Studio Owner Spotlight: Robin Jones

Studio Owner Spotlight: Robin Jones

Robin Jones is a true leader, a tomboy at heart and joy on wheels. Today, Robin shares some healthy holiday strategies and reflects on the things she’s most grateful for. Read on and meet Robin:

I was that gal who had a gym membership since she was 12 years old. I did it all—kickboxing, running, you name it. But none of it was really my jam. Then when I got married, I suddenly gained 16 pounds in a year. One day I looked in the mirror and decided it was time to do something about it.  I started trying out all the different barre studios that were popping up around San Diego, where I was living at the time. I really liked the workouts, but since I travelled so much it was tough to maintain a consistent practice. A friend told me about barre3 Online, and I was instantly a huge fan—I loved that I could choose the length of my workout, and having 24/7 accessibility was huge.

Eventually my husband Seth and I bought a house in Corvallis and the closest barre3 studio was in Eugene. I drove down to take a class, and that was my magical barre3 moment. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming—I never felt like I was invading someone’s clique, and being in the studio environment really helped me go deeper. I realized that I needed a studio in Corvallis, and since there wasn’t one, I would be the one to open it. So I guess you could say that by opening my own studio I was really scratching my own itch!

Since we opened, I’ve learned so much from my clients. The biggest lesson has really been about letting go of fear. It’s okay to step outside of your comfort zone and try something that you might not get the first time around. I’ve truly carried that lesson outside of class—as a kid, I hated failing at anything, which made me afraid to try new things. I think about the woman sitting in the parking lot about to take her first class or the guy who’s walking into this space filled with women and the courage that it takes. That inspires me so much.

Speaking of guys, we’re so lucky to have a large male following here at the studio. One of our first clients was the athletic trainer for the OSU football team, and she encouraged the players to come. Linebacker Michael Doctor was one of the first to try barre3—he was rehabbing an ankle injury and thought he’d check us out. He’ll tell you that first class totally humbled him! Now we see a lot of the players in the studio. I tell all my clients —men and women alike— that barre3 is a great complement to their other activities, whether it’s golf, running or crossfit. We’ll strengthen all those little stabilizer muscles, build your endurance and really help with flexibility. It’s definitely not a girly workout —one of our male clients works for Nascar, and he rocks barre3 class with a 20-pound vest on!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I’m starting to think about healthy holiday strategies. I love making the barre3 truffles and giving them as gifts (while keeping a few for myself). And to ward off the seasonal blahs, I get really mindful about moving all day long. Holiday to-do lists can be overwhelming, and it can be easy to put your workout on the bottom. I literally set an alarm on my phone to do 10-minute workouts. I hear “ding!” and I know it’s time to move. It’s the only way to stick with it.

Of course, Thanksgiving causes you to reflect on what you’re most grateful for. And as we approach our one-year anniversary of the studio being open, I really think I’m most thankful for having the privilege of inspiring others to strive for something greater in their lives. I’m planting a seed, whether it’s helping someone get fit or realize their full potential. To be able to do that, and to be a part of this amazing community, fills me with gratitude.
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Introducing Our Signature MZ Wallace Tote

Introducing Our Signature MZ Wallace Tote

Have you heard of MZ Wallace? They design amazing bags for the modern woman—and we’ve teamed up with them to create our very own exclusive tote!

Sadie Lincoln has always loved the way MZ Wallace combines functional luxury with distinctive design. Turns out, the admiration is mutual; when MZ Wallace Co-Founder and Designer Lucy Wallace Eustice experienced barre3’s total-body workouts first-hand, she was instantly hooked.  And with that, a beautiful partnership was born.

Made of lightweight, durable and water-resistant Oxford nylon, the Metro Tote has been specially customized in a Dark Pebble Grey color exclusively for barre3. Inside, you’ll find six interior pockets and a detachable leather travel pouch with embossed barre3 logo. The tote is foldable, rollable, even crushable, so you can stuff it in a corner of your suitcase and it will never lose its shape.

“We wanted a bag that transitions well from the studio to work to shopping and travel,” explained Sadie. “Lucy and her partner Monica worked with us to create a fantastic signature bag that totally delivers.”

