Archive for April, 2012

Celebrating Earth Day. By barre3 founder, Sadie Lincoln

April 20, 2012

My best memories of holidays are ones that I authentically celebrate in a spontaneous way.  For me, Earth Day is one of them.  In our barre3 studios we are giving away free classes for those who ditch the car and walk, bike, or take public transportation.   At home I plan to celebrate the day by simply getting outside with the kids.   Chris and I recently stumbled upon a perfect family hike at the Columbia Gorge.  It’s a 2 mile  loop that kept the kids entertained and all of us energized.  The high point was walking under the waterfall.

Drew enjoyed taking pictures at Latourell Falls in the Columbia Gorge

Enjoy your day celebrating this amazing planet we live on!

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Quick Detoxifying Workout and Smoothie. By barre3 founder, Sadie Lincoln

April 18, 2012

I’m on a spring cleaning kick! I’m getting rid of clothing I never wear and toys my kids haven’t played with in ages. I’m eager to incorporate the veggies we bought at the farmer’s market last week into new recipes. I’m taking more barre3 classes in studio, and I’m making an extra effort to take our family dog, Diego, out for longer walks.

Some days I can fit in my ambitious spring cleaning tasks, other days not at all and less is more. My goal is to make detoxing easy for all of you. Here are two simple things you can do for yourself this week: try our newest www.mybarre3.com workout, barre3 Twist with Jenni Johnson, and make Abby Fammartino’s (of Abby’s Table restaurant here in Portland) refreshing smoothie as a breakfast treat afterwards!

barre3 Twist with Jenni is a simple way to detox your body both mentally and physically in the comfort of your own home. The workout is full of deep twists that both massage and stimulate blood flow to your organs. You’ll wake up your digestive system and rid your body of toxins. With this total body workout, you’ll also burn fat, improve your ability to concentrate, and reduce stress and anxiety. Abby’s hydrating smoothie will give your body the fiber, antioxidants, and omega 3s it needs to recover from your workout and stay energized all morning. A big thank you to Abby for allowing me to share her recipe here with all of you. Enjoy!

“Glass is Half Full” Detox Smoothie from Abby’s Table

Ingredients:
4 cups pineapple roughly chopped,  4 bananas broken into pieces
2 cups mango roughly chopped
1 cup aloe vera juice
1 cup coconut water
1/4 cup ground flax seed
4 cups frozen black raspberries or frozen blueberries (or fruit of choice) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Preparation:
1. In a blender puree all ingredients except the frozen black raspberries (or blueberries): 4 cups pineapple, 4 bananas, 2 cups mango, 1 cup aloe vera juice, 1 cup coconut water and 1/4 cup flax seed.
2. Pour half of the mixture in serving glasses, filling each glass halfway.
3. Add the black raspberries and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to the remaining.  Shake in the blender and blend until smooth.
4. Pour the remaining black raspberry shake over the pineapple mango shake. Pour the mixture over the back of a spoon to keep the two layers separate.

A Day in the Life: Fitting barre3 in. By founder of barre3, Sadie Lincoln.

April 13, 2012

One of our mybarre3 subscribers, Amy, sent in her story and shared that she breaks up our mybarre3 home workouts into shorter workouts throughout the day.  Like me she happens to be a busy business owner and mother of two children.  She suggested that I create workouts that can be broken up or taken all at once.  Well, she asked and I delivered!

I just launched a 60 Minute Lunch Hour Body Blast workout designed so you can do it easily right at your desk.  I also posted it as six 10 minute workouts you can do throughout your day like Amy and I do!   Here’s a look into my typical busy day and how I creatively keep fit!

6:30AM:  Wake up too late to take a 1.5/hr yoga class I promise myself I would do the night before.  Opt for the 10 Minute Mindful Core and Stretch to ease into my day.

7:00AM – 8:30:  Wake the kids and get everyone ready for the day.  Shower, breakfast, last minute homework and off to school.

8:30AM – 9:30:  Answer emails, schedule meetings.

9:30AM – 9:40:  Do a quick 10 minute Power Stretch to get energized and focused.   I can do this in my street clothes!

10:00AM – 11:30:  Work session with my Corporate Master Trainer, Lisa, to go over instructor training curriculum and revisions to our manual.

11:30AM – 11:40AM:  After sitting for an hour and a half I am ready for Back Body Focus to strengthen and open my body the other way.  A perfect complement to a seated work session.

11:45AM – 1:00 PM:  Chris (husband and business partner) and Amy, our business development director and I  meet with prospective franchise partners.  Always a high point in my week!

1:00PM – 3:00PM: Weekly meeting with my team: Caroline, Lisa, Amy, Jenni, Kiki, Kait and Chris.

2:10 – 2:20PM: Manage to squeeze in a quick 10 Minute Arms and Core combo with mybarre3 producer, Kait, right at our conference table during a break!

Doing core work at barre3 Home Office.

3:00PM – 4:00PM:  Work on a presentation for a conference I am presenting at.

4:00PM – 4:30PM:  Pick up kids from Spanish class, give them a snack.

4:30PM- 4:45PM:  Manage to tackle 10 minute Leg Shaker workout in kitchen (with kids trying to follow along–always a good time!).

5:00 – 6:00:  With legs still shaking from above, I hand off kids to husband and race out for impromptu Happy Hour.   Sometimes letting go with good friends and a glass of wine is the best “yoga” out there in my opinion!

6:15PM – 8:30PM:  Dinner with family, pick-up, homework, bath, stories, bed.

8:30PM – 9:30PM:  Answer emails, FB, Pinterest (my new obsession).  I have good intentions to also squeeze in Strong Core and Healthy Spine but I let it go.

9:30PM – 10:30PM:  Hang out with husband, sip chamomile tea, and watch a favorite show.  Mad Men or AI? Such a toss up!

10:45:  Set my alarm to take Candace’s killer 6AM barre3 class tomorrow…determined this time to make it.  NOTHING beats studio classes.