Merry and Bright: Our Favorite Gifts

It’s no secret we love the holidays at barre3. It’s a beautiful time of year and much of our joy comes from giving gifts to the ones we love. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite gifts – browse through a few here and then check out the rest on our Pinterest (our favorite kind of window shopping)!

1. barre3 Founder Sadie Lincoln loves 3Strands bracelets: these lovely handmade bracelets raise money to empower, teach, and employ rescued young women around the world.

2. Sadie also loves scarves and wraps as a great gift for all ages, and they offer the perfect transition from studio to street.

3. Classic Minnetonka Moccasins are one of Master Trainer Heidi Waltermire’s favorites. They’re perfect for keeping feet cozy and cute on the go.

4. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Amy Leclerc loves to give Tourance blankets – so plush and lovely, you’ll want to keep one for yourself!

5. One Kings Lane is another of Amy’s favorite stops for anything home. From kitchenware to decor, there’s always something perfect for wrapping up under the tree.

Welcome to the new barre3.com

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Introducing our new website, designed to better reflect our barre3 vision: to balance body and life.

Our online workouts (previously mybarre3.com) are now integrated as part of our main website so they are easier to access anywhere and anytime. Plus, our revised site allows you to customize your workouts based on body part, time, goals, and new releases. Getting to your local studio just got easier as well. Our new studio pages provide clear direction on getting started, signing up for class, and connecting with your local community both online and in person. Last but not least, I am proud to announce our new blog which will regularly feature content ranging from nutrition to anatomy to make your barre3 classes more meaningful.

In each class we teach, we focus on balancing the body. But it doesn’t stop there. What’s equally important to us is that barre3 shapes the rest of your life, from getting a good night’s rest, to eating well and building meaningful relationships. I often say that barre3 is not a “Sadie Lincoln method.” I just happen to enjoy pulling together smart people and sharing best practices so being healthy isn’t a chore, but rather an integrated way of life. With this new website, I’m excited to be able to share my broader team of experts with you, ranging from fashion to nutrition and wellness.

Five years ago, my husband Chris and I made a commitment to build this company without compromising our values. To have a healthy body inside and out, a rich family life, and to build a community that inspires us to be better people. We invite you to join us in the journey!

Why Thanksgiving is My Favorite Holiday

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I love how Thanksgiving pulls together my family and inspires me to be in the moment. For me it isn’t just about sitting at a table with loved ones to give thanks. It’s about the adventure to get there and the moments in between: pouring over recipes with my husband, visiting our Farmers Market, watching my 7 and 8 year old kids decorate the house. The whole extended family, including the kids, works as a team assembling our feast. I find when I can relax and let go of trying to make everything perfect, I feel balanced and happy. Here are some of the ways I keep my sanity and appreciate every minute of my favorite holiday:

1.) I have no problem delegating tasks. From ordering our turkey to sweeping the floor, my guests work as a team to make it happen. This year I am hosting my entire extended family (15 people) so I opted for a potluck of course!

2.) Letting go of my Martha Stewart aspirations. My house may not be the most tidy on the planet and my placemats and napkins will likely not match, but I plan to have a major snuggle fest with my kids instead of spending that time making everything perfect.

3.) Move all day long. Traditionally I start my morning with a barre3 class – my FAVORITE class to teach or take is on turkey day! I also grab a family member or my dog and take mini walks around our block during breaks from cooking. It’s fun running into neighbors and the fresh air keeps me happy.

These are just a few tips. What do you do to stay balanced? I’d love to hear from you.

Sadie’s Thanksgiving travel challenge!

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Are you traveling this month? Bring me with you! You can do the 10 to 60 minute barre3 online workouts anywhere, anytime. And, if you can get a photo of yourself working out somewhere creative and post it to my Facebook page  by Nov. 30, you just might win this gift basket.

The gift basket includes:

  •  One month free subscription to barre3 Online
  • barre3 core ball
  • barre3 Tumbler

Winner will be announced Dec. 1. Happy trails!

barre3 Thanksgiving Week Canned Food Drive

Give generously.

One of our guiding principles at barre3 is “Give Generously.” For me, Thanksgiving celebrates this principle more than any other holiday. There are no expectations of fancy gifts or extravagant parties. Just simple, thoughtful time with those I care for including my community. This year we are collecting canned food in all of our studios nationwide. In exchange for bringing in a few cans of food, we are offering complimentary classes. This is a simple way to give back and connect with us.