Our exclusive Metro Totes will be available in barre3 studios as well as on and They retail for $215, which is definitely a splurge. But this is the kind of bag that you’ll keep forever, and once you experience how functional and stylish they are, we think you’ll be as obsessed as we are. Only a limited number of bags will be will be produced, so get one before they’re gone! Shop now

barre3 Canned Food Drive: Give 3 Cans, Get 1 FREE Class

barre3 Canned Food Drive: Give 3 Cans, Get 1 FREE Class

We’re feeling thankful for good health, great clients, and the support of amazing communities like yours. This season, we’re giving back to those communities with our holiday food drive and hope you’ll join us.  

Bring three cans of food to the front desk between Thursday, November 19th and Thursday, November 26th, and we’ll hook you up with a FREE studio class. (If you’re already a monthly member, bring a friend and give them your class pass.) This is a great time to try a barre3 class, and all are welcome!

Also, we’d love to see you on Thanksgiving Day. All of our studios will be open on Thursday, November 26th with a modified schedule. Check your local studio for details. Spaces fill up fast, so find your studio and schedule your class now. And if you don’t have a studio nearby, we suggest firing up an online workout. We’ve got a new one that will deliver a satisfying burn and give you the energy you need to enjoy a fun holiday with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving from the entire barre3 family!

barre3 Book Club Pick: Happy Money

barre3 Book Club Pick: Happy Money

The holiday-spending frenzy is in full force, but thanks to our November Book Club pick we’re having no trouble walking right past the glitzy window displays this year. Rather than succumb to the “more more more” mentality that permeates the season, we’re taking advice from Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending and focusing on giving experiences instead of things.

Authors Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, who have studied happiness for many years, found that while material things often give us an initial rush of joy, the pleasure we get from experiences is more authentic and lasts longer. In some ways it sounds counter-intuitive, or at least impractical. If given the choice between a new car and a vacation, wouldn’t it make sense to choose the car since you can enjoy it for years to come? No, say Dunn and Norton. Their research shows that even big-ticket items that people dream about for years, like a big, fancy house or a luxury car, don’t increase long-term happiness at all. A vacation, on the other hand, gives you the pleasure of anticipation before it happens, joy during the event, and happy memories for a lifetime afterward.

And it’s not just big things like vacations that bring happiness. It’s any number of experiences, from tiny indulgences like treating yourself to a fancy latte when you usually drink regular coffee to seemingly unpleasant things like Tough Mudder competitions, where you battle your way through difficult obstacles to reach the finish line. In other words, real happiness comes from doing things, not from having things.

Happy Money is a fascinating look at the true meaning of joy, something that seems especially important during this time of year. (It’s also surprisingly funny! The authors pepper their findings with fun anecdotes and witty asides.) So rather than standing in line for this year’s must-have gift or setting our alarms for 4 a.m. on Black Friday to take advantage of the famous super-sales, we’re skipping the stores and giving our loved ones experiences instead.

How about you? When you think back to the happiest moments in your life, did they have to do with things or experiences? Tell us about them in the comments below!

DIY Holiday Pies

Many of our favorite recipes take a DIY approach—and these beautiful pies are no exception! Each one starts with a delicious gluten-free almond-oat crust that’s loaded with healthy protein and fiber. From there, make it your own with a choice of three fillings: classic Pumpkin Spice, Chocolate, and Apple Pear Cardamom. Each variation features just a touch of natural sweeteners, which means your blood sugar won’t spike, crash, and send you into a food coma. And because each recipe uses the same basic crust, it’s easy to whip up all three variations and please everyone at the holiday table.

DIY Holiday Pies

Crust Ingredients (makes one 9-inch pie)

1 c. oats

1 c. almonds

⅓ c. coconut oil

¼ c. maple syrup

½  tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. cardamom


1. To make the crust, add almonds to a food processor and pulse until it becomes a coarse meal. Add remaining crust ingredients and pulse together until oats are coarsely ground and mixture is thoroughly combined.  

2. Using your hands, spread and press the crust mixture into a 9-inch tart pan, working the dough up the sides. Set aside.

**Note: for the apple pear cardamom tart, spread ¾ of the crust recipe in the pan, reserving ¼ of the crust mixture for a crumble topping.

DIY Holiday Pies

Spiced Pumpkin Pie

DF*optional, GF, contains eggs


1 Prepared Pie Crust (see above)

1 15 oz. can organic pumpkin puree

¾ c. maple syrup

2 large eggs, beaten (*for egg substitute, whisk 1 Tbsp ground flax or chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water)

1 ½ Tbs. arrowroot powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ginger

¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

¼ tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. sea salt

1 c. whole milk, almond milk or full fat coconut milk


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

1. Make the crust as directed above.

2. In a small bowl, combine arrowroot, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and sea salt. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs or flax/chia substitute, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and spice mixture until well blended. Gradually stir in milk.  

3. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and place in oven. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 40-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool to room temperature on a cooling rack for 2 hours or until ready to serve.

4. To serve, carefully remove outer shell of tart pan, slice, top with whipped coconut cream and enjoy! 

Whipped Vanilla Coconut Cream:

Place metal bowl in freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer and add 1 c. coconut milk and 1 Tbs. coconut sugar and 1 tsp. bourbon vanilla bean paste. Whisk on high with a handheld mixer until stiff peaks begin to form.

DIY Holiday Pies

Chocolate Pie:

DF, GF, contains eggs


1 Prepared Pie Crust (see above)

4 Tbs. coconut oil

1 ½ oz. bittersweet chocolate

1 ½ c. coconut sugar or maple syrup

1 Tbs. cacao powder

½ tsp. sea salt

½ c. full fat coconut milk

2 large eggs, beaten (*for egg substitute, whisk 1 Tbs. ground flax or chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water)

1 tsp. bourbon vanilla bean paste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Make the crust as directed above.

2. Combine coconut oil and bittersweet chocolate in the top of double boiler. Fill the bottom with 2 inches of water, insert the top and set on low heat. Stir with silicone spatula until oil and chocolate is melted and combined, being careful not to incorporate air.  Remove from heat.

3. In a large bowl, combine sweetener of choice, cacao and sea salt. Slowly whisk in coconut milk, eggs and bourbon vanilla bean paste. Once combined, gently fold in the chocolate and coconut oil mixture.  

4. Pour filling into prepared crust and bake for 30 minutes. Rotate 180 degrees in the oven and bake 15 more minutes or until set and no longer jiggling in center.

5. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature on a cooling rack. Refrigerate for 2 hours before slicing and serve at room temperature.  Dust with confectioners sugar and shaved chocolate before serving.

DIY Holiday Pies

Apple Pear Cardamom Tart

DF, GF, Veg, V


1 Prepared Tart Crust (see above)

4 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

2 ripe but firm pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

juice of one small lemon

4 Tbs. coconut sugar or maple syrup

1 tsp. bourbon vanilla bean paste

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. cardamom

2 Tbsp millet flour (or any other alternative flour on hand)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Make the crust mixture as directed above. Spread and press ¾ of the crust mixture into a 9-inch tart pan, working the dough up the sides. Set remaining crust aside to use for a crumble topping.

2. In a large bowl, toss the apples and pears with sweetener of choice, bourbon vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, cardamom and millet flour. Once combined, arrange fruit into the tart pan and scatter crumbled remaining crust on top.

3. Place tart in the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour or until fruit is tender. If tart crust or topping begins to brown too quickly before fruit is cooked, cover lightly with foil for remaining cooking time.

Are you making one of these pies for your holiday dinner? Tell us in the comments below!

barre3 Beyond the Barre: The Strength of Community

barre3 Beyond the Barre: The Strength of Community

When Casey Martin tried her first barre3 class online she knew she’d found her workout, and when she started studio classes she knew she’d found her tribe. But it wasn’t until a health challenge kept her away from the studio that she understood the true power of the community. Read on for Casey’s moving journey in her own words.

I tried my first barre3 Online class back in 2012. As I took those three closing breaths in my living room, Sadie doing the same on the screen in front of me, I knew I’d found my exercise program.

Fast forward to 2014, when barre3 Atlanta South Buckhead opened. By this time I had been doing barre3 for more than two years and I was an absolute devotee, so you can imagine how excited I was to be able to do the “live” version. Sometimes it can be intimidating to walk into a beautiful space with mirrors everywhere, but this felt different. Being in the studio for the first time, challenging myself to go down one more inch in power leg while everyone around me did the same, I felt so connected.

I quickly became a regular at the 5:45 p.m. class and formed a fast bond with the others. You know how when you’ve found “your people,” they can lift you up even when you’re having the worst day? That’s how it was for us. We traded stories and we supported each other, and our studio time started to feel like a second home.

