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Barre Favs: What We're Reading!


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Are you almost finished your summer reading list and not sure which book to pick up next?  Don't worry. Today our barre instructors are giving you lots of recommendations that will satisfy every type of bookworm!

Hunger by Roxanne Gay -  Charlotte, Claire and Emily

Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl - Charlotte and Michelle

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman - Lindsey

The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant - Christy

Hidden by S.A. Watt - Christy

Girl, Wash Your Face By Rachel Hollis - Claire

Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems (trilogy) by Kevin Kwan - Kendra

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - Hannah

Goodnight From London by Jennifer Robson - Kirsten

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling - Hannah and Kirsten

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson - Jill

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero - Marie

This Is Me by Chrissy Metz - Marie

Hey Ladies! The Story of  8 Best Friends, 1 Year and Way, Way Too Many Emails By Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll - Tess

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica - Tess

 


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Healing With Barre: Lauren's Journey

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This guest blog post was written by Lauren Chow.

“Reject the sense of injury, and injury itself disappears” (Marcus Aurelius). If you let an injury define you, your sense of self can be lost. This is my story on how barre has allowed me to become stronger and above my injury so that I don’t have to let it define me.

I think the worst part about my injury is that I had no control over the situation and it was now something that was a part of me. Six years ago back home in Saskatoon on April 12, 2012 (at I kid you not, the stroke of midnight making it Friday the 13th), I was the passenger in a car accident where the vehicle was rear ended, and totalled. I can remember the spinning and thinking we were going to roll. The velocity of the collision went through my body to the point where my tied up sneakers were no longer on my feet. I remember the injuries from hitting my head and knee, and not being able to sit up on my own for days after. I sought out continual care for months following the accident of weekly physiotherapy and massage, but the injury still had such control over my life. While my continual care helped relieve any immediate strain, I still didn’t feel like I was getting any better.

Fast forward a few months, I had just moved to Edmonton and had to figure out how to continue my care in a new city. A co-worker had recommended a massage therapist at a facility near the UofA that specializes in chiropractic care and massage therapy. After a few treatments with her, I trusted her recommendation to begin chiropractic care. I saw immediate benefits from this type of therapy. Combined with massage and the exercises they had given me, I was feeling like I was in control of my injury and my body once again! Although, some activities were still limited for me. I’ve always loved the game of golf, but the twisting nature of that sport would leave me injured, and I’d have to seek out immediate care after a game, and limited how much I played.

I’ve always been interested in physical activity and knew the benefits to staying active, especially for body maintenance and to help reduce the effects of any injury. In terms of workout classes and programs, the closest thing I found enjoyable was Zumba, but sometimes the movements would cause my muscles to pinch and I’d be away from any activity for weeks. I would stay away from things like pilates and yoga because the movements were sometimes too hard on me, and I didn’t feel strong enough to participate in those classes. I was taking a few kinesiology courses at the time and was able to build my own workout program for the gym. Well… I can certainly tell you that I did not have the motivation or the confidence to be there. I saw the benefits of going continually, but I would always get bored of the exercises and would spend more time curating workout playlists than actually working out.

 

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I was in this constant cycle of trying to work out here and there, seeking care when things flared up, and believed this was how I was to take care of myself now. I had been introduced to barre by my sister, Kendra who by this time had begun working the front desk at the studio. My first barre class had my legs feeling like jelly. It made me realize I did not have much body awareness, and I knew I had to take modifications and breaks. While I very much enjoyed the atmosphere of the studio, I mistakenly felt I wasn’t strong enough to participate in this type of exercise. Still in my cycle of ups and downs, Holland Plaza had just opened their doors, and Kendra had told me the studio was looking to hire someone for the front desk. I knew of the amazing community that existed at Barre Body Studio and knew I shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to be a part of it. Soon after being inspired by listening to classes happening while working the front, taking my first few classes with Erin and Lindsey, I was hooked. I saw the strength my body could have, I saw the empowerment of being in a group fitness setting, and I saw my own improvement. I was more in tune with what my body was capable of instead of what my limitations might be.  After a few months of barre, I didn’t have to limit my movements as much, I didn’t have to book a chiro appointment the day after a round of golf. I was strong, I was empowered, and I no longer had to think about my injury before saying yes to a certain activity. The one class I must make note of is the Bangin’ Backside class. I knew the class had a higher intensity than the Fit class, so I always opted for the Fit classes until I felt I could increase intensity. My injuries mainly exist in my lower and upper back muscles, so when I finally signed up for a Backside class, I saw huge improvements in my practice and in my body. This class allowed me to focus on the supporting muscles I needed to work to help maintain my strength. It was in this class that I was able to strengthen my mind-body connection and become so aware of what my body was doing external to my core. This is why Bangin’ Backside is my favourite class to teach. It is where I became in tune with barre, found my strength, and am able to reject the sense of my injuries. Yes, there are still days when my back flares up, but I no longer let that defeat me. I engage in the proper self care of either treatment, rest, maybe a stretch and core class, or taking the modifications in class. I don’t know where I’d be without Barre Body Studio, but because of barre, I am not limited or defined by any injury that may befall me.


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Cooking With Erin! Easy Lentil Quesadillas

 

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Today we continue our Cooking With! series with Erin's delicious and filling lentil quesadillas. These are super high in protein and iron, which will give you lots of energy later on to tackle those cardio bursts in class!

