It’s a #Lovefest All Month Long

It’s a #Lovefest All Month Long

This month, we’re celebrating our love for you with a full-on Lovefest. What does that mean? We’re giving you some extra love because you deserve it. At your local barre3 studio, look for for tastings, giveaways, raffles, and more from some of our favorite local partners in the community. (Check your studio for details.) And if you’re looking to deepen your barre3 practice, all online subscribers get access to a FREE Q&A session with our Master Trainer team on February, 16th at 5pm PT.* They’ll answer all of your questions including, “What’s your go-to exercise when you want to tone your glutes fast?”, “How often should I do barre3 if I’m using it to cross train?”, and “What can I do beyond barre3 workouts to boost my results and get the body I want?”

Lovefest is just one special thing we’re doing to help you build a culture of good health and make 2016 your happiest and healthiest year ever. Look for more exciting initiatives in the months to come to support #b365 LINK TO #b365. ANNOUNCEMENT

*Not a subscriber yet? Join now for as low as $10 a month. You’ll see a link to register for the live Q&A session in your barre3 Online Account starting Thursday, February 11th.

 

barre3 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

 barre3 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

This Valentine’s Day, we’re spreading the love by showcasing gifts from some of our favorite local boutiques, designers and non-profits. No matter who you’re shopping for (your partner, your friend, your mom!), we’ve got just the thing.

barre3 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

1. Bring an element of fun to his wardrobe with these unexpected space-themed socks.  

2. Barre3 Founder Chris Lincoln’s favorite book, The Martian, is even better than the movie! (Although we’re totally rooting for Matt Damon on Oscar night.)

3. A great gift for your favorite mixologist. Consider pairing it with everything you need to make the I Am Love martini featured on page 58.

4. These soft, flattering boxers come highly recommended by the guys in our life.

5. Sourced from a Portland sea salt artisan, this cedar plank and savory salt blend will help him step up his grill skills.

6. This clever cord management system takes his tech gear from messy to organized.

7. Made of all-natural, vegetable-based ingredients, these soap stones are hand-made at Pelle Designs, a cool Brooklyn studio.

8. We love Stoller’s commitment to sustainability. This elegant set of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is crafted exclusively from their estate fruit.

9. A slam-dunk for guys who love basketball.

10. This go-anywhere speaker is perfect for the lounging on the beach, by the pool, or in a hotel room.

11. Pacific Ocean meets old-growth forest: that’s what this fresh, all-natural scent brings to mind.

12. Dino Malvone, our studio director for barre3 West Village, loves this streamlined, hands-free daypack.

barre3 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

1. Louisville – Frankfort Avenue studio owner Nikki Nasseef loves the earthy, grounding scent of this fizzy bath bomb.

2. This biannual publication celebrates women and food—those who grow it, make it, serve it, and enjoy it.

3. This hydrating, organic mask does your hair and skin oh-so-right.

4. This totally seamless underwear is perfect under leggings. Even better, 20% of proceeds go to Empowered by You, a company that helps women in need launch their own businesses.

5. Our studio owners in Orange County gifted Sadie this trucker hat. We think it’s perfect for the women in your life who inspire you most.

6. Share the barre3 love with this fun, flattering tank.

7. OKC instructor Nicole Bisby hand-pours these clean-burning candles in her very own garage. We’re obsessed with the fresh, floral scent.

8. We’re all about nut milks, but the store-bought version can contain added sugar or chemicals. This DIY version is ideal for your smoothie-loving friends.

9. Proceeds from this double-sided tote benefit Every Mother Counts, a non-profit dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.

10. Spice up your on-the-go barre3 workouts with this glossy case. We found it on one of our favorite websites, WhoWhatWear.

11. Studio owner Kate Pedersen adores this delicate bracelet from one of her favorite Tucson boutiques.

12. Every time we visit Portland boutique Alder & Co. we find a new treasure like this sweet, smoky Gypsy-Water roll-on oil.