You can also join us for a festive class on Thanksgiving morning. These are my absolute favorite classes to teach and take. My local barre3 studio is part of my extended family and I know all my franchisees and many of our clients feel the same way. We are truly blessed. If you can’t fit that in, do a quick barre3 online workout while stirring your risotto! And, if you opt for this, please think of my Mom and I sipping our bubbly doing a few barre3 moves of our own! Cheers to you and your family.

Warm holiday wishes to all of you!

Sadie Lincoln

4 years of barre3 and my big 4-0!

This is a big month for me as I celebrate two big milestones.

THE BIG 4-0! Anyone else born in 1972? Happy 40th to you, too! I am celebrating this month with a lot of quality time with my kids and dear friends. I have a ton to be thankful for, and the barre3 community is at the very top of my list.

barre3 TURNS 4! Four years ago, and after 20 years of teaching (half my life!), I launched my dream job and opened my first barre3 studio.

So, I’ve had some time to reflect on this growing older deal, what I’ve learned, and how it applies to this company I am building. Keeping on the theme, here are 4 lessons that shape who I am these days.

#1 Surround yourself with BRIGHT people.

Bright has two meanings for me: intellectual and positive. Both these attributes describe so many of the people who make barre3 successful, including my core team, who teach me every day how to be smarter and how to bring positive energy to everything I do.

#2 “SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND, THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD” — Steven R. Covey

This quote is one of my guiding principles, both personally and professionally. Whether you are one of my clients, a team member, my friend or family, I remind myself each day to really understand you first before communicating what I am about. My whole company is based on this one quote. We constantly seek to understand our clients and our team members. And we remind ourselves that we do not know it all, and we never will. We find teachers and mentors outside of our company who challenge us to continually evolve our workouts to serve a balanced body and life. I have to say, this isn’t an easy way to grow a company. But, it is our way, and I am proud of it!

#3 “It’s the sand in the oyster that makes the pearl.”  

Having disruption in your life and body can create beauty and balance. That’s how our bodies evolve and get stronger without plateauing. Those shakes you get at the barre are a sign of your muscles breaking down and failing. When they recover, you will be stronger. It also applies to less favorable disruption. For me, having a back injury has taught me so much. It certainly can be disruptive, frustrating and painful. But the beauty is in what I learned from it. I learned to empathize with those in pain. I learned to honor my truth and be present. I learned that I needed to create a workout that empowers all of us, injured or not, young and old.

#4 Age is just a number. Enough said!

Happy 4 barre3 community.

Warmly,

Sadie

 

Sadie’s Invigorating Summer Workout. Try it!

Chris and I went on a 45 minute trail run in the Poconos. He snapped this picture of me finishing our workout with the first 10 minutes of our barre3 Standing Slim workout. I used this stone wall as my barre. That drink next to me is not a beer in case you are wondering! It’s an ice cold lime seltzer. I highly recommend this entire combination for an invigorating summer workout. Enjoy.

barre3 Shape Up for Summer Challenge

Are you worried you can’t make time for four classes a week for four weeks? Guess, what? So am I! It isn’t easy but I know we can do it.

Here are three tips that work:

#1 Work out first thing in the morning. It feels so good to check the “I worked out” box (see tip #3) by 7am!

#2 Pinky promise with your friend that you will do this together! You can also friend me here for a virtual pinky promise and I will make it my personal mission to get you to the finish line!

#3 Create a chart with four rows of four. Each time you do a barre3 workout draw a huge star in it.

Be sure to sign up in your local studio so you have a whole team to cheer you on. If you don’t have a studio, subscribe to our online workouts. It’s only $15/month and you can cancel anytime!

One month to get fit quick. Let’s do this!

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Spotlight: Andrea Mason, barre3 OKC + Edmond Studio Owner

Proudest Moment: My first day as a woman business owner for barre3
Biggest Challenge: Giving birth to my 9 lb. 15oz. son
Perfect Day: Sitting on the couch with a great book, a cup of tea and a roaring fire
Power Song: “Shake it out” by Florence + the Machine
My Motto: “The more, the merrier”
IndulgenceSea salt chocolate
I’m Dreaming of: Cabo!
My hero: Sadie Lincoln
My go-to Blog: puremamas.com
Obsessed with: Lip gloss
My best family vacation: Sunriver, OR but I’m hoping our upcoming trip with the kids to Israel will be!
I do barre3 so I can… learn and be inspired by my instructors
My morning drink of choice: Kombucha #7 or green tea
Favorite barre3 move: Waterski to chair and warrior III
I own barre3 because… I want to make a change
My current fitness goal is: Run a half marathon
The signature barre3 posture I am known for teaching is: Sumo
One word to sum up my studio culture is: Invigorating