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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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BBS Hall of Fame: Jan

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Meet Jan - a school principal, friendly face, and barre Superstar with well over 500 classes under her belt! Jan began her journey at BBS YEG because she was looking to make herself more physically fit, but ended up developing more confidence and finding a second home in the BBS YEG Tribe. Barre has also helped Jan recover after surgery, and has made her fall in love with a good clam shell series! To learn more about this awesome woman, keep reading!

Why do you barre so hard?

I barre so hard because it feels so good.  I love the variety, I love how good I feel afterwards, and I love the results. I’ve never once gone to a class and thought afterwards “I wish I hadn’t gone today!”

How has barre impacted you?

It has increased my confidence. It’s given me shape that I didn’t have before.  I come to the BBS and it feels like a second home. I started coming to Barre right after my first marriage ended and it gave me a wonderful outlet for all I was feeling.

How did you get introduced to barre?

My massage therapist commented on my “flat Irish a**” (he was joking, because that’s exactly what he has) and I realized I needed to get some shape! His wife comes to Barre so he told me I would love it and he was right!

What keeps you motivated and coming back to barre?

The people!  When I had surgery a couple years ago I was worried that I would get out of the habit of coming by.  I talked with Elissa and Megan and asked them to touch base with me a couple weeks after my surgery to keep me accountable and it worked! I love that when I come to class I see familiar faces and that we are truly a community.

Other than barre, what other activities do you do?

I’m a principal of a big school so I walk a lot.  I treadmill 4 times a week for an hour.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

5 years ago I lost 55 pounds; barre has helped me to keep it off!

What is your favourite way to treat yourself?

I love spa days: facials, pedicure, body wrap, massage!

Popcorn! 

What is your favourite quote?

I have 2:

“Be the change you want to see in the world” - Ghandi

“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle” -Plato

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

My favourite movie is Out of Africa.  It’s beautiful and I like the story of a strong woman making her way in a difficult world!  The Robert Redford hair washing scene is pretty great too! 

What is your favourite barre move?

Definitely the clam shell because I can really feel it work!

 


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BBS Hall of Fame: Jordan

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Meet Jordan - a man who has been coming to barre hard with us since before we were even open! Jordan started coming to class when we held our very first boys at the barre class back in 2013, and has been coming to us ever since. He began his barre journey by discovering the benefits of ballet as an adult, and joined us not long after. Whoever said barre was just for women, right?! Keep reading to find out more about Jordan and his barre journey.

Why do you barre so hard?

I barre for the other benefits in my life. I didn’t take good care of my body when it was new, so I have lots of aches to deal with, but I still like to stay active in my work and my play. Barre helps me with my flexibility, core strength, balance, and proprioception to maximize my performance in other sports. Except for the morning after class, I feel much better for my time at Barre. 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? 

For most of my life, exercise and active living weren’t things I did – they were just things that happened to me. Work was physical, and I’ve always been involved in sports or activities that kept me moving. As I aged, work became more sedentary and I had to put more effort into staying active. By spending time at the Barre, I’ve regained some core strength and flexibility, and I’ve found a fun, positive, and supportive group of people to train with.  

 

How did you get introduced to barre? 

My sister-in-law was a ballet teacher, and she convinced me to take her adult beginner ballet classes. It was fun, and it helped with my flexibility and strength, so I stayed in the class until she moved to Toronto.  When trying to find another ballet class, classes were either way too serious, or the teachers looked at me and announced that the classes were full.  I stumbled onto Barre Body Studio while trying to find a ballet class that would take me.  

 

What keeps you motivated and coming back to barre?

Mostly, it’s because I have fun. The instructors are motivating and entertaining, the music’s good, and in every class I can challenge myself to work a little harder. Even if I come in tired or sore, the instructors bring the energy to pick me up and get me sweating. I see the benefits of regular attendance through strength and stamina, and keeping my body looking good caters to my vanity.

 

Other than barre, what other activities do you do?