13. This fluid, luxurious slip is New Orleans owner Kendall Carriere’s pick. Added bonus: it’s machine washable.

14. The entire team agrees—these Nike old-school kicks are rad.

15. Made of beaten sterling silver, these gorgeous earrings are all about simple elegance.

What are your gifts to give? Share in the comments below.

barre3 Super Bowl Recipe

barre3 Super Bowl Recipe

Our colorful take on a southwest rice and bean bowl features quinoa, an ancient seed that adds complete protein to any meal. The red cabbage is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, while the black beans deliver a healthy dose of fiber. Even the tangy dressing delivers a healthy kick, thanks to the immune-boosting cumin.

Recipe courtesy of Robyn Downs, Founder of Real Food Whole LIfe.

Ingredients

Bowls:

1 ½ cups quinoa

2 ¾ cups water

¼ tsp. salt

1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

¼ red cabbage, very thinly sliced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

¼ medium red onion, very thinly sliced

⅓ cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

¼ cup chopped cilantro, roughly chopped

Dressing:

¼ cup lime juice (from about 2-3 limes)

1 ½  tsp. salt

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. mild chili powder

¼ tsp. cayenne (optional)

2 tsp. raw honey

½ cup olive oil

1. Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse well. Place the rinsed quinoa in a pot with a tight-fitting lid along with the water and ¼ tsp. salt. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let stand for an additional 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork

2. While the quinoa cooks, make the dressing by whisking the lime juice, salt, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and honey until well combined. Drizzle in the olive oil and whisk again until well combined.

3. Add the warm quinoa to a large bowl, then arrange the black beans, cabbage, tomatoes, bell peppers, and red onion. Pour over the dressing and toss to combine. Top with pepitas and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 4 as a main dish or 6 as a side dish.

Join barre3 Online to get access to more delicious recipes curated by Sadie Lincoln and her team of chefs.

Keep the Movement Going With #b365

Keep the Movement Going With #b365

We’re witnessing an incredible movement in our barre3 community. All through January, you supported one another on social media in a way we’ve never seen before. On Instagram in particular, you cheered each other on to power through your workouts and gave virtual fist bumps to support each other’s healthy choices. You’ve told us all month long that you don’t want the Challenge to end, that you want to keep a good thing going. We agree. Healthy living is a practice, not a one-and-done deal, and we want to be an everyday part of making 2016 your healthiest, happiest year yet.

We’re so inspired by this movement you’re creating that we decided to name it. We’re calling it #b365, and it’s all about keeping up our healthy habits all 365 days of the year—not just for 31 days in January. Here at barre3 we’re going to celebrate #b365 by giving you tips and guidance every month all year long to help you stay strong!

How can you celebrate #b365? Check the barre3 blog every month for our #b365 tip announcement and post pictures to Instagram using #b365 to show us how you’re keeping the healthy habits you created in January going. We’re talking about the 10-minute online workout you busted out with your coworker on your lunch break, the Chocolate Donut Holes you reached for instead of a bowl of ice cream, and the time you spent cuddling on the couch with your dog. All of us at barre3 will be cheering you on through social media. Let’s stay strong together to make this our healthiest, happiest year yet! #b365

barre3 Team Challenger Check In: Week 4

Can you believe Week 4 of the barre3 Challenge is here? A major theme that bubbled up this week is how to keep this good thing going. Read on to see how our team members are planning to stay balanced, strong, and feeling good beyond January 31st.

Andrew Ash

I feel like I’m closing out this challenge with a BANG! I did my grocery shopping for the week and was very mindful about purchasing whole foods. I have gotten back into my routine of taking classes regularly and making sure to schedule them into my calendar. I’m happier, healthier, stronger, and totally ready to take on the rest of the year. BRING IT ON, 2016!

Amy LeClerc

Wow! Week 4? Seriously, how did that happen? The holidays feel like ages ago, and that is such a good thing. January has been extremely transformative for me on many levels. I’ve been doing barre3 consistently for nearly 8 years. It has always been a priority for me to fit in my classes, but this past month has pushed me that much further—and in doing so, it has given me an even deeper appreciation for how barre3 can be the catalyst for change. I was feeling so tired and uninspired coming into 2016, and I couldn’t feel more different today. Removing wine and sweets (almost completely!) from my daily routine has been a serious eye-opener, which coupled with tons of green tea has really fine-tuned my regime. In all, I feel more grounded, clear-headed, and happier—and my butt is firmer :).

