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New Butt Lifting Workout | Barre Fitness Online Video



Are you ready for a butt kicking, booty lifting FREE Barre Fitness online workout video!

Our Barre Butt Lifting Lower Body Workout routine will lift and tone your booty and target muscles that you didn’t even know you had. This routine uses your own body weight and muscle control to firm up your backside Barre Fitness style!

3 Barre Butt Lifting Lower Body Workout Tips:

1. AMP IT UP! Combine this workout with our Ultimate Plié Workout - https://youtu.be/DOpAF04rnEw

2. ALIGNMENT IS EVERYTHING! Remember to keep your hips in line with one another and use your core muscles to hold you in place.

3. USE YOUR MUSCLES, NOT MOMENTUM! Don’t let the move control you, let your muscles control the move. Make a strong mindbody connection and contract deep into the muscle, focus on your working your booty to get the most out of every pulse.




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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Homemade Vegetable Stock!

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!

Today is going to be a lesson in being thrifty, AND make some great tasting soup stock!

Whenever I'm cooking I make sure to put the scraps and ends from my carrots, celery, onions, shallots, garlic, and parsley into a freezer bag for future stock purposes. It cuts down on cost, as well as time and labour, and not to mention WASTE!

Soup stock is so simple to make, and it's great knowing exactly what you're putting into your food. You can control the sodium level, and choose between making stock or broth (by adding herbs to the process).


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
Go organic and buy local! Soup stock, be it veg, mushroom, chicken etc, is usually the base of a recipe, and wouldn't you rather know you're making things as healthy and sustainable as possible? Plus farmers markets are always fun.

Also, you can easily store the stock in wide mouth mason jars or in tupperware for easy handling and use in recipes!

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New Barre HIIT Workout | Barre Fitness Online Video




Get ready for an intense new FREE Barre Fitness online workout video! 

Our Barre HIIT Workout routine will take your at home workout to a whole new level. We’ve combined Barre with High Intensity Interval Training! HIIT is an efficient way to build muscle and burn calories long after your workout is over. This challenging routine will leave your heart pumping and your body sweating. Don't worry, we’ve given you low and high impact options to suit YOUR comfort level. 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 HIIT Workout Tips:

1. AMP IT UP! Combine this workout with our Amazing Abs Mat Core Workout - https://youtu.be/_ogximcFDsU

2. Remember to BREATHE! When the work gets hard many people tend to hold their breath. Instead, take deep controlled breathes to help carry you through the HIIT intervals. You can do this! 

3. MODIFY! Listen to your body. Choose the movements that feel good for your body and work your way up. This workout can be low/medium or high impact. It’s up to you!




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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Coho Salmon with Mushrooms & Red Peppers


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!


Today's recipe, Coho Salmon with Mushrooms & Red Peppers, we nabbed from one of our favourites, Alyssa Bauman of Nourished.ca!
 

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip: 
Coho salmon is at the tail end of it's season, and it's sustainable, so I went with that particular type, and it's also low in fat and high in omega-3's! With mushrooms and a red pepper sauce, what more could you ask for?


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NEW Amazing Abs Mat Workout | Barre Fitness Online Video



We LOVE our core workout at the Barre!  

Our Amazing Abs Mat Core Workout routine is a great way to tighten those tummy muscles and strengthen the core. A strong core improves balance, protects our spine and is the basis for holding proper posture. This challenging workout will leave you feeling lifted and lengthened through your centre and is sure to fire up and firm up your abs. All you need is you and a mat, towel or blanket for added comfort and support. 

3 Amazing Abs Mat Core Workout Tips:

1. AMP IT UP! Combine this workout with our Core Sculpting Standing Abs Series Workout -https://youtu.be/L30mQVtS2uE

2. Remember to BREATHE! When the work gets hard many people tend to hold their breath. Instead, take deep controlled breathes to help fully engage your core muscles. This will keep you focused on your abs and will put less strain on your low back and hip flexors. 

3. MODIFY! If the progressions in the video are too difficult to begin with, feel free to repeat the movements that feel good for your body and work your way up.  If your hip flexors begin to tighten, stay higher up in you c-curve/v-sit positions and take your time progressing to the leg lifts.  





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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Parsnip Soup

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 hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and didn't over indulge TOO much!

A lot of my friends, as well as myself, have been catching colds lately. It seems everyone that I was running into was feeling under the weather. This combined with the rainy fall days had definitely put us into soup-season. The time of year you just want a warm bowl of soup, maybe in a mug, while you curl up on the couch.

Parsnips are really easy to work with and are in season now, available at farmers markets and grocery stores. I combined a few different recipes that I found into one, so I could add in what I wanted and take out things like heavy cream!

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Make it Even Healthier Tip: 
I eliminated the dairy from this recipe, but if you're allergic to nuts, feel free to sub in milk, or rice milk. I also used homemade vegetable stock, which is great because then you know exactly what you're putting in the soup from start to finish, and brings the sodium level down as well. I also used a LOT of garlic, which helps fight colds & flu symptoms!

BONUS: If you make the full recipe there will be a lot to share with friends, or put it in the freezer!


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Book Club: "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler

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'll revisit it in a month and 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!

This month we're trying to make you go through all of the above listed emotions at once with Amy Poehler's book "Yes Please". It's a hard one to categorize...memoir?...self-help book?...comedy?...all of the above?! It has so much to it, so many entertaining stories, and life lessons, it will be hard to put down. My personal favourite section is "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend".

The audio book is read by Amy, as well as Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and Amy's parents!

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NEW Ultimate PliƩ Thigh Workout | Barre Fitness Online Video



It’s a new month and with it come a new FREE Barre Fitness online workout video!  

Our Ultimate Plié Thigh Workout routine will really get your legs shaking and shape them in no time!  Pliés are the staple exercise in the Barre Fitness technique and these thigh exercises are great for burning calories and creating long lean dancer’s legs. 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 Ultimate Plié Workout Tips:

1. AMP IT UP! Combine this workout with our Core Sculpting Standing Abs Series Workout https://youtu.be/L30mQVtS2uE

2. Remember to maintain your BARRE POSTURE throughout your workout - LEARN MORE HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saq_gaIF18o

3. MODIFY! If lifting the heels high off the ground is too difficult to begin with, feel free to keep your heels firmly planted into the floor and concentrate on engaging your thighs, seat and core muscles with every movement. Progress to lifting the heels just one inch of the ground and in no time you’ll get those heels all the way up! 




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