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Published Wednesday Jul 17, 2019 by Studio Barre

Studio Barre Owners Bust These 4 Barre Myths

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Is this a workout, or ballet? Am I in good enough shape to take a class? What the heck is “tucking”? 

These are all questions that have raced through your mind when scrolling past a barre class in your area. Some of these unanswered questions may even stop you from booking, or trying a new workout. Let’s change that. 

With help from the coolest women owners of all four Studio Barre locations, here’s a breakdown of some of the most common myths and misconceptions, and what really goes on during a barre class. 
 

You have to be coordinated and flexible.
Carmel Valley | Melissa Chang

“The movements are small and our workouts are musically based and fun! Barre uses small, isometrical movements that fatigue and elongate the muscle through stretching. There are no big dance moves or a need to be flexible. There are plenty of modifications to fit everyone’s needs, from beginner to advanced. Have an injury? Just had a baby? Pregnant? We can help you get the most out of your workout while keeping you safe and making you strong!”
 

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You have to be coordinated and flexible.
Carmel Valley | Melissa Chang

“The movements are small and our workouts are musically based and fun! Barre uses small, isometrical movements that fatigue and elongate the muscle through stretching. There are no big dance moves or a need to be flexible. There are plenty of modifications to fit everyone’s needs, from beginner to advanced. Have an injury? Just had a baby? Pregnant? We can help you get the most out of your workout while keeping you safe and making you strong!”
 

People hear the word barre and instantly think one of two things: drinks or dance.
Encinitas | Kimberly Gillis 

“While we love a good cocktail, at Studio Barre we are all about strength. Our motto is Strength Defined. You won’t find us leaping across the room. Instead, you will find our clients with weights in hands, pushing the limits on low impact, muscle-toning moves. We love the small movements; think, moving in inches with a continuous squeeze. In our classes, tools of the trade include weights, balls, bands, and coasters. We deliver the ultimate burn with a foray of positions and moves to slenderize every body into a dancers body with long, lean, defined muscles. And, our classes are for everyone–no dance background needed!”
 

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People hear the word barre and instantly think one of two things: drinks or dance.
Encinitas | Kimberly Gillis 

“While we love a good cocktail, at Studio Barre we are all about strength. Our motto is Strength Defined. You won’t find us leaping across the room. Instead, you will find our clients with weights in hands, pushing the limits on low impact, muscle-toning moves. We love the small movements; think, moving in inches with a continuous squeeze. In our classes, tools of the trade include weights, balls, bands, and coasters. We deliver the ultimate burn with a foray of positions and moves to slenderize every body into a dancers body with long, lean, defined muscles. And, our classes are for everyone–no dance background needed!”
 

Barre…so it’s ballet, right?
Bird Rock | Meghann Boyd 

“Wrong! While the foundation of a barre class is based in ballet culture–for example, there is a barre in the room, your feet may come to a first position, and a plie is thrown in every now and then–the majority of class has nothing to do with ballet. Studio Barre is a specialized workout that focuses on building core strength, improving posture, and developing long and lean muscles - like those of a dancer, but zero dance experience is necessary.  We use small isolated movements while incorporating cardio and stretching to lift and tone your entire body. So come tuck with us, and leave that tutu at the door.”
 

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Barre…so it’s ballet, right?
Bird Rock | Meghann Boyd 

“Wrong! While the foundation of a barre class is based in ballet culture–for example, there is a barre in the room, your feet may come to a first position, and a plie is thrown in every now and then–the majority of class has nothing to do with ballet. Studio Barre is a specialized workout that focuses on building core strength, improving posture, and developing long and lean muscles - like those of a dancer, but zero dance experience is necessary.  We use small isolated movements while incorporating cardio and stretching to lift and tone your entire body. So come tuck with us, and leave that tutu at the door.”
 

Barre for bros, is slowly but surely becoming a thing.
Mission Hills | Alyssa Meeks 

“We’re happy to say this one is true! Barre is commonly misperceived as a dance-like workout that requires the client to be bendy, trim, and a woman. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What makes barre classes different is that there isn’t one “type” of client this workout prefers. Rather, barre exercises can be enjoyed and effective for every type. Barre is a workout targeting hidden muscle groups that are many times forgotten in more traditional forms of working out. We encourage every barre bro to come out and try a class! We know they’ll be shocked at the results, and what a few months of careful attention to details does!”
 

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Barre for bros, is slowly but surely becoming a thing.
Mission Hills | Alyssa Meeks 

“We’re happy to say this one is true! Barre is commonly misperceived as a dance-like workout that requires the client to be bendy, trim, and a woman. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What makes barre classes different is that there isn’t one “type” of client this workout prefers. Rather, barre exercises can be enjoyed and effective for every type. Barre is a workout targeting hidden muscle groups that are many times forgotten in more traditional forms of working out. We encourage every barre bro to come out and try a class! We know they’ll be shocked at the results, and what a few months of careful attention to details does!”
 

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Beauty
Published Thursday Oct 08, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Gratuity Guide: How to Tip a Hair Stylist (and Show You Care)

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Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.  

To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now. 

Here’s what you think: 


You’ve already been tipping more 

79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now. 


But, how much more? 

We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.

New services are not top priority (yet) 

When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.  

Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.

Why retail therapy is important

Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist?  According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like)

Anything else? 

Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had: 
    •    “Paying in advance!” 

    •    “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out” 

    •    “Referring friends!” 

    •    “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book) 

    •    “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!” 

    •    “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!” 

 

So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.

Sara Lesher
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Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).