Peter Marks

Physically, I’m feeling pretty strong. However, I rolled my ankle playing basketball last week, which was a bummer. Makes me realize I need to strengthen my ankles better before I get back to that. Fortunately I was still able to do my ski trip this weekend. Weak ankles aren’t a problem in rigid boots! I mindfully chose to deviate from the Challenge diet on that trip, though. I stayed with some family friends and felt it would have been depriving to turn down pasta and red wine after an epic day on the mountain. These two events make me realize that the Challenge isn’t meant to last forever. I’m not working out consistently and eating mindfully just to put stickers on the board. I do these things to enrich my life. There is a balance to be found between my ideals and my reality. After this month, I think I have a better handle on that!

Colleen Walter

My days have become more balanced and productive because I start each day with a barre3 class. I’ve fallen in love with taking a class in the morning because it affects my day in such a positive way. I have more energy, and I’m more focused during my workday. I’ve removed doubt from my mind, let go of negative thoughts, and I’m striving forward. My favorite thing about the Challenge has been building connections with people in the barre3 community and going through this together. Hearing about other people and their journeys has been so inspiring. This week I was able to visit my family and have them try multiple 10-minute online workouts. It was so much fun! Even though we’re all different ages, we could each do the class at our own level.

Sarin West

Lots of changes have challenged my fitness routine this month, and I feel empowered to persevere—even past the Challenge! I’ve built a habit of self-love, and although my schedule is constantly changing due to the nature of the hectic New York lifestyle, I feel strong and encouraged to keep going. This past week has been particularly trying, just in life, but my one-on-one time with Sadie (online workout videos in my apartment) have helped me cope and feel stronger than ever. I look forward to keeping up my habit, and I look forward to maintaining rigor in my personal routines. Last year was an amazing one for me, and 2016 is going to be just as great thanks to dedication and a re-inspired commitment to being happy, healthy, and honest. I want to be strong year-round, and this Challenge has encouraged me to work harder for what I want—and that WORK is the way to live the life I want. I have new goals, and I want to challenge myself to work for my strength all year. Taking the Challenge at my own pace has allowed me to remember to treat myself with kindness, love, and forgiveness while also staying dedicated and driven.

Catie Fahrner

This “reset” was a little draining in the beginning of the month because I wanted to hibernate after January 1st, and I don’t like being told what to do when my energy is low. :) Today, I’m feeling super strong, and my energy is on fire! I needed this barre3 Challenge in such a major way after holiday travel, and now I truly feel ready to take on the rest of the year. I’m in such a good groove with scheduling workouts on my calendar (either online or in the studio), and cooking nourishing food is helping me wake up alert with clear skin! Listening to my body is super intuitive right now, and that’s the best feeling ever.

Tranica Quevedo

By this point, healthy food swaps and the bump in physical wellness has begun to feel a bit routine. My body feels thankful for these new habits, but my mind is starting to get a little too comfortable. At the start of the Challenge I was filled with anticipation, and the competitor in me was looking forward to reaching new heights. Now my challenge has become to find focus as I get stronger, and not allow routine to become mundane. To find a renewed freshness, I’m turning my gaze outward to those around me and to time-tested favorites. I invited four friends to join me for class this week and was purposeful in choosing classes with my favorite instructors who have been leading me from the beginning. The mix provides me with good accountability and an important reminder of how far I’ve come. I’ve hit some awesome milestones so far, and I don’t want the progress to let up now!

