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Bar Method Book Club: Top 5 Summer Reads

Summer is upon us, which means we might finally have some time to ourselves to indulge in a good book by the pool, beach, or in the backyard. We have handpicked this special reading list just for you, all written by authors within our Bar Method community. That’s right, every book on our list was written by one of our members!

We have an emotionally charged story about immigration and infertility; historical fiction set on the beautiful coast of Nantucket; a sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships; a love story with a number of unexpected twists that take you on a tour of Los Angeles and make you think twice about the power of technology; and finally an unfiltered guide to being a bride from famous, funny gal Jaime King! Read the reviews below and click the book cover to pick up your copy on Amazon. Happy Reading!

1. Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran (Berkeley, CA)

Lucky Boy Book - Novel Cover Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and dazed with optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth.

Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents’ chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya’s mid-thirties. When she can’t get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya’s care. As Kavya learns to be a mother–the singing, story-telling, inventor-of-the-universe kind of mother she fantasized about being–she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else’s child.

Lucky Boy is an emotional journey that will leave you certain of the redemptive beauty of this world. There are no bad guys in this story, no obvious hero. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon valley, author Shanthi Sekaran has taken real life and applied it to fiction; the results are moving and revelatory. https://www.shanthisekaran.com/

2. The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable (Solana Beach, CA)

The book of summer - Novel Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family’s Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she s purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.

The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home’s definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess’s grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother s words in ways she never contemplated. http://michellegable.com/

 

 

3. The Things We Tell Ourselves by Victoria Namkung (Los Angeles, CA)

The things we tell ourselves - novel When a young writer enters into an affair with a charming foreign correspondent, she has no idea that an uncharacteristic moment of spontaneity will change her life forever.

Twenty-two-year-old Georgina Park dreams of being a hard-hitting journalist, but to pay the bills she’s covering the red carpet for a celebrity magazine. Her world is turned upside down when a chance meeting with Simon Grant, an Australian TV reporter who is 20 years her senior—and married—leads to an intense, sexually charged relationship that continues even after he returns home to Sydney. But when some compromising photos from Georgina’s past come back to haunt her years later, it appears Simon is to blame. Now a prolific newspaper columnist and college instructor, Georgina must use her investigative reporting skills to save herself—and revisit the affair that started it all.

Set in Los Angeles, The Things We Tell Ourselves takes readers from the klieg lights of Hollywood to the dark corners of the Internet, exploring love, marriage and technology along the way. At its heart, the novel is a literary examination of the damage one generation can inflict on the next and the compromises we make between our ideals and life’s realities, between what we desire and doing the right thing. http://victorianamkung.com/

4. Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki (Berkeley, CA)

woman no. 17-book cover-novel A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.

But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear. http://www.edanlepucki.com/

5. Weddiculous by Jamie Lee (Los Angeles, CA)

weddiculous - book cover- novelWeddings. What was once a beautiful celebration of a couple coming together for a lifetime of happiness has become a dizzying maze of planning minutiae that might tempt you to say yes to a quickie drive-through chapel in Vegas. The good news is that they don’t have to be stressful. You don’t have to give in to the crazy and seemingly ridiculous. Comedian and Girl Code star Jamie Lee learned much more than she counted on pulling together her own wedding, and in Weddiculous, she shares her first-hand experiences and hilarious hard-won insights for every girl who just said “yes.”

Putting the madness into perspective, Jamie will walk you through the planning process step-by-step in a calm, realistic, and highly entertaining way. Weddiculous includes helpful checklists, timelines, and suggestions on everything from what questions to ask vendors to how to handle difficult bridesmaids to what’s worth the extra cost (and more importantly, what’s not). Throughout, Jamie provides guidance on when you should trust your gut and when you may want to listen to others.

What Amy Sedaris has done for hospitality and crafting, Jamie Lee now does for weddings. Weddiculous will help keep you calm and focused on what’s really important about your wedding day. http://www.weddiculousbook.com/jamie-lee/

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Community Over Competition in Kansas City

Boutique fitness is booming right now. New studios are popping up around town every other week! How are you supposed to decide where to go and what to try? It’s overwhelming and confusing. No doubt that there are some incredible new workouts out making great claims about being “The best workout in the world” and “backed by science” to “transform your body.” And while physical results are key, people are really looking for more than just a killer workout. They need to identify and connect with the studio on a personal level in order to truly realize all of the amazing benefits that come with the billboard size claims. We need a sense of community!

