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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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NEW Stretch and Flow Workout | Barre Fitness Online Video



Breathe and find balance with our new FREE Barre Fitness online workout video!

Our Barre Fitness Stretch and Flow Routine will rejuvenate your body, centre your mind and make you feel as graceful as a dancer. This video is a great compliment to any of our online/at home workouts.

3 Barre Fitness Stretch and Flow Routine Tips:

1. AMP IT UP! Combine this workout with any of the FREE Barre Fitness Workouts on our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/barrefitness

2. STAY FOCUSED ON YOU!  Clear your mind from the day’s ‘To Do’ list or what you’re having for dinner, instead listen and connect to your body in every position.

3. BREATHE! Take strong deep breathes sending oxygen to your muscles, and releasing any tension you might have in the body. Let your breathe guide you through each stretch, find focus with every inhale and a release with every exhale.




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 - Pear and Granola Muffins

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!


Pears are in season right now (you can probably find them at the winter farmers markets!) and make this dense and healthy muffins even more desirable. Filled with wholesome goodness, they'd make a great addition to your breakfast, or a snack on the go, and it makes enough to share with others!


Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
There is whole wheat flour in the recipe, in addition to the all-purpose, and instead of using tons of butter, we're using yogurt (to keep them fluffy). If you're allergic to eggs or want to leave them out, here's some info on replacing them with applesauce.

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Fashion Friday: Fall Fashion Looks for Pre and Post Barre

It's Fashion Friday!

Today, with the help of our friends over at Citizen Grace, we're showing you some awesome looks you can wear to your Barre class, and then back out on the town.

As a special gift, Citizen Grace is giving us a promo code you can use online to get 25% off!

Use the code: barrebabe - from November 6th to 12th for the discount!

Check out some of the great looks after the jump...

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NEW Upper Body Workout | Barre Fitness Online Video



One more month left to go in the Back to Barre Fitness In-Studio Challenge! Keep up the great work….   This week we’ve got an EXTENDED upper body workout coming at ya!

Our Upper Body Barre Workout routine will tone your arms and improve your postural muscles, leaving you standing tall and looking firm. This routine uses light weights, we recommend 1-3 lbs. as you will be doing isometric training - small movements and high repetitions within each exercise.

3 Upper Body Barre Workout Tips:

1. AMP IT UP! Combine this workout with our Ultimate Plié Workout for a full body burn-   https://youtu.be/pWo5lccsBB8

2. POSTURE! Stand tall in every position. Use your core muscles to lift and lengthen out of the hips keeping the torso long, the shoulders relaxed and the chest wide.

3. USE YOUR MUSCLES, NOT MOMENTUM!  Keep the pulses small and controlled. Make a strong mindbody connection and contract deep into the muscle, stay focused on the muscles you are working to get the most out of every pulse.




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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)