If you live near Las Vegas, I’m officially jealous because it means you get to hang out with barre3 Henderson studio owner Jackie Edlund more than I do. Jackie is our March “it-girl”, and I’m so excited for you to meet her!
Jackie’s personality, smile, and energy is contagious—to see what I mean, just visit her studio. Her classes are awesome, and they feel like a 60-minute party. You’ll shake and laugh throughout the entire hour. To put it simply, Jackie shines.
I recently sat down to catch up with Jackie. Read on to learn how this mother of four finds balance, and how barre3 has taken her outside of her comfort zone in the best possible way. Here’s Jackie in her own words:
I’ve always been a major athlete. I played sports all through high school and college. During college, I added yoga to my routine. While I loved it, it was too slow, and I had hard time shutting my mind down. Enter barre3. After my first class, I knew I had finally found my perfect workout—something high energy, efficient, with amazing music.
I started out as a client at barre3 Seattle. Owners Heather Kass and Anna McEvers welcomed me into their community, and their studio quickly became my second home. At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom, and connecting with other moms was just as important to me as getting a killer workout (it can be isolating to stay at home with kids all day). Coming to barre3 was the best part of my day—even my kids loved coming to child care.
After several years in the Seattle area, I moved to Henderson, Nevada be closer to my family. I didn’t want to leave barre3, so I decided to take it with me. I knew that I needed barre3 to feel happy and balanced, and it was exciting to bring that positive energy and supportive community to Nevada.
Barre3 is a family affair. Opening a studio has helped bring my family closer together. On any given day, I see one family member in class (my mom, my sister-in-law, my brother, my partner Ian). It feels amazing to be able to help my loved ones take better care of themselves.
I’m so inspired by my team. I couldn’t be more proud of them. I’m super lucky to have such passionate, caring instructors. I have these moments once in a while during class that make me teary (happy tears!). There’s nothing better than watching my instructors grow and evolve.
The clients at Henderson give me strength. It’s incredible to watch them gain confidence as they get stronger. I pour my heart into them. We have such an amazing connection. If one person has disappeared for a few days, we call them to make sure they’re ok.
My friends and family comment that I seem more balanced and happier than ever. My secret is that I schedule in time for exercise, time to make nourishing meals, and time to connect with others. I’m a planner, and every Sunday I write out my calendar for the week ahead. I schedule every barre3 class, time to hike and run, time to be with my mom, time for emails, time for calls, time for friends. It helps me stay organized! I take things an hour at a time.
Once I do barre3, I can do the rest of the day better. As a mom to four children, I need to have a lot of energy. Barre3 helps me get through the demands of the day and feel more balanced and focused.
My favorite recipe is the Maple-Pecan Crusted Salmon. It’s a maple bar on salmon. It is so good. The kids love it. It has enough sweetness to it that they devour it.
I love being a mom, and I love being a business owner. And it’s because of barre3. Being a studio owner has exceeded my wildest dreams. It’s the perfect balance of doing something fun, exciting, energizing, and challenging. The best part is that I’m still able to be a mom to my four children.
Barre3 has empowered me to live outside my comfort zone. I’ve learned how to connect with my body on a deep level and push myself to the point where I shake uncontrollably in class. Outside of class, I’m always thinking about how I can live bigger and brighter. I ask myself every day “How can I make a difference for others?” Barre3 has transformed my life in such a healthy, positive way. I know this is only the start. There are more good things to come!
Stay connected with Jackie and her studio in Henderson through Facebook. If you’re in the area, schedule a class now!