My main activity is skiing. I teach skiing and snowboarding for fun, and I plan my winters around making time to ski. The best trips, back country touring, don’t involve ski lifts; instead we glue climbing skins to our skis so we can climb mountains and ski down. Since we aren’t lucky enough to have winter all year, I round out my activities with cycling, horseback riding, walking my dog, and windsurfing.

 

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

For many years, I was a farrier. I took care of horses’ feet, which included trimming their toe nails, making and applying shoes, and managing conformation or lameness problems.  It spins off into the hobbies of blacksmithing and anvil collecting.

 

What is your favourite way to treat yourself? 

There’s something magical about springtime ski touring in a secluded valley in the mountains. Climbing a mountain on a cool but sunny day, without a sound other than the slipping of skins on snow and clicking of boots on skis – not even the birds sing up there – taking in the majesty of the peaks surrounding the group, and finding that perfect slope with light, soft snow to play in for the ski down. Repeat that all day, and finish it with a beer while soaking in the afternoon sun… 

 

What is your favourite barre move?

Do the deep, cleansing breaths at the end of class count? There are some variations on sideline series that I like, targeting the glute med, obliques, and the outer leg. Chair always feels like I’m becoming a better person. 4th position plies build character…


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BBS Hall of Fame: Tiina

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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 


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BBS Hall of Fame: Sonja

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Meet Sonja -  a barre superstar who has over 500 classes under her belt, and not stopping any day soon. Sonja started with us at BBS YEG in October of 2014, and can mostly be found over at our Holland Plaza Studio in the evenings hanging out with us behind the desk or chatting to her tribe. Sonja's energy is so contagious and we love seeing her in the studio every time she comes! Check out her feature below!

Why do you barre so hard?

I love how barre constantly challenges me to get better, whether that’s with increased weights, flexibility or doing advanced positions. Each class and instructor brings their own unique and diverse exercises and I love not knowing or expecting what is next.

That being said, ultimately the community, the tribe, the people and the fun is what keeps me coming back and working hard. It takes the word “work” out of workout (even though I do excessively sweat and work my ass off) and is something I WANT and look forward to doing.

How has barre impacted you?

Three words – booty booty booty! But honestly, this tush has always struggled to get that extra oomph we all crave; even with at minimum two leg days at the gym a week. I started noticing results in that department after the 30 day challenge that got me started at BBS and I am pretty sure my butt has perked up at least two inches. In addition it has also immensely improved my very horrible posture, plus my flexibility (still working on those splits).

Apart from the obvious physical impacts, I have also gained so many incredible life long friendships through the community. People I now talk to on a daily basis, barre or not, who I can’t imagine not having in my life!

How did you get introduced to barre?

A friend who was going to the studio asked me to go. I was hesitant at first as I typically focus on heavy lifting at the gym and therefore thought a “dance” class would not be down my alley (funny stereotype I originally had). Boy was I wrong, because I got my ass whooped and have been addicted ever since.

What keeps you motivated and coming back to barre?

The positive changes I see in my body as well as the inspiring motivating instructors (and now friends). I also pretend I work there, so need to show up for my “shifts” ;) 

Other than barre, what other activities do you do?

I am all about the activities. I go to the gym at lunch every day for weights/cardio, spin, slo-pitch, curl, bowl, rollerblade, wakesurf, run or bike with the love of my life Norman (my fur-child) and wine…..wine counts right?

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

I did not become a Canadian citizen until I was 24 (born in Germany)…. I also have an addiction to almonds, and anyone that knows me knows that is not a joke… I cannot stop eating them.

What is your favourite way to treat yourself?

Traveling the world, listening to music and socializing with my amazing circle of friends (add wine to all of those things of course).

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

This is actually the most difficult question of all. 

