12:57 pm

Joan JUST Crushed her 1,000 Class!

Joan...always smiling, always rooting for the newbie, the first-timer, her fellow barre-stars and instructors alike. Joan embodies all things BBS and for the past 5 years has been a friendly, smiling face to so many participants in and around our studios and community. We caught up with Joan on how BBS has played a role in her life...

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How has barre impacted your life?

J.S. 'So much more strength, and less aversion to cardio. With the onset of a bit of, ahem, old people problems, like osteoarthritis and bursitis, I am so glad to have barre. Barre gives me the determination to keep moving. The alternative is NOT an option.'

What is your favourite thing about attending Barre Body Studio classes?

J.S. 'Easily the enthusiasm and encouragement of each and every barre tender.'

How would you describe the community at BBS?

J.S. ‘So many great people. I don't have time to socialize much outside of class, but I always share a few laughs before and after class with  so many of my classmates. I try not to talk in class, but I grunt and moan and smile through gritted teeth. I hope it is not a distraction.'

What has the workout meant to you over the past 5 years. 

J.S. 'Well, for starters, it is the first time in my life I have been able to really get my money's worth from a fitness membership. Just think, an average of about 200 classes per year! And like I said recently, when I am away from the studio, everything looks like a barre.'

J.S. 'Watch out! I am retiring before the end of 2018 and might have time for two classes a day! (if there is space of course).'

 

We’ll make room for you Joan - congratulations and happy retirement! 

 

xo - BBS Team

 


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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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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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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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11:12 pm

Happy Birthday Bow Trail!

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Officially one year ago today we rocked the YYC fitness game as we opened our doors to our second Barre Body Studio location, BBS Bow Trail. This space has given a home to countless pulses, limitless laughs and a fresh place for our barre stars to push the limits – and we think that this calls for celebrations! To thank our barre stars for giving life to our second home at BBS Bow Trail we are rolling out the sales! For this week only, from Sunday, June 5th to Saturday, June 11th, we are thrilled to be offering up some sweet deals that will be available at both BBS locations:

1. All BBS apparel & accessories are 20% off!* 
2. Sign up for our unlimited monthly membership for only $125/month!
3. Pick up a 10 or 20 class card and receive 10% off!
*This promo does not include HEMM apparel and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Jump on these deals either in studio or through your MindBody account!

We are forever grateful to each and every one of you that passes through our BBS Bow Trail studio and leaves it all at the barre. Your dedication and commitment to your own fitness journey and personal wellbeing, sets the barre (pun always intended) high for our entire community. With the high spirits of barre stars + barre tenders alike, let’s keep the momentum going into a strong second year of our little home away from home. We heart you Bow Trail!

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary

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