Announcing the barre3 Anywhere June Prizes!

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Have you signed up for barre3 Anywhere yet? We designed the first-ever three-month program to help you have your healthiest, happiest summer, and it starts on June 1st!

When you sign up, you’ll get three monthly stamp cards that you can redeem for a chance to win some super-fun prizes. For June, we have a VitaMix (perfect for blending a barre3 smoothie), our favorite products from the amazing Seaweed Bath Co., and some barre3 swag to keep your practice strong, including our Resistance Band, a barre3 Travel Mat, our special-edition Turquoise Core Ball, and our barre3 Summer Mason Jar.

To enter for a chance to win, make sure to drop your stamp card off at your local studio or mail it to 4015 N Williams Avenue Portland, OR 97227. Stamp cards received by July 10th will be entered to win. We’ll pick winning cards each month.

Join barre3 Anywhere now so you don’t miss a day!

Summer Beach Reads

Summer Beach Reads

No matter where your summer adventures take you, you’ll want to bring a good book along for the ride. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite page-turners for your next getaway. Whether you’re looking to laugh, cry, or learn, we’ve got you covered with the titles below. Enjoy!

Summer Beach Reads

The Nest—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

This big-hearted book chronicles the lives of a spectacularly dysfunctional family as they battle over a shared inheritance. While the characters are seriously flawed, we couldn’t help but root for them as the story unfolded. As one critic put it, the book is like really good dark chocolate—sharp and bittersweet, but too delicious not to finish in one sitting.

Summer Beach Reads

When Breath Becomes Air—Paul Kalanithi

This is one of those books that you stay up all night reading. The author was on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Kalanithi’s incredibly moving memoir explores how he found meaning in life while facing his own mortality—in doing so, he makes the prospect of death seem a little less scary.

Summer Beach Reads

Mother, Can you NOT?—Kate Siegel

Kate Siegel decided to broadcast her conversations with her mother on her Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom. Thousands of followers later, Siegel has compiled a hilarious collection of essays. After reading about how her mother moved across country to be closer to Kate at college and how she once helped Kate turn her dreams into a reality by organizing a casting for a reality TV show, we were kind of wishing we had a mom like hers and also grateful that we don’t.

Summer Beach Reads

The Girls—Emma Cline

The buzz around Emma Cline’s first novel, The Girls, is already deafening. Set in Northern California during the 1960s, it’s a portrait of girls, the women they become, and what happens when it all goes horribly wrong. As Lena Dunham raves, “this book will break your heart and blow your mind.” We can’t wait for it to hit the shelves on June 14!

Summer Beach Reads

The Longevity Book—Cameron Diaz

It’s refreshing how Cameron Diaz shifts our focus from how we look as we age to what’s going on underneath the skin at the cellular level. Longevity is groundbreaking because it’s changing the conversation about getting older and celebrates aging. Because after all, aging is a privilege!

Summer Beach Reads

Why Not Me?—Mindy Kaling

In Mindy Kaling’s second coming-of-age book, she shares her ongoing journey to find joy, whether it’s falling in love at work or striving “to be the first person to lose weight with no behavior modification whatsoever.” She mocks the Hollywood beauty ideal in one essay and dishes on meeting Bradley Cooper in another. As for her Harvard Law School Speech, it’s laugh-out-loud funny. This book is a must read.

Summer Beach Reads

Wellth: How I Learned to Build A Life Not A Résumé—Jacob Wachob

This memoir is written by the founder of one of our favorite websites, mindbodygreen.com. We love his insights into what it means to live the “good life”—it’s not about material things, but devoted to mental, physical, and emotional well-being. By mixing personal anecdotes with expert contributors, this book will help you discover what it means to be truly “wellthy.”

Summer Beach Reads

The Nightingale—Kristin Hannah

German-occupied, war-torn France serves as the backdrop for this epic read. Nightingale is the story of two sisters and the impossible choices the must make to survive during WWII. Both heartbreaking and beautiful, we love the way it celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the incredible strength of women.

What are you reading this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

7 Tips for Finding Yourself and Staying Healthy After College Graduation

7 Tips for Finding Yourself and Staying Healthy After College Graduation

Graduating from college brings on a roller coaster of emotions. You’re excited, scared, anxious, hopeful. You’re ready to take it all on. But the job market is competitive, the cost of living is real, and starting a new chapter can be daunting. With the toss of a cap, you suddenly feel the weight of figuring out who you are and where you want your life to go.

