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Join Barre Fitness and Workout to Conquer Cancer



We are on a mission to conquer cancer. 

On April 2, 2016, Ella Jotie, Co-Founder & Creator of Barre Fitness will be returning as an official Ambassador and Guest Instructor of “Rock Your Core - Barre Fitness Style”!

The award winning  Barre Stars Team be participating in this day-long fitness fundraising event that will have us lunging, squatting and downward dogging with hundreds of others who have committed to making a serious impact in the effort to conquer cancer.

Many of us at Barre Fitness have witnessed first hand the devastating effects of cancer. We are dedicating this day to our family, friends and loved ones who’ve lost their battle and those that continue to fight to conquer the disease. 

Please consider making a donation to our team and making a difference in the lives of over 24,000 British Columbians who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Better yet… JOIN OUR CREW!!!

Calling all BFFS - Barre Fitness friends, family and CLIENTS… 

CLICK HERE to join us and take on the challenge and Workout to Conquer Cancer as we fundraise and train together for this important cause. 

Thank you for helping us Workout to Conquer Cancer.

See you at the barre!

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Healthy Salad Recipes to Kick Off 2016!

We've asked our expert Health and Wellness Barre BFF's for their fave healthy salad recipes to contribute to the Clean Eating portion of our New Year New You Challenge!  Choose whole, fresh food and eliminate processed food from your daily regime + swap out one meal a day for any one of these healthy and delicious salads to get you on track to a new and improved you in 2016. 

Meet Our Team of Health and Wellness Barre BFFs Here!

Click through for Healthy Salad Recipes!

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Monthly Music: Holiday Playlist

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In addition to blogging for Barre, I (Christine McAvoy) also photograph and write for a local music blog called 3am Revelations.

We JUST yesterday put out a Holiday playlist of Vancouver and Canadian musicians festive songs. From traditional Christmas songs, to original tunes, the list is sure to fill your home with holiday spirit.

Click the image above, or HERE, to hear the playlist, and comment below with what YOUR favourite winter tunes are!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Scallops & Fennel Salad

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

I went looking for a salad to put some fresh scallops in, and found this really interesting one (click for source) that had both grapefruit and fennel (also grown this time of year) in it, and it ended up being pretty darn good. Hit of citrus, warmth from the scallops, and a taste of fennel in every other bite. Definitely unique!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
There are lots of varieties of shellfish (esp in BC) that never go out of season as they can be grown all year, including scallops! It's nice to have a sustainable (make sure to get Ocean Wise/certified fish!) protein, grown close to home, that just happens to also be very tasty.

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - "Cheesy" Baked Fennel

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

Side dishes. Things that you want to be tasty, don't take too much cooking time, and taste great. Helps if they're healthy too! This Baked Fennel dish is great and goes with poultry, fish, pork, you name it. It's also super delicious on it's own!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
I found a few of these recipes on the internet that dealt with parmesan, and while I love me some cheese, I wanted to keep it light and healthy, so I used nutritional yeast instead! Nutritional yeast is veg/vegan (make sure you get the right brand!), and packed with...you guessed it...nutrition! Specifically: "B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It’s low in fat, is gluten-free and contains no added sugars or preservatives." [Source] - if you've never cooked with it before, this is an easy recipe to try it out with. The baked fennel tastes incredible on it's own, so this is a nice little addition with a lot of benefits!

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NEW Power Butt Moves Workout | Barre Fitness Online Video



We’re finishing off our first ever series of FREE Barre Fitness online workout videos, the way we do each class in studio… Power Butt Moves!

Our Power Butt Moves Workout is a killer routine that targets the glutes, hamstrings, inner/outer thighs and core! This intense lower body shaping workout will lift and tone your booty, burn calories and is a staple in-studio exercise to get that coveted Barre Butt! 

3 Power Butt Workout Tips:

1. AMP IT UP! Combine this workout with our At The Barre Workout on our YouTube channel - https://youtu.be/nMuKLilGzNU

2. STAY CORE FOCUSED!  Keep your core engaged throughout the workout. This will keep your hips in alignment and help you lift your booty high!

