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BBS Hall of Fame: Tiina


Meet Tiina -  a relatively new  barre babe whose goal was to complete 63 classes before her 63rd birthday, and guess what? She did it! Tiina’s drive is not only shown in accomplishing her goal, but also in her story. Tiina has had some pretty major obstacles in her fitness journey, and wants to share with others that fitness, and barre more specifically, has helped her recovery immensely. Keep reading to learn more about this month’s Hall of Fame inductee!

Why do you barre so hard?

 I started because I wanted to be in better shape and feel stronger. I keep on because the variety of exercises we do during the class: strength training, stretching, weights works out all the muscles in my body. I really enjoy how Barre is a near-perfect mix of yoga, pilates, ballet training, strength training, balance, and endurance.


How has barre impacted you? 

I have some minor nerve damage to my left leg from a previous back surgery and three-and-a-half years ago I had surgery to have my right knee replaced; Barre has become the next stage of my healing and recovery. Also the instructors are truly amazing as they accommodate my limitations by taking the time to correct my position and show me alternative ways to achieve the same workout.


How did you get introduced to barre? 

My colleague at work, Christalene Lay, is my inspiration and really encouraged me to try it out. 


What keeps you motivated and coming back to barre?

I set myself small goals to reach, so it is attainable, then set more. I love how I feel stronger each time I come and I really notice month-by-month how much strength I've gained and how much more coordinated I am. Just this feeling of personal physical accomplishment keeps me wanting more. Because of Barre I can do many activities longer than I could before without tiring or getting sore, so I can freely romp and play with my Grandlings longer, go on longer hikes, and shovel lots more snow.


Other than barre, what other activities do you do?

 I go birding a lot with my husband so that is great hiking in all seasons, and in the summer I love to garden. This coming summer, because I feel stronger and my balance is better, I'm going to go back to biking that I used to do a lot, before my knee replacement surgery. 


Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I have four wonderful grown children and four amazing grandchildren, my Grandlings who light up my life and my heart.


What is your favourite way to treat yourself? 

Curling up with a glass of wine or beer, a good book, a fuzzy blanket, and a cuddly cat. 


What is your favourite quote? 

      My simple religion is love, respect for others, honesty.   -His Holiness the Dalai Lama

     We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace. - Michael Franti 


Proper Stretching Technique Series #4: Runners Lunge


Today we're continuing our Proper Stretching Technique Series with the Runners Lunge. We perform this stretch at the beginning of every barre class in our warm up and sometimes at the end of class. It's an effective way to stretch the hip flexors and open up the hips. As with every exercise there is a wrong way and a right way to execute Runners Lunge.



MODIFICATION: If you have tight hips and/or cannot reach the floor with your hands, place your hands on your knee instead and keep your spine straight.

As always, if you have any questions about Runners Lunge or any other stretch please ask an instructor!


#WomanCrushWednesday: Anu


Although she's only been working at BBS as a Brand Manager and Front Desk Administrator since September 2017, it feels like Anu has been part of our barre family forever! She is so warm and welcoming to our clients and staff and her fearless attitude inspires us all, which is why she's our #WCW!

Why do you barre so hard?

I barre so hard because I have always had a hate-hate relationship with working out. I grew up dancing, playing soccer, basketball, swimming, and then at the age of 11 I injured my knee and had to quit everything. I was never any good at the sports, but I didn’t want to give up dance because I loved doing it so I kept doing that. Once I began university I had to let go of that too because I no longer had time. During university I dreaded the idea of going to the gym and I would force myself to do at home workouts in my parent’s basement a couple times a week, but I never saw any progress, and self-motivation did not work for me. Back in August I took my first barre class and immediately loved the energy, music, style, and everything about the class. I loved that I was able to feel like I was in a dance class again and that the burn was so good. I remember hurting for five days straight after that class and thinking to myself, yes! I finally found something that I like to do!

How has barre impacted you?

Barre has completely changed how I view fitness. Before starting at BBS I always thought that doing fitness classes or going to a gym was not something that I could do because I’m not the smallest person, so I was in constant fear of being judged due to my own lack of self-confidence. Barre and BBS YEG has made me fearless when it comes to fitness. It has allowed me to be unafraid to do and try new things, and prove to myself that I can and will succeed in whatever I choose to do.

How did you get introduced to barre?

My friend and BBS Tribe member Madi Corry introduced me! I came home from traveling in July and was looking for something to do to fill my time, being jobless at the time haha. Madi mentioned one day over coffee that she goes to barre 2-4 times per week, so I decided to join her for one of Megan’s classes and the burn was so good that I have been coming to class ever since!

What keeps you motivated and coming back to class?

The strength I now feel in my body is unreal! I keep coming back because I feel so much healthier and happier now and I can see and feel my muscles growing again, which I love. I also find that I never get bored of coming to class and each class is a new challenge. Some days are harder than others but feeling that burn is addicting!

I keep coming back too because of all of the amazing women and men (barretenders and clients) that I have become friends with who motivate me to keep pushing myself in class.



What does it mean to you to be a part of the BBS Tribe?

To me it means that I have a safe place where nothing but love and encouragement is shared for one another. If I am having an off day I know that going to class or coming to work will immediately turn that around. Seeing everyone’s smiling faces always brings a huge smile to mine!

Other than barre, what other activities do you do?

I usually go to spin once a week, and boxing 1-2 times per week. Sometimes I take SOAR classes as well.

Tell us 3 things we don’t know about you.

1. My second job is with CBC Edmonton as an ambassador, so if you’re ever out and about at a CBC sponsored event you will most likely see me handing out swag!

2. I’m a bit of a foodie, and I LOVE brunch. My Instagram stories are definitely proof, because I’m one of those people that won’t let you eat your food until I’ve taken a picture of it haha. I love to cook and bake too though, and spend my free time doing that when I’m not at barre of course ;)

3. I love traveling! A year ago I was in Australia and spent five months traveling Australia, South East Asia, and New Zealand. I’ve been to 22 countries so far!

What is your favourite way to treat yourself?

This is so cliché, but honestly a bath, lots of bubbles, wine, and Netflix on my laptop. Ouu and a good face mask!

What is your favourite book, movie and TV show of all time?

Book: To be honest I never really loved to read, and university made me hate it even more, but recently I read The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur and related a lot to it. I definitely recommend it; it hits you right in the feelings for sure.

Movie: The Devil Wears Prada. I love Meryl Streep, and it’s just such an iconic movie.

TV Show: This one’s hard but I’m really into Jane the Virgin, The Mindy Project, and Grey’s Anatomy. I have to be in the right mood to watch Grey’s though because I know I’ll end up crying during EVERY. EPISODE.

Do you have a favourite quote?

I’m not sure if this counts, but I like to live my life by the saying “everything happens for a reason,” something I repeat to myself daily.