We’ve been there! And since then, we’ve learned a few things about navigating change, and staying happy and healthy in uncertain times. Here are some of our favorite tips for exploring your post-graduation world.

Don’t let your job (or lack thereof) define you.

When you first graduate, it’s natural to talk about your career plans with friends. But be careful not to obsess and compare yourself to others. It will only drain your energy and distract you from figuring out your own path. Instead, try to focus internally. What brings you joy? What new skills do you want to learn? How can you continue to cultivate your strengths? When you shift your mindset away from external things that you can’t control, you feel happier, more balanced, and confident in your own skin.

Learn about careers you’re interested in.

Maybe you have a friend who’s a few years older than you who has a really cool job. Or maybe your mom’s colleague’s daughter works for a brand you love. You may have to dig to find contacts in your community, but we encourage you reach out and invite these people to coffee so that you can pick their brains. You’ll want to always be respectful of the other person’s time by limiting meetings to 30 minutes. And come prepared with some questions. You might ask, “What’s the best part of your job?” or “What does your day-to-day look like?”. Learning about different careers is a great way to educate yourself and explore your options. And networking is so much more effective than cold-sending resumes.

Don’t limit yourself.

Just because you majored in something doesn’t mean you’re required to work in a certain field. Some careers, like medicine and law, require specific schooling, but most jobs can be learned. Our communications manager, Kait Hurley, found that her degree in history set her up for success in her role at barre3. “All of that research and paper writing taught me how to think critically and communicate clearly,” she says. You never know how things will play out, so create space for yourself to dream and explore your interests.

Embrace the discomfort.

It’s totally normal to feel anxious and uncertain right now. No one has it all figured out right after graduation. (Spoiler: No one, no matter how old, has everything figured out—ever!) You’re starting a brand-new chapter of life, so there are bound to be moments of discomfort. It’s okay to just sit with that. We promise, there is meaningful transformation and growth waiting for you on the other side.

Figure out what you don’t like.

Sometimes, noticing what you don’t like can be just as enlightening as realizing what you do. Most people have aspects of their work that they dislike. Recognizing your least-favorite parts of your job will help you learn more about yourself and how you want your career to take shape. In addition to looking at what you don’t like, it’s important to ask yourself why you don’t like it. Is it because you don’t feel confident in this area? Or maybe you don’t mind the task but you’re not vibing with your co-workers? Pay attention and always ask yourself why.

Stay social while staying healthy.

Starting a new job is exciting, and there can be a lot of happy hours with co-workers. Definitely go out and join the group, but notice if this starts to become a habit instead of something you do once in awhile. Finding balance is key. Not only do cocktails and glasses of wine quickly add up and deplete your earnings, but, in excess, they also can impact your health and happiness. Instead of always going for drinks, try suggesting that your team meet up for a barre3, yoga, or spin class.

Set a budget.

It’s stressful to be dealing with bills and start paying off student loans all at once. Having a handle on your income and expenses will help mitigate financial anxiety. Be honest with yourself about how much you’re earning and how much you’re spending. You obviously want to avoid racking up loads of debt that will limit your options in the future. If you feel underprepared in the money department, ask for help. Simple.com and Mint.com are both fabulous resources.

Have you heard any post-graduation wisdom that is so good you have to share? Tell us in the comments below!

3 Tea Elixirs to Give you Exactly What You Need

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Whenever the barre3 marketing team has a big day ahead, you’ll find us running to Tea Bar in Portland for our favorite matcha drink. It’s a healthy way of treating ourselves, and it reinforces the spirit of collaboration and community that barre3 is all about. Turns out, that’s exactly why tea-guru it-girl Erica Indira Swanson opened Tea Bar in the first place. “I wanted a good-karma business,” she says. “I wanted to offer something that would provide balance and happiness, as well as foster a sense of community”

We asked Erica to share her favorite tea elixirs to give you what you need every moment of the day. Read on for her three amazing (and so easy to make at home!) recipes.

