the muscle tees are here!

Your 6:00 am alarm goes off. Another Monday. Another crazy morning getting your troublemakers to school is about to unfold. You have three breakfasts to make (and one of them isn’t even your own). You hear your husband coughing and sneezing downstairs, and you already know he’s going to want the day off. Make that a fourth breakfast.

You’re dropping the kids off at school and feeling confident you’ll make the 8:15. But, of course, the unexpected continues. A homework assignment left at home sets back your entire schedule for the day. Who knew school could still haunt you at 40? You have to go to the 9:30 instead.

On hectic mornings like these, we know the last thing on your mind is choosing the ensemble you’ll be sporting at barre. Luckily, we have a top for you that never made outfit styling easier…the muscle tee!

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We have taken this every day, on-the-go top and brought it to the studio for you. Pair our tees with some patterned leggings, and we’re certain you’ll be tucking confidently and comfortably.

We especially love that these tees are perfect for your day’s post-barre plans. From a beach day with family to a girls night out, the muscle tee is a must for any occasion.

 

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On cooler days, layer your muscle tee with a flannel for a casual, I-just-threw-this-together look.

 

 

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Pair your muscle tee with a fun hat or statement necklace, and you’re ready for Sunday brunch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For your next special occasion, steal T Swift’s look and dress up your muscle tee with a skirt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have some muscle tee styling tips, hurry to barre for your soon-to-be favorite top…oh and of course for your already favorite workout!

 

 

(more muscle tee inspiration)

Posted On September 8, 2017

Taco Tuesday….made healthy!

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
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Yield: About 6 tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (preferably 2 tsp regular chili powder and 1 tsp ancho chili powder)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Iceberg or Romain lettuce leaves, doubled up, for serving
  • Shredded Mexican cheese, diced Roma tomatoes, diced red onion, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, light sour cream, for serving
  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 2 minutes. Add turkey and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, tossing and breaking up turkey occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, tomato sauce and chicken broth. Reduce to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes until sauce has reduced. Serve mixture over lettuce leaves with desired toppings.
  • Recipe source: filling loosely adapted from Cooks Illustrated
Posted On May 10, 2016

Ahi Poke Bowl {Made from scratch}

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“This is a standard raw tuna (poke) salad served in most Hawaiian homes. Although unconventional, it is sure to please the more adventurous seafood lovers. Be sure to use fresh tuna for the very best flavor, although fresh frozen tuna will produce acceptable results.”

 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh tuna steaks, cubed
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped macadamia nuts

 

Directions

  • In a medium size non-reactive bowl, combine Ahi, soy sauce, green onions, sesame oil, sesame seeds, chili pepper, and macadamia nuts; mix well. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Serve over rice or just plain with some pita chips for a wonderful delight!

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Posted On January 31, 2016

Rise and Shine Energy Bars for your {BARRE} Life

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RISE & SHINE ENERGY BARS (GLUTEN-FREE)

Author: Beard And Bonnet

Serves: 12 bars

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted earth balance or butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. g-free vanilla extract
  • 2 cups g-free puffed brown rice cereal
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pecans, oats, pine nuts, and flax seeds on the sheet and bake about 8 minutes or until fragrant. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • In a saucepan, bring the sugar, honey, butter or Earth Balance, and salt to a boil over medium heat. Simmer until the sugar dissolves and a light brown caramel forms, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour the caramel over the nut and oat mixture. Stir in the brown rice cereal and the cranberries until evenly coated.
  • Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, extend the paper over the sides of the pan to use as a handle later. Pour the cereal mixture into the baking dish and spread out into an even layer. Cover the pan with a second piece of parchment and press down to compress the bars. Let the mixture stand for about 2 hours until firm.
  • Discard the top piece of parchment and use the “handles” from the second piece of parchment to gently remove the cereal square from the pan then cut the squares into 12 equal size bars and serve.