The Bar Method in Kansas City has put community first from its inception in 2012. Hoddy Potter was the original owner and the heart and soul of the the community as well as the entire Bar Method organization. Before she passed from Lymphoma in December 2015, she set the “barre” high for what makes a studio community stand out amongst its competition. Hoddy partnered with Lizzy Rudd as her Director of Operations and together, they discovered when you combine fun, love and family you create a community!

Here are three examples of how they’ve fostered a special bond with their clients that will make your heart sing!

1. Have Fun

The Bar Method Kansas City hosts “bartini nights” at a local restaurant once per quarter with their clients, friends, and family. It’s a great outlet for the clients to have fun, get to know each other, and connect outside of the studio. Plus, it never hurts to indulge in a nice cocktail or glass of wine to celebrate your hard work together!

2. Show Your Love

We might not see many men taking barre class, however they sure do understand the impact barre has on their loved ones. Lizzy shared two adorable stories where her member’s husbands threw surprise birthday parties for their wives at The Bar Method. There were balloons, drinks, snacks, and plenty of fun snaps for Facebook! This is just one example of how the barre community reaches beyond its members and has a positive impact on the people around them. It doesn’t get much cuter than that!

3. Include The Kids

Having a kids club at the studio adds a cheerful element to the environment that authenticates the community in such a special way! The Bar Method Kansas CIty has had several members workout through multiple pregnancies to then watch their kids grow up right before their eyes in the kids club! Who knows, we might be seeing some of these “bar babies” grow up to be barre instructors some day?

 

What makes your barre community special? Leave a comment and let us know. Click here to find a studio near you and join their community today! Your barre family is waiting for you.

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Top 4 Reasons Clients From All Ages Go to The Bar Method

What makes a barre class great is the choreography, the music, and the way your body begins to tremble as soon as the instructor hints at thigh work. Those are some of the key contributing factors to what we focus on at The Bar Method.

However, what makes The Bar Method truly unique is the community of women across all generations, lined up along the barre next to one another. Multiple generations embracing the burn, supporting each other, facing mental and physical challenges they didn’t realize existed. Some would say it’s the teacher that inspires the class, but we truly feel it’s the presence and power of the students working together that is the most inspiring!

So, what is it about The Bar Method that pulls these multi-generational women together in this way?

We interviewed 7 different clients at The Bar Method Solana Beach, each representing a different generation from a teen to a woman gracefully embracing her 70s. We were surprised to find out that we are more alike than different.  Although some students walk into The Bar Method with specific expectations and others with none at all, they all keep coming back for these same reasons.

Top 4 Reasons Clients Go to The Bar Method

1. The Challenge

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Kelsey is 27 and has been taking The Bar Method for 3 years. She was most surprised that The Bar Method is truly a path to mastery that continues to challenge her mentally and physically in every class. Being young, she thought “how hard can it be?” She quickly realized not only is it challenging, it’s the challenge that she craves!

Alice, in her early 70’s, has the same respect for the challenge. She’s been taking class since the studio opened 6 years ago and said she keeps coming back out of “curiosity to see how much longer she can get away with it at her age.” We love that answer so much because it proves our point that no matter your age.

If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.”

2. The Community

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Shilpi is in her 30’s and just had her first baby! She’s been taking The Bar Method since before she was married, over 5 years ago, and has stayed loyal loyal after all of these years.

“Endless love and support through the various life events in my life – from my wedding through pregnancy to now motherhood. I am proud to be a part of a community of such amazing women of all ages who inspire me in and out of the studio.”

The community of strong women at The Bar Method sealed the deal for Heather, 56, as well.

“The Bar Method has had a huge impact on my emotional well-being and how I take care of myself. I take class at 6am three times per week, and am always greeted by wonderful, supportive, friendly women who all want to look and feel great. It’s an incredibly positive environment that really sets the tone for my day and keeps me on track with my health goals. It sounds cliche to say that The Bar Method has changed my life, but it really has!  No matter what is going on in my life, I always feel so much better after I finish a class and it really makes me feel more grateful in general.”

3. The Results

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Both Sabrina and Norma, 19 and 45 respectively, raved about the results of The Bar Method! Four years ago Sabrina developed an anxiety disorder and gives credit to The Bar Method for helping relieve her stress, clear her mind, and find a sense of peace.

“I think the biggest physical impact I have seen since starting Bar Method is how it literally captured my heart; I have become addicted to this workout. If I don’t go into the studio to take class, it affects my entire day.”

