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Barre Menu: Energy Bars

This is one of our favourite grab and go snacks when we are running out the door on the way to barre! We found this gem @ Paleo Grubs, you can find the original link to this recipe and others by clicking here! Store bought energy bars can certainly get pricey, so why not try to make your own! The best thing about this recipe is that they are super easy to make and the perfect healthy option for that sweet tooth of yours. These bars are gluten free and can be made vegan by substituting the chocolate chips for raw cacao nibs. YUM!
  1. 1 cup almonds
  2. 1 cup dried cranberries
  3. 1 cup pitted dates
  4. 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  5. 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to break everything up. Then blend continuously until the ingredients have broken down and start to clump together into a ball.
  2. Using a spatula to scrape down the sides, turn out the mixture onto a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Press into an even square and chill, wrapped, for at least an hour. Cut into desired size of bars, wrapping each bar in plastic wrap to store in the fridge.
Enjoy! Barre Body Studio - Edmonton


Barre Favs: Post Barre Patios


Tis the season for patio drinks! When summer comes around and the sun is out to play, nothing beats chilling on a local outdoor patio with your favourite drink in hand.  And reason #284 why we barre so hard ... So that we can enjoy all of these little summer perks absolutely guilt-free! Sounds great, right!? Next time that you're looking to soak up some sun, check out one of your barretenders favourite patios in Edmonton. Who knows ... maybe you'll even catch one of your BBS instructors out at their fav spot!

"Original Joes in Terwillegar or the upstairs patio at Blackdog on Whyte Ave." - Megan

"JOEY Jasper" - Michelle

"I love any golf course patio during summer. I live right by Jaeger Ridge, so that is my favourite. It is just so pretty!" - Katarina

"Earls" - Elissa

"I really love the patio at Cactus Club on Jasper Ave, and you can sit on it right through the winter! I also have always liked sitting on the Julio’s Barrio patio in the summer, drinking margaritas and eating piles of nachos. " - Kristin

"Joeys in South Common." - Lindsey (obviously.... ;) )

"Patio margaritas and people watching at Julios on whyte ave." - Erin

"Patio season is my favourite season! I would recommend trying the roof-top patio at Craft Beer Market, or the Hotel MacDonald lounge which has a beautiful patio overlooking the river valley." - Jamie

"My favourite YEG Patio happens to be Earls on Jasper Ave - great for people watching and for my fav blended Mojito!" - Erika

"I love me a good roof-top bar, and Craft Beer Market has a great roof patio! Day-drinks on a Whyte Ave patio is always fun too." - Kendra

"MKT. Gluten free for life." - Katharine

"The rooftop patio at O2's on Whyte Ave!" - Rae

Do you have a local gem? We want to hear about your favourite #YEG spots for sun, eats and cocktails! Let us know where its at on twitter + insta: @barrebodyyeg or facebook: Barre Body Studio Edmonton.


Barre Beats: April


Oh oh ooooh, the weather is heating up and you know what that means, it is time to break out the summer soundtrack. You got it, it is officially time to cruise with the windows down and blast your favourite summer jams. This week we are sharing the best beats that the April music scene has to offer. Check them out:

One Dance (ft. WizKid & Kyla) - Drake

If It Ain't Love - Jason Derulo

Never Forget You - Zara Larsson & MNEK

Now That I've Found You (ft. John & Michel) - Martin Garrix

Powerful (ft. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley) - Major Lazer

Me & The Rhythm - Selena Gomez

Work From Home - Fifth Harmony

Paradise (Radio Edit) - Benny Benassi & Chris Brown

Champagne Problems - Nick Jonas

Can't Go Home (ft. Adam Lambert) - Steve Aoki & Felix Jaehn

Piece of Me - MK & Becky Hill

No Broken Hearts (ft. Nicki Minaj) - Bebe Rexha

Don't Let Me Down (ft. Daya) - The Chainsmokers

Work (ft Drake) [R3hab Extended Remix] - Rihanna

That is all for this month barre beauties, now go out and enjoy the sunshine. We will see you @ the barre! XO Barre Body Studio - Edmonton


Redefining Barre Body Challenge

Challenge_3-768x768Hey barre body, we are so excited to introduce our latest challenge that is all about YOUR barre body! We are dedicating the month of May to positive body image, self-love and owning the barre body that you have worked so hard for. And what better way to do that than 31 days dedicated to your barre practice!? We are thilled to host the 'Redefining Barre Body' challenge taking place from May 1st-31th. Complete 20 classes in 31 days with intentions to create healthy habits, embrace your strength, promote your mental health and find the confidence to love your very own barre body!