I knew my barre3 family had my back in class, but I found out their support went way beyond the studio walls when I had to undergo major surgery related to Advanced Stage IV Endometriosis, a condition I’ve battled for years. My recovery period was a long 10 weeks, and I wasn’t allowed to do any core work.

The barre3 community rallied to support me the minute I got home from the hospital. My best friend and fellow barre3 client, Lanie, brought barre3 recipes for my boyfriend, Riche, and me after class one day. And when Richie was out of town a few days later another studio friend brought me the ingredients for a barre3 DIY bowl. So many others from the community, staff and clients alike, called and texted throughout my recovery to check in and let me know they were thinking of me. I was amazed at how much of an impact barre3 could have on my life even when I couldn’t do the workout or go to the studio.

Finally I was ready to go back to class. All of my closest friends from the studio made it a point to be in class that first night so they could stand beside me. The owner, Katie Schrier, was our instructor. I was nervous as we moved into the core-work series, but I looked up and saw that Katie had already come over to me to help me find a posture in flat-back core-work that would work best for me. She encouraged and challenged me at the same time. I started with simple marches and got stronger from there. As I held planks longer and longer in the subsequent classes, eventually building back up to a full minute, the instructors and class members would offer me words of encouragement and note that I looked stronger in my postures.

Last October, Riche and I took a class together on his birthday. During the three breaths at the end of class, I closed my eyes as I always do, appreciating the final moment and thinking about how I’d take that peaceful feeling with me forward into the week. All of a sudden I heard, “Oh my God, CASEY!” from someone in the class. I opened my eyes, and there was Riche, down on one knee in front of me with a ring in his hand. My parents and some of my closest friends were there watching, and a bunch of the barre3 staff and instructors were outside the studio window with signs that read, “She said YES!” and “He liked it, so he put a ring on it!” The whole thing was surreal—and absolutely perfect.

The fact that Riche chose barre3 as the site of our engagement speaks volumes about my connection with the community. Ever since I took those three closing breaths with Sadie in my inaugural online class, barre3 has been a huge part of my life. It has transformed my body, but even more important, it has given me the most amazing community. Barre3 has become one of the most important aspects of my life, so it’s only fitting that one of the biggest moments of my life would happen there.

What’s amazing to me is that my connection to barre3 isn’t unique. Time and time again, I’ve seen people sign up for a class hoping for a great workout, and in no time they’re fully immersed in the community. They encourage each other in class, they trade recipes and healthy-living tips, and they support each other through life’s ups and downs. They learn that the true magic of barre3 isn’t just the fantastic workout, it’s everything that it offers beyond the studio walls. It’s about strength, not just in your body but in your community, and that, to me, is the most valuable gift.

barre3 in Self Magazine

barre3 in Self Magazine

Sadie Lincoln pulled together a few of our most popular dance-inspired barre3 moves for the November issue of Self Magazine. What are your favorite barre3 exercises? Tell us in the comments below! 

barre3 Studio Owner Spotlight: Lauren Truslow


barre3 Studio Owner Spotlight: Lauren Truslow

If you’ve ever dreamed of doing your own thing, you’ll definitely relate to Lauren Truslow. Today she shares how her passion for independence led to her to barre3—and why her new career fits in perfectly with her family values. She also dishes on her favorite Fall recipe and discusses how barre3 has kept her going strong during a challenging pregnancy with twins. Read on and meet Lauren:

I’d been an instructor for years, teaching everything from yoga to Pilates to Body Pump. But it was always for other people—deep down I dreamed of having my own studio. I loved the barre concept, so I started doing some research. All the other franchises made it look like a one-woman show—no support, no husbands, no kids to be found.

Then I discovered barre3. I loved the fact that it was so family friendly, that they offered child care, and especially that Sadie and her husband Chris founded it together. I started doing the online workouts, then flew out to Portland to meet the team. It wasn’t long before I was planning on opening my studio. I’m so glad I decided to go for it—Columbia needed barre3, and I’m proud to be the one to bring it to our community.

Even though I’m a teacher, I feel like a student because I’ve learned so much from my barre3 clients. I was always the one to go the longest, the deepest, the hardest—if I wasn’t, I thought I was wasting my time. Seeing my clients embrace modifications and really listen to their bodies has caused me to reevaluate my own practice. I no longer feel like I have to constantly push myself to the edge in order to be successful.