Norma has been taking class regularly for 4 years and remembers admiring the regulars take the option for “L-shape” in round back, thinking that would never be possible for her. She started the workout to improve her flexibility because she had never focused on that quality of her fitness before. Not only did she gain flexibility and can perform the L-shape beautifully, she has a gorgeous body with lean, sculpted muscles. She loves that The Bar Method keeps her healthy as she ages gracefully.

4. The Instructors

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Jackie is a retired professor who just turned 60 last year. She started class 3 years ago and has made it her weekly ritual ever since.

“One of my mantras was to explore wellness and spiritual practices that resonated with me, brought daily joy and helped me to age gracefully as my body evolves. When I found The Bar Method, I knew I found what I was looking for. The number, age, and fitness level of people taking class doesn’t matter. The teachers always have high expectations and provide individualized, immediate and specific instruction with constant encouragement for you to stretch your limits to accomplish your goals. It’s like having a personal trainer every time you take class, for me it’s a perfect fit.”

As Jackie says “The Bar Method attracts a multi-generation community where people make positive connections and are focused on actively working to improve their wellness and quality of life.”

We agree and are inspired by clients of ALL ages each and every day!

If the thought of helping people change their lives from the outside in resonates with you and the thought of creating a community where people feel welcomed and encouraged inspires you, then you might be just who we are looking for. Email us at franchising@barmethodhq.com or fill out our online inquiry form to find out just what it takes to be a Bar Method studio owner!

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The Bar Method Launches 100th Studio

It’s been a big year for The Bar Method! We celebrated our 15th year in business, introduced a new product, Bar Express, and this week we opened our 100th location in Phoenix, Arizona!

We owe our success to our phenomenal community of studio owners, teachers and clients. They are incredibly passionate about the brand and dedicated to sharing their love of Bar Method with thousands of others in communities across the United States and Canada.

Bar Method studio owners come from diverse set of career backgrounds, including accounting, retail, marketing, finance, politics and more. The majority of owners are women who start as clients, and then decide to change their careers to promote a practice that has had a profound and positive influence on their bodies, their self-esteem, and their lives. Many owners go on to open several locations.

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Elissa Scannell is the owner of the new Phoenix location. She discovered The Bar Method as a Washington, D.C. political consultant. Within one year, Elissa became an instructor. She was attracted to the Bar Method because of it’s focus on tried-and-true technique, rigorous teachers training, luxurious studios and overall brand quality.

Bar Method’s 100th studio is located in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood and will celebrate its opening on December 10 with free classes throughout the day, refreshments and raffle prizes. As part of the “Grand Opening Special: $75 for 30 days of unlimited classes,” the first 100 customers will receive a limited edition pair of Bar Method grippy socks.

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For more information on the 100th studio, visit The Bar Method Phoenix Arcadia online, or on Instagram and Facebook.

With 100+ studios across the U.S. and Canada, The Bar Method is proud of it’s commitment to thoughtful franchise growth. If you want to learn more about what it takes to be a Bar Method studio owner, please email franchising@barmethodhq.com or fill out our online inquiry form.
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Meet a Bar Star: Jen H.

Meet a Bar Star: Jen, Bar Online Student

One of the best things about Bar Method is that class is based on of exercises that you can do nearly anywhere. Knowing how valuable this can be, we’ve built Bar Online for students who want to keep up with a workout routine while away from their home studio — as well as for students who don’t live close enough to a physical Bar Method location to try an in-class experience. From 20-minute targeted mini classes to a full 60-minute class, Bar Online offers classes with instructors who will get your energy levels up and keep you moving for the entire session — just as if you were with them at the studio!

This month’s Bar Online success story comes from Jen, a regular student who wanted to keep up with class while on vacation. She says, “I’m in Florida this week and Bar Online has made my workout routine seamless and fun. This is an annual trip for my family and each year I keep my workouts going, but with a lot of effort. In the past, I really had to push myself to do another DVD, drive an hour and a half to the Tampa studio to take a class. I needed more variety to keep me going for 7-10 days than the DVDs (which are amazing workouts) alone offered. My partner, Jenn M., is much better than I am at pushing herself outside of the class than I am.”

She continues, “This week, I’ve been excited to take Bar Online. I look forward to doing a new workout or repeating a favorite. I even got my sister, who has ‘taken a break’, to workout with me. My husband, who takes classes as a complement to his other triathlon training, joined once too (using lamps for bicep curls – I will take a picture next time). I feel very motivated by the interactive style of the instruction and the class format. I push myself as hard as I do in class and still drink water a few times during transitions, just as I do in class, but laugh when Jen H. says, ‘put down your water’. I also feel sore and invigorated as I do after a class or DVD (still love the Super Sculpting duo!).

