Barre3 Laguna Niguel owners Jessica Leonard and Nicki Insley have big hearts, they’re passionate about helping people, and I’m so lucky to have them as part of my team. Read on to learn more about these two in their own words.
Jessica: I’ve always been into fitness, but nothing has ever stuck before barre3. I’ve done everything from running to yoga to spinning to body pump to kick-boxing…you name it. I had fun trying different types of workouts, but I’d get discouraged when I wasn’t seeing results. Then I’d move on to something else. Enter barre3. Barre3 totally transformed my body like no workout ever has. When I first started doing barre3 online workouts at home, I was struggling to regain my pre-baby body. I immediately saw results, and after a few months I had not only lost all my baby weight, but my pre-baby jeans became too BIG for me. I am the strongest and leanest I have ever been thanks to barre3.
Nicki: I used to be a gym rat. I did kickboxing 5 days a week, plus weight training and some yoga. No matter what I did, I never saw a big difference in my body. That all changed when I decided to fully commit to barre3. I quit the gym, and Jessica and I started doing online workouts and taking each other’s classes all the time. The results were unbelievable. My body changed faster than I’ve ever seen it change. I’ve never been this long and lean. I feel stronger and healthier than ever before.
Jessica: Before barre3 I thought that I could eat whatever I wanted, as long as I worked out. I don’t think that anymore! Now that I eat whole foods, I have more energy and I manage my stress a lot better. I follow the Portion Rx and include fat, fiber, and protein with every meal and snack. As a result, my preferences have changed. I don’t crave brownies anymore —I crave barre3 bars!
Nicki: One of my favorite recipes is the Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Tamari-Ginger Sauce. They’re delish and easy to make. I have to double the recipe because my kids love them so much!
Jessica: Looking back, I don’t even recognize the person I was when I first started the process of opening a studio. I’ve grown so much. Sadie says to give generously to yourself so that you can give to others. I didn’t understand that concept for a long time, then one day, a light bulb went off. I realized that I have a lot to give, and I needed to take better care of myself. I’m nicer to myself now. I feel like I’m becoming the person I’m supposed to be, and barre3 has helped me get there.
Nicki: Jessica and I are such stronger people in general from opening barre3. Not just in our bodies. Our relationships with each other, our friends and our family members are stronger. We’re way happier. I don’t second guess myself anymore. I feel blessed to have my dream job, and I’m enjoying every minute.
Jessica: Don’t be surprised if you swing by the studio after hours and you see Nicki and I dancing. When we need to blow off steam or just want a quick break from working, we go into the studio, turn the music up full blast, and dance hard for 45 seconds. Try it! I promise you’ll feel amazing afterwards. It’s important to not take things too seriously, you know?
Jessica: Our clients are so supportive and excited about barre3. It’s mind-blowing to see how quickly they grow and change. Sometimes we see people come into the studio frazzled or hunched over because they had a bad day. After class, they leave standing tall and proud. They seem more confident and happier. Nicki and I are honored that we can have the opportunity to make their day a little bit better.
Nicki: Our job is to keep it fun. For one hour, people can forget about their problems and focus on themselves. We love barre3 so much—to be able to share it with others is a gift.