I’m really rocking the modifications these days, because I’m expecting twin girls this month! Barre3 has been a huge part of my prenatal plan—I still get a great workout and it’s so good for my physical and mental well-being. I wish I’d had barre3 in my life when I was pregnant with my first daughter Peyton; back then I didn’t know how to listen to my body and I was doing all sorts of scary stuff like trying to hold a plank pose when I was nine months along. I’m much wiser about my core workouts now.

I’m wiser about food too. In the gym world that I came from, there are so many protein shakes and supplements and energy bars that are filled with synthetic ingredients. I’ve realized that I feel so much better and lighter when I put real, whole foods in my body. I love making the barre3 granola; it’s my go-to breakfast. I like to make extra and put it in mason jars to give to friends.

Now that Fall is here, I’ll be making more barre3 soups and stews. Football is a huge deal here in South Carolina, so when we tailgate I’ll bring a crockpot filled with barre3 Butternut Squash soup—it’s always a hit. Of course, this year I’ll have my hands full with two newborns, so I’ll be watching the games from home. Our barre3 in the Park happened on September 19th and we had a huge showing. My goal was to try to hold off going into labor before then, because I really wanted to be there!  

This month will mark the one-year anniversary of my studio opening. The experience has taught me that it’s possible to create an environment for yourself that’s all about support and strength and friendship. You just don’t find that in a corporate setting—at least, I hadn’t. Every day I literally go to work and think, “This is the best job in the whole world”.

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Book Club: Modern Romance

Book Club: Modern Romance

Have you read Aziz Ansari’s book, Modern Romance? It’s been billed as a dating book, but we think it’s so much more than that. Whether you’re in the dating world or you’ve been married for years, this book has something to teach you. We’ve pulled together a list of what we’ve learned about love, dating, and how technology has changed the playing field.


  1. Our grandparents kept it (super) local. Of all the focus groups Aziz and his research partner, Eric Klinenberg, conducted for this book, our favorite was the one at a retirement home in Manhattan. Aziz and Eric lured the seniors with Dunkin Donuts and asked them a host of questions about how they met their mates way back when. When they learned that many of the seniors had married people within walking distance of their apartments, they were surprised—until they looked at the research. One 1932 study showed that one-third of the sample couples had lived within a five-block radius of each other before they met, and one out of eight had lived in the same building. This seems impossibly quaint, considering today’s dating pool includes literally the entire world!


  1. Marrying for happiness and love is relatively new. For most of history—and even as recently as 50 years ago—love barely played into marriage. It was more about uniting families, or simply finding someone you could build a family with. Today, everyone expects to find their soulmate which, as one psychotherapist featured in the book points out, puts a lot of pressure on relationships.


  1. Technology has changed the game. As Aziz puts it, “if you own a smartphone, you’re carrying a 24-7 singles bar in your pocket.” In many ways, this is amazing (so many potential soulmates!) but the more you immerse yourself in it, the more overwhelming it becomes (too many potential soulmates!). The endless possibilities coupled with the impersonal nature of technology has made us infinitely more picky (think: writing someone off just because you don’t like the sunglasses he’s wearing in his profile picture).


  1. Just because there’s no official rulebook for online dating doesn’t mean anything goes. Aziz keeps things entertaining with examples of egregiously bad/lazy/sleazy form, especially when it comes to texting (“Wasssssup?!” “Hey.” “Afternoon sex?”). But he also offers concrete advice for how to navigate the online dating world and present your best self. He spells out what makes a good text “ask” (a firm invitation to something, some callback to the last previous in-person interaction, a humorous tone), gives advice for when and how to respond (not right away, keep your text to a similar length as the ask), and gives suggestions for choosing your best profile photo (for women: looking at the camera; for men, looking away from the camera).


  1. In the end, it’s all about finding a connection. Something about operating from behind a screen tends to chip away at our compassion. We send lazy texts, we judge people before we’ve even met them, and we dismiss potential partners for the tiniest flaws. As Aziz says, “it can get difficult to remember that behind every text message, OkCupid profile, and Tinder picture there’s an actual living, breathing, complex person, just like you.” We love that his final point speaks to everyone, not just daters: “No matter how many options we seem to have on our screens, we should be careful not to lose track of the human beings behind them. We’re better off spending quality time getting to know actual people than spending hours with our devices, seeing who else is out there.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.


How about you—do you have an online dating success (or horror) story? Tell us about it in the comments below. And if you haven’t read Modern Romance, we highly recommend it.