While we are on the topic, lets chat about the BBS YEG's challenge philosophy and why we do what we do. Our number one goal with each challenge is to create the opportunity for our barrestars to feel good, feel proud and feel strong. We think that the feeling of personal accomplishment during and after a successful fitness challenge is really like no other! This is always the driving motivation behind each and every challenge that we create for you. We refrain from taking before and after measurements, weight records and pictures because while we know that losing a few pounds may feel great, the journey is worth far more than that. We also refrain from doing 30 in 30 challenges because we want to set our barrestars up with healthy habits and a sustainable lifestyle, not one that is going to fade quickly after the challenge is up. We are firm believers in moderation and this is what we hope to bring forward with each of our challenges.

So before this challenge commences, we want you to take a step back and self-reflect. Think of goals for the upcoming month that extend beyond just the physical. Do not depend on the number on a scale or a size of your favourite pair of jeans to determine your self worth. Lets think: bigger picture! How do you want to feel, what healthy habits do you want to establish, and what does a barre body really mean to you? Write these down and keep them with you to motivate and inspire you all month long.

Also, this challenge is extra special to us because we are staying socially connect with you every step of the way through our online media sources. Follow along on the BBS blog during the first week of May to kickstart your month of motivation and transformation. We will be sharing with you what a 'barre body' means to us, our instructors and our community members. We hope that this will give you the grounds to determine your own unique definition of what a 'barre body' means to you.

Healthy habits, positive body image and a whole lot of barre love - all good things, right? We think so too - lets get it started! Sign up for this challenge through your MindBody connect account, you can find it listed on any day in the month of May. This challenge is absolutely free to participate in, just use the passes that you already have on your account. If you aren't a member and you want to join in on the challenge, a month unlimited pass can be purchased for $150 either online or in studio.

Be sure to stay connected with us and the rest of your BBS community throughout the next month. Feel free to share your challenges, your successes and every moment in between. This one is for you BBS, and your beautiful barre body!

Barre Body Studio - Edmonton


#WomanCrushWednesday - Instructor Spotlight: Kendra

Why do you barre so hard? Because why not? I’ve always been a very ‘Challenge Accepted!’ kind of gal, and I IMG_3383-683x1024 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.

Any advice for the barre stars in your class? Set attainable goals, keep going, and ask lots of questions. When I started barre I could barely do a chair pose, and now I love to just sit right back and do a hip dance! Keep going, and you’ll find the physical and inner strength to do things you didn’t think you could do before. And ask questions: it’s an opportunity to improve your practice even in the subtlest of ways. Barre tenders are also very passionate about barre, and we love to offer guidance where we can.

What other exercise do you love (in addition to barre) to keep your routine well rounded? Golfing. Walk or ride, rain or shine: I love that game. I’ve always enjoyed challenging sports that involve elements of elegance and strength, and golf is the perfect intersection. My dad put my sister and I in lessons when we were kids, and I still can’t get enough of it!

What is the best “side effect” you have noticed from barre? Physically: an increase in lean body mass. I’m back to my long, lean, and strong ballet body—but now it’s a Barre Body! Outside of that, I have also found myself surrounded by a community of determined and capable leading ladies. It’s a constant reminder that as women: yes we can, and: why not me? Empowered women empower women—let’s keep that cycle going.

IMG_3452-768x512What 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

What could we find you jamming out to when you're not teaching? Metric, Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson ... and One Direction. I love One Direction.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring with you? My sister, Lauren. We're the ultimate dynamic duo, so we could solve anything - including getting off that island (if we wanted to).



Barre Body + Fitbit


Fitbits are the latest fitness craze and we are on board with this one! 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 class? Today on the blog we are talking all things Fitbit and how you can sync it with your MindBody Connect account to see what is really going on in your barre classes.

Heart rate: If you have a charge HR you are probably obsessed with the heart rate feature and seeing the rise and fall during each class. Both your resting and active heart rate is dependent on age, sex, activity level and overall heath; therefore, they are a little different for every person. If you want a rough estimate of where your own target heart rate should be around, Live Strong has a great calculator on their website. Because your barre fit class is not centered 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/ 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!

Because your Fitbit is not pre-programmed to pick up on barre classes make sure to set the workout at the start of your class so that it is synced to your phone after completion. We also love the new feature of MindBody Connect that allows you to sync your Fitbit information with you MBC account. If you haven’t set that up yet, click here to find out how!

Barre Body Studio - Edmonton