 

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When you need: An energy boost
Tea elixir to drink: Honey Matcha
Why it works: Matcha has a bit of caffeine, but instead of giving you a spike and then a crash, it offers a calm, sustained energy. It’s also packed with vitamins, chlorophyll, and amino acids, which will make your skin glow and your body feel more balanced.

Ingredients:
1 tsp. organic, unsweetened, premium matcha (available in many grocery stores; Tea Bar will be selling its own version soon!)
8 oz. warm water (175°F is ideal; avoid boiling water as it will be too hot for the matcha)
1 tsp. raw honey
½ cup ice

Directions:

  1. Place the matcha into a 16-oz. glass jar and add the warm water.
  2. Sweeten with raw honey.
  3. Add ice, shake, and serve.

 


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When you need:
To refresh and hydrate your body
Tea elixir to drink: Iced* Ginger Lemon Tea Toddy
Why it works: Lemon, ginger, and cayenne are powerhouses in their own right, and when they work together they offer even more amazing benefits. The combo improves circulation, boosts immunity, and detoxifies the body, leaving you refreshed and energized.       

Ingredients:
1 oz. fresh organic ginger juice (you can juice your own or buy it; we love the brand Ginger People)
Juice from 1/2 organic lemon
Pinch of cayenne
6-oz. concentrate of your favorite herbal tea. We recommend peppermint, chamomile, or hibiscus. (To make a concentrate, brew your tea extra strong by doubling the amount of loose tea or tea bags and steeping for the normal amount of time.)
1 tsp. raw honey
½ cup ice

Directions:

  1. Combine the ginger juice, lemon juice, cayenne, and tea concentrate in a 16-oz. glass jar.
  2. Add raw honey and stir.
  3. Add ice, shake, and serve.

*To serve hot, omit the ice and increase your tea concentrate to 10 ounces.

 

 

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When you need: To calm your body and reduce stress
Tea elixir to drink: Lavender Rooibos Chai
Why it works: Lavender not only calms your mind, it also relaxes your muscles. Combined with rooibos, which increases airflow to your lungs and oxygenates your body, the two deliver incredible calming benefits.

Ingredients:
1 Tbs. rooibos, 1 Tbs. lavender (loose tea leaves)
8 oz. hot water
4 oz. full fat organic coconut milk
Raw honey to taste

Directions:

  1. 1. Combine the rooibos and lavender with the hot water, and brew for 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. 2. Steam the coconut milk by heating it to (but not above) 160°F, and pour it into the brewed tea.
  3. 3. Sweeten to taste with honey and serve.


Try these recipes at home and let us know what you think in the comments below! And if you’re in Portland, we highly recommend settling in for one of the delicious tea concoctions at either of Tea Bar’s gorgeous, light-filled locations. Chances are, you’ll see us there, too!

Join us for barre3 Anywhere Summer ‘16!

Join us for barre3 Anywhere Summer ‘16!

Summer’s a time to break routine—to explore the outdoors with friends and enjoy sunny days and warm nights. But how do you power your summer in a healthy way? Barre3 has your back!

We’re rolling out our first-ever 3-month program, barre3 Anywhere Summer ‘16, to help you stay strong and feel good all summer long—without missing out on a moment of fun. Here’s the deal:

– Take 30 classes in 90 days (that’s 10 classes a month)

– Make one delicious, summery barre3 recipe each week

– Connect with us—and the entire barre3 community—on social media using the hashtags #barre3anywhere and #b365

When you sign up for barre3 Anywhere, you’ll receive a special-edition zip-pouch, a barre3 Core Ball in a beachy turquoise hue*, and a Summer Guide that includes:

– Three 50% off drop-in classes at any studio in the country

– barre3 summer recipes + grocery shopping list

– barre3 Online 15-day free trial

– Punch cards to track your classes—which you can redeem for prizes!

– And more

You can join barre3 Anywhere Summer ‘16 in-studio now or online starting May 25th.

Once you join, don’t forget to opt into our summer emails. Throughout June, July, and August, we’ll deliver tons of inspiration and tools direct to your inbox.

Sadie Lincoln and our entire team of studio owners can’t wait to do this with you. Let’s do this!

If you’re looking for motivation, read some of our success stories from last year’s #barre3anywhere program!

* Core Ball is included in online purchases only.