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Ingredients:

For the sauce:

1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes

1/2 a yellow onion

1/2 cup of carrots

1/2 cup of yellow pepper

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 1/2 tsp cumin

2 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp oil

For the quesadilla:

1 cup uncooked lentils, rinsed

1 cup uncooked quinoa (or brown rice)

2 1/2 cups vegetable broth

8 (or more) flour tortillas

3-4 cups shredded cheddar cheese or mozarella

a few tbsp of butter (optional)

 

Directions:

1. Sauce: Blend all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor until mostly smooth.

2. Filling: Place the quinoa (or rice), lentils, sauce and broth in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-7 hours until soft. OR. like Erin did here, cook in a big pot on the stove, on medium heat, for about 40 minutes.

3. Assemble: Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Layer the following: tortilla, 1/4 cup of cheese, 1/2 cup filling, 1/4 cup of cheese, tortilla. Spread the outsides of the tortillas with butter and fry on each side for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes. Cut and serve with your choice of topping. (Erin likes sour cream.)

 

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 This recipe is baby approved!

For Tess's Raw Pad Thai recipe, click here.

For Charlotte's Super Green Smoothie Bowl, click here.

And for Erika's Watermelon Salad click here.


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Barre Beats July 2018

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We are in the midst of July and along with enjoying the sunny days, warm weather and trips to the lake we are loving these summer jams our instructors have been playing in class and in their cars! Below are the songs you'll definitely want to add to your summer soundtrack!

I Like It - Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin

Born to be Yours - Kyogo & Imagine Dragons

Back to You - Selena Gomez

When We Were Young - Lost Kings ft. Norma Jean Martine

SoulMate - Justin Timberlake

One Kiss - Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa

Inhale - Duke Dumont

Move to Miami - Enrique Iglesias ft, Pitbull

Post Malone - Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ign

Your Love - David Guetta & Showtek

Meant to Be - Baby Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line

High Hopes - Panic at the Disco

Girls - Rita Ora ft. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX 


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Cooking With Erika! A Flavorful Watermelon Salad

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Looking for a cool and savory summer appetizer that will satisfy all of your taste buds? Well look no further! Today we're continuing our "Cooking With!" series with Erika's Flavorful Watermelon Salad!

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You will need fresh mint for this recipe. Erika got it from her very own garden but you can get it at the grocery store as well.

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INGREDIENTS

- 1 small, seedless watermelon
- A small container of feta cheese, or goats milk feta
- 3-4 sprigs of fresh mint
- 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar glaze OR you can make balsamic vinaigrette by combining 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and whisking together
- Salt and pepper to taste 

DIRECTIONS

1. Chop up the watermelon into cubes and place in bowl
2. Chop up the feta cheese into cubes and add to bowl
3. Rinse and clean the mint leaves
4. With scissors or a knife, cut up the mint leaves, add to the rest of the ingredients
5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
6. Pour the balsamic glaze on top
7.  Mix well

***Feel free to add more salt and pepper and/or more balsamic glaze, to your liking.

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If you're wondering if it tastes as good as it looks IT DOES!!

For Tess's Raw Pad Thai recipe, click here.

For Charlotte's Super Green Smoothie Bowl, click here.

 

 


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BBS Hall Of Fame: Resa

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Meet Resa - a lady whose sense of humour keeps us smiling at our studios, and who just can't help but to be herself. Resa has over 125 classes under her belt, and has overcome some major hurdles in terms of her physical health, always returning back to us at BBS. Keep reading to learn more about this bad-ass babe!

Why do you barre so hard?
At first it was driven by vanity. I was in my late 40's, in menopause, and the changes were coming fast and furious...my skin was melting off like a waterfall, and I grew an impressive udder seemingly overnight. I started Barre and I saw improvements, some in just weeks. I felt really good, proactive, and strong; I loved the community I was tapping into, and it was the first form of fitness I have bonded with successfully. Later, barre became about my health; I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and had a hysterectomy within 4 months of each other. Being a barre babe already, helped my recovery from surgery go smoother, helped with pelvic floor recovery, and has improved core function and balance to hopefully help me avoid future falls so I can rock this whole aging thing on my own two feet. Also, I get to legitimately wear lulu sausage casing and feel sassy with all the other gorgeous women in my classes. They inspire me: all ages, all types, all stages of life. Don't get me started on the barre tenders... wonderful, passionate, compassionate cheerleaders. Everyone needs one in their court. <3
 
How has barre impacted you? 
Barre was a game changer. It has improved my balance, strength, flexibility, bum (I have flat bum phobia)... and an unforeseen bonus was that I have actually made some wonderful friends there. Barre has enhanced my body awareness, inspired me to eat better, and to strive for the best me possible. I now walk up to total strangers and complement their bums, backs... efforts... where else can you do that without a restraining order slapped on you? For real!
 
How did you get introduced to barre? 
A lovely woman that I work with, April, goes... I asked her what she does to get so disgustingly fit, and she dragged me to my first class. 
 
What keeps you motivated and coming back to barre? 
The gains I have achieved... my health... touching my bum and giggling... the ladies I see there, my favourite barre tenders (you know who you are), the encouragement I receive, and sweating to music without the pain and humiliation of "jazzercise"!
 
Other than barre, what other activities do you do? 
I have added weight training into the mix for bone density, and take the stairs at work (500-700 a day). I also love dancing but this usually means I am in my kitchen terrorizing my family with my hot moves.
 
Tell us something we don't know about you?
I am older than dust, have 4 children, and am addicted to high-end skin care and cosmetics. Also, I still have all my own teeth! 
 
What is your favourite way to treat yourself? 
I avoid all household responsibilities, and unknowingly purchase the same shade of lipstick over and over again thinking it's different. I know I can't be the only one who does this...
 
What is your favourite quote?
"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen" ~ BrenéBrown
"I don't give a damn about my bad reputation" ~ Joan Jett
 
What is your favourite book/movie/TV show of all time?
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
 
What is your favourite barre move?
Okay... don't hate me, but I actually love side-lines, and glute-bridges using the bar :D


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