The Naughty List

So, we’ve been in touch with Santa Claus (not an easy task) and we have heard that a lot of Barrer’s have been naughty this year! Yes, Mr Claus proclaims that there has been some unusual activity at The Barre studio of late. Stating . . . cancelling of classes, missing workouts and generally being a bit on the distant side (his words of course, not ours). He expressed that if this behavior were to continue then a lump of coal and a black listed name on the naughty list is a standard procedure !!

After hours of delegating and bribery (cough), a slightly tipsy Santa agreed that we would let you off, but under one condition . . . return to The Barre immediately and get those beautiful butts back into class🙂.

Gosh me and Santa really ARE on the same wavelength!

All jokes aside it really has been a little quieter than usual and the fact is . . . we miss you! I know, I know ‘Holidays are coming’ but people it’s only November you’ve still got bags of time to do your Christmas prep and plenty more classes to take in the lead up.

We know December can get a little overwhelming, that’s why were asking you to treat November as it is, just a regular month. Keeping consistent is not only key from a fitness point of view but also great for stress relief. There’s nothing better than a wave of endorphin’s to put everything into perspective.
We all have half an hour to spare no matter how busy we are, luckily for you we have an abundance of express classes. Don’t ignore these powerful classes. They do exactly what they say on the tin! Efficient, fast and effective!

Come December we will be giving you a condensed schedule. Don’t lose sight, they’re will be plenty of options and times. If you are a creature of habit then get in and perfect your favourite class orrrr why not try something new in December?! After all ’tis the season for giving’ give your metabolism a treat with a little pre Xmas push.

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If your waiting for January to start a frantic ‘get fit’ plan then you really ought not to give yourself an uphill battle. Two months off Barre is gonna feel a whole lot worse than two weeks. Keep as consistent as you can and when you can and i promise it won’t feel at all frantic.

When you knock out a kick ass class your less likely to over indulge on the delights Winter brings and even if you do, at least you’ve blooming well earned it!

Now then . . . did someone mention mulled wine😉 ?!?!

MisMaxine

XOXO

Core Blimey . . .

Ok, so you hear us spread the word ‘core’ around like wildfire but what does it actually mean?! 
The core of the body is broadly considered to be the torso. A complex group of muscles extending far beyond your abs . . . These muscles can act as an isometric or dynamic stabiliser for movement and transfer from one extremity to another and also iniate movement itself.

Ooofff I got all ‘sciencey’ there . . . One second whilst I remove my lab coat and speak less ‘fancy pantsy’. There we go . . . Ok, in short your core is pretty much similar to that of an Apple – your centre. When your core is activated you have total isolated control. 

Sounds good doesn’t it?! And when you do find that total isolation . . ‘Holy Guacamole’ you’ll know it. The ‘fast burn’ a plie will give ya will never have felt so fast! 

Still with me?! Ok, good! 

Following our ‘Core-rective’ surgeries we have been focusing in on core stability ,stripping back every exercise , narrowing down the best cues and physical cues to really help you lot push your workout to the next level. 

Does the extra attention around ‘rib knitting’ ‘shoulder sliding’ and ‘waist folding’ ring a bell now?! 

We thought so! If you haven’t heard these cues repeatedly then you will have certainly felt a ‘pokey finger’ in your ribs/stomach at some point. We know you loooove that one😉 . 

As much as physical corrections are completely necessary and something that we will always continue to do. Mind and body connection when it comes to core stability is imperitive. Self correction is not only rewarding but needed when it comes to stabilising and controlling  from your middle. 

Just like ‘Sonny & Cher’ we at The Barre truly believe ‘It’s the little things’ that matter. Small movements, executed with precision that stem from a solid thought process behind every set up. 

There is no need for brute force when it comes to Barre – I know some of you may disagree as the image of a Brawl ‘two way rower’ or a Barddio ‘side kicks’play over in your memