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The Barre Code Opens April 22!

A few months ago, we caught wind of (and of course wrote about) an exciting new fitness studio would be making its way to downtown Cincinnati… The Barre Code!

Essentially it’s a one-stop shop for cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, and restoration. The Chicago co-founders, Ariana Chernin and Jillian Lorenz, developed a full-bodied program six years ago, determined to change the way women perceive their own strength: the focus is always placed on what we have to gain, not lose. And women are loving it! In fact, it was named by Self Magazine as one of the best workouts in the country!

Each class is unique, routines change weekly, and new formats/classes will be introduced throughout the year. Core classes, all 50mins in length, cover all of the body’s needs in a holistic exercise regimen:

  1. The original “Barre Code,” is a total-body workout of isometric holds, heavy repetition, and deep stretching
  2. The “HIITRestore” class empowers clients to reach beyond their physical, mental, and emotional limits on a three-dimensional ride of plyometrics, speedwork and agility training, paired with extensive stretch
  3. The “TBC” or bootcamp class focuses on full-range-of-motion strength training, in addition to HIIT movements

But even though the concept was started in Chicago , it’s still very much locally owned and operated! TBC Cincinnati is owned by downtown Cincinnati resident Michelle Ziegler. She has more than 15 years of dance experience and discovered The Barre Code while living in Chicago in 2013. She quickly felt at home, loved the classes, instructors and wide range of formats. In 2015, she auditioned and was selected to train as an instructor. Since as early as she can recall, aspiring for what she “wanted to be when she grew up”, Michelle has always had a strong desire and passion to run her own business one day. That one day is now!

It wasn’t until she became part of The Barre Code family that she recognized the unique opportunity to join the franchise network and make her lifelong dream a reality. She’s mom to a 6-month old daughter and is extremely proud to be raising her family in Over-the-Rhine.

So, make sure you check out TBC Cincinnati soon to open, located at 615 Main Street, just a few blocks from Fountain Square and on the streetcar line. It’ll be perfect for downtown residents and professionals looking to sneak in a workout before work, during lunch or after a busy day!

To learn more about The Barre Code, click here. You can also follow the Cincinnati studio on Facebook.

Review: Barre3


Now that I’m expecting, I can’t do my usual runs (especially not in this heat!) so I’m trying to find other effective ways that I can keep in shape.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Barre3 classes — from some of my friends who I used to cheer with, and also a friend who has no dance experience at all. The concept is rooted in three fitness disciplines—ballet barre, pilates and yoga–and it’s designed to lift, lengthen, and tone your entire body.

I checked it out and it’s not only an AMAZING workout, it’s fun too! Because you’re incorporating so many different types of exercise, you’re always doing something different, challenging your body in a new way, and somehow calming your mind too. Definitely recommend it. Below is a little info I grabbed from their site, which you can check out for yourself here (even better — visit them at their location on Montgomery Rd.!)

Finding balance is at the core of everything we do at barre3. It starts with our workouts: Every barre3 class works strategically to build strength and flexibility for optimal body balance and improved posture.*

Exercise is just one part of the equation. Exercise, nourish, connect: these are the 3 pillars of the barre3 approach. It’s not just about how hard you work out or the numbers on the scale. It’s about nourishing your body and making connections in order to lead a balanced and happier life. By focusing on whole-body health, we empower you to feel your best from the inside out.

Sadie and Chris Lincoln are on a mission. After 20+ years in the corporate fitness industry, they decided to seek more balance in their lives and help others do the same. They quit their jobs, sold their house, and moved to Portland, Oregon, with two small kids in tow. Together with their mentor, Mark Mastrov, founder of 24-Hour Fitness Worldwide, they pooled their experience and resources to found barre3—a new brand of fitness melding exercise, nutrition, and community.

They opened their flagship studio in Portland, Oregon in 2008, creating an innovative studio workout and a culture of whole-body health. Today, the barre3 community reaches across the country with nearly 100 studios, led by passionate studio owners and instructors who share the barre3 vision, and to an online community that extends around the world.
Barre3’s mission is to make the world a happier, healthier place. As hands-on leaders, Sadie and Chris work every day to grow their company, spread their passion, and help others get fit, feel good, and lead happy, healthy, balanced lives.

We empower people to find careers they love at barre3. Our commitment to a standout studio experience starts with hand selecting franchise owners who are passionate about barre3 and embrace our philosophies. At every barre3 studio, not only will you get an incredible workout, but you’ll also witness firsthand the power of the barre3 community.


Review: G-Loves Workout Gloves

Loving my new G-Loves weight lifting gloves!!!

The hubs and I hosted Thanksgiving at our house this year for the very first time. So, I consumed 80 million calories on Thanksgiving Day like every other red-blooded American. Then, because I had so many leftovers at the house, I consumed that much on a daily basis for the next two weeks as well. Oof.

Yeah, so, my New Year’s Resolution to fit back in my jeans came a month early. I’ve always been a cardio girl, but I read that muscle increases your metabolism, so I’m now adding some light weights into the mix. Of course, for any fashionista, cute workout wear can make any activity fun. So, I stocked up on some new gear!

Since weights are new to me, I had to get some weight lifting gloves. And I found the BEST site for them… they’re called “G-Loves” weight lifting gloves and they come in all different patterns, from plain jane to patterned and pretty in pink. Of course, I love everything pink so that’s what I got.

They’re about $45 for the women’s G-Loves workout gloves, and they also have wrist wraps, men’s gloves, and workout apparel. Pretty cool site full of functional fashion to keep you lookin’ and feelin’ good in the gym! Click here to check out their site!