3. BREATHE! Take strong deep breathes to carry you through each move. Exhale as you press your hips up, find your edge and let your breath help you push through the barre burn! 




Are you participating in the Back to Barre Fitness Challenge?
CLICK HERE and post a comment below to receive a bonus check mark on the challenge board at your local studio!  (max. 1 bonus check mark per week)

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Roast Chicken with Wild Rice Stuffing

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

It's about a month until Christmas (sorry!), American Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and it feels like it's time to hunker down and cook some food that will warm your house and fill your belly.

The chicken is fresh & delicious and the stuffing in this is amazing, I borrowed the recipe for it from Whole Foods (click here to see). 
All of the ingredients for the stuffing (and the bird itself) came from an organic/specialty grocery store, and the farmers market...and I actually ate some of the leftovers on their own the next day as a salad.


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
Making a roast chicken from scratch is actually VERY easy, and it's nice to know when you get a chicken, you can get one from great grocery or butcher & know where it came from/how it was fed. And awesome bonus, you can use the leftovers, and the carcass to make homemade chicken noodle soup or chicken broth to put to future use, I did!

***GOOGLE is your friend. Any snags you encounter, it can usually help you along.***

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NEW At The Barre Workout | Barre Fitness Online Video



Bring out the ballerina in you with this week’s FREE Barre Fitness online workout video!

Our Barre Workout Routine is a at home workout that will sculpt and tone your body with the grace of a dancer.  You'll want to have a chair handy or a sturdy piece of furniture near by, like a park bench or kitchen counter to use for balance.

3 Barre Workout Tips:

1. AMP IT UP! Combine this workout with our Barre Fitness Upper Body Workouts on our YouTube channel - https://youtu.be/pWo5lccsBB8

2. KEEP YOUR CORE STRONG! Engage your core muscles from start to finish.  Zip up through your pelvic floor, firm your navel to your spine and keep your shoulders relaxed.

3. KEEP YOUR BODY LONG! Reach with energy through the crown of the head, lengthen your torso keeping your body upright throughout. Also, remember to lengthen behind the knee and send the energy all the way down to your toes.




Are you participating in the Back to Barre Fitness Challenge?
CLICK HERE and post a comment below to receive a bonus check mark on the challenge board at your local studio!  (max. 1 bonus check mark per week)

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Pumpkin Smoothie

It's "Tasty Tuesday", where every week we bring you new, fresh, local, healthy recipes and food tips. Find out what is in season, and what will keep you fuelled during and after your work outs!

American Thanksgiving is coming up and it made me start thinking about pumpkin pie again and all the delightful treats that go along with the meal. Then I remembered that Alyssa at Nourished had an amazing Pumpkin Smoothie recipe that tastes just like fall would if a season could taste like something. 

Also, as you'll see, the only instruction is basically: throw everything into a blender. EASY!


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
The list of good stuff in this smoothie is incredible, from hemp & chia seeds to coconut oil, to almond milk. It's dairy free, and as Alyssa states, full of beta carotene, omega 3s, healthy fats, calcium plus fiber! MMM!

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Book Club: "Modern Romance" by Aziz Ansari


Welcome to the Barre Book Club! Once a month (or so) we're going to pick a new novel to help inspire you, make you laugh, make you cry, motivate you, or just plain entertain you. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section! So make sure you grab a hardcover, audio book, digital book, whatever you'd like, and join the fun!


Last month we suggested Amy Poehler's book "Yes Please" to read. She mentioned her co-worker Aziz Ansari (from Parks & Rec) and I remembered that he too has recently co-written a book. But it's not a comedy!

Well, from everything I've ever seen from Aziz, I'm sure there are very amusing bits in it, but from what I understand it's a look into exactly what the title says: "Modern Romance". He recently wrote a piece for Time Magazine on the same subject. Check it out and see if this month's book might spark your interest. Here's a really interesting chart from it:

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I've downloaded it onto my phone for the many, many hours I'll be spending on a flight next month. Hopefully whomever is beside me is ready for my emotions!



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