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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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6:22 pm

The Other Bar

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We're all about that work work work work work at the barre, but you know that we play just as hard once class is through! After a killer barre burn, there's no better way to unwind than sitting in the sun with a summer cocktail! And the best part is that after a couple hundred pulses, you have certainly earned it.

We thought we'd share with you some of our absolute favourite summer drink recipes. Trust us, this barre isn’t the only bar that your tenders know their way around. So next time you’re looking to sit back in the sunshine, give one of these recipes a go!

PS. Everything tastes just a little bit better with an umbrella ;)

"Healthy" Spritzer 
4 oz white wine 
3 oz club soda 
Ice and a squeeze of fresh lime!

Rosé … all day 
No recipe needed ;)

Raspberry Mojito

1-2 oz vodka 
Sparkling water

Mint 
Frozen raspberries   
Lots of lime 

Short + Sweet
1 oz ice lychee flavoured liquor  
5 oz champagne or white wine 

A dash of sprite or 7-up
Add fruit if you want to feel fancy

Bulldog 
1 bottle Corona  
1-2 oz tequila 
Lime slush to taste

Mango Margaritas
1-2 oz tequila 
1 oz cointreau or triple sec 
Splash of mango juice 
2 limes, juiced

Splash of orange juice (optional)
Pinch of chilli powder (optional)
Blend or serve over ice 


Shanti  
1/2 beer  
1/2 ginger beer (or ginger ale, sprite, grapefruit juice)

Have your own favourite summer sips? Don’t hold out, we want the deets! Share your recipes with us on social. 

XO
BBS Team

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1:39 pm

You've Got This!

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You're almost halfway there! We see you barre babes showing up. Even when it's sunny, even when it's pouring, even when we know sometimes Netflix & Chill sounds like a much better idea. But you show up and you work hard and you make us proud. We've been seeing your posts on Instagram, watching you share pics and quotes that amp you up. We can't tell you enough just how much this delights us. We love being a part of this challenge with you. We love being included in the goals you set for yourself this summer. We love having you as a member of our #tribe.

With just over 3 weeks left in the BBS Summer Challenge, we are here to cheer you on, encourage you on days when you're just not feeling it and motivate you to pulse just that little bit deeper. We know you can. We know you will. We know you've got this.

Don't forget to check out the BBS Bucket List, just in case you need an extra check mark one of these days.

Here's to the final weeks of the Challenge and, more importantly, here's to you #BBSTribe!

XO
BBS Team

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12:08 pm

Let's Get Outside!

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Big vacations in the summer are always great, however, we also enjoy the simple things in life. Plus, we think that summertime is always well spent in and around our city - the warm weather and pretty YYC days offer up the perfect opportunity to share some laughs and make some memories with family and friends. With that in mind, we have asked a few of your barre tenders what you might find them getting up to during the summer (when they aren’t kicking butt at the barre, of course). With their wisdom, we have made up a list of our absolute favourite activities to do during the summer months! Some things on our list involve venturing out a little bit, while others can literally be done in your own backyard. Here are our BBS favs: summer activities edition!

1.     Swimming in the outdoor pools
2.     Getting out to Vancouver Island and being by the ocean
3.     Gardening!
4.     Waterfall hunting
5.     Canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding on Glenmore reservoir
6.     Boating & wake surfing
7.     Camping (or Glamping) in the mountains
8.     Floating down the Bow or Elbow River
9.     Patios, patios....did we say patios?
10.   Hitting the links - we mean golfing ;)

If you think there's something missing on our list, let us know because we have got to try it! Share your favourite summer activities with us on social. And in the meantime, we'll catch ya at the barre!

XO
Barre Body Studio - Calgary

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2:58 pm

BBS Summer Challenge

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Happy Summer BBS Tribe!

With the first day of this sunny season behind us, we can’t help but think of all the fun we’re going to have this summer. From backyard BBQs to river floats, camping trips and sidewalk chalk masterpieces, we love it all. We know that, with all the fun things planned, working out can sometimes take a back burner during the warmer months. The crew at BBS has put together something fun and motivating that will help keep us all on track. That’s right bellas, it’s challenge time!

Welcome to the BBS Summer Challenge! Running from July 20 to August 31. The challenge is simple: take 20 classes in 6 weeks. 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!

