Musings of a Barre Boss
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True and shocking confessions and a do-over!
COVID-19 blazed through my house, and each member of my family was a testament to what a weird and freaky lottery COVID is. The youngest in the house (15) had cold like symptoms, one of my sons tested positive but had no symptoms, Mr. Groove Barre had flu-like symptoms for 3 days, and I had a cold coupled with breathlessness for over 2 weeks. My cardio is still suffering one month later.
What the heck is barre, anyway?
What is barre, and more importantly, is it effective?
Barre is a mash-up of ballet, Pilates and yoga. Still confused? Let’s break that down.
Nope. No Dance Experience. Not a Dancer.
This is why at Groove Barre, we strongly emphasize NO DANCE EXPERIENCE required. It’s true that some of the moves we do are ballet inspired, but trust me, you do not need dance experience. Groove Barre is for the non-dancers, the dancers, and the secret dancers too.
Why I’m in no hurry to re-open
I am being asked if I will be permitted to re-open under the amendment to the emergency orders the Ontario government made this morning.
Is it Safe to Go Back to the Gym?
I’d love to be able to answer that question definitively, but the truth is, I can’t. What I can do is share some articles with you, and the opinions of health experts. I can also share with you what I’m doing at Groove Barre to support our joint safety. And I’ll share this with you too: I’m afraid to get it wrong. The worst thing that could happen is to have an outbreak traced back to our studio, so I’m doing every thing in my power to prevent that from happening.
Musings of a Fledgling Barre Boss
I f#cked up, I’m not sorry
These were the song lyrics that came blasting over my stereo this morning as I taught my group fitness cardio dance class. (Song’s called “I’m Not Sorry” by Hardwell if you want to look it up.) Turns out it’s a pretty catchy track that somehow escaped Spotify’s allow Explicit Content filter. Still my responsibility to know my music though, so my bad.
I have bad knees, bad hips, a sore back, whatever…
There is an expression that is so appropriate for fitness: move it or lose it. Well intentioned sports therapists or doctors sometimes recommend complete rest for an injury, and then more bad things happen. Nowadays, the advice is often to keep it moving.
Groove Barre Instructor Training Coming Soon
Ever thought about becoming an instructor? Or strengthening your barre practice? Or trying something new to step out of your comfort zone? All of these are great reasons to sign up for our next Barre Instructor Training. This 2-day course will empower you to lead...
Groove Barre voted #1 Pilates, Yoga and Personal Training
Thank you so much for the votes! Markham Community Votes named Groove Barre Platinum for Best Pilates, Yoga and Personal Training. We also won Silver for Fitness Centres and Gyms.
Groove Barre voted #1 Fitness Club
Thank you so much for the votes! Groove Barre was named #1 Fitness Club and Best Fitness Instruction for 2021 Markham Economist Readers Choice Awards.
Karma Classes for Baby Eva
Groove Barre Karma Signature Barre classes join the fight #ForEvaStrong. All proceeds from Karma classes for the month of February go to Eva.
About the Author:
Dayna Callaway – Director of Awesomeness at Groove Barre Studio
I’ve been teaching group fitness since I left my full time marketing job in 2013. In theory, I was supposed to be staying home with the 6 kids in my very Brady-bunch like family (yes, there are 6 kids!), but fitness became my escape.
I started at the YMCA in Markham with a “learn to teach group fitness course.” The first class I fell in love with was very old school step aerobics. I quickly became a certification junkie, and started teaching hi-lo aerobics, bootcamps, muscle conditioning classes, yoga, and of course barre.