 

NOTES

* Make a batch of these at the beginning of the week and wrapping them individually in plastic wrap. I keep them in the refrigerator so we can pull out as many as we want each morning. Just be sure to let them come to room temp before you eat them because they really harden up in the fridge, but they will soften back to a crispy, chewy granola bar in a few minutes.

Studio Barre Loves these bars!

Posted On January 5, 2016

TIME FOR A GOOD FEEL…UP!

 

The idea of breast cancer, well really any type of cancer, has always been an “it’ll never happen to me” situation in my own head. I try to maintain a healthy diet, a healthy attitude, and a healthy body (Studio Barre is a clear representation of that positive lifestyle!), so I just never even considered it an obstacle I might have to deal with at an early age.

 

And then it happened, and it happened to me. Blindsided is an understatement, but I’m sure no different of a feeling than any other person who suddenly gets the same news from their doctor. The whole world begins to spin a little faster on its axis, and you search for a way to get off the ride as quickly as possible. All of a sudden, October being Breast Cancer Awareness month truly has a personal meaning. Breast Cancer has presented itself in my life front and center, and I’ve begun documenting my own journey on a new Facebook page called “Fight Like a Girl.” Why? Well it’s funny that friends and family tell me that they can’t believe I’m smiling ear-to-ear in pictures while getting chemo treatments, spending time in the ER, or even exiting the shower with handfuls of hair. But what’s the better option? And what’s the use of having to fight like hell, but not be able to help anyone else in the process? That’s not how I’m programmed. I can spend the entire time crying and feeling sorry for myself, but that won’t help me or anyone else for that matter. I’m HERE, my cancer has been DETECTED, my chemo is ONGOING, the tumor is SHRINKING, and my prognosis is POSITIVE! Every day is a celebration in my opinion, and because I’m clearly not the only one saddled with this burden, I want to offer my love and support to all those around me; the more you give, the more you get.

 

So to that VERY IMPORTANT end, it’s time to discuss the importance of steps we can take to promote early detection of breast cancer. Yup! This is a lecture about giving your boobies a good feel, because EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY!

 

The whole idea behind early detection is to get screenings often enough that a potential cancerous threat never has the opportunity to settle in and create symptoms (like a lump in your breast).

  • It starts in your 20’s, where you need to develop a level of breast awareness (i.e. the underlying anatomy), and you should learn how to complete a thorough breast exam. Your gynecologist or your general doctor will be all-to-happy to help get you proactive in this respect. They KNOW how important a simple self-exam can be.   And frankly, if you’re too embarrassed to ask, just Google it! There are a gazillion instructional videos and pictures and blogs and what have you!
  • In addition to your own self-check, you should be getting a clinical breast exam every year along with your annual. What does that mean? It means DON’T SKIP YOUR ANNUAL! Not only is early detection key in breast cancer, early detection is key in cervical cancer as well! These are important yearly steps as you enter adulthood that CANNOT BE SKIPPED!
  • Once you hit 40, a mammogram is considered the most effective screening tool out there, and it’s recommended that once a woman turns 40, that she gets one every year. A mammogram is essentially an x-ray of the breast, allowing a trained radiologist to identify potential spots or areas that might be cancerous in nature. Think about it – a tumor forms in the breast as cancerous cells begin to increase in size and number. Once you feel that lump, steps like biopsy, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation have to be taken. So instead, a screening by mammogram can potentially identify areas at risk BEFORE they become tumors.
  • And remember, it’s important to consider whether you have multiple risk factors that might increase your chances of developing breast cancer (or any type of cancer for that matter). Are you a smoker? How’s your diet? Do you drink? Do you exercise? Are you exposed to toxic substances in your line of work? Do you have a family history? These are ALL reasons to go and consult your doctor. I’m not qualified to tell you whether you are at risk, but as your friend, I can tell you that an unhealthy lifestyle has definite links to progressive diseases, such as cancer.

 

Have you heard enough? Have I inspired you to schedule your next doctor’s appointment or mammogram? Are you online looking for additional resources and information? Are you pulling your spouse/daughter/mother/best friend aside and asking them the same? I’ve done my job in this post if you’re personally taking steps, or encouraging others to take steps, in support of early detection. Heck, I’ve done my job if after reading this, you give yourself a good feel…up!

