This summer, Barre Base is running classes in Queenstown. These classes will run from January 16th – February 11th.
Here at Barre Base, we often receive feedback about how our classes have helped our clients with their running training. We thought we’d delve into some of the reasons why barre classes and running are so complimentary.
We all know how motivating the group-fitness environment is, but for many of, we struggle to get along to classes regularly!
If you want to work on your barre strength and fitness from home, or hone that technique, here are a few moves you can easily do in the living room. Just use the back of a chair or a bench for balance, or take the workout to the centre of your lounge.
At Barre Base, we have a specific way that we like to teach a lunge. Lunges are seemingly simple, but when performed correctly they are extremely effective. Executing a lunge correctly will ensure best results and better safety for the joints.
We often say in class that the longer you come to Barre Base, the harder it becomes! Don’t be fooled, you’ll be getting fitter and stronger week to week, but you will also become savvier! Barre is conscious exercise — it requires mindfulness and an attention to detail. Once you learn how to work, you can push to further increase your strength, mobility, and grace.
We’re super excited to welcome Caoimhe Finn to the Barre Base team!
Winter has well and truly arrived, so it’s the right time to think about giving our immune system a little extra support. Here are a few ways to stay well this winter.
We get it, It can be hard to exercise in Winter. The cooler weather brings illness, the blues and hibernation. Yet, exercise provides the body with everything it needs to negate these winter blues.
These bliss balls of packed with protein, and will keep your sweet tooth at bay throughout Junk Free June.
On June 1st, Barre Base is moving to 123 Vogel Street. Here are a few details about our exciting move... we cannot wait to show you our new space!
This chocolate, chia and coconut protein bars are super easy to make and are a great post-workout snack.
Although we're big believers in finding the appropriate fuel through real food, sometimes we do need to supplement. When we do need to add more protein to our diet, or we're in a rush and want to fuel ourselves with something healthy, Inline Nutrition protein is our go to!
Tamzin and I are super excited to welcome Anastasia Smith to the Barre Base team. Anastasia holds a Yoga Alliance 200 hour certification from the Triad Yoga Institute, where she studied Iyengar-style, alignment-based yoga.
Barre Base offers two mobility-based classes per week. These classes are for those who want to spend more time focussing purely on mobility, improving posture, increasing their range of motion and feeling more comfortable in their bodies.
All of a sudden, especially in fitness circles, we're hearing a lot about magnesium. People are now supplementing their bodies — but often they don't know exactly why. Here is the down-low of magnesium; what is is, and why some of us may need to add more to our diets.
As the year rolls around to a close, most of us will take a moment to reflect on the year that has been and ponder what the next might bring. How do you set routines, and stick to them?
Summer is always a bit quieter at Barre Base while our students are away on break. So, we've decided to offer a reduced timetable over Christmas and New Year. But don't fret – there are still plenty of classes to go around!
Although it's not over yet, we're taking this time to reflect on yet another rewarding year at Barre Base.
A couple of weeks back I had the opportunity, through my work, to attend one of Ben Warren's seminars on gut health. Gut health is something I myself have been focusing on over the past year due to my own health issues, so hearing what Ben had to say was really valuable and I just want to share a couple of things I learnt from the night.
Over the last 20 years, the predominant mode of working has become computer-based in developed countries. This has resulted in many people spending their work day sitting. Sedentary roles are known to cause muscular skeletal issues, and mental fatigue. Are you desk-bound for most of the working week? Then ‘Barre Stretch’ may be the class for you.
The narrow V plié is a great way to work your quads, and your glutes. Here are a few technique tips to make sure that you are making the most out of this movement at your next barre class.
Health and wellness are pretty big buzzwords for us millennials, and with increased levels of sedentary living and diet-related illnesses, it is no wonder that we are desperately seeking some health alternatives. Check out my top 10 superfoods picks, and how I incorporate them into my diet.
The turned out plié is one of the first movements we will focus on in any given barre class. It is a great way to warm up the glutes and the hip flexors, and get us thinking about our technique from the outset. The 'sumo squat' or turned out position is what challenges most people when they are new to a barre class; so here are a few tips to make sure you are executing this movement correctly.
Barre, as a workout, is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. The benefits of barre are endless, and all ages and stages are reaping the rewards of this workout method. Want to know more about how you could benefit from a barre workout? Check out this blog post!
At Barre Base we don't wear leotards, and pointe shoes. We wear sports clothes and bare feet, just like a yoga or pilates class.
Need more encouragement to try a barre class? Read more!
In honesty, this salad was a 'get rid of my leftover veges from the week' salad. However I was pleasantly surprised, not only by its resourcefulness, but its taste! The salad was crunchy and full of health foods, but the dressing made it seriously palatable!
This June, we have a little in-class competition running to keep you all motivated as it gets cooler.
We have two prizes;
1. For the person who attends the most Barre Base classes throughout June
2. A spot prize winner (you gain an entry every time you get to class, so the more you get there, the more chances you have).
Over the next few weeks we will be taking orders for a Barre Base hoodie, or duffel bag. Check out the photos of the hoodie, and the bag, and get in touch with us if you are interested! The bag is the perfect size for the gym, or for a weekend away.
