When your teacher give you two cues, for example a “tuck tuckhold”, it’s a direction to go deeper rather than releasing the work each time.
When your teacher give you two cues, for example a “tuck tuckhold”, it’s a direction to go deeper rather than releasing the work each time.
Sorghum is the newest superfood of the summer! Never heard of it? I checked it out and loved it!
Sorghum is a gluten free whole grain with a hearty texture and mild flavor. While it may sound similar to quinoa, the cool thing about sorghum is that the kernels can be popped just like popcorn! Once popped, the kernels look like a bowl of miniature popcorn. Popped sorghum is quite small, but don’t be fooled by it’s size! Sorghum has HUGE nutritional benefits. Sorghum has more fiber and protein per 3 cup serving of popped kernels than popcorn.
When you’re popping your sorghum, some of the kernels will not pop. But no worries – they’re much softer than unpopped popcorn kernels, and you can eat them no problem!
Check out my sweet and savory popped sorghum recipes below: cinnamon & sugar, chocolate chip, chili & lime and pizza.
What you need for each flavor:
Directions to make popped sorghum: (note: I did not pop my sorghum in oil!)
Pizza Popped Sorghum
– From Pure Barre enthusiast, Gabrielle Terzano, client at Pure Barre South Jersey, NJ – Haddonfield.
About Gabrielle: My passion is living well, eating healthy and being physically fit. I want to motivate others and be a mentor for people to lose weight or change their lifestyle for the better. I recently received my Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Obesity and Nutritional Health from Northeastern University.
Twenty months ago my sweet mother passed away after a battle with breast cancer. Just like so many other tragedies, she did not deserve it. Part of me feels like it was yesterday, part of me feels like it was years ago, and part of me still thinks I’ll wake up from this long sad dream and she’ll still be here. Grief is indescribable and I still struggle to comprehend what I’ve been through. What I am confident about, however, is how much Pure Barre has helped me this past year.
There are plenty of other things in my life that distract me and keep me pushing forward, and then there are of course times when I completely fall apart, but Pure Barre is the hour in my day where I let go. Those 55 minutes are about one thing, and that is me. I don’t have to feel any regret or sadness. The only thing I can feel is in my shaking thighs and my changing muscles. I truly appreciate taking “the deepest breathe you will take all day.”
At Pure Barre, every class is a small victory. Added up day after day, week after week that is not a small feat. Stepping into the Pure Barre Boston studio each day is like a big sigh of relief for me. I have become attached to the teachers, the comfort of all the regulars in my 5:30pm class, and the physical challenge every class brings. I see the results of my hard work in my toned arms and stronger core, but stopping to reflect allows me to see the results in a new light. I am more at peace with myself and can begin to see a glimmer of hope in coming to terms with my mom’s death. Life does go on, it will never be quite as good as it could have been, but it does go on.
My mind and body are now fueled by stability, routine, and comfort. As soon as something interrupts my life, even in the smallest way now, it seems like it takes so much more effort to get back on track than it used to. I, for better or worse, have become less spontaneous and more selfish with my time. The consistency of not only my weekly class schedule, but also the structure of each class is therapeutic. It’s a perfect mix of knowing what to expect but still being surprised each class by a new warm-up or ability to graduate to a heavier set of weights. Small victories are still victories, and my next milestone is right around the corner for me.
At Pure Barre your body will never stop becoming stronger, your legs will never stop shaking and your mind will never stop growing. Class will never get easy, and I will never stop missing my Mom. All we can do is appreciate the things that strengthen us and continue moving forward.
– Sylvia W., 250 Club Member at Pure Barre Boston
Supermom of four, Jessica is excited to bring Pure Barre to the Westhaven community in west Franklin, TN! Keep reading to learn more about our newest studio owner Jessica.
Pure Barre: When did you first fall in love with Pure Barre?
Jessica: In Fall 2013, when I was newly pregnant with my 4th kiddo. I was looking for an intense yet low-impact workout and I finally allowed one of my friends to drag me to a class at the Brentwood TN studio. I loved the sense of confidence I got from pushing through a class and holding each position through the final 10. Not to mention, it was (and continues to be) a very effective way for me to tone my muscles and claim some mental fortitude for the day ahead.
Pure Barre: What inspired you to open your own studio
Jessica: I have seen first-hand the physical and mental benefits that come from giving myself 55-minutes a day of this total body workout. I am thrilled to now bring Pure Barre to Westhaven, and see how it can positively touch the lives of so many other women (and brave men)! I also want to show my own children that “mommy can do it!”
Pure Barre: Tell us about your professional background.