 

I love each and every one of you. Together we are strength defined!

 

Happy Tucking (and feeling and squeezing and early detecting)!

JShannon

 

Posted On October 14, 2015

ADIEU TO SUMMER

Oh summer, we love thee, but it’s time to bid you adieu. The beginning of September is upon us, and as much as we’ve cherished every moment spent entertaining, chauffeuring, and feeding our children on break, it’s now time to GET BACK TO BUSINESS! Yup! The “Summer of We” that kept you in total entertainment mode is now the “September of Me”, and we fully expect to see you back at the barre, tucking off all of your BBQs and beach bonfires! As fabulous as summer can be, we also know how frustrating it can be to not have a whole lot of time to yourself, and often your fitness routine gets the short end of the stick. So now that we KNOW your kids are back in school (ahem, we have kids too), there are NO EXCUSES for you to miss class! And in your best interests, we have some tips about making that happen:

  1. Don’t bolt out of the gate. We certainly won’t argue with you if you want to come back to class 7 days a week, but it might be a bit too much, too soon. We want you happy, healthy, and without barre burnout. As much as you’ve missed us (and we’ve missed you), start with a reasonable number of classes per week and build up from there, with plenty of rest and recovery between them.
  1. Tuck with a friend. Now on the flip side of someone all of a sudden coming every day is the member who has taken the summer off and can’t find the motivation to get moving again. Never mind good your body will look and feel once you start tucking with us on a regular basis, class is a terrific place to spend quality time with a friend who keeps you accountable. So make class a bit of a social event to look forward to, and let your friends motivate you to get there on a regular basis again.
  1. Tuck on a regular schedule. So now that your entire day isn’t in total limbo based upon the needs of your kids, get yourself on a regular schedule. Are your best days M/W/F at 9:30? We have a class for that! But sit down and write it down on a calendar or put it in your phone, because you have a weekly appointment with your favorite barretender(s) that cannot be forgotten!
  1. Invest in some new gear. Why do you think the boutique is such a critical part of the studio?! Our tuckers want to look good in AND out of their clothes, and they want their workout wear to reflect their efforts with us. We’re surrounded by mirrors in the studio, and it’s inspiring to feel good about our bodies when we catch our own reflections. A new tucking outfit or two help provide the positive attitude you need to keep tucking!

Alrighty! Our kids are back in school, your kids are back in school, and the barre is waiting for you! We’re ready to help whip that bod back into its pre-summer bad ass shape! Together we are strength defined!

Happy Tucking!

Shannon

Posted On August 26, 2015

IT’S ALL ABOUT A POSITIVE ATTITUDE!

Do you think of yourself as a positive person? Are you always encouraging family members or friends to look for the positive sides of situations? Are you the parent who cheers their kid on, no matter the situation? I definitely can say that about myself. A friend gets what they think is a bad haircut, and I see them rocking a brand new style. One of my sons has what he perceives as a bad day on the soccer field, and I point out a new skill I saw him master. My husband and I disagree about something, and I try to think through the most positive and productive way to approach the conversation (okay, maybe not immediately, but soon thereafter!).

It’s just a general attitude of looking for the positive before looking for the negative, and if you’ve ever attended a Studio Barre class, you might have noticed that our amazing and accomplished instructors put theory into practice right there at the barre. The drive comes from not telling people what we DON’T want them to do, but rather telling them what we DO want to do, which then remains the focus. Instead of saying “Don’t let your heels drop,” we try to say “See if you can get those heels up even higher!” Instead of telling you NOT to let your shoulders hunch and hang over, we tell you how beautiful you look with shoulders back and perfect posture. Instead of criticizing you for leaving a pose prematurely, we encourage you to get right back into it and push towards your limits. And this difference, albeit sometimes subtle, is critical to defining what Studio Barre is all about.

