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August 2015

Why Not Now?

Did you wake up this morning thinking, “You know what I’d like to do today? Walk blindfolded off the side of a cliff!”

Yeah, didn’t think so.

The unknown is a frightening thing, and doing something you’ve never done before sometimes really can feel as scary as walking into a dark cave without a flashlight. This goes for everything from moving to a new city to trying a bold new shade of lipstick. It certainly applies to starting a new exercise regimen or walking into a fitness class you’ve never done before. Humans are designed to be adaptable–so why are we so resistant to change?

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If you want to have something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.

Barre is NOT…

A question that comes up a lot when you tell people that you take barre classes is, “What exactly is barre? It’s like ballet, right?” Admittedly, barre is one of the harder forms of exercise to explain. Spinning? Easy peasy: “Stationary bike, dark room, music.” Weight lifting? No problem: “Pick up heavy thing, put it down. Repeat.” Running? No brainer: “Run. Because you’re a crazy person, apparently. Because running is allegedly a normal, healthy thing to do even when you’re not being chased by a bear.”

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7 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Barre Class

Ask any “barre beauty” about her first experience at B Present and chances are, she remembers those first few classes in vivid detail…excruciating, sweaty, shaky, vivid detail. I’ve been a “barre addict” at B Present for almost a year now, but still remember my first class like it was yesterday. If I could go back in time and tell myself what I know now, here’s what I would say…

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Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Why B Present Studio?

“Remember your WHY. Why are you here today?”

Listen in on a typical barre class at B Present Studio. You’ll hear the pulsating beat of the music, and the huffing and puffing of your mat neighbors between sets of planks and pushups. Maybe you’ll hear some grumbling or choice words aimed at the instructor as she cheerfully chirps “Pulse, pulse, pulse!” and “Last eight!” (this is almost always a lie).

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Barre Beauty Stories: August 2015

Check out Crystal Halfman’s barre story, featured in our August 2015 newsletter:

“As I walked through the doors of B Present Studio for my very first class ever and, all by myself, I was a little nervous. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. As the class started and Tammy introduced herself, I remember thinking, “What did I just get myself into?” I tried  to talk myself into leaving class, but I knew that wasn’t my purpose.  I couldn’t leave, I was here for something. That is when I heard Tammy say, “Why are you here?  What is your why?”  I thought for a brief moment she was talking directly to me.  How did she know what was running through my head? Tammy’s class was so inspiring and positive.  I knew I was getting more than just a workout that day.  As the sweat poured off me, I knew I couldn’t leave.  That was the beginning of my journey at B Present.

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