Dino Malvone

It’s week 4 that builds lasting character in my book. The first few weeks, my energy was super high. By week 3, I started noticing changes to my overall strength and focus. Week 4 is the hard one for me. It’s time for me to call upon my discipline! My commitment to dry January is still strong, but I will admit to having had two slices of dollar pizza the other day. I couldn’t help it. I grew up in a pizza shop, so it’s in my blood. And it felt great, to be honest, because in the end, the Challenge is all about realigning balance. Both pizza and barre3 make me incredibly happy, and I absolutely need both! February is going to be an awesome month.

Tracey Wyres

As I take a step back to measure my successes, I find myself thinking – did I have a beer or two this past month? Yes. Did I “slip” and have some chocolate at a weak moment? Of course. However, I’ve realized that’s not what this Challenge is about. It’s not about being rigid for one month, and then having an all-you-can-eat cupcake buffet come February 1st. I tried my best, and while I wasn’t perfect (what is that, anyway?!), I’ve made some significant small changes this month. On their own they might seem minor, but they’ve lead to me feeling a little stronger. A little healthier. A little less stressed. I’ve found time to squeeze in one more workout a week, something I think I can sustain moving into next month. I’ve started meal planning and grocery shopping on Sunday, which has not only made dinners easier, but is also saving my family some money (which I can use in Paris on my honeymoon, wooo!). My focus now is to keep my healthy habits up through February—those minor changes are adding up to big progress, and I know that’s something to feel truly happy about.

Natalie Johnson

Week 4 is off to a good start. I’m actually seeing changes in my strength and overall muscle tone, especially in my arms and back! Something about the Challenge has really gotten my head back into the right mindset. I’m learning to not let myself go down the shame spiral. I haven’t stuck to the nutrition philosophy 100% this month, mostly due to lots of birthdays and celebrations going on, but I’m doing my best to stay grounded and to rebound from my choices instead of let them ruin my entire day (like I sometimes used to). I’m really happy to also be surrounded by friends and my co-workers doing the Challenge. It’s so much easier to stay motivated and on track when you have others working toward a similar goal. I’m stoked to keep this going. I’m going to try to commit to the nutrition aspect harder in February!

How has the past week been for you Challengers? Tell us in the comments below.

 

7 Ways to Boost Your Health in 7 Days

7 Ways to Boost Your Health in 7 Days

Ever feel like your body could use an extra boost? Whether you’ve been skimping on sleep or forgetting to stay hydrated, a few small changes could have you feeling better in a matter of days. We’ve pulled together seven of our favorite health tips to help you hit the reset button this week.

1. Do the barre3 Challenge now. Whether you joined us for the entire thing or you’re jumping in now, we’ve got you covered! We’re keeping the barre3 Challenge Hub up for one more month so you can get stronger, more balanced, and feel good in February. You can access this wildly popular weekly support for free once you subscribe to our online workouts. You got this!

2. Get an accountability partner—someone who can motivate you when you’re tempted to slack on that early-morning workout. Studies show that healthy people tend to surround themselves with like-minded friends, so round up your tribe and create your own culture of good health.

3. Move all day. Short, frequent bursts of movement keep your metabolism revved, which helps you burn more calories throughout the day. Try busting out a 10-minute Online workout or go for a brisk walk on your lunch break instead of eating at your desk.

4. Go green. Replace your grains and starches with greens this week to shed weight and deeply nourish your body.

5. Swap your coffee for green tea. Green tea has been shown to boost metabolism, plus it’s loaded with healthy antioxidants. Coffee has higher levels of caffeine, which causes your blood sugar to spike and then crash.

6. Drink more water. Being properly hydrated keeps your mind sharp, your muscles energized, and your skin glowing. To liven up the flavor, try infusing your water with fresh lemon slices, mint, berries or thinly sliced cucumber.

7. Get your zzzs. Getting less than seven hours’ sleep at night triggers higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain and depression. To create a better sleep environment, turn off the TV and computer an hour before bedtime—their bright lights can fool your body into staying awake.

Do you have a healthy tip to share? We want to hear it! Please post in the comments below.

 

barre3 Team Challenger Check In: Week 3

barre3 Team Challenger Check In: Week 3

Are you finding your groove in Week 3? Our team members definitely are. Read on to see how they’re staying strong through slip-ups, what changes they’re noticing and most excited about, their favorite recipes, and more. How about you? Do you have fewer cravings? More energy? Let us know in the comments below!