She concludes, “I am feeling grateful for my family, vacation time, The Bar Method and now, Bar Online.”

We’re grateful for you too, Jen!

If the thought of merging your passion for Bar Method with the desire to run your own business intrigues you, reach out to us so you can learn more about franchising with The Bar Method! You can email us at franchising@barmethodhq.com or fill out our online inquiry form.

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New Studio Announcement: Darien, CT

After the recent Los Gatos and Campbell studio openings in California, we’re extra excited to announce a new Bar Method location on the East Coast, welcoming Lara Meehan and Anna Trepanier from the Darien, Connecticut studio to our growing family of studio owners! Read on to learn about what inspired Anna and Lara to make the leap as studio owners and what they’re looking forward to most as they grow their own Bar Method community.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourselves…

Anna says, “I grew up in southern California, but always felt like an east coast girl at heart. I moved across the country to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts after high school and never looked back. I enjoyed a career as a film, TV, and commercial actress in NYC for 10 years before falling head over heels in love with The Bar Method. I now live in Stamford with my husband and our French bulldog, Superman.

Lara tells us, “I grew up in western Pennsylvania, then moved to New York in 2001 to begin my career in advertising. After about 6 years, I decided to switch gears, and go to nursing school, to pursue my passion for healthy living, and making an impact on people’s lives. I began my Bar Method teaching career the same week that I began my nursing career, and quickly found that working with Bar Method clients was as rewarding as working with patients (if not more). I’m so incredibly excited to work with Anna to create a Bar Method family in Darien.”

What should we know about your new Bar Method studio in Darien?

The Bar Method started right here, 15 years ago. Before opening the flagship Bar Method studio in San Francisco, Bar Method’s Founder, Burr Leonard, owned studios in Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport and Darien. We feel honored to be bringing The Bar Method back to the place where it began!

Even more, the Darien community has a passion for fitness and living well — a perfect fit for our new Bar Method family.

What were you doing before you opened a Bar Method studio?

Both Bar Method instructors before becoming studio owners, Anna notes, “I balanced teaching Bar Method classes with working as a film and TV actress in New York City.” Lara says, “I was teaching The Bar Method in the New York area, and working as an ICU nurse in the Burn Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital.”

Why did you open a Bar Method studio?

Looking back now, it feels like it was inevitable, but it took me a long time to convince myself to take this crazy journey of studio ownership,” Anna confesses. “The Bar Method changed my life from my very first class and it only felt like a natural progression to make a career out of it someday. I couldn’t be more passionate about sharing this transformative workout with everyone I meet. Now I get to make that my full time job!”

Lara shares Anna’s love of The Bar Method. “I love The Bar Method for so many reasons,” she tells us. “The incredible workout, the supportive community, and positive effect I’ve seen for five years in students of every fitness level and age group. I’m very excited to share our talent and passion with our community in Darien.”

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Which Bar Method exercise is your favorite? Why?

“My favorite part of class is a long, luxurious final stretch,” Lara shares. “I love the opportunity to reconnect with my body, release any tension, and feel stronger and more flexible than when I walked into class. One of my favorite teachers, Sloan at The Bar Method Brooklyn, ended the stretch once by saying, ‘Be thankful for your strong body, and your strong will.’ I love that sentiment and think about it every time!”

Opting for seat work, Anna says, “My favorite exercise is turned out diagonal seat. I love it because it challenges me to stay 100% present for the entire exercise. I also love the fact that I’m constantly tweaking and improving my form in little ways.” She says that it’s the “perfect exercise for a perfectionist” and we couldn’t agree more.

We hope you’ll check out the Darien studio next time you are in Connecticut.  Welcome to the Bar Method family, Lara and Anna!  

If the thought of helping people change their lives from the outside in resonates with you and the thought of creating a community where people feel welcomed and encouraged inspires you, then you might be just who we are looking for.   Email us at franchising@barmethodhq.com or fill out our online inquiry form to find out just what it takes to be a Bar Method studio owner!

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New Studio Announcement: Los Gatos, CA

We’re excited to announce another studio opening in California, officially welcoming The Bar Method Los Gatos to our growing community!

The brand new studio is owned by Shadin Saah and Stacy Barrett, both of them devoted members of the San Francisco Downtown studio before making the leap to build their own Bar Method community just south of the city.