Book = Gone Girl (I love twisty dark reads)

Movie = Marley & Me OR anything Brad Pitt (aka. Future hubs)

TV Show = This is Us (I never thought ducks would make me cry so much)


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BBS Hall of Fame: Christalene

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Meet Christalene - a barre superstar who has completed over 540 classes since becoming a BBS member in 2015. You will often see her in a Barre Press class on her lunch break since her employer is located just steps away from the studio. Christalene is a POWERHOUSE and constantly pushes herself every single class. Her drive and dedication is inspiring and we love having her in the studio! Check out her feature below!

Why do you barre so hard?

I have discovered this inner burn to keep pushing myself to new limits. Barre also allows me to escape some of my everyday pressures and focus on me, and making a better me. 

How has barre impacted you? 

Barre has impacted me the most in how I view my physical body. I have transformed my personal thoughts about myself mentally and physically. Plus I have met the most awesome and supportive group of people I am happy to call my tribe!

How did you get introduced to barre?

I was taking a pole dancing course and was really struggling on the core aspects. They taught a barre class at that studio but the class timing was off and that is when I started to look for a studio that worked for me. I couldn’t be more pleased that I can walk over during my lunch hours to escape. 

What keeps you motivated at the barre?

Having small goals. Sometimes it is just to get through that class, other times it is to push myself till the burn and shakes are too much. And then it is bigger things like hitting 700 classes. 

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

I really couldn't imagine my life without barre. This group of ladies has pushed me, helped me, hugged me when I was upset and taught me so much. But the most important thing is that we motivate each other to come. 

Other than barre, do you do any other activities?

Anything outside. I love to walk my dogs, I have a beautiful yard that I love to spend time in and sit and have a glass of wine and enjoy the peace and quite. 

What are your guilty pleasures?

Sweets. I love to eat sugar and it loves my hips. Love/hate relationship really. 

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

1. I use to competitively shoot a handgun. And was in the top 10 female in Alberta. 

2.  I love to quad. The dirtier the better.

3. I have worked at my current employer since I have been 15. 

What is your favorite book?

I love to read business management books. My favorite is probably 'Strengthfinder.'

 

 


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BBS Hall of Fame: Amanda

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Meet Amanda - a barre all-star, who is an absolute pleasure to have in each class. She is a force to be reckoned with, pursuing each move in the class with such grace and tenacity. Amanda isn’t afraid to take on the challenges of class – whether it’s a new cardio move or a new combo movement, she is giving it 100% each time. Amanda’s positive energy each class contributes to the energy that is barre body studio. It is a joy to have Amanda with us each and every time. She is always so welcoming to others in class, to the staff, and is the definition of strength.

 

Why do you barre so hard?

I barre so hard to create balance in my life.
 
How has barre impacted you?

I can honestly say that barre has improved my overall quality of life. Prior to discovering barre I found myself in a physical activity rut. I had no drive or desire to go to the gym like I once use to. The effects of the rut were evident. I had put on weight, had low energy and was irritable. I felt completely suffocated. This went on for several years until I was introduced to barre. I still recall my first class. It was a Barre Press class instructed by Katherine. I intentionally selected the 45-minute class thinking it would be less physically and mentally demanding that the 60-minute classes offered. Katherine quickly proved my theory wrong. I remember thinking it was pure torture. However, a funny twist occurred. Much like others, in a flash I found myself addicted. Barre has improved my over-all health, boosted my self-esteem, and reduced my stress, while bettering my mood and energy levels.

What is your favourite way to treat yourself?

Wine + Netfix + My Bed (dog included) = Bliss

I cannot think of a better way to indulge.

 

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

I am drawn to anything that is wrought with human misery. My all-time favorite book is titled Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. I first read it when I was 19 years old before it was featured by Oprah’s Book Club. I feel inclined to include that detail as I have a strong dislike of Mrs. Winfrey. I was immediately captivated by the dark plot of the book. My goal is to reread it every ten years as my interpretation of the themes changes with age. I just celebrated my 40th birthday this last summer. As such, I am due to pick it up again.

