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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