Claire is one of our newer barre instructors whose smile can light up any room and whose voice is so calming in class you don't want her to stop talking! She loves challenging and pushing her students in an encouraging and positive way and this is why Claire is our #WomanCrushWednesday!
How did you get introduced to barre?
I had driven by Whitemud Crossing hundreds of times and mentioned to my Dad that I was interested in giving barre a try. He surprised me with a gift card a few weeks later! (Thanks Dad!)
Why do you barre so hard?
I grew up being very involved in organized team sports but once I stopped playing volleyball it was difficult for me to find something I loved doing to stay active on my own. I hadn’t found a workout or activity that made me feel like coming back until I found Barre Body Studio. The energy of the studio, staff, and clients is contagious and addicting! I saw the changes in my body start a few weeks into coming to class regularly and I was hooked! What do you mean a workout exists that’s fun, challenging, and gives you results? Count me in!
What keeps you motivated and inspired?
I’m inspired by the people I surround myself with. I believe that having a strong “tribe” of women to encourage you, discuss ideas with, and celebrate successes with is priceless.
Favourite barre series?
Blue band squats because when you wake up the next day (or a couple days later) and you’re still sore, you know they’re working!
What is the best “side effect” you have noticed from doing barre?
I’ve experienced back pain as a result of a car accident I was in at 16 and barre is the first physical activity I’ve done that hasn’t aggravated it. It’s amazing that through strengthening my core at barre I’ve been able to virtually eliminate a struggle I’d been dealing with for 10 years.
What do you love about being an instructor?
I love seeing clients getting stronger and challenging themselves more and more each class. Whether it’s sinking lower in a second position or chair, getting their fire feet a tad bit faster, or holding a plank for a couple seconds longer – those are the little wins that I’m SO lucky to share with them.
What other exercise(s) or fitness routines do you participate in?
I’ve recently started running and love Moksha Yoga.
What is your occupation?
I’m the Supply Chain Coordinator for an Ingredient Supplier specializing in Sports Nutrition.
Favourite guilty pleasure?
Red wine and truffle popcorn.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I was born and raised in Edmonton but moved to Ottawa for university without knowing a single person there. Although it was scary at first, it lead me to some of my closest friends and I’m so grateful I took that leap of faith!
Humankind. Be both.