happy to answer them.

Ready to take the leap?
REGISTER NOW

XO
BBS Team

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4:43 pm

Barre 101

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Sometimes, when we get used to doing things over and over, we let habit and automation take over and we find ourselves just going through the motions. This can happen in our exercise too. We've all had an off day where we catch ourself "going through the motions" in class, and not really connecting with what movements our body is making and why. With the 30 in 30 Challenge just underway, here is the first instalment of Barre 101! We hear this "shop" talk in every class, so here's a quick reminder of what these terms really mean:

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So next time your barre tender tells you to pulse, pulse, tuck ... take a moment ... breathe in and close your eyes.

Connect with what you are doing ... engage your muscles from the inside out and feel yourself getting stronger.

XO
BBS Team

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4:46 pm

Barre Star Chantelle

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We are so excited to welcome barre star, Chantelle, into the BBS Hall of Fame. Chantelle has been a part of our tribe for just over a year and we wanted to catch up with her and find out how her first year has been! Here's what Chantelle had to tell us:

"As a mama of four and a former dancer, barre has honestly been the perfect workout for me. I remember my very first class thinking "oh gawd, my sphincter hurts, I didn't even know I had muscles there!". Barre has also been amazing for my pelvic floor, and again being overly candid, I went from peeing every time I jumped to doing jumping jacks without a trickle! (Which is a huge feat as most of you mamas out there know). I'm also a runner and ran my first half marathon last Spring and barre provided my muscles with the strength and support they needed to get me through un-injured. I love the studio and all the beautiful instructors, who shine from the inside out. I plan to keep on pulsing and plieing for many years to come. Oh, and the added bonus, my bum is cuter too! Thanks BBS, you honestly rock."

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Chantelle, YOU ROCK. Thanks for being a part of our tribe and for taking the time to share your experience with us and the rest of our amazing community. We love hearing how barre has made you stronger, and you're right...the cute bum doesn't hurt! ;)


Want to share your story with us? We want to hear it! Send us an email at calgary@barrebodystudio.com and share away. We can't wait to connect!

XO
BBS Team

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4:46 pm

30 in 30 Challenge

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It's Challenge time again, and this one is the toughest one yet! Take 30 classes in 30 days - yep, you read that right! Starting on January 23, take a class every day until February 22. Do that and we'll enter you into the prize draw, with our BIGGEST GRAND PRIZE ever...

ONE FREE YEAR OF BARRE!!!

Plus, there will be lots of other fun goodies from local business' up for grabs.

We know how tough taking class every single day can be, schedule-wise, so doubles will count (two classes in one day), however, your second class can not be booked in advance, it will be a drop-in only on a first come, first served basis. Thanks for your consideration here!

We find Challenges a great way to motivate, set goals and inspire ourselves and others. We hope this goes without saying, but your health and well-being is our number one priority. Please listen to your body, know your limits, and if you need to take a day or two off, DO IT! We'll be here when you get back. :)

Just like the Tuck for Turkey Challenge, you can Pulse your way to more points. Use BBS Pulse in class to earn points for extra entries into the 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:

14,000 points = 1 extra entry
16,000 points = 2 extra entries
18,000 points = 3 extra entries
20,000+ points = 4 extra entries

We'll be posting your point totals halfway through the Challenge, on the boards, so make sure you check where you're at!

Here's to the new year, the same awesome you and to setting goals and crushing them! 

Only a few spots left in the 30 in 30 Challenge! Sign up here

XO
BBS Team

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7:54 pm

Kokua TRY-Sport Canada

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We are so thrilled to be partnering with Kokua TRY-Sport Canada in the new year! Every Friday night at 6pm, we run a Local Charity Class at our Ramsay location, with a $10 drop-in. All proceeds from this class go to a charity that resonates with us. For January through March, we will be donating to Kokua TRY-Sport Canada (KTSC).


KTSC is a 100% non-profit organization that was founded by Kyle Schussler and Andee Scaife in 2015. KTSC addresses the current rise in prices required to participate in youth sport in North America. The implementation of this organization will allow underprivileged adolescents to participate in a variety of sports over a two week period with no out-of-pocket costs to the member. Participants excelling in various sports will have an opportunity to earn scholarships designed to help bridge the gap necessary for the athlete to play their chosen sport on a year-round basis. Instruction in each sport will be provided by Olympic and Professional athletes who have experience in goal setting and can share their extensive knowledge about the activity with the enrolled youths. The instructors will be excellent mentors for the group members and display how setting goals at a young age in combination with practice and determination have allowed them to succeed at their respective sports. Through interaction and instruction with these elite coaches, program members will develop goals of their own and hopefully strive to achieve these objectives in the future.

Kokua Group


Kyle and Andee are excited to have partnered with BBS and we all look forward to making a difference!

Join us every Friday at 6pm at the Ramsay studio. Register online or via the BBS app, as early as one week in advance. 

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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