Jessica. I received my B.A. in Social Studies and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, and also attended Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College for my Ed.D. in Education Leadership & Policy. Before opening my own studio, I was a strategic consultant for public school districts with a focus on urban and low-income communities.
Pure Barre: What is the most surprising challenge about becoming an entrepreneur that people might not consider?
Jessica: Being strategic with my time! This for me means managing priorities ahead of time to make sure I am staying on track getting the priorities accomplished. I also have to make time for the unexpected!
Learn more about Jessica and her passion for the Westhaven community!
Pure Barre: What is your favorite breakfast/lunch spot in Westhaven?
Jessica: There are many great options in the Westhaven Community. I’ll give a shout out to them all – The Perch, Scout’s Pub, High Brow Brew, Oscar’s Tacos, Ching’s Asian Bistro. We can’t wait to have The Urban Juicer opening just next door to our studio so soon!
Pure Barre: What is the best kept secret in your Westhaven?
Jessica: The women are so supportive of each other – that dynamic will only get stronger as they tackle Pure Barre together.
Pure Barre: Do you have kids or pets? Tell us all about them!
Jessica: I have 4 kids and 1 dog. I have a 9 year old son named Hiram, a 7 year old daughter named Madelyn, a 5 year old daughter named Chandler, and a 2 year old son named Corbin.
Pure Barre: What community activities are you involved in?
Jessica: I’m on the PTO at Pearre Creek Elementary. I have children both at Pearre Creek Elementary and PB&J Day School – I’m very active in supporting both schools. My children play in many sports leagues in the West Franklin and Grassland communities, and I’m a member at Westhaven Golf Club. We love supporting all the many activities and festivals that come to Westhaven!
Pure Barre: Tell us something interesting that your new Pure Barre clients might not know about you.
Jessica: I started taking Pure Barre as a client when I was pregnant. I’d love to share with them the benefits of taking Pure Barre during and following a pregnancy.
Congratulations to Jessica on her first studio opening soon! Find out more about the studio’s pre-opening special by visiting the Pure Barre Westhaven studio page here.
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In straight-arm plank press your weight forward, pull your abs in, relax your shoulders, and tighten your core. Arching the back and shifting the weight into the heels will take the work out of your core and into your spine.
In honor of National Sisters Day today, we are featuring the story of Catherine and Laura Smietana – sisters, friends, and teachers at Pure Barre Palm Desert. Keep reading for more of their Pure Barre story.
After moving to California from Texas, we were looking for a healthy way to keep ourselves busy. We had never tried barre before, but having done cheer, dance, and gymnastics for years, we decided why not? As soon as we took our first class, we fell in love.
What we appreciate most about Pure Barre is the amazing workout we can get in 55 minutes. Not only are the workouts great, but the family dynamics that Pure Barre Palm Desert has embedded into the studio is more than we could have asked for.
We have seen changes in confidence and strength in each other. The feeling we get after accomplishing each 55 minute class is one that keeps us coming back for more!
For someone just considering Pure Barre, we would say JUST DO IT! At first it can be a bit intimidating, but we urge everyone just to try. This workout is not typical, so it’s a great change from the norm.
We want to hear from you! Share your Pure Barre story for our blog by clicking here.
Every year the last few weeks of summer always feel like the hottest. Stay cool and hydrated with our homemade popsicles! They are easy to make, have less than 5 ingredients each and are a cool snack after 55 minutes at the barre.
Each recipe makes 6 popsicles (about 15 oz) freeze each recipe for at least 6 hours. Tip: To unmold your pops, run the forms under warm water for 10-20 seconds.
Place the kiwi, strawberries and lemonade in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Fill each popsicle mold to the fill line with the mixture, insert popsicle stick and freeze.
Place the blackberries and lemonade in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Fill each popsicle mold to the fill line with the mixture, insert popsicle stick and freeze.
Place the rapsberries, lime juice, water and sugar in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Fill each popsicle mold to the fill line with the mixture, insert popsicle stick and freeze.
In a large liquid measuring cup, measure 12oz of coffee and add 3oz of milk/heavy cream. Mix with a whisk and fill each popsicle mold to the fill line, insert popsicle stick and freeze.
In a large liquid measuring cup, measure 12oz of orange juice and add in the Greek yogurt. Mix with a whisk, and fill each popsicle mold to the fill line, insert popsicle stick and freeze.
Written by Brittany Chin, RD. Brittany is the Content Marketing Manager at Pure Barre Corporate and is also a Registered Dietitian with her Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. She received her B.S. in Nutrition Science and Dietetics from Syracuse University and completed her Dietetic Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently obtaining her Master’s in Health Communication from Boston University. She loves food, cooking, Pure Barre and of course, social media.