Complete 20 classes in the Challenge time frame and you will be entered into the draw for one of the many sweet prizes we have up for grabs! We don’t want to spoil all the surprises, but let’s just say we’ve heard rumours about a private barre party and a juice cleanse from Cru. Shhh!

Now that you are amped up and ready to take part in the BBS Summer Challenge, what do you have to do? Register now, right here.

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. Let’s take the summer by storm BBS Tribe!

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary

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11:27 am

Summer Werk

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Summer is here and this means one of two things, either the summer sun and short-short season is motivating you to kick that barre booty into high-gear, or maybe you get a little distracted by those summer BBQ’s and patio sips that your workouts get tossed on the backburner. This blog post is for those of us caught in the second group (and lets be real … we have all been there). It is inevitable, fitness motivation fluctuates during the summer months, so we are writing this blog to keep you on point with your barre practice and healthy lifestyle throughout the coming months. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks to keep your fitness motivation at its prime all summer long.

1) Be sure to keep things cool and adjust your body temperature during summer workouts. In any exercise, including barre, your muscles use energy by burning fuels (like fat and carbs), this produces heat. As muscle heat production continues, the blood circulates throughout your body causing an overall internal temperature rise. When things heat up in the summer it is important to maintain a safe internal temperature when working out. Our bodies have natural ways of maintaining this temperature, such as sweating.  But you can also stay cool by wearing light clothing, drinking plenty of water, taking a cool shower or even applying a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil on the back of your neck or at your temples. Oh, and we have AC over here at the barre studio. ;)

2) Find innovative ways to incorporate workouts into your weekly routine that can only be done in the summer. When the sun is shining, let’s make the most of it! Did you know that something as simple as washing your car burns around 200 cal/hour? Getting outside for your summer sweat sesh is the perfect way to switch up your fitness routine and soak up a little sun. PS. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

3) Refuel and Hydrate! This is crazy important during any summer activities! Replenish hydration in your body by drinking plenty of water before, after and during your workout. Also, fill up on fruits and veggies with a high water percentage to keep you full and hydrated. Watermelon and strawberries are 92% water and cucumbers and iceberg lettuce are 96% water, get it in ya!

4) Add the occasional sweat sesh into your summer vacation. Tend to overindulge on your summer vaycay? You’re certainly not alone. Skip the guilt by setting aside time to get the heart rate going while you’re on vacation. Runs, hikes and bikes are a great way to see the city that you’re exploring while burning a few calories. Going somewhere tropical? Take a swim in the ocean, try out stand up paddle boarding or white water rafting! Get creative barre babes!

5) Find your balance. We cannot stress this enough, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important every month of the year but it is all about the balance. Remember that having one too many frozen margaritas on a hot day is not going to throw you off of your health and wellness game entirely. This summer, try to find your balance between work and play to remain healthy and happy. And don’t worry, you can always work off those margaritas at the barre.

We hope that this has inspired your summer fitness and maybe even given you a few new ideas to get active. We will see you at the barre all summer long.

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary 


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9:47 pm

BBS Quick Reads

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A few weeks ago we shared our favourite barre books on the blog. If you liked that, you are sure to LOVE this. We have gathered a list of your BBS barre tenders' favourite magazines that keep them updated on all of the latest health crazes, fitness trends, food innovations, fashion fads and celebrity gossip (you got us … we are so guilty). If you’re looking for your next quick read, we've got you covered! Check out our list:

Dote
Vogue 

In Style 
Lou Lou 
Vice
Branded

Yoga Journal 
Self 

Oxygen
Avenue  

Women's Health 
Clean Eating 

Did your favourite not make the list? Then we want to check them out! Let us know your favourite magazine reads on social media: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary

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4:44 pm

BBS Hits East Village

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Ready to kick your summer fitness into high gear? We've got just what you need! Starting this Thursday, May 5th, and running all the way until the first week of September, Barre Body Studio is holding outdoor barre classes at East Village in the downtown core. Yes, you heard right … your favourite sweat sesh + outside in the YYC sunshine! Oh but it gets better, these classes are absolutely free to attend and open to everyone. Join us every Thursday at noon for an hour of pulses, plies and fresh air! We will be hosting these classes at the East Village Experience Centre, which is just west of the Simmons Building. If you need directions, just ask! Space will be limited so make sure that you arrive early to save a spot. All you need to do is bring your own mat, a water bottle and just show up to have some fun in the sun with us!

XO
Barre Body Studio – Calgary

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