Tranica Quevedo

Before starting the Challenge I set a goal to lose 7 inches and 8 pounds. At the start of Week 3, I had already lost 6.75 inches and 5 pounds! The voice of negative self-talk is getting quieter and quieter, and in its place I’ve found new found empowerment. This new mental freedom has even given me the confidence to try new things! I had been wanting to try boxing for a very long time, and over the weekend my husband and I took a boxing class together. It was so fun and so hard. There were a good amount of things I couldn’t do, but I had the perspective to not beat myself up because of my body’s boundaries. I felt very empowered to know options that did work for me! I simply did knee marches while others were doing crazy leg lifts. I logged five workouts (four of which were barre3), took care of my sick baby and husband, helped sleep-train my daughter to sleep twelve glorious hours a night (and all the parents said, “amen!”), kept my house tidy, cooked every day, genuinely engaged, and fell deeply in love with my life. I even started journaling, began teaching myself calligraphy, and decided to go back to school! Barre3 has been such a godsend for me. It has become a launching pad to a whole other dimension of my life, and I’m so, so grateful.

Tracey Wyres

OK. It’s time to let the cat out the bag. I have a bit of a confession. I am a…perfectionist. I live a joyful life among my color-coded to-do lists, endless calendar reminders, and days filled of “I did it” or “I didn’t do it.” These past few weeks I’ve viewed my Challenge journey through the lens of to-do boxes. This past week, I didn’t do my 4 60-minute barre3 classes; I only made it to three. My last box went unchecked. It was easy to feel like I failed. But through this Challenge, I’m coming to the realization that I need to look at what I have been doing. What boxes am I checking? I haven’t eaten packaged/processed food for three whole weeks! Let me tell you, that is no small feat for this Jersey girl. I’m finding time to go for a walk with my dog or a jog to my favorite tunes, when normally I’d be glued to the couch. Rather than staring at my phone at night, I’ve been reading. I’ve read over 1,000 pages so far this month. WOW! When I start to look and what I am doing,rather than the boxes I’m not checking, I realize that I feel stronger. I feel healthier. While some boxes are going unchecked, I am achieving. Bring it, week 4!

Dino Malvone

So by this week in the Challenge, I’m feeling stronger than I did just a few weeks ago. My glutes and core feel stronger, and the added bonus is that my lower back, which has a tendency to flare up, hasn’t felt this good in months. I’m motivated to keep this up because I’m seeing the benefits from healthy eating and not drinking, but I’m most happy about feeling less pain in my body. I’ll never have a six-pack—but that’s not the sign of strength. To me, a sign that I’m feeling strong is a balanced, happy body. Happy body = Happy Dino. I also found new excitement about my own barre3 practice because I’m getting out in front of instructors that I don’t normally get a chance to take classes from, and I’m absorbing all their goodness too!

Natalie Johnson

This week I’m looking back on the myth I once believed: that I need to kill myself every time I workout. I’m totally the person who always believed that if you’re not dripping with sweat, feeling like you want to pass out, and totally drained, you didn’t have a good workout. As you guys have heard, I really like my treats, so I know I need to commit to working out consistently to keep myself in check. What I’m loving about the Challenge is that I’ve finally realized that I can do barre3, modify the class, and still get an amazing workout! I know everyone has heard that and I was a little disbelieving at first. After taking my 4-5 classes a week this month I’m really realizing that barre3 is what I need to stay strong and see progress. I definitely feel SO much more toned. I also feel so much stronger—I can ski for (almost) 8 hours straight and not have to take breaks to rest my legs. I’m so happy about that, and it’s what’s pushing me to stay strong the rest of the month and beyond!