How To Keep Your barre3 Online Practice Strong

How To Keep Your barre3 Online Practice Strong

One of our favorite sayings is, “Barre3 works when you work it.” That means that when you do it more, you’ll get deeper and more meaningful results. It makes sense, right?

To help you “work it” and get the very most out of your barre3 Online subscription, we pulled together some of our top tips. Read on to see how you can keep your practice strong beyond our  studio walls.

Schedule Your Workouts For the Week Ahead

Blocking off time in your calendar to exercise is critical. For us, planning one week ahead is the single most important thing you can do to set yourself up for success and make your workouts happen.

In addition to our 7-day planning worksheet that comes with every barre3 Online weekly subscription, our favorite tool for scheduling workouts—and the rest of our lives!—is Google’s free Calendar app. It has a cool goal-setting feature that automatically sets aside time on your calendar for self-improvement tasks (like learning a new language, meditation, or exercise). You tell the app what you want to do, then it finds time on your calendar and works around your existing schedule. Google Calendar offers other great features too—like the ability to send text reminders or share your calendar with an accountability partner.  

Make Sure You Have the Right Gear

How To Keep Your barre3 Online Practice Strong

We’re constantly innovating our workouts and using props in new ways to strengthen and tone the body. Here’s what you need to power your barre3 practice:

    • The barre3 Core Ball and Resistance Band are essential for balancing your body and taking your practice deeper. They’re incredibly travel-friendly, too. The core ball deflates and the resistance band folds up, so you can easily fit them into your suitcase or tote bag.
    • At only two pounds, our Travel Mat is durable and portable. Use it at home or take it with you on the road.  
    • Light hand-held weights up the ante and add more resistance for your upper body. We use 1 to 2 pound weights in our studios, so choose what’s best for you. These weights are affordable and easy to find at local sporting goods stores or Amazon.com.


Invest In a Sound System

Music is so motivating! We’re very musical at barre3, and we prioritize sound in all of our studios. Here are some of our favorite recommendations for boosting sound quality and recreating the studio experience anywhere:

    • Apple TV is great for rocking your home workouts on the big screen. Bonus: It’s super easy to use.
    • This portable Bluetooth speaker from Grain Audio offers incredible sound quality at home or on vacation. We love that it’s small enough to fit in your travel bag.
    • If you’re doing barre3 around other people, wireless headphones might be the best option for you. They let you maintain sound quality without disturbing anyone.


Do you have any other habits and strategies for keeping your barre3 Online practice going strong? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below! And if you’re not already a barre3 Online subscriber, you can get started today by simply
choosing a plan.  

 

NEW! barre3 Online Workouts Every. Single. Week.

 

NEW! barre3 Online Workouts Every. Single. Week.

Our first weekly online workout with barre3 Founder Sadie Lincoln is live! Join barre3 Online today to get access to the class, how-to videos breaking down key barre3 moves, a curated exercise and nutrition plan for the week ahead, and an exclusive real-time conversation with Sadie and the entire barre3 community. For the next 6 days (until Sunday May 22nd), Sadie is dedicated to answering all of your questions and supporting you every step of the way.

Don’t worry–after May 22nd, we’re not leaving you on your own. That’s when our next Master Trainer will step up to give you a fresh workout and lead the discussion on our conversation thread. So you know what to expect looking ahead, we’ve got the following Master Trainers here for you:

  1. Harper Kalin 5/23 – 5/29
  2. Andrew Ash 5/30 – 6/5
  3. Candace Ofcacek 6/6 – 6/12


Our team can’t wait to connect with you and share their workouts, weekly plans, and wisdom! Get ready for tons of inspiration, and keep checking back on barre3.com and Instagram for updates.
Join today.

Questions? Let us know in the comments below.

barre3 Online Is Going Next Level

barre3 Online Is Going Next Level

What if you could get a new barre3 workout delivered to you every week? And what if that workout was based on a combination of your real-world feedback and our expertise? Oh, and what if it came with a dedicated instructor (like me) to answer all of your questions and give you a plan for staying healthy in the week ahead? Interested? Keep reading!

I’m so excited to announce that today, we’re rolling out a new and improved barre3 Online experience. Each week you’ll get a whole new level of support from me and my team of leading instructors. Here’s a closer look at the features:

An innovative new workout led by me and my team of leading barre3 instructors. These workouts are filmed right before you see them, which allows our instructors to incorporate up-to-the minute research (including YOUR feedback!) on how to transform the body and connect with you on a deeper level.