 


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BBS Hall of Fame: Rossana

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Meet Rossana - a barre all-star, well on her way to her 500th class! Rossana has been pulsing, plie-ing, and sweating with us since 2016. She always has such a wonderful presence in the studio from welcoming new-comers, to encouraging her fellow barre-stars before and after class. Every class, Rossana works harder than the last class, and always pushes herself to her next level. We are in such awe of her dedication to her practice, and are always excited to have her beautiful presence in studio!

 

Why do you barre so hard?

I love barre for so many good reasons: It is my happy place. It is a part of my day where I get to have fun and discover what my body is capable of doing. All of the instructors are wonderful, talented people, who do a great job and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into the classes. 
 
How has barre impacted you?

Barre has impacted me in so many ways; my body has improved so much in strength, posture, and stamina. I feel so good after the class even if it looks like I’m going to die. I love the music, and the sense of humour from all of you beautiful people.

How did you get introduced to barre?

I was introduced to barre by my best friend and from day one I felt in love. I can honestly say I’m addicted to Barre!

Enjoy the little things - what little things make you smile?

Seeing bunnies in the fall-winter, looking at the amazing colours in the sky, the full moon… I guess they’re not so little, and smell of freshly made coffee too!

What is your guilty pleasure/pleasures?

Eating a donut, macaroons, and popcorn.

What is your favorite quote?

“Be present. It is the only moment that matters“


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BBS Hall of Fame: Marta

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Meet Marta - a barre superstar, an amazing mom, and one of the sweetest ladies that we know! Not only does Marta bring her friendly attitude and charming smile to the barre, she also brings some major dedication. Marta has been pulsing it out with us since 2014 and gets her workout in almost every, single day! You can often see Marta accompanied by her daughter, Brianne. Not only is the totally mother-daughter goals, but we also praise Marta for being an incredible role model for her daughter. Read more about where Marta fits within the BBS tribe! 


Why do you barre so hard?

Barre has been the only exercise that I have been able to stick with for the last 3 years. I have tried everything with terrible results. I love the feeling I get after I finish a class - energized without the sweat ... I do SOAR for that!!!
 
What does being a part of the BBS tribe mean to you?

The BBS community is a great group of strong and amazing woman (& a few men) that motivate and inspire me to be heathy and get in shape, especially when we do challenges together. They are great support when I need it the most (you know who you are gals.) I also love bonding with my daughter Brianne at barre. Through barre I am able to showing her what it is like to live a healthy lifestyle. You'll see us once in a while at barre or SOAR together. 

 Other than barre, what exercises do you do to stay well-rounded?

I love to go for long walks in the river valley. SOAR classes have become my favorite cardio ever since they were brought to the studio. 

What keeps you inspired and motivated?

I love how the barretenders push me past limits that I didn't even know existed! They keep me motivated to continue to come on a regular basis, especially when I begin to see results ... my “love handles" are finally gone! I also love how I feel stronger than I ever have before. 

Tell us something that we don't know about you?

7 years ago my family and I hiked the Inca trail in MachuPicchu, Peru (where I'm from.) That has to be the hardest thing I have ever done, but it was also the most rewarding thing I have ever done. 

What is your favorite quote?

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde


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BBS Hall of Fame: Simone

If you have not already - meet Simone! She is a dedicated member of our tribe, who shares her passion with the entire community. Simone fell in love with barre instantly and completed 550 classes in just over 1.5 years! Not only will she testify to growing her own strength over the past year and a half, but she is also constantly sharing that strength with the people around her. Her words of encouragement among the BBS tribe and positive attitude in class is exactly what landed her a spot in out BBS Hall of Fame. (Oh yeah, and she makes the best peanut butter cookies ;) ) Check out her feature below! 


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Why do you barre so hard? 

I ‘barre so hard’ because it’s fun and continues to be a challenging workout even after 19 months, with each class often harder than the last! Barre combines my preferred ways to exercise with its integration of Ballet, Yoga, Pilates, and free weights. I really appreciate the class structure that encourages a mind-body connection and the use of all muscular-skeletal (and mental) groups. For me, class time just flies by with the quick succession and smooth flow of the diverse exercises that demand my total concentration. All the instructors are truly dedicated professionals who work hard to create a comfortable and inclusive exercise community, continually motivate the students, and integrate good teaching and coaching strategies. I am impressed by all the instructors’ creativity and smooth choreographic transitions while keeping to 126bpm, as well as their ability in providing helpful cueing while sweating along with the class.  

