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As we celebrate International Women's Day, we want to acknowledge the wonderful, badass women making an impact in their industries and on the world. International Women's Day is more than just one day a year to recognize strong ladies; it's a celebration of those who deserve to be celebrated. In this installment, we are talking to Sadie Lincoln, owner of barre3. Her accomplishments include growing a single studio into a women-powered franchise, inspiring other female entrepreneurs with mindful leadership, and developing a full-on fitness movement. Here's everything you need to know about this awesome woman!
Barre3 was inspired by many long, philosophical conversations with my husband about what was preventing us from living fully in our bodies and being present in our lives. We felt lonely as a couple and longed for a career that felt connected, because instinctually we knew community was the foundation of our wellbeing. We kept asking ourselves, "Is it possible to create a company that doesn't feel like ‘work’ because it is truly human-centric, and the financial model depends on being kind to one another?"
I had been in the fitness industry for over a decade, with many of those years teaching group exercise and silently struggling with negative body image and shame around my chronic lower-back pain. Fitness became a chore and a fight with my body to the finish line—to an imaginary ideal that I was conditioned to believe equaled success. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a profound shift in my fitness mindset. I began working out to be fully present, compassionate, and alive in my body—just as it was. And I fell back in love with moving and with my body.
But I was only successful with this strategy with my at-home yoga practice. I wanted to bring this empowered way of exercising into a group-exercise environment. So, my husband and I created a class that delivered a challenging workout that balanced the body and empowered all people from within. Shedding the external motivations is incredibly rewarding. We reframed modifications from something you do when you need an easy way out to something you do when you are confidently standing up for what your body needs. And lastly, we wanted a workout that honored new parents. We were in that stage of life with two babies in tow. That's why we have childcare in most of our studios to this day.
We see our classes as more than a workout. Every single class we teach is a practice of letting go of external measures of success. By focusing on the present, we practice letting go of striving for ideals that are based in the future and, frankly impossible to reach because they are either an image of someone else or an imagined version of who we think we need to be to in order to be worthy, winning, sexy, and successful. At barre3, we have reframed success in fitness to be about being honest, empowered, and deeply connected to our bodies just as they are at this very moment. When we practice moving in alignment with our authentic truth, we build a healthy and rewarding relationship with exercise. I dream of a world where future generations are born into a new conditioning that celebrates and honors our bodies just as they are. Our clients are a part of this movement, and it is really exciting to see it take hold across our whole platform and beyond our company.
First, let’s go over what NOT to expect. You don't have to be fit, flexible, coordinated, or fluent in barre or any other exercise modality. We keep it simple and give you permission each and every step of the way to make choices that challenge you just enough. Barre3 combines strength conditioning, cardio, and mindfulness all in one. What I love the most about our class is our very specific way of teaching that gives you full permission to modify moves and get exactly what you need out of the workout. Expect infectious music and great group energy in balance with autonomy and taking care of yourself.
I am getting out in the world, connecting with other people and organizations who resonate with our message. One of my favorite things to do is guide our Experience B3 retreats. The next one is in April and at one of my favorite places, Brasada Ranch, in Bend, Oregon. Beyond retreats, I am focused on joining forces with other organizations and thought leaders who are aligned with our mission and vision. We are more powerful when we come together!
For me, it starts with reframing wellness as something I practice on a daily—and sometimes hourly—basis. It can be big things like going on a retreat or small things like taking three giant breaths before walking into a meeting. Wellness is about moments when I become compassionately aware of imbalances in my life and body and then take a step toward a more balanced state.
I define wellness as simply paying attention on purpose to what I need. Listening and honoring my authentic and truest self. As for a tip, I will borrow a question we empower our barre3 clients with each and every class: "What do I really need right now?" Listen closely to your answer, and proceed with purpose.
Want to try it for yourself? Find a barre3 near you and book a class!
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.