Now even more important is how you talk to YOURSELF once you leave the barre. You use a positive approach with your family and friends, but why not yourself? That inner voice can be awfully cruel sometimes, and it’s important that the encouragement that you give yourself is just as strong as the encouragement that you provide to those around you. Instead of focusing on what you COULDN’T do in barre class, focus on how far you’ve come since you started. Instead of bashing yourself for being to busy to get to class as often as you’d like, applaud yourself for fitting it in where you could, even with a hectic schedule. Instead of comparing yourself to the client next to you at the barre, be proud of the strong and healthy body staring back at you in the mirror. All of this matters. And whether you realize it or not, all of this directly affects how you interact with everyone else in your life.

Just remember that we’re all a team, here to support each other through thick and thin. We make every effort to practice what we preach, and it’s our hope that you do the same once you leave the studio and get on with your day.

Together, we are STRENGTH DEFINED!

Happy Tucking!

Shannon

Posted On August 12, 2015

THREE FEET FROM GOLD

Have you ever been in a situation where just thinking that the end is near gets you that much closer to finishing? Of course! We all have! Whether it’s a long drive, you’ve gone for a run outside, or you’re folding laundry, just the idea that you’re right around the corner from being done is what helps keep you motivated to reach that finish line. Only a couple more miles to drive, only a couple more steps to take, only a couple more shirts to fold – it’s all the same thought process. You are what my good friend JaDee once quoted as “Three Feet From Gold”, which is something that’s really stuck with me ever since she brought it up. Basically, if you keep believing that you’re three feet from hitting gold, you won’t want to give up. You’ll keep on digging, knowing that your prize is right in front of you – who could pass up such an amazing opportunity?!

So where can you apply this in your own life? Everywhere! But since this is a blog about Studio Barre, let’s start there. Frankly, if you constantly tell yourself that you’re not accomplishing anything by coming to class, and that your body isn’t experiencing results, you’ll NEVER find the motivation you need to keep going! But if you really and truly believe in the concept of being three feet from gold, you know that you need to look in the mirror in a daily basis and see the positive changes you’re making. You need to congratulate yourself regularly for getting to class, working hard, and creating change. You need to believe that it’s that very next class that could potentially take your body to the next level. It’s this type of POSITIVE belief system that keeps so many of our tuckers coming back, and I guarantee that the bodies you covet don’t ever tell themselves that they aren’t good enough, or that they aren’t accomplishing anything. Those bodies understand that change takes time, dedication, and some good hard tucking, and they stay focused on the possibility of striking gold – THAT’S what keeps them going!

So start paying attention to what you tell yourself when you look in the mirror. Start listening to that inner dialogue. Is it positive? Are you excited of what you’ve accomplished so far, and all of the opportunity in front of you? Are you excited to make change? There’s gold to be found at Studio Barre, and we have all the tools there you need to reach it. Look at the tuckers surrounding you and find motivation in their accomplishments, as they do in yours. Just keep digging – you’re just a couple of feet away!

Together, we are STRENGTH DEFINED!

Happy Tucking!

Shannon

Posted On August 6, 2015

THE CARPETING CONNUNDRUM

Oooooh…just rained smell!

Oooooh…clean soap smell!

Oooooh…chocolate chip cookies smell!

Oooooh…new carpet smell???

Nope. One thing you will NEVER smell in a Studio Barre location is the chemical-laden odor of new carpeting, because we simply don’t believe that it contributes to a healthy and productive studio atmosphere. I had someone ask me recently why we insist on wood floors in all of our studios, and it’s not a decision we made flippantly, so I thought it best if we explain.

REASON #1: Dance studios don’t have carpeted floors. That’s right – you’ll never ever ever find a quality dance studio that has carpeted floors. And since the foundation of this workout is based on ballet positions and moves performed at the barre on hard, not carpeted, floors, we insist on maintaining that consistency. Although we don’t (currently) pirouette across the floor, we do MOVE a good amount, and carpeting absolutely inhibits that movement.

