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Barre Body Fit


This class is taught by:

Kirsten Tullis

Name: Kirsten Tullis
 
Hometown: Durban, South Africa

Why do you barre so hard?
I barre so hard for the results. I love the endorphins and the positive attitude I leave the class with. I love what barre has done to my body. I love the fact I need to go out and buy a bigger pair of jeans to fit my butt, and a smaller top to fit my waist.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring with you?
Sun cream, a great book, rum and coke in a giant cooler.

Michelle Shewchuk

Name: Michelle Shewchuk

Why do you barre so hard?
I barre so hard for the burn, the booty, the beats and the babes! I love feeling my body working hard, so the fact that barre can get my muscles burning & shaking in minutes is addicting. The results are incredible; it definitely keeps my body in shape and always feeling strong. I love the music and energy in each class and I always look forward to being around the inspiring instructors & clients.

Tell us something we don’t know about you!
I was a figure skater for most of my life up until my second year of University – I did singles skating as well as synchronized skating.

Jill Blaney

Name: Jill 
 
Hometown: Edmonton
 
Describe the BBS Tribe?
Four words: The best thing ever! I love going into the studio and seeing both the clients and instructors because everyone is so welcoming and inspiring – seriously! Walking into the studio is like an instant good mood booster. I'll take a cup o' it all day, every day!
 
What are your guilty pleasures?
Miss Vickie's Sweet Chili and Sour Cream chips, Hawkins cheezies and Reese's peanut butter cups. In an ideal world I'd eat the chips for breakfast, cheezies for lunch and peanut butter cups for dinner. Somedays, it's an ideal world.
 

Kendra Chow

Name: Kendra Chow

Why do you barre so hard?
Because why not? I’ve always been a very ‘Challenge Accepted!’ kind of gal, and I love barre for the physical, mental, and endurance challenges it provides. Barre is
stimulating in so many ways! It brought me back to my dancer body and mind, and it
feels so good to be in a position of pursuit again.

What is your favourite quote?
"Though her manner varied ... her determination never did." - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"If not me, who? If not now, when?" - Emma Watson, addressing the UN General Assembly for HeForShe

Julia Johnson

Name: Julia Johnson

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
I love barre because it is a well rounded workout with physical and mental benefits. Coming from a dance background, I was really missing a workout that challenged me both mentally and physically in the way that dance did. I find that barre works similar muscles and requires an awareness of the body like a ballet class helping you to find that mind-body connection and stay present in your workout.

What keeps you inspired and motivated?
I am inspired and motivated by the amazing community of barrestars that show up to the studio every day. Everyone (clients and staff) is so welcoming and coming to barre is an instant mood booster.
 

Mary Jo Liew

Name: Mary Jo Liew

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
Having danced growing up I missed the studio vibe and classical movements of ballet when working out. I have always made a point of being active but getting to the gym sometimes felt like a chore. The combination of dance, pilates and yoga inspired moves set to upbeat music is the perfect balance between form, function and fun. The workout is low impact yet effective and I know if I am a little sore the next day I have had a good workout. Exercising isn’t a chore anymore and look forward to the days when I can hit the studio.

Enjoy the little things – what little things make you smile?
My little guy Jack. He is always full of smiles and makes me laugh all the time. Watching him grow is the best thing ever. I also have a dog named Charlie. He is a black Goldendoodle, otherwise known as the happiest furry teddy bear around.

Carla McNeil

Name: Carla
 


Hometown: Edmonton, AB
 
Why do you barre so hard? 
 

It’s an alternative to the gym that’s structured but is varied enough
that it never feels routine. It’s a full body workout that really targets
and tones the smaller areas of your body you don’t usually exercise.
 
What is your favorite post workout snack?
 
Always down for a smoothie loaded with lots of fruit and greens or
dates with almond butter and coconut

Kristin G Gibson

Name: Kristin Gibson

Hometown: Castor, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
Barre makes me feel strong, clears my head and gives me the energy to keep up with my busy 3 year old.

What is a secret talent of yours?
I can touch my tongue to my nose. I also bake, knit, embroider, and do paper cut illustrations.