What does being part of the BBS Tribe mean to you?

I love being surrounded by strong, intelligent and compassionate women (and a few men!) who continually support each other on physical and emotional levels. Small and big accomplishments in the studio are celebrated by both “barretenders” and “barrestars”, and this is really evident in the barre challenges.  It really is a pleasure to be able to attend any class and not have a preference; actually, my favourite instructor is the one who is currently teaching the class I’m attending, and my favourite barre buddies are the ones sweating and working hard beside me!  I cherish the many friendships I have made within the BBS community and hope to continue seeing everyone at the barre for a long time.

How has barre impacted you? 

Wow – so many ways! I would say the first major impact was the realization that although I thought I was fit, barre classes continually pushed me way beyond my usual exercise comfort zone with cardio bursts and attention to proper form. I no longer have a love-hate relationship (which honestly started as a hate-hate thing) with the cardio sections of class; I actually look forward to them and try to regularly attend the Barre, Sweat and Tone classes. The second major impact was to stop ‘cheating’ by using my natural flexibility to not work as hard in the barre moves. I now focus on better form and strength and have eliminated the danger of over-extension and repetitive strain on muscles and joints. I’ve learned to improve my flexibility with dynamic stretching rather than passively staying in poses. Another impact has been a return to the integration of musicality and rhythm to accentuate a fitness regimen, along with a new musical repertoire of appropriate songs to match the specific exercises. And I’m also hungry all the time (in a very positive way) from intensive daily workouts!

What other exercise do you love (in addition to barre) to keep your routine well rounded? 

I was trained in competitive gymnastics, acrobatics, dance and yoga as a teenager and have continued doing daily exercises (morning and night) to maintain flexibility and core strength. I also currently attend adult classical and contemporary ballet classes and have recently added Syntonics: a practice which strives for the elimination of unconscious and dysfunctional muscular and movement habits and the harmonious balancing in the skeletal musculature. Syntonics’ purpose is the recovery of the dynamic ability of the organism to continually respond, adapt and re-create itself in a healthy and functional way.

Tell us something that we don’t know about you! 

I am a Franco-Albertan Anthropologist and I have concentrated my research and interest in the specialized areas of symbolic interaction, performance, communication, pop culture, ritual activities, aesthetics, and ethnomusicology. I taught for almost 30 years at the University of Alberta (mainly the francophone campus) striving to improve teaching and learning experiences, with an interest in student engagement and student empowerment through active learning. 

Other activities include involvement in the francophone community and volunteer stage technical work and stage managing (and musician/performer wrangler) for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival since its origin in 1980, the Uptown Folk Club, Winterfest and Interstellar Rodeo. Along with my family, I am an active supporter, promoter, and patron of local visual arts, music, theatre and contemporary dance.

I am a long-time resident of Edmonton; I have been married for 35 years to local artist Blair Brennan and we have three strong intelligent talented and beautiful daughters – Sophie, Siona and Céline.

What is your favorite post workout snack?

My post workout snack/meal usually includes eggs or dairy or nuts, and vegetables or fruit. As mentioned in the ‘impact’ question, I am always hungry and post workout eating is really important. Because of health reasons (celiac and allergies), I need to follow a strict gluten-free grain-free lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. I find it essential to incorporate protein into every snack and meal, and I try to make vegetables tempting and delicious.

Luckily, I enjoy baking and cooking and have a big garden that provides lots of fresh vegetables. I have adapted favourite recipes and have created a lot of grain-free goodies that I love to share with anyone who also likes cocoa and coconut, dried fruit, nuts and peanuts, yogurt, and especially dark chocolate!

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