Short how-to videos that dive deeper into key barre3 postures. These videos will show you step-by-step how to align your body for optimal results—and of course, include modifications and other tips for success.

A weekly plan to go along with your fresh workout. Every week, your instructor will map out recommended workouts (from our library of over 250!) and seasonal recipes, and share their wisdom on feeding your mind and body. Plus, you’ll get tools designed to empower you to make this plan YOUR OWN.

A dedicated instructor helping you 7 days a week. Your instructor will guide a conversation under each new video so that you can get your questions answered and receive the support you need in real time. I’m most excited about this feature because it allows us to connect in a more meaningful way.

We created the new barre3 Online based on what you told us you really needed. Your feedback helped us structure this new experience. Moving forward, my team and I are going to lean on you to understand what’s working, what you really love, and how we can continue to grow so that exercise is simple and enjoyable, not something to dread.

So, are you ready to get started? Join today! Another reason not to wait: For for a limited time, we’re offering our new special-edition summer turquoise barre3 Core Ball when you sign up.

One week is all it takes to get a fresh start, feel better, and get stronger. Let’s do this!

Are you smarter than your FitBit?

Are you smarter than your FitBit?

Wearable fitness technology is hot. Between FitBits, Apple Watches, Jawbone devices, and Mira smart bracelets, it seems like practically everyone these days is watching their health by way of their wrist. And now we have data to support the exploding popularity of these devices: Last year, more than 13 million fitness trackers were sold, according to The New York Times. Collectively, we spent $1.5 billion on the devices, which is more than double what we spent in 2014. It’s safe to say, wearable fitness trackers are trending!  

And indeed, fitness trackers can be incredibly motivating. “My FitBit made me realize how little I moved all day working at a desk,” says barre3 Online subscriber Mary Jane Ruff, of San Diego. “It inspires me to get moving each day, even if it’s just taking a walk to the grocery store.”  

There are gamification aspects of fitness trackers as well. You can share stats and compare with friends how many miles you’ve logged or calories you’ve burned. Some companies even incentivize their employees by offering rewards to people who reach certain goals on their fitness trackers.

There’s no question that wearable trackers have helped many people set and reach fitness goals, and form community around healthy living. However, these devices have some gaps.  

You Know Your Body Best

No matter how sophisticated fitness technology becomes, you will always be your own best teacher. Even if you’re new to exercising, you know what feels right or wrong in your body. Over time, as we get more practiced at listening to our inner teacher, this kind of body wisdom can produce incredible results and help prevent injuries.    

“When we trust our instincts and learn to listen to what we really need in every moment, our bodies transform in an empowering way,” says barre3 founder Sadie Lincoln.

We have a similar philosophy on counting calories—we don’t do it! Learning to recognize the signals that your body is full, opposed to monitoring everything you put in your mouth, is a much more nourishing way to enjoy food.

Barre3 sharpens your physical intuition and helps develop body wisdom. In class, we encourage you to honor your instincts by modifying whenever necessary and personalizing postures so that they feel good while still creating a satisfying muscle burn and endorphin high. You might hear your instructor ask questions such as How do you feel right now? How can you make this feel better? Are you challenging yourself? What do you need? These questions are cues to remind you to check in with what your body is telling you in that moment. Because no matter what your FitBit says, you always know best.  

We’re not alone in thinking this. The New York Times article refers to research out of Australia showing that athletes are able to detect changes in their heart rates and hormone levels with “superior sensitivity and consistency” when compared with high-tech measures such as wearable devices. In other words, we know intuitively how our bodies are performing during exercise, with or without a device strapped to our wrist.

“Wearables can be part of the process of developing body wisdom, but it is important to remember that the numbers and statistics we gather can distract us from the bigger picture of what being healthy really means,” says Sadie. “Wearables don’t know how everything you do makes you feel—like how good it feels to wake up energized after a good night of sleep, or how satisfied you feel after reading a good book or eating a balanced meal with your family.”

If you’re a wearable fan, or if you’re considering trying one, we totally support you—and would love to hear about your experience in the comments below. Just remember to listen closely to what your body is telling you, and always trust your intuition.