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Meet the Barre Tender: Olivia

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of two new barre tenders to the B Team: Lisa and Olivia!

We asked them to tell us a little bit more about themselves in their own words. Without further ado…meet Olivia!

 

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as B Present Studio barre tender? 

I believe what I am looking forward to the most is being able to push the dynamic, incredible, and strong women (and few brave gentlemen) that attend our classes to help them set and reach goals they may never have thought were possible (whether it’s doing one push-up on your toes, staying in relevé during the entire barre series, or rocking every tuck jump after those burpees).

Being a barre tender is truly about leading class FOR our Beauties. I am so excited to be able to encourage and show our clients that they are stronger than they may have ever dreamt of–in not only their bodies, but minds and spirits as well.

Any funny stories to share from your experience as a B Present student?

So there was that one time in 100 Club when I face planted while doing eagle push-ups and the sweet Beauty next to me stopped to ask if I was alright….but I mean, who HASN’T done that?!

What do you like to do when you’re not working out?

I work part time as the coordinator of the Youth Leadership program at Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, which keeps me busy during the week. I am also a mom to two lovely littles, Max (6) and Evy (2.5), and will be training for my fourth marathon this October.



What is something most people don’t know about you?

I almost hit a deer one day, while RUNNING down a country road on a beautiful fall day. I don’t know who was more scared, me or her! I was fussing with my phone, trying to check a message (most likely from my husband) and looked up just in time to stop myself from running smack into the side of a doe. A deer. A female deer. (You can’t make this stuff up!)

Aside from your cute barre booty (which you totally have), how has B Present made an impact on your life?

B Present has truly helped me step out of my comfort zone…on so many different occasions and in so many ways. I am a firm believer that the true magic in your life happens when you are out of your comfort zone. From first walking in to doors two years ago as a fitness/cardio junkie who had no idea what class was going to be like, and was scared and uncomfortable at first (then quickly an addict) to placing a microphone on my left ear and leading others though my first full barre class (Tammy’s Barre Blast, no pressure!! Haha!)–I have grown so much within the walls of those two studios.

 

What do you want all of your future Barre Beauties to know coming into your class?

I want to challenge you. Class will be hard but it will be SOOOO worth it and yes, you CAN do it! You will always have modifications available to suit your body BUT I want to push you (safely, of course) and then CELEBRATE with you when you meet your goals. …..And there will probably be burpees involved (unless it is a low-impact class of course, then we can modify them. 😉 )

Meet the Barre Tender: Lisa

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of two new barre tenders to the B Team: Lisa and Olivia!

 

We asked them to tell us a little bit more about themselves in their own words. Without further ado…meet Lisa!

Continue reading “Meet the Barre Tender: Lisa”

The Barre Digest: Kara and the Cheeky Charleston

“I love how graceful Kara is with both her movement and her words. She is so sweet you almost don’t realize she’s trying to kill you.”

We asked you to tell us what you thought of Barre Tender Kara and one of her most infamous signature moves:

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Meet the Barre Tender: Stacy

Stacy has been an instructor at B Present Studio since January of 2015. We sat down with her recently to learn more about some of her favorite things (chocolate chip cookies and wiener dogs), how she came to love the barre, and the moment that she found out she’d been saying “plie” wrong this whole time…

Enjoy!

 

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How did you first learn about B Present?

I first heard about it from a friend in my book club. She had been telling me about this studio, and I thought,”Who works out with a ballet barre? That sounds…kind of easy.” Also–I’m the farthest thing from a dancer. I have no rhythm; my husband makes fun of me it’s so bad. Ballet, and really any kind of dance, is very intimidating to me. But working out, getting a good sweat on, I’m all about that. And I’m always up for a challenge, so I thought, “Why not try it? What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Continue reading “Meet the Barre Tender: Stacy”

Here’s a beautiful reflection from Barre Beauty Morgan, on discovering her worth and strength deep within her own heart…Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 10.09.54 AM

I took my stretching outside to soak up tonight’s beauty. As I was stretching I noticed how many bruises and scars I have covering my very tired legs. Though they definitely aren’t pretty, they are strong. When my head told me that I should give up, my legs and heart have always worked together to push me forward, even when I wasn’t nourishing them to do so. Continue reading “You Are Strong, You Are Worthy”

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”

Meet the Barre Tender: Kara B.

Kara B. is one of three (!) instructors named Kara at B Present Studio. She’s a veteran of the fitness industry with twenty years of experience teaching group fitness, and has been teaching at B Present since 2013. 

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How did you first get into the fitness industry?

I was always involved in athletics; I ran cross country and track and was a cheerleader in high school. I also ran cross country and track my freshman year in college, and it was an awesome experience, but there are so many other new things to explore in college. So at that point I transitioned from always just running to try something different. I found a step aerobics class at the local YMCA, and from that point fell in love with group fitness. When I went back to college my junior year, a small gym was opening and they asked if I wanted to teach aerobics there, and that was my first job in fitness. I think I made about $5 a class and it was mostly my sorority sisters that came to my class! Continue reading “Meet the Barre Tender: Kara B.”

2015 Year in Review

As 2015 winds down, we can’t help but marvel at what a ride it’s been at B Present Studio. It’s hard to believe that at this time last year, our team and our studio were about half the size that they are today. The new year brings with it a chance for both reinvigoration and reflection; as we look ahead to all the promise that 2016 holds, we also look back in gratitude for all that 2015 had to offer: Continue reading “2015 Year in Review”

Meet the Barre Tender: Carrie

Carrie has been a B Present barre tender since January 2015, and recently took on an additional role as a wellness coach in the new B Well arm of B Present Studio. She is also a 6th grade teacher in the Edwardsburg school system.

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How long have you been teaching at B Present?

I was in the January 2015 training class and started student teaching after that, but had to take a short hiatus–I had a calcium deposit in my shoulder and had to take some time off to recover from that–so I actually started teaching my own classes in May.

Continue reading “Meet the Barre Tender: Carrie”

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