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Fashion Friday: From Barre to Boxing!

It's Fashion Friday!

Today, with the help of our friends over at Lululemon we've put together an outfit that can perfectly transition from Barre Class to Boxing Class.

Just in time for the Barre Boxing event happening this Sunday with All City Athletics - the proceeds from which are going toward the Workout To Conquer Cancer (happening April 2nd). You can sign up to join the WTCC team by clicking HERE or if you can't make it, click HERE to donate!

Huge thanks to All City Athletics for the use of the space (more info on them here), to Janelle, one of your brand new Barre instructors, for posing (sign up for one of her classes by clicking here), and to Lululemon for helping us put the perfect outfit together.

All the info on the clothes are beneath the photos...which you can check out after the jump...

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Skewers

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!

How are you doing with the New Year New You challenge? Are you on track both exercise wise and clean and healthy eating wise?

I've been dipping into the Salad Library over the last two weeks and there are some delicious meals in there. I came across the Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction pick that Natalie Langston chose, and decided to modify it for today's recipe!

I'm at a lot of events that have pass hors d'oeuvres and whenever the skewers of tomato with basil and mozzarella come by I get excited. They're such a clean crisp and refreshing bite that I can feel good eating, and I figured they'd be perfect for house parties and get togethers. No mess, one bite/mouthful, and most importantly: TASTY!

And honestly like the salad recipe says, the balsamic reduction makes the whole thing 10x better, and is simple to do.

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:

Make sure when you're getting the mozzarella for this dish that you look for the 100% Canadian Milk symbol on the package. I learned a while ago that if this symbol is missing it means that the cheese "can contain modified milk ingredients or milk ingredients imported from Europe, the United States and even as far away as New Zealand". Not only does buying cheese with the symbol guarantee that you'd getting a product from Canada exclusively, it also means you're supporting our farmers. It's great to know exactly what you're putting in your body!

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Vegan Potato & Leek Soup aka Vichyssoise

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!

Week two of the NYNY Challenge is underway, and I hope you're all enjoying the vast array of salads from the blog, and maybe you tried the overnight oats.
Today I'm bringing you a recipe that hits a bunch of targets for me.

First off it's a soup! I don't know about you guys, but I'm fighting off this cold that everyone seems to have. Doesn't the universe know we're in the middle of an exercise challenge and breathing is required? Anyways, even if you're not sick this soup is great to have along side your salad at lunch or dinner, and there is enough to share or freeze for the next time you're feeling blue.

Leeks are still in season and I found giant ones at Whole Foods. This recipe is super simple and has super hearty!

And finally, it's vegan, and gluten free!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
Spend a little more and get the organic ingredients for this one. There's not too much too it, so it won't run you a lot, and you'll feel better knowing exactly what is going into your body. And speaking of which, even better than store bought vegetable stock, pull some out of the freezer from that recipe I gave you a few months ago (THIS ONE!).

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Tasty Tuesday: Recipe - Overnight Oats with Kiwi

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!

Happy New Year and happy first week of the New Year, New You Challenge at Barre. I'm going to make the January recipes even healthier, and super easy for you to make before and after your workouts!

Speaking of quick and easy, this breakfast is about as simple as it gets. Oats, chia seeds, almond milk, kiwi, and a bit of maple syrup...toss them together at night and eat it in the morning before you head to Barre!

Make Your Meal Even Healthier Tip:
You can feel free to add other fruit to this mix if you'd like, I would suggest mangos or strawberry, but kiwis are an excellent base. It's in season in California right now, and therefore plentiful, and is PACKED with the good stuff. Seriously, there's Vitamin C and K, high in fibre, helps digestion and creates alkaline balance. The list goes on...check the info out here.

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NEW Lower Body Shaping Thigh + Butt Workout | Barre Fitness Online Video

We are so excited to launch the first of 12 FREE Barre Fitness online workout videos!

Our Lower Body Shaping Thigh + Butt Workout routine is going to sculpt, lift, tone and shape (or should we say shake!) your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves. A quick and easy routine that you can do anywhere, anytime - no equipment necessary! 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 Lower Body Shaping Thigh + Butt Workout Tips:

1. Remember to maintain your BARRE POSTURE throughout your workout - LEARN MORE HERE

2. When lifting your HEELS be sure to lift as HIGH as you can. The the higher your heels the more muscle activation occurs and the less stress you put on your joints, particularly your ankles and knees.

3. Use your BREATH to carry you through each set, be sure to take deep controlled breathes, especially when the work gets hard and you begin to feel the burn. This will help to keep you focused and finish strong!

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) 


NEW Barre Fitness FREE 10 Min. Online Workout Videos

You’ve asked and we’re listening!!  

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and stay tuned for the release of a new FREE 10 Min. online Barre Fitness video every Workout Wednesday throughout the Back to Barre Fitness Challenge.


Back to Barre Fitness 12 Week Challenge Kick-Off!

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As summer draws to a close, you can reminisce about those lazy days with the kids by the pool, endless family BBQ’s on the beach, and all those cocktails on  the sunny patio with your girlfriends. So you took the summer off from your usual fitness routine?!  

Back to school means getting the house in order, keeping the schedule in check, and  creating a regular routine. It’s also a great time to get into the mind set of a fresh start towards your fitness goals. This time of year is similar to New Year’s Day, a time to recommit and reevaluate after a well deserved summer break. Let the change in season inspire a change in you! 

Over the next 12 weeks the #livebarrelife blog will be dedicated to helping you reach your health and wellness goals as we begin our in-studio Back to Barre Fitness Challenge! 


1. Set your goals and rewards

- keep your goals simple, be specific and be realistic

- set rewards to keep you motivated, you deserve to celebrate every success along the way. (oh, and stay away from rewards related to food!)

- write down your goals and rewards and put them in a place that you can see them daily

2. Create a schedule

- get into a routine that works for you

- schedule your workouts, like you would an appointment or important meeting

- we’re making it even easier to stay on track with the release of our new 10 Min. online workout videos. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and stay tuned for each new vid on Workout Wednesday’s through the challenge.

3. Make your lunch (simple enough right?)

- get back to a healthy eating routine 

- choose whole foods and stay away from processed snacks. Read the label on all packaged foods

- check back for posts on some of our favourite healthy recipes! 

What are your goals and rewards for the Back to Barre Fitness Challenge? Tell us in the comments below! 


Welcome to the new Barre Fitness Blog #livebarrelife

Meet Me At The Barre

I’m thrilled to introduce to you our a new and improved Barre Fitness blog!

For the past 5 years, it has been my privilege to have built an amazing west coast community here in beautiful Vancouver, BC and I’m now looking forward to growing our Barre Fitness community online.

Our vision with Barre Fitness has always been and always will be to "inspire happiness through health… one plié at a time!” I couldn’t be more inspired by our Barre Fitness family, Barre Stars, Barre Tenders and most of all by the clients that have made my dream job come true.

This blog is dedicated to YOU.

I am so excited to have you follow us and truly embrace the Barre Fitness lifestyle. Whether your are at the barre, hanging with girlfriends or spending quality time with your family. We will feature all things Barre Fitness including our favourite healthy recipes, workout tips, success stories and more... join us on this journey and #livebarrelife!


Ella Jotie
Barre Fitness Co-Founder and Creator

What would you like to read about on the #livebarrelife blog? Let us know in the comments!