Meet Me at the Barre

…a blog by B Present Studio



On Stealing Your Own Peace

I have what you might optimistically call a high threshold of tolerance for clutter.

It’s a running joke in our house that once a thing–a stack of papers, a stray chapstick, a stapler, a scarf–has been in a certain spot for more than a week or two, that’s just where it goes now. It truly becomes invisible to me. My husband, who conversely can’t stand clutter, is constantly fluttering around straightening up and moving my things.

“Babe, where’d you put my chapstick?”

“What chapstick?”

“The chapstick that was on the kitchen counter.”

“I probably put it away. Why was it on the counter?”

“I don’t know! BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE I KEEP MY CHAPSTICK NOW.” Continue reading “On Stealing Your Own Peace”

Barre With Baby on Board

***Always speak with your doctor about beginning or continuing a fitness regimen while pregnant.***

A gaggle of geese.

A murder of crows.

A colony of penguins.

A pride of lions.

We’re not sure what the right collective noun is for a large group of pregnant women, but whatever it is…we’ve got that. Something must be in the Granger water, because as of late we’ve seen one expectant mama after another sashay through the doors here at B Present–and we love seeing so many baby bumps at the barre! Continue reading “Barre With Baby on Board”

Working Through an Injury, Part II

Life loves to throw us curveballs, doesn’t it? Sometimes you’re just hitting your stride, just getting close to reaching a goal you’ve been working toward for ages, and then WHAM–you get knocked down. Typically “knocked down” is just a figure of speech, but let’s say–purely hypothetically–you were literally knocked down by a crooked sidewalk and, I don’t know, broke your foot or something. COMPLETELY HYPOTHETICAL, PEOPLE.

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Working Through an Injury – Part I

*Always get your doctor’s permission to begin or continue an exercise regimen while injured or ill.*

What is that old saying about good days and bad days, and ups and downs in life? “Some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug, and some days you trip over the stupid sidewalk and break your foot.” That sounds right, doesn’t it? I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes.

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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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