The Bar Method is growing in Northern California! The Bar Method Campbell is owned by Stephanie Cho and Leslie Ann Searson, who also have a studio in Santa Clara, CA. We caught up with them recently to learn more about who they are and how The Bar Method inspired them to open two studios!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Stephanie: Not sure if this makes me “interesting”, but I have a completely different background from health and fitness! 🙂 I worked in corporate strategy for commercial banks for years (5 alone after business school), and suddenly realized that life was too short to not thoroughly enjoy what I did for a living. I officially left corporate life in 2011, and we opened a Bar Method in Santa Clara in 2012! I have two adorable children, my son Parker is 2, and my daughter Andie is 6 weeks! My husband works at Netflix, and we’re basically just a happy, crazy, chaotic mess when I’m not at the studio.
Leslie: I am a Bar Method fanatic who loves community, meeting new people, staying healthy, and enjoying the family life. I guess something that’s interesting about myself is that I’m a twin who recently had twins. I actually really wanted to be a mother of at least 2 so I feel blessed that I was able to carry twins for my first pregnancy. They are a handful and GIANT (my 5 month old son is already 20 lbs and the size of a toddler) but they are my whole world!
What’s your Bar Method story? How did you get involved?
Stephanie: Like so many other clients, I was introduced to the Bar Method through a friend. I just became obsessed with not only how it changed my body, but also how it made me feel!
Leslie: I moved to San Francisco with my husband and got introduced to The Bar Method as a daily distraction while looking for work back in 2010. My “twin” sister was the flagship studio’s personal massage therapist (back when they had one) and she swore by the program. After my first class I was of course hooked and decided to shift career gears and open my own studio.
How has Bar Method changed your life?
Stephanie: Well the biggest change has obviously been in my career. But other than that, the Bar Method has changed not only how I look, but also how I view health and fitness in general! Previously, I was all about aesthetics, but now I’m more concerned with my mental connection to my health and wellness. And this has changed every facet of my life – from how I view achieving balance in my life, to how I deal with stress and even my complete lack of sleep from having a newborn!
Leslie: After having had twins, I didn’t think I would be able to recover as quickly as I did! I was able to return to the studio full time while my business partner was on maternity leave and open up a second studio all at the same time. It’s the physical strength and the mental endurance that Bar Method principles are based on that allow me to push myself everyday, even outside the studio, to be my absolute best!
The studio is located near San Jose, in the heart of the city of Campbell at 2020 S Bascom Ave. Campbell, CA 95008. It’s a block away from Downtown, and conveniently located across from the Pruneyard shopping center.
Congratulations Stephanie and Leslie!
Cheers! You’re in the final stretch to feeling stronger, more confident and beautiful!
Be Proud of your Commitment
Though the challenge is ending this week, your commitment is not! You are at the critical point of forming a habit with your routine. Consider what you’ve been able to accomplish during these past few weeks, and how your body and mind feel. Did you stay in thigh-work without breaking, and perhaps even work a little lower? Did you complete that final pushup, and maybe discover that you really can do a few more on the balls of your feet than you thought? Did you get a better night’s sleep? Marvel in your results, and carry them forward.
It’s Time to Restore
Hydration is the remedy for after a good workout to restore the body’s natural electrolytes.
• Avoid: Salt and foods that contain preservatives and flavor enhancers, such as monosodium glutamate, table salt, nitrates and sulfites.
• Why: These foods are natural diuretics. Fluids move fluids, so drink lots of water and juice and eat foods that have high water content.
• Try: Coconut water, cucumber juice, watermelon juice, kombu kelp, lettuce, zucchini, pineapple and asparagus.
Feeling too Hydrated?
• Make a Cucumber Flush Juice. This juice, which is a natural diuretic, is perfect for those days when you feel like your body is holding a little extra water (see the below for the recipe).
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and irritants.
• Avoid: Foods common to the American diet, like gluten, refined sugar, caffeine, processed meats and dairy.
• Why: Most Americans eat a diet full of inflammatory foods which can lead to obesity, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
• Try: Eating foods in their natural state (fresh veggies, fruits, seeds, grass-fed meats, organic poultry, herbs) all naturally have anti-inflammatory properties.
