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Barre Favs: Barre Body Studio

BarreFavs - BBS

September is all about celebrating you, BBS and the #barrelove. Because it is birthday month here @ Barre Body Studio Edmonton, we are checking in with your barretenders and asked them to reflect on the time they've spent at Barre Body over the past three years. I think that we can all agree that if it wasn't for this group of incredible motivators, BBS just wouldn't be the same! So we want to know what keeps them falling in love over and over and over. Keep reading to find out what it is that makes the BBS so special to them!  

"Well first of all, I still adore barre and the workout itself. It has given me an entirely new confidence and perception about my own body that I have never been able to pull from any other type of workout. Secondly, I love that BBS has created a space for like-minded people to come together and motivate each other, not in a competitive way, but in a way that is uplifting and inviting. And thirdly, has there ever been a tribe with nicer bums? I don't think so." - Katarina  

"Not only is everyone incredibly inviting & encouraging, but also inspiring & motivating. I love that everyone shows up to WORK and give it their all – when you are surrounded by people who are pushing themselves to be their best and have a ‘no quit’ attitude, it inspires others around them to do the same. As we stretch and elevate ourselves personally, we stretch and elevate others around us and the BBS community does it like no other! Everyone shows up willing to push themselves to be their best, and I respect that." - Michelle

"I like that I have the opportunity to get to know all of the people that come through my class, building connections with all of these great girls makes hearing and seeing their successes that much more exciting!" - Katharine 

"My favourite thing with BBS is the community it builds a sense of family, of trust. Even when I say "8 more" the sense of working together towards a new goal and another challenge brings me joy and gives me hope for a brighter tomorrow." - Kirsten 

"There is a lot of to love about BBS but I would say my favourite part is the overall positive atmosphere at the studios. The clients and staff can always brighten my day and everyone is so supportive of each other - it's the best!" - Jaime 

"The community. Even though everyone is working towards individual goals, there's something special about the group of people who have come together in this one place." - Kyra 

"My favourite thing about BBS is the community we have created that support and encourage the wickedly strong, confident and fit barrestars! I love my BBSYEG Tribe!!!" - Erika 

"I love the community that barre inspires. The people that come to barre all have such a positive outlook on things and everyone is constantly excited to see their fellow barre beauties succeed! Outside the studio or in, the barre community is all about pushing everyone to be their best version of themselves. " - Kristin 

Want to share some mad love with your BBS instructors? Get at them through our social media handles: @barrebodyyeg on insta/twitter/snapchat + Barre Body Studio Edmonton on Facebook. 


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#WomanCrushWednesday - Instructor Spotlight: Erika


Describe the BBS Tribe? 

Our BBS Tribe is an amazing group of motivated, strong and
enthusiastic individuals that enjoy getting together to sweat and pulse
it out and achieve that endorphin high from every BBS class. I love my

What keeps you inspired and motivated in your own personal fitness? 

What inspires me most to keep moving forward in my own personal
fitness journey is the feeling I get during and after class. It’s a mix of
strength, calm and energy, and stress reduction. Its what’s keeping me
coming back for more each and every time.

How has barre impacted you?

Barre has impacted me most with respect to my life outside the studio –
I am sleeping better, feeling stronger and motivated to tackle the hard
things life throws at you. This is in addition to the physical changes in
my strength and muscle tone – I have a booty finally after ++ years. 

What is your favorite series to work into your class?

My favorite series to work into class would have to be a cardio choreo
mash up - mixing up a bunch of our classic BBS moves to get that heart
rate up and the sweat flowing.

Tell us something that has happened since your last blog spotlight!

I had the ability to witness excellence in youth sport with my experience
with Team Canada at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in
Lillehammer Norway. Those kids were amazing and so inspiring – do
your best every day and reach for the stars.

Tell us about one of your quirks.

One of my quirks would have to be that I’m a bit (ok maybe a bit more)
OCD and love to have things in order and organized. I also have a
phobia of open stairs.

Describe your own studio style?

My studio style is functional – tights, form fitting tank, grip socks and a
cover up for warm up. I think workouts should be more about the work
and less about the fashion – but that being said – you work out better
when your outfit is on point!


BBS Technique Tips | Glute Bridge

Check this video of BBS YYC instructor, Jaime, breaking down the barre basic: glute bridge. Ideally, you want to keep your knees stacked directly over top of your ankles in this position, however, if you experience any pain through the knees you may need to walk your feet slightly closer or away from your bum. Don't forget that it is essential to keep your ribs closed and core tight in every variation of glute bridge!


#GirlBoss: Jessica Clarke


We see the BBS tribe rocking our favourite True Life Apparel leggings out at the barre all the time, so this month we want to introduce you to the #GirlBoss behind the line, Jessica Clarke. The good cause, the great price and the adorable, yet functional leggings stole our hearts instantly when we met with Jessica about carrying her line in our boutique, so this week we chatted with her all about her brand and the life of a local business owner. Check it out:

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We started off by asking Jess about herself and the brand, True Life Fitness:

Well, not sure where to start! I’m born and raised in Edmonton, although I spent
most of my 20’s living in Vancouver and Whistler. I returned home to Edmonton
almost four years ago when I took a job in medical sales at 3M.
But, anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE being activity and fitness has always
been my passion. You can get me to do just about anything that involves getting
sweaty, so, of course I buy a ton of workout clothes. However, over the last few years,
I have found that my usual well brands are increasing in price and decrease in
quality, so I was tired of paying a fortune for something that was made more for
walking around then a spin class.

True Life Fitness Apparel was born with myself in mind. I would make the samples
and wear them to absolutely everything I did and see how they would hold up and it
worked! I went through a ton of samples before I landed on the fabric combination
that was perfect for the gym but looked cute enough to grab coffee in afterwards.
I also believed that fitness apparel should come in all sizes for all different shapes of
women and affordable to a larger group than just those who are willing (or able) to
spend $100 for leggings. I didn’t want to be just another “legging” company.

One of the most important parts of the business is that we want to support girls
getting involved in sports and fitness all over the world. Here in Edmonton we are
lucky enough to have some access to different kinds of programs and services for
young girls to get involved in but I believe that all girls can benefit from getting
involved in any kind of activity, no matter what it is! For me, growing up as a young
girl was difficult and I struggled with self-esteem and confidence, like some many of
my peers. I gained my own self-worth and confidence in who I was through sports so
I am happy to support other organizations who are providing those types of services
throughout the world. We donate $2 from every purchase to the Women Win
foundation who are extremely activity, all around the globe, in helping young girls
get involved in sports. They have been able to massively impact some much needed

Lastly, all of our products are names after inspirational people in my life. I just
thought this would be a nice “shout out” to just some of the most amazing women
that have all touch my heart in some way or another. You can learn more about them
on our website!


Next we asked her to speak on the life of a #GirlBoss - how she started off, what motivates her and what obstacles she has come across in the process. We also asked her to narrow in specifically on her connection with the fitness community in YEG and share with us her ties all around the world.

I’m not sure I would call myself an Entrepreneur just yet! I have a full time job,
which I enjoy, I am currently just completing my MBA (this year!) and I started an on
line business for fitness apparel. I am also a girlfriend to an amazing, supportive
man, I’m a doggie mommy, friend, daughter and sister. Like many women, I’m many
things but mostly I just want to be a good human. I am realizing that your brand and
who you are intertwined together and your influence can reach hundreds, even
thousands of people. I want the brand to promote a healthy lifestyle, family,
friendship and just pure genuine kindness that is much needed these days.

The Edmonton community has been incredible! I originally had no intention of
selling my product at retail and now we sell in four different studios with more on
the way! The local support has literally blown my mind and I am realizing more and
more that Edmonton’s community is a unique one where everyone really wants to
support each other. I am thankful for my friends at BBS who started the trend in the
city by supporting me from day one! I have also been very fortunate to have created
an online community all over the world, especially in the US, thanks to social media.
I have had some influential girls in the fitness community share their own love for
what I’m doing which has continued to grow my following to over 3200 people (as of
right now) in four months.

I think the last things I’ll add is that starting your own business is fun but not exactly
easy. You are going to make so many mistakes and do dumb things. (At least I have!)
You will always have some people that are constantly doubting you or not
supporting you but you just need to remember that it’s not for everyone. However,
when you walk into a workout class and someone is wearing your leggings, it feels
pretty cool and then you start thinking about the next pair you need to make…

Contact information:
website: www.truelifefitnessapparel.com
instagram: @truelifefitnessapparel



FAQ: Baby Barre


Baby Barre is a post-natal barre class designed to give new moms a dynamic barre workout with their littles close by. This class will not only offer you a fantastic workout, but an activity you and your new baby can enjoy together! Thinking about giving it a shot? We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you to scan through before trying out your new favourite mommy and me fitness class! Take a look: 

What should I expect at a Baby Barre class?
Well other than a fabulous workout structured specifically with new moms in mind ... you can expect the first part of class to be done at the barre and in the center of the room with baby safely nestled into their carrier. The second part of class will be done on the mats with baby incorporated right into the movements! 

What is the age requirement for baby barre classes? 
We recommend the minimum age of baby, for participation in baby barre classes, to be 6 weeks with your Doctors permission for mom to return to exercise. You may continue the program until about 8 months, or whenever you feel that they grow too heavy to carry. 

What should I bring? 
Please bring your own carrier, you may choose to use any clip in carrier that properly supports your little one. Wraps are accepted, but we recommend a carrier. You may also want to bring a small blanket to place on the mat for floor work. Car seats are also permitted in class.

Is baby barre on a drop in basis or a pre-registered class? How do I sign up?
We know that the life of a new momma is hectic, so to accommodate your busy lifestyle, baby barre is done on a drop in basis. You can reserve your spot through your MindBody Connect account or call the studio ahead of time to register for the class. Typically spots are available on a walk in basis as well. 

How much is a class? 
A 5 class package specifically for baby barre classes can be purchased online or in studio for $80 and a single drop in class can be purchased for $20. Please note that baby barre passes do expire 3 months after purchase date.

Is baby barre safe for Diastasis Recti and other postpartum conditions? 
Because baby barre is specifically designed as a post-natal based fitness class, we do modify exercises to maximize safety and comfort for your body after pregnancy. If you do have any concerning health conditions please notify your instructor prior to class, so that we can work together to ensure that you are working within your physical restrictions. Please always talk to your doctor before engaging in any form of physical activity. 

If you have any other questions regarding Baby Barre feel free to reach out to us on Facebook @ Barre Body Studio Edmonton or through email at edmonton@barrebodystudio.com. We cannot wait to meet you and your little one at the barre! 



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