Jessica Baudin-Griffin

Name: Jessica
 
Hometown: Edmonton, AB
 
Why do you barre so hard?

 

I love barre because it continues to challenge me! I love how each week I feel stronger and can barre harder than the last, but I also can always challenge myself to be stronger, hold longer, sink deeper. I love that it is a mental practice just as much as a physical workout. When I’m at barre I can’t worry about my day to day stresses, I can only focus on myself, in the moment. I find that very meditative.

 

What is your favourite quote?

 

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it about learning to dance in the rain!

Jaime Turnbull

Name: Jaime Turnbull

Hometown: Fort McMurray, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
I love barre because it is an energizing workout that never feels “routine” since and every class is slightly different. It also never gets to be too easy – the stronger you get, the more you can challenge your body. Each instructor brings their own personal flare to the class which makes it even more fun! I have noticed great improvement in my balance, flexibility*, and strength since I started. *I am still very inflexible…just MORE flexible than before.

Favourite way to treat yourself?
If I really need to unwind there is nothing better than a glass of wine, a good book, and a warm bubble bath.

Sarah Wright

Name: Sarah
 

Hometown: Edmonton, AB
 
Why do you barre so hard? 

 

I love barre simply because it is SO much fun! I started ballet at 2 ½ and
being at the barre takes me back to the fun days of dancing at the studio! The
energy at the studio is always addicting and I love how each class is different
and challenging.

 

If you had to choose 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

 


Compassionate, Attentive, & Fiery (I’m a ginger!)

 

Elissa Jamieson

Name: Elissa Jamieson

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
I love barre because it makes me feel strong and pretty! Plus it keeps my body in great shape. 

What is your guilty pleasure?
Popcorn! I could eat a bowl of popcorn everynight. My favorite toppings right now are olive oil, sea salt and dill.


Megan Clark

Name: Megan Clark

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
To feel strong and healthy. Barre has totally changed my life! I love the ladies I work with everyday, the community we have built and of course that burn that only barre delivers.

What is the best “side effect” you have noticed from barre?
Strength and endurance! I am constantly amazed at my ability with new activities and workouts.

Emily Fleming

Name: Emily 
 

Hometown: Devon, AB
 
Why do you barre so hard?
 
I barre so hard because no matter how many classes I come to, I can
never predict what the instructor is going to bring, and I can always find
something in my form, or my effort that needs improvement. I also love
barre because of the community. The clients, and the staff are second to 
none, and the studio has definitely become a place of comfort and solace
in my crazy life.
 
 Favorite way to treat yourself?
 
Lush bath bombs with a bottle sized glass of wine
 

Erika Persson

Name: Erika Persson
 
Hometown: Morinville, AB

Why do you barre so hard?
I love barre because of that sweet burn that I have a love hate relationship with and the great workout environment. The music and energy the
barrestars bring to each class keeps me a barre addict for life :)


What is your guilty pleasure?
Reality TV – from So You Think You Can Dance to the Bachelor and all that comes in between – I love it and set my PVR to record when I’m away.
One-hour of strength and flexibility training choreographed to music while incorporating the use of a ballet barre. A more basic approach to Barre Body Fit classes but equally as challenging.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Nov 25 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kirsten Tullis
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sat Nov 25 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Michelle Shewchuk
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Sat Nov 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Jill Blaney
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sun Nov 26 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Kendra Chow
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sun Nov 26 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Julia Johnson
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Sun Nov 26 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Mary Jo Liew
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Sun Nov 26 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Carla McNeil
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon Nov 27 6:00 am - 6:45 am with Christy Wells
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon Nov 27 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Kristin G Gibson
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon Nov 27 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jessica Baudin-Griffin
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon Nov 27 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Michelle Shewchuk
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon Nov 27 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm with Jaime Turnbull
    at Holland Plaza SOAR Bounce Fitness
  • Mon Nov 27 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Jill Blaney
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Mon Nov 27 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm with Sarah Wright
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Tue Nov 28 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Elissa Jamieson
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Tue Nov 28 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Megan Clark
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Tue Nov 28 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Emily Fleming
    at Whitemud Crossing
  • Wed Nov 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Erika Persson
    at Whitemud Crossing