REASON #2: Carpeting doesn’t wear well. Oh sure, in your house it might wear okay in low-traffic areas, but any studio with a decent number of classes has people coming in and out all day long. Over time, that carpet starts to look pretty awful. Yuck! Nobody wants to work out on old worn carpet that people have sweat on, spilled drinks on, tracked dirt on, etc.! We’re trying to create studios that maintain easily, allowing for regular cleaning that makes you feel good about being there!

REASON #3: Speaking of germs…Wood floors can easily be washed and cleaned every day, multiple times a day, so that you don’t feel like you’re swimming in a pool of germs. Carpet can be vacuumed, but cleaning it thoroughly is a completely different matter! Remember, this is about the number of people coming into contact with the very carpet you’re currently sitting on.

REASON #4: Feet are kinda gross and socks stick to carpeting. We have our tuckers wear socks when they work out. It’s a VERY simple rule that works VERY well to keep our studio feeling clean, tidy, and safe. But wearing socks on carpet isn’t the best. The constant friction generates heat, and doesn’t feel too good to tuckers. As a result, we’ve see people working out on carpeting REMOVE their socks. Blech! Tell me the next time you want to place your hands or face near the barre or on the ground where some strangers bare feet have been!

REASON #5: We like clean air. As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to not use carpeting in our studios, the actual possibility that new carpeting can be a health hazard comes along. Truth be told, most carpets are synthetic, and contribute a huge amount of chemicals to your studio air. New carpets can leak for years, and to us that just isn’t acceptable from a wellness standpoint. I mean, we’re supposed to be making people healthier, right?!

So all of that, in short, is why we love using clean, durable, safe, maintainable, beautiful wood floors in all of our studios. In the end, it’s nothing but the best for our Studio Barre Family!

Together, we are STRENGTH DEFINED!

Happy Tucking!

Shannon

 

Posted On July 9, 2015

STOP SPINNING YOUR WHEEL

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STOP SPINNING YOUR WHEEL!

In my dream, I seem to be on this giant wheel. And every time I take a step forward, it starts to move faster. Before I know it, I’m jogging, and I can feel myself starting to sweat as I try to keep up. All of a sudden, I’m in a full run, and my heart is pounding in my chest. How do I slow it down?! How do I make it stop?! And then I see my reflection, and I’m at a full sprint on a giant hamster wheel. Crazy right?

No, what’s crazy is that this heart-pounding “hamster wheel” ride is how most of us (myself included) feel on a daily basis. We’ve become so good at multi-tasking, that we’ve overloaded our schedules and have to be at a full sprint all day just to keep up.

So how do we slow things down? Because if you’re as familiar with the hamster wheel as I am, it’s doubtful you’re taking any time for yourself during the day. In fact you’re probably lucky if you can make your way for a little tuck at the barre. And that’s where we start – with your schedule. Oh fly by the seat of your pants do you? That’s part of the reason you’re stuck on the hamster wheel right now! Once you sit down with an actual calendar or schedule book, and actually establish priorities, you’ll start to regain control. You need to be realistic about what you can commit to on a daily basis. And you MUST MUST MUST establish actual blocks of time in your day where you do something for yourself. Maybe it’s a walk on the beach, maybe it’s getting your eyebrows waxed, or maybe it’s a tucking good, stress-relieving barre class.

I did it. That’s right – I did. I saw an out-of-control schedule making my life worse, not better, and I took steps to regain control. Keeping my body strong is just as big of a priority as grocery shopping for my family. A strong body works hand-in-hand with a clutter-free, sharp mind, and a focused hour at the barre is a strong step forward. If ANY of this sounds familiar, it’s time to make a change. Who needs a New Year’s Resolution?! We are halfway through 2015 and you need to take productive steps towards taking care of YOURSELF. Because the more you take care of yourself, the better you are at taking care of everyone else around you. So pull out that schedule, and set aside 60 minutes to tuck your stress away. We’re waiting for you at the barre!

Together, we are STRENGTH DEFINED!

Happy Tucking!

Shannon

Posted On June 12, 2015