We reached out to congratulate Shadin and Stacy on their new home in the Los Gatos mountains and talked with them about what they’re most excited about as they start a new journey as studio owners.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves…

We like to think that opening the studio together was fate! We were both working at the Downtown San Francisco Bar Method Studio when Shadin had the idea to open in Los Gatos. When she called the Downtown studio to speak with the owner about her idea, Stacy answered the phone. When Shadin told her she was hoping to open, Stacy let her know that she was moving nearby – was it possible she could help manage the new location? Instead of simply bringing Stacy on to manage the new studio, the two became business partners. The rest is history.

What should we know about your new studio in Los Gatos?

We love our space! We have a beautiful second floor studio with two rooms and views of the Los Gatos mountains. We also have a kids room and spacious, outfitter locker room.

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What were you doing before you opened a studio?

We both worked at the Downtown San Francisco Bar Method. Stacy managed the studio and Shadin taught while freelancing as a graphic designer.

Why did you open a Bar Method studio?

We both have a long-standing love for and commitment to The Bar Method — and we’re passionate about the community that each studio builds. We both wanted to branch out and create that community ourselves.

Which Bar Method exercise is your favorite? Why?

We both love fold-over because it WORKS!

If the thought of merging your passion for Bar Method with the desire to run your own business intrigues you, reach out to us so you can learn more about franchising with The Bar Method! You can email us at franchising@barmethodhq.com or fill out our online inquiry form.

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New Studio Launch: The Bar Method Campbell

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.

To learn more about The Bar Method Campbell, visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Bar Method studio owners are a special breed. They are more than a hundred strong now, and though they are from all sorts of backgrounds, they all dreamed of owning a business that changes people’s lives, and they had the determination and can-do spirit to make it happen. If this sounds like you, reach out to us so we can share with you what it takes to become a Bar Method studio owner!  Email us at franchising@barmethodhq.com or fill out our online inquiry form.

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IS THE BAR METHOD “BARRE FITNESS?”

Fitness-June-Cover-242x334An editor at a national fitness magazine contacted our office a few weeks ago to ask if I’d contribute to an upcoming article. Usually, I’m delighted when the press calls, but this time, the subject of the article gave me pause. “Would I write a piece about the benefits of barre fitness workouts?” the editor asked. Her question presupposed that barre fitness workouts share the same benefits and that as creator of The Bar Method I would be a good person to speak about them. The truth is, I am not an expert on barre fitness workouts, not having taken more than a few of them, and do not consider myself qualified to talk about their benefits. I understood where the editor was coming from, but I turned her down.

Now if she’d asked me to talk specifically about The Bar Method, I would have felt confident about giving her this list of its benefits:

  • The Bar Method adheres to the principles of exercise physiology and was designed under the guidance of physical therapists. It is thereby safe for the joints and highly efficient at changing the body.
  • Blog on barre fitness 4 editIts workout is mindful. Students experience a heightened mental focus during the class, which helps them to precisely target muscles and gives them increased self-confidence and well-being.
  • Its technique places a special emphasis on posture and good alignment.
  • Its students are multi-generational. The class gives both 20-year-olds and 70-year olds a challenging, result-oriented workout.
  • Its teachers receive among the best training and ongoing guidance in the fitness industry.
  • Its teaching is consistent across all of its studios.
  • Blog on barre fitness 3 editIts studios are beautiful and comfortable environments.
  • Its desk and teaching staff are welcoming and supportive.
  • Its student communities are closely bonded and passionate about The Bar Method workout.
  • Its studio owners are all teachers themselves and serve as mentors and guides for their own teachers, a system that sustains an overall high quality of teaching throughout The Bar Method.
  • Its brand continues to introduce new and innovative Bar Method workouts.

Are these Bar Method benefits also “barre fitness” benefits? I have no evidence that they are. Our students rarely mention the bar (or “barre”) when they tell us why they love The Bar Method. They talk about the results, the quality experience and the supportive community. Take, for example, the students’ comments in this three-minute video recently posted by our Seattle studio, which I admired and share with you here:Seattle video shot edit

All considered, barre fitness may not even be the best classification for The Bar Method. It might be a better fit in an upcoming fitness group called “studio workouts,” a collection of service-focused brands that has gained a reputation for giving its students personal attention, community, results, and a well-honed, well delivered experience. But then, where else but from The Bar Method can students achieve supremely sculpted arms, beautiful posture and increased flexibility? With so many benefits to be gained from taking its class, it may simply be the best workout in any category, bar none 🙂

If the thought of helping people change their lives from the outside in resonates with you and the thought of creating a community where people feel welcomed and encouraged inspires you, then you might be just who we are looking for.   Email us at franchising@barmethodhq.com or fill out our online inquiry form to find out just what it takes to be a Bar Method studio owner!

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