Donkey kicks at the barre are a great way to strengthen our glutes and hamstrings, as well as challenging the core to maintain pelvic stability. Here are a few tips to get the most out of the movement.
Check out this Mango and curried chickpea salad! It is perfect for winter as it is warming, filling, yet fresh.
Where we can, we love to add turmeric to our salads. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, and is a powerful anti-oxidant. So, turmeric is the perfect natural supplement for helping your muscles recover from exercise or injury!
This raw beet and carrot salad is a staple in our household, and is a salad that my mum has made since I was a child. With Manuka honey and apple cider vinegar in the dressing, it has endless health benefits aside from the veges themselves.
People often ask us who our classes are for. There is a big misconception that barre classes are 'dance classes'. We can assure you that they are not. Barre Base combines yoga, pilates, and strength-conditioning exercises holding onto a ballet barre. Barre promotes strength, flexibility, and moving with correct posture.
This lentil salad is fantastic for winter, as it still has a fresh crisp taste, but is filling and comforting for winter lunches.
With the colder weather starting to set in, it's an important time to support your immune system a little more! Prevention is key when it comes to avoiding winter colds and flu, so even if you are feeling well at the moment it's a great idea to take a daily immune supplement.
This is such a pretty salad! It is fresh, healthy and very easy to make. This salad also travels well, so is great to take to picnics or to potluck dinners as the salad marinates in its dressing in time.
The seated plié is a fantastic way to strengthen your glutes and thighs, whilst completely taking the weight out of your hip and knee joints. If you are are still getting your head around this position, then here are a few tips! Although it sounds fancy, to 'plié' just means 'to bend'. In a barre class, we think of a plié as a 'dancers squat'.
Have you got your Barre Base t-shirt yet?
Over the next few weeks we will be doing another order of our Barre Base T-shirts, including the long sleeve top. We use AS Colour shirts, which are top quality and are great for casual wear, and for working out in! T-shirts are $30!
This is a great loaf to have in the cupboard for an afternoon snack, or post workout filler. It is full of fibre and is a great source of protein, all while getting a vege hit! This recipe is gluten, refined sugar and dairy free, so it is great for those with sensitivities!
This is a challenging position to hold, especially when you are new to barre classes. Read on if you are struggling to maintain this position at Barre Base!
We have two of these Tom and Luke prize packs to give away to you and a friend. The prize includes a box of their Sunflower Seed Protein Bars, and an array of their famous bliss balls! Each prize pack also includes three months FREE at our Barre Stretch class which is held every Monday evening at 7pm.
Today's lunch was this tasty Roasted cauliflower salad with turmeric dressing. Lately, I have been trying to find as many recipes as possible that include turmeric, as it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Turmeric has been found in clinical trials to decrease joint pain, decrease inflammation, and improve joint mobility and function after eight months of use.
This week we made a quinoa tabouli, which was eaten as both as a snack for lunch, but also with lamb kofta for dinner. This is such a simple recipe, and the quinoa gives the dish added protein, which keeps you fuller for longer!
Our brand has always been driven by an ethos of holism, which aims to create strong and healthy bodies and minds to better prepare us for everyday living.
Can't beat a classic green smoothie! This was made with spinach, frozen banana, avocado, manuka honey and almond milk. Manuka honey is great to be used as a natural sweetener but also for its antibacterial properties!
If you feel as though your body needs some TLC, or perhaps your muscles aren't quite working as they should, then come along to the Barre Base 'Stretch' class!
If you are starting to become familiar with our tracks and comfortable with the barre technique and method, you can now take your body a little further in our advanced class!
The team from Cape Physio Dunedin came today for a private lunch time workout with us!
Today's creation was our Pumpkin Pie and Chia seed pudding!
We all love chips and dip but it's always good to have a healthy alternative to go with your Friday night wine!
I felt a smoothie bowl for breakfast was necessary on this beautiful sunny Autumn day! This is a protein based smoothie made with Inline Nutrition 'Everyday' vanilla protein powder.
Eating well isn't hard! We have both been very inspired recently by a post that Luke Sharp @sharpperformance released a few months back that stressed, when it came to eating well, to just override crap food with lots of healthy, nutritious food!
When it comes to food, buy local, and look for seasonal recipes that will compliment what is in season in your hometown!
Since starting the Barre Base classes in February, we have both noticed how well our muscles have been functioning in many of our other physical pursuits.
Recently we have been on the hunt for tasty recipes using carrots as the central ingredient!
Despite relaxing over the Easter weekend, my body felt more tired than it had in a while today and I couldn't help but think this fatigue is most likely related to the influx of sugar from those Easter eggs!
Berries from the farmers market this morning gave the perfect opportunity to make berry chia jam.
Today's salad was a very simple watermelon and feta salad! I guess this is an unlikely combination, but the explosion of sweet and salty in this salad is divine. The red onion cuts through the flavours nicely, and adds a crunch.
Today I have spent more time experimenting with some different 'cup' flavours. Today's experiment was a 'bounty bar' cup!
This peanut butter protein slice is so good it may not last until dinner time. High in protein and completely gluten free and refined sugar free, it doesn't get too much better than this!
For anyone who's been thinking about buying some protein powder here's the perfect opportunity to do so!