Hold on to the meaty part of your calf, keeping both elbows wide. Allow your core to contract and keep the leg lifted, as opposed to gripping around the ankle and taking the work into your back.
Being a Pure Barre studio owner is a lifestyle. Not only do our amazing owners wear many hats running their small business, they also eat sleep and breathe Pure Barre. This means scheduling time to take class around their busy schedule, fueling for their day and finding a healthy work-life balance.
We asked Pure Barre owners about their Fit Philosophy and how it is that they are able to do it all, and stay in great shape. Keep reading to find out what they had to say!
My best exercise tip: The secret to your future is hidden in your daily routine—consistency is key!
My healthy eating tip: When our schedules become busy it’s easy to make poor choices, but with already prepared HEALTHY meals and snacks on hand you are not tempted to eat outside of your goals.
My motivation for a healthy lifestyle: Think about YOUR “why” for wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. Make it personal to you, then write it down and look at it daily!
My exercise tip: Pick a workout that is fun, and then take it to the next level and challenge yourself. It’s 80% mental and 20% physical, so you can do it!
My healthy eating tip: There are no “bad” foods – just always eat in moderation!
My motivation for a healthy lifestyle: Peace of mind! When I’m eating healthy and regularly working out, I am always more at peace with myself and can tackle whatever is thrown at me with grace.
My best exercise tip: Find a BFF to work out with, hold you accountable, and share your successes with.
My healthy eating tip: Think of food as fuel, giving your body nutrients and energy. Make decisions for your body that you would make for those you love.
My motivation for a healthy lifestyle: The way my body feels after a workout!
My best exercise tip: Your mind will give up far before your body, so challenge yourself every day to bring your best attitude and strongest mentality.
My healthy eating tip: Everything in moderation, and drink your greens!
My motivation for a healthy lifestyle: There are things we can and cannot control that affect our bodies. Diet and exercise are one of the things you can control, so why not?
My best exercise tip: Exercise is a state of mind. When I take a Pure Barre class, I try to keep focused for the entire 55 minutes to maximize my experience.
My healthy eating tip: Food is energy. Use that one tip to focus on what you put in your mouth and how your body will feel.
My motivation for a healthy lifestyle: I love to live healthy because it makes me feel good and that carries over into my daily life in work and at home.
My best exercise tip: Never yourself out of a workout. You will be both physically and mentally stronger for making yourself do it!
My healthy eating tip: Incorporating juicing into my diet has helped me tremendously.
My motivation for a healthy lifestyle: I’m motivated to continuously work on my overall health because of my family. I want to stay healthy for my son and teach him healthy habits early on.
My best exercise tip: It is super important to work your muscles fatigue each day (don’t forget to breathe)!
My healthy eating tip: Always include protein in meals and snacks to keep you powered up after Pure Barre!
My motivation for a healthy lifestyle: It’s a balancing act! Eat healthy 95% of the time, the 5% treat yourself
Owner of Pure Barre Westlake Village
My best exercise tip: I reserve my classes for the week every Sunday and then put them on my calendar. It’s a reservation for my health and well-being.
My healthy eating tip: My diet is more about eating then not eating. I eat small amounts often.
My motivation for a healthy lifestyle: Living a healthy lifestyle makes life better and more satisfying in all areas. I have more energy for my life, my business and my people
Summer rolls are easy and fun to make. They have the two must haves: color and texture. Bright radishes and mangos peek out from their translucent rice paper. To add a little crunch, I used baby bok choy, pea shoots, and radicchio. Japanese buckwheat soba noodles, tossed with almond butter marinade, gives this vegan recipe a little added protein. A quick dip in the tangy chili dipping sauce makes for a tasty balanced bite.
When making these summer rolls, be sure you have all components prepped and staged near your workstation because the rice paper is delicate. Use only a small amount of each ingredient to prevent the rice paper from tearing. There is no right or wrong when it comes to the order in which you assemble your rolls—get creative and they will come out looking beautiful!
Vegan Summer Rolls with Chili Dipping Sauce
Dipping Sauce Ingredients:
Summer Rolls Ingredients:
Serve casually as a full roll, or more formally by cutting portions with a sharp knife.
– Megan Twining is a teacher at Pure Barre Crofton. As a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has professionally cooked in restaurants, hotels, at the US Embassies in France, Lithuania, and Russia, and as a food stylist for the celebrity chefs of FOOD NETWORK. Follow the Pure Barre Crofton Foodie on Instagram: @megan.twining