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