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Barre Beats: August

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Want to know what we have been jamming out to all summer long? Check out our windows down, shades on, dancing in the car tracks of August! 

Closer (ft. Halsey) - Chainsmokers 

Let Me Love You (ft. Justin Bieber) - DJ Snake 

The Life - Fifth Harmony 

Cold Water (ft. Justin Bieber & MO) - Major Lazer

One Day / Reckoning Song - Asaf Avidan & The Mojos

Nobody Does It Better - Michael Calfan 

Kill Em With Kindness - Selena Gomez

Marvin Gaye (ft. Megan Trainor) [Boehm Remix] - Charlie Puth 

Fireproof (Embody Remix) - Coleman Hell 

Do You Wanna Come Over? - Britney Spears

In The Name of Love - Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexba

False Alarm - Matoma & Becky Hill 

Body Say - Demi Lovato


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Barre Favs: Barre Arms

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What is the secret to sculpted barre arms? Light weights, repetitive movements and
a tiny range of motion. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to curl 50 lbs
weights to build those muscles up and while those 2 lbs weights may
look like a breeze at first, any barrestar will certainly advise you other wise. Here are your instructors favourite ways to work those barre arms! 

“My favourite barre arm exercise is a toss up between wide rows & tricep kickbacks
(palms up to be specific!)” – Michelle

“The arm series is my most favourite barre series! I could go for 20 minutes just on
arms. If I were to pick one fav it would be wide arm barre push-ups with some low
holds and pulses.” – Lindsey

“My favorite barre arms exercise is anything to do with triceps. I love doing all tricep
exercises! Sometimes I love to add triceps to butt buster for an extra challenge” –
Elissa

“Anyone who's been to a few of my classes knows that I love tricep exercises. I think
my favourite is kickbacks from table top position on the floor...it burns so good! “ –
Charlotte

“I love pushups! I wasn’t able to do a pushup for a long time, but now I can and I love
it. It works the arms and also work the core, building a strong barre body from head
to toe. “ – Kristin

“Any bicep work at shoulder height! You're working so many different muscle groups
at the same time that they always feel like really efficient exercises.” – Kyra

“I love all things Triceps! As much as the triceps make the arms burn they give my
arms definition and reason to pull out all the sleeveless tops in my closet to show off
my efforts.” – Erin

“I love shoulder work so would have to say over head shoulder press with shoulder
taps.” – Erika

“I like tricep pushups on the barre. Changing up the movement patterns helps to
distract from the burn during the exercise, but you will definitely feel it the next day
(in a good way).” – Jamie

“Right now, I love teaching my triceps on the floor. It's a short but effective series in
reverse bridge, it burns those triceps to perfection!” – Kirsten

"I love chest presses while laying on your back! You have to do these ones with the heavy weights, but it burns SO good every time!" - Katarina

What is your favourite arm exercise to bust out in class? Let your barretenders know through any of our social media handles: @barrebodyyeg on insta + twitter or Barre Body Studio on Facebook. 

XO

Barre Body Studio - Edmonton

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Rise + Shine: The Benefits of Early Morning Barre

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Rise and grind barre babes!

I think that every woman at some point has made a futile attempt at becoming a 
“morning person.” Morning productivity sounds great in theory and online articles
suggest that it is an easy habit to develop, but in reality … that morning motivation
quickly falls short as you reach for the snooze button for the 5th time, well
maybe we will try again tomorrow.

Online articles make it sound so simple: open the curtains to wake up to natural
sunlight, set positive intentions for the day, move your alarm clock out of arms
reach. Easy enough, right? WRONG. Granted some people do genuinely love
mornings, some people really thrive in the morning after that double shot of
espresso, but still, a lot of people are walking zombies until at least lunchtime. Today
on the blog, we are sharing ONE single motivation that drives us to hop out of bed in
the morning, bust out the positive attitude and slay the day regardless of which    
“morning person” category you fall into.

Here is how we think about it … mornings are the PRIME TIME to get your workout
in. Multiple studies have proven that those who exercise in the am have a huge
advantage. Here is why:

● Your hormones are flowing just right – In the morning, crucial hormones
that compliment exercise are are naturally circulating at their peak. By
exercising while they are at their high, you are taking full advantage of their
muscle-building/ fat-burning effects. These hormones deplete throughout
the day, so jump on it!

● Your mood will be elevated for the rest of your day – You know that barre
high that has you dancing all the way out of the studio doors, those are
endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that interact with receptors in the
brain to contribute to an energetic mood boost! Get your endorphins flowing
first thing in the morning and you will be glowing all day long!

● Your metabolism will receive a quick boost – Exercising is proven to
boost your metabolism, so by getting it on first thing in the morning, you will
burn more calories throughout the day!

We know that by recognizing the benefits of an early morning sweat sesh, we may
not convert you all to A.M. fitness junkies, however, hopefully you are able to find a
bit more morning motivation to throw on a pot of coffee, grab the grip socks and
head to the barre to a 6am-er! Remember, you don’t need to be a morning person to
take advantage of the early hours … all you have to do is show up. We will meet you
@ the barre early birds!

XO

Barre Body Studio – Edmonton

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#GIRLBOSS - Kristin Gibson Design

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Welcome to our newest series on the BBS Blog: #GirlBoss. In this segment, we will feature the incredible, hard-working entrepreneurs that make up our community. Here we will chat with them about the life of a girl boss, building a business and local connections in YEG. As you know, we love all things local and we love badass women, this feature combines these two loves and showcases all of the amazing brands, businesses and bosses that are a part of our BBS Tribe. 

You know (and love love love) our first spotlight, as she is not only a #GirlBoss but also a #BarreBoss. Kristin is a freelance graphic designer who started up her own business, Kristin Gibson Design, in December of 2014. Read all about what she has to say about the design industry in Edmonton, maintaining a work/life balance as a young entrepreneur and all about the amazing community connections that she has built in the past few years! 


Tell us a little bit about yourself and the field in which you specialize. 

I am a graphic designer who has been in the field for over 10 years. I graduated from the Visual Communication program at MacEwan University, specializing in Design & Illustration. I have worked throughout the field, spending time working in-house at a large company, at a small advertising agency, and at a design studio. I finally decided to strike out on my own at the end of 2014, starting my new year with a new adventure.

How did you get your design business started? 

The great thing about being a designer is that I was always able to do freelance work while I was employed full-time. This allowed me to establish client relationships that were all my own while still having the security of a steady pay cheque. At my last job, I was also blessed with an employer who was incredibly open to how she ran her business and what things cost. She also allowed me to have direct connections with our clients which taught me how to interact with people and sell my work.

As soon as I made the decision to go on my own, I reached out to everyone I could think of within the design community that worked for themselves and might have some insight into what to do to find business. Everyone was so willing to share information and a few even sent business my way which got me through the first tight months.

Maintaining a work/life balance as an entrepreneur is unquestionably a challenging task, especially with a family. How do you make time to run your business, design, teach barre, be a rockstar mom and maintain your own sanity? 

I am terrible at saying no to people, so work/life balance is a bit of a work in progress! I always see the potential and the possibilities in every project that comes my way. I don’t ever want to turn down projects because I have a definite fear of missing out on something amazing. What I am getting better at is pushing for reasonable time frames. What I do takes time, great ideas don’t come overnight, and the clients that really want to work with me respect that and give me the time I need.

I also have a really supportive husband who gives me time to work in the evening while he spends time with our son, so I can work at my best time of day.

Now tell us about your brand, what is it exactly that you specialize in? 

Within the field of design, I specialize in branding design and print design, so posters, brochures, stationery, anything that can be printed, I love to make! I also recently have started designing apps, which is such an interesting expansion on what I already do. Thinking about how an app flows adds an extra level of complexity which I find fascinating.

One thing that we love to follow, specifically through your social media, is the process leading up to the finished product. Can you explain the creative process that you go through to create your work? 

What I think sets me apart as a designer is that everything I create begins with a sketch. Taking the time to draw things out by hand really works out the problems and helps me arrive at more creative and original end products. It also saves me time in the end because I’m not spending hours pushing things around on a computer, waiting for ideas to come!


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What do you love about your job? Share with us the benefits of entrepreneurship and the design industry! 

I love the freedom of my job. I can work wherever and whenever best fits my schedule, which allows me to spend time during the day with my son and work when the ideas hit, versus sitting at a computer from 9-5. The variety in what I do is also amazing. I never am working on the same project twice, all clients are different and they all have different needs within their brand.

Now lets talk community. What connection do you have with the community in Edmonton? What connections do you have with other local businesses? 

The Edmonton community is so supportive when it comes to helping you generate business. If you are good at what you do, word of mouth is the absolute best way to generate business and some of my best clients have come from referrals by other clients I have, who like working with me and have spread the word.

My brand is all about building brands, especially local brands! Designers are the behind the scenes people. You don’t really know who creates the logos unless you go looking or asking. I have created so many logos that can be seen throughout the Edmonton community leaving a lasting legacy I have been able to infuse into my community. I love thinking that I have played a small role in growing our community through the designs I create, helping these business owners grow, and developing their brands.

I work with other local designers, printers, marketing companies, digital developers and so many local businesses are my clients.

Finally, could you speak on the lifestyle that comes with entrepreneurship? Any advice for other #GirlBosses just starting out?
 
My life is… CRAZY! In the past 8 months, my business has grown so much, and I couldn’t be more excited, but it has meant my life is a bit more hectic. I work at odd hours to get my projects done, often working late into the evening when I tend to be the most creative.

I think life as an entrepreneur can be a bit lonely if you don’t have employees or coworkers (which I don’t) so I am very fortunate to be able to teach barre as a way to build a community. Those regular interactions with the other barre beauties has definitely kept me from going stir crazy :)


Contact Information:
website: www.kristingibson.ca
blog: www.kristingibson.ca/blog
facebook: www.facebook.com/kristin.gibson.designer
instagram: @kristingibsondesign
twitter: @kgibsondesign


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