• Make a Chai-Spice Shake. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, this creamy shake boasts the fragrance of garam masala and the natural sweetness of dates. (see the below for the recipe).
Natural Pain Reliever
• Avoid: Foods that promote inflammation like white sugar, white flour, alcohol. caffeine, processed foods, soda, and foods with artificial flavorings and sweeteners.
• Why: Numerous studies have shown curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin.
• Try: Ginger’s cousin Turmericcontains the pigment curcumin, which has even more benefits for the body. Curcumin is a completely natural pain reliever, and thus eliminates pain without toxic side effects such as ulcer formation and intestinal bleeding that are possible when taking leading pain-relieving drugs. Incorporate turmeric (juice, pills, powder), Sour cherry juice, Calcium lactate, Traumeel and Arnica supplements into your diet.
• Make Turmeric Ginger Lemonade. Turmeric has long been used to reduce pain and to support digestion and liver health. To keep this powerful anti-inflammatory lemonade a low-glycemic treat, use stevia to sweeten it. (see the below for the recipe)
Recipes from Urban Remedy
Recipes are created by Urban Remedy Founder, Neka Pasqaule. These recipes are featured in her book, “Urban Remedy, The 4-Day Cleanse Retreat Book” available at UrbanRemedy.com.
Cucumber Flush Juice
1 ½ cucumbers
1 daikon radish
2 Granny Smith apple
1-inch knob fresh ginger
Cut the vegetables and apples as needed into pieces that will fit into the chute of your extraction juicer. Then, following the manufacturer’s instructions, juice all of the ingredients in the order given. Pour into a tall glass.
Makes 1 serving
Chai Spice Shake
1 ½ cups (12 fl oz/375 ml) cashew milk
½ cup (2 oz/60 g) unsweetened shredded dried coconut
4 Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
½ teaspoons garam masala
3 tablespoons raw protein power (we recommend Sunwarrior brand)
In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend on high speed for 45 seconds. The smoothie should be smooth and thick. Pour into a tall glass.
Turmeric Ginger Lemonade
2 lemons, peeled
1-inch (2.5-cm) knob fresh turmeric
1-inch (2.5-cm) knob fresh ginger
1 1/2 cups (12 fl oz/375 ml) filtered water
Liquid stevia to taste
If necessary, cut the lemon into pieces that will fit into the chute of your extraction juicer. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, juice the lemons, turmeric, and ginger in that order. Flush the juicer with the water to extract any additional juice from the turmeric and ginger. Pour the juice into a tall glass and stir in the stevia.
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Have you ever wondered what’s really happening when your muscles start to shake during thigh or seat work? Or, what’s causing that unstoppable tremble in your working leg during round back? Teachers encourage it and use it as an indicator that you’re making changes in your muscles, but what’s really going on?
The shake we all love to hate starts deep in the muscle fibers and is a result of the type of exercises and challenges we use in The Bar Method. In most physical activities, your muscles are able to turn on and off as they contract and relax through a cycle of movement; however, in The Bar Method we challenge the muscle endurance by holding sustained contractions for longer periods of time before coming out to change positions or stretch. This sustained stress causes the muscle to burn through its reserves of fuel to the point of exhaustion. Once that local fuel store is almost depleted, the muscle starts relaxing and contracting at a high rate of speed to conserve the remaining energy and help you remain in positions for those last 20 or 30 counts.
As with any type of exercise, your body will adapt to the challenge if you perform these exercises consistently and your muscle endurance will improve, delaying the shake. The beauty of the Bar Method exercises is that you can always increase the challenge. Dropping lower in thigh, shrinking the range of motion down in seat work, or drawing your top leg even closer to the barre in round back all reset the bar and allow you to work through a new threshold of shaking.
Improving your muscle endurance is one of the greatest benefits of the Bar Method and one that carries over into other activities allowing you to ski top to bottom at Vail without feeling your legs burn or to reach the top of Lookout Mountain on your road bike in record time. So, the next time you’re in class and you feel your muscles start to move, embrace the shake. It’s not just a catchy phrase; you really are challenging your body to reach a new level of strength and endurance.
Meghan Dukes, DC, MSPT
Instructor, The Bar Method Denver-Stapleton