Peter Marks

This week the Challenge diet is starting to show its benefits. The absence of sugar highs and crashes, which I’m especially sensitive to since I have autoimmune issues, has me sleeping better. Because I’m so well-rested, I’ve been consistently focused enough that I’ve been able to cut off caffeine entirely this week. I forgot how relaxed mornings are without a stress-inducing caffeine hit! I’ve been more relaxed in the evenings, as well, by watching Planet Earth at nights instead of sports or dramas. Makes me wonder if crowding out trash TV and social media with documentaries and books is worth trying for the next Challenge. Body-wise, I’m feeling pretty strong! Excited to head to Mount Bachelor this weekend, which is my favorite place to ski in Oregon.

Colleen Walter

I cannot believe we’re already in Week 3 of the Challenge. This week I started out pretty exhausted. I had every intention of starting my week with a 6 a.m. class on Monday morning, but the cold weather got the best of me, and I stayed in bed a little late. My schedule was a little lighter this week, so getting in four classes was easy. The 10-minute online workout was a perfect little break when I was working from home this week. I’m still struggling when it comes to eating clean. Cooking a healthy meal for one always seems so daunting to me. I always resort to grabbing something that is faster to make and not as healthy. My main focus this week was to focus on eating healthy by making multiple barre3 recipes and drinking lots of water. I fell in love with Chia Seed Pudding for breakfast. It’s light but filling at the same time, and I feel great after I eat it. Dinner is always the hardest for me because I’m usually tired and don’t want to cook. I made two different barre3 salads this week: the Spinach, Apple and Pecan Salad and the Warm Kale Salad. Both were super easy to make after a long day. Going to class so consistently for three weeks definitely has me feeling stronger and starting to see improvements.

Sarin West

There’s this amazing thing about being in a room with a bunch of other beautiful human beings who are pushing themselves (with you) through the temporary (good) pain that our instructor is guiding us through. The community here makes me feel so welcome and so strong, and I’m so thankful for our fearless leaders! Whether it’s Brittany’s butt-burning class, CJ’s amazing squats, laughing through the burn guided by Caitlyn’s high energy and pep, or Dino’s amazing music (and diamonds) getting me in the zone, I know I’m going to find and push through my limits. I feel unlimited. My body is getting stronger, and my energy is soaring! The stronger I get, the more my form is improving, allowing me to optimize my workout and feel results more quickly.

Amy LeClerc

I’m feeling really good about the groove I’m in. While I’ve allowed myself some liberties (a few almond-milk lattes in the morning—hello! I have a teething 9-month-old), I have stuck to a clean-eating plan, tons of water, and four to five studio classes a week. One thing I’m bumming about is my lack of fresh air. I try and get 30 minutes outside, rain or shine, every day. I’m an Air sign and crave the outdoors. This is something I’m going to try and make more of a priority as I am feeling the Vitamin D deficit during this gray Portland winter!

Catie Fahrner

Finally. Finally everything is feeling really, really good. I’m back in the swing of work, meal prep, workouts…and feeling #balance. I’m finally not painfully sore after teaching or taking class, and I think I’ve made it past the sugar detox stage! I am craving my workouts, and my bum isn’t dragging at 3 p.m. every day like it was over the past couple of weeks. I’m less dependant on my matcha almond-milk lattes, and that feels really good, too. I remember being a little cray over the holidays when I didn’t have my special green tea, and I realized I was sort of addicted to it—and it wasn’t a good look. I feel like I can breathe and relax this week, and while the holidays are fun, they’re also super stressful and they take a number on my sleep, cortisol levels, skin, etc. I love you barre3.

Andrew Ash

I finally feel like I am back in the swing of things, though I’m still not following the nutrition plan 100%. I’m actually trying to gain some weight, and I’m doing that guy thing where I just eat anything and everything. I do notice a difference, though, in my mood when I eat whole foods and when I eat junk. I’m a lot happier with whole foods, and I tend to sleep better. I’ve been committed to taking four classes and doing the 10-minute online workout each week. I’m also making an effort to get out of my comfort zone and try new forms of exercise. Last week I did boxing, and this week I’ll be taking a hip hop class. I’ll be teaching a ton of classes this week, so finding time to take might be difficult. I’ll make sure to plan out my classes for the week and put them into my calendar. When something is in my calendar, I’m more likely to commit to it.

If you haven’t joined the barre3 Challenge yet, you’re welcome to jump onboard at any time. We’re keeping our Challenge Hub up for one more month so you can get stronger, more balanced, and feel good in February. Get access for free once you subscribe to our online workouts.

 

Share Your #barre3challenge Story and Win

 

Share Your #barre3challenge Story and Win

Challengers, the Share Your Story Contest is back! You spent the last month crushing your workouts and embracing healthy whole foods—now we want to know: How’s it going? Are you finding more balance in your busy life? Taming your sweet tooth? Pushing your edge farther than you ever thought possible? We’re so excited to hear about your victories both on and off the scale.

Here’s how to enter the contest: Tell us about your barre3 Challenge experience, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win free studio classes for one month, plus six months of free barre3 Online, AND a $200 gift card to Vimmia, who makes amazing activewear. We’re even throwing in our signature MZ Wallace tote and a collection of our favorite barre3 gear.

To enter, just shoot us an email at shareyourstory@barre3.com and tell us about your challenge experience. Better yet, show us! We’d love to see a photo that includes your biggest takeaway from the challenge or something that you plan to keep doing. For example, owner May Bartus learned to make her workouts a priority by setting an alarm for them on her phone.

Share Your #barre3challenge Story and Win

And barre3 Austin Four Points owner Sarah Regier learned to let go of her fear of failure and embrace Sadie’s mantra, “strive for progress, not perfection.”

Share Your #barre3challenge Story and Win

We get seriously inspired by pictures like these, and so does the rest of the barre3 community. While these pictures aren’t required, feel free to include a photo with your submission as a bonus, and if you’re a studio client, please include the name of your home studio. Barre3 Online subscribers, just let us know the name of your hometown.

The deadline to email us is Sunday, February 7th at 12am PT. We’ll read your submissions and announce the winner on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter later in February.

It’s been such a joy to do this challenge with you, and we can’t wait to hear about your results.

barre3 Book Club: Brave Enough

Brave Enough

Why do we love Cheryl Strayed? Let us count the ways. She’s funny, she’s fearless, and she’s authored some of our favorite books: Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things.

With her latest book Brave Enough, we have yet another reason to love Strayed. The gift-sized book is a collection of more than 100 of Strayed’s best quotes from her previous writings. The result is a “mini instruction manual for the soul” that had us laughing, nodding in agreement, and reflecting on our lives with every turn of the page.

In the introduction, Strayed writes that a good quote can succinctly provide clear-eyed perspective or a good kick in the pants. Hers do both. For example:

You can’t ride to the fair unless you get on the pony.

Be brave enough to break your own heart.

and our current favorite (they change daily):

Ask yourself: What is the best I can do? Then do that.

Strayed’s tough-love words are a call to be wiser, bolder, more compassionate with ourselves and with others. As she writes, ‘I believe in the power of words to help us reset our intentions, clarify our thoughts and create a counter-narrative to the voice of doubt in our heads.’ If you’ve ever found yourself at a crossroads or needed a reminder that it’s okay to be flawed, Brave Enough is a must-read.

With only one quote per page, the book is easy to get through—we finished it within an afternoon but found ourselves returning to it again and again whenever we needed a little inspiration. A built-in ribbon bookmark makes it easy to mark a favorite spot for future reference—it’s also a thoughtful “Hey, this made me think of you” touch when gifting to a friend.

As we swing into the new year, we’re loving the fresh perspective Brave Enough brings. This sweet little book is a great way to hit the mental reset button and be brave enough in every aspect of your life.

How A Simple Journaling Exercise Can Change Everything

How A Simple Journaling Exercise Can Change Everything

One of wellness coach Ashley Gartland’s most effective tools is “The List,” a simple journaling exercise that helps bring priorities into crystal-clear focus. Read on as Ashley describes in her own words how she discovered The List, and how you can make your own. In conjunction with this post we’re offering 20% off our barre3 “balance” and “shine bright” journals! Details on how to redeem yours below.

You’ve kicked off the new year in the best possible way. With a fresh batch of New Year’s resolutions and a community of barre3 Challengers supporting you along the way, you’re finally making time for yourself—and chances are, you feel amazing.

But what about when the Challenge ends and those resolutions start fading into distant memories? How will you make sure you continue to make your wellbeing a priority? I struggled with this until I discovered a quick journaling exercise that changed everything for me.

Putting Myself Last

I discovered barre3 when the first Portland studio opened in 2008. I took an introductory class and immediately fell in love—yet somehow, it took me nearly four years to get back into the studio.

I loved the idea of being part of the barre3 community, but I just couldn’t seem to make it happen, first as a newlywed and then as a new mom. It was especially hard to justify “me time” after I had my daughter Addison. I simply didn’t believe I had the time, the energy, or the right to be anything but a mom, so I put my interests and goals on hold – including barre3.

A few years later, I had another little girl named Kennedy. Her arrival gave me the chance to right the wrongs I made as a first-time mom. And by “wrongs” I’m not talking about all the “mistakes” I made trying to navigate life as a new parent—I’m talking about the way I treated myself like the least important person in our lives during those early years of Addison’s childhood.

Without really thinking about it, I’d put my life on hold.

I now see that the biggest mistake a new parent can make is trying to be everything for everyone except themselves. It’s easy to self-sacrifice to a fault and to ignore your own needs and wants. The tendency is to say, “I’ll take care of me and make self-care a priority again someday, but now just isn’t the right time.”  But by constantly feeding yourself that line, you’re all but ensuring that your time will never come.

The Simple List That Changed Everything

My saving grace was learning about a journaling exercise I now call The List. Here’s how it works: You draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper. On the left side, you write down everything you want to have in your life – people, experiences, feelings, things, and more. On the right side, you write down everything you don’t want to make time for anymore.

It sounds so simple – and it is – but The List changed everything for me. On a single sheet of paper, I’d clarified everything that was important to me and everything that wasn’t worth having in my life. It was all there in black and white. My list showed me that I needed to make more time for things like date night with my husband and reading because these were the activities that made me feel alive and whole. I could also see that I needed to spend less time doing energy-draining activities like indulging in mom guilt or spending hours organizing the house. And the more I learned to delegate those things or just stop doing them entirely, the better my life became.

Even though I hadn’t been to many barre3 classes at that point, being part of the barre3 community made my “yes” column. So when they announced their next Challenge, I didn’t question if the time was right or if I deserved to do it. I looked at my list, saw barre3 on it, and reminded myself that this was something I wanted in my life. Then I signed up and committed to making it happen.

What Will Your List Look Like?

I invite you to try The List yourself. You’ll be shocked at how intuitive it is, how quickly you know what belongs on the “yes” side and “no” sides of the paper. Maybe you want to spend more time outdoors because it centers and energizes you, or perhaps you want to carve out a solid half hour a day to connect with your spouse. You might know without a doubt that you want to farm out your house-cleaning responsibilities, or cut out your late-night TV habit. Don’t censor yourself or judge your wants. Simply write down whatever comes to mind.

Aligning your life with The List won’t always be easy. But having it on paper will help you find ways to make yourself a priority and find time for your self-care and passions. It will help you clarify exactly what you want in your life and what isn’t serving you anymore. And, it will help hold you accountable to make more time for the things you love. When you start to fall into old habits or make excuses that now isn’t your time, revisit The List and let it guide you to create the life you want and deserve.

Call To Action: Ready to make The List? Use a few pages in your journal to get started. Enjoy 20% off our two barre3 journals (here and here!) with the promo code b3list at checkout. We’d love to hear what things made your list—please share in the comments below!

Bio

Ashley Gartland is a life coach who empowers women to live full lives both as moms and individuals. She encourages her clients to strive to balance motherhood and “me” time so they can enjoy parenthood while also pursuing their passions, chasing their dreams, and practicing great self-care. Visit www.ashleymgartland.com to learn more about Ashley.