Why do you barre so hard?
Kelly - I love that even though it’s a workout I am actually having fun doing it. Even when I think I don’t want to go I am smiling as soon as I walk through the doors. Everyone (plus the music!) is so upbeat and positive and the energy is awesome. I love that every class is different and challenges my strength in different ways. I walk away from each class knowing I’m stronger and have done something amazing for my mind and my body.
Jon - I love the Barre community. The people that come here and the instructors are always so positive and it helps make me want to push myself to the best of my abilities. The variety of the different types of classes as well as the different instructors keeps me working hard. Plus having a great looking butt is a bonus!
What other exercise do you live (in addition to Barre) to keep your routine well rounded?
Kelly - I like to throw one of Shaun T’s Insanity Max:30 or T25 workouts into the mix for a really good cardio or strength challenge. I like the option to use heavier dumbbells and the cardio workouts still kick my butt every time. In the winter months I like to try and go to aquafit once a week for something totally different. I also love the Soar classes at the studio which have definitely helped to build my cardio endurance.
Jon - I love to play team sports and during the summer time I play Ultimate Frisbee with co-workers. I’ve been playing for about 5 years and it’s a great cardio workout since I don’t mind running with a purpose! During the winter time we like to try and swim and do Aquafit with friends.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Kelly - My guilty pleasure is curling up on the couch with some type of junk food and watching low quality TV shows such as: The Real Housewives of the O.C or Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules, Geordie Shore, and Teen Mom. I know there are so many better TV shows I could spend my time watching but I just can’t help but enjoy the “unscripted” drama!
Jon - My guilty pleasure is playing video games. Nothing beats vegging on the couch and playing games for hours on end. I have also been known to watch Geordie Shore with Kelly (and enjoy it). Oh, and thanks to Kelly I am also a “Belieber”
Tell us something that we don’t know about you!
Kelly - I am a total Disney nerd! I love to watch Disney movies and my all-time favorite is The Little Mermaid. We have a house full of various Disney collectibles and my favorite place to vacation is Disney World in Orlando because it’s my happy place! We have been to a Disney theme park every year since 2008 (sometimes twice in the same year) and last year we completed my Disney bucket list item and have visited all the Disney theme parks around the world – Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo!
Jon - I was a competitive swimmer for about 15 years at a provincial level. I started when I was 5 after the swim instructors failed me at the red level for being too short since I couldn’t stand in the shallow end without my head sticking out of the water! I was also a swim coach for about 3 years after I had finished swimming competitively and have taught many of my friends how to swim better.
What made you start doing barre together?
Kelly - My best friend lives in Calgary and she had won a free month pass to the Barre Body Studio there. I was visiting her one weekend in November 2016 and she told me I had to come to class with her because she thought I would love barre. She was right! I loved how much it challenged my strength in a different way. I started the two week unlimited trial in December and was hooked. I had been in need of a change to my fitness routine as home workouts had become repetitive and motivation was getting hard to find. I have dragged Jon to all sorts of group fitness classes in the past (i.e step class, aquafit, bootcamp, Zumba) and figured he might as well give barre a try too since he was struggling just as much as I was in finding motivation to workout. I convinced him to give it a whirl and after his trial period we both ended up with monthly unlimited memberships and you’ll find us at the barre or on the trampolines most days of the week!
Jon - We have done group fitness classes together in the past and enjoy working out together. We started to do at home “Beachbody” workouts but after almost a year of doing them it got repetitive and boring. Kelly had started doing barre and told me that she had seen a few guys there and she told me I should give it a try. I started with a three week unlimited and went as much as I could to maximize my experience and I ended up really enjoying the classes! After the trial period I signed up for a monthly unlimited pass and the rest is history!
How is working out together different than working out separately?
Kelly - I think working out together gives you a lot more motivation to get to a class or get a workout in because you become a team and you aren’t doing it just for yourself. It keeps me more accountable for my actions and choices because they impact my partner. I like working out together because even when there are days we might not be feeling up to it, we can borrow positive vibes and energy from each to get through the workout. I feel this gives you that extra push to challenge yourself and work a little harder each time. It also is just awesome to be able to spend time with my favorite person doing something that is actually good for you and enjoyable at the same time!
Jon - Working out with Kelly gives me more motivation to not only exercise but also to try harder and push myself. I have always found that working out by myself takes a lot of extra mental effort to push myself to do the best that I can since no one was watching me and it was easy to give up.
If you had to choose 3 words to describe each other what would they be and why?
Kelly - Jon is patient, selfless, and laidback. He is the perfect match for my sometimes too “Type A” personality. I often say I am a “realist not a pessimist” but Jon is definitely an optimist. His positive attitude and outlook on everything is inspiring and keeps me striving to live life to the fullest every day. He is a patient listener and is always thinking of how he can take care of or make other people in his life happy and I admire that about him.
Jon - Kelly is motivating, witty and dedicated. She helps keep me on track when I’m feeling extra lazy, either at home or at the gym. She also is very quick witted and can always say something funny or sarcastic without missing a beat which always puts a smile on my face. She is extremely hard working and always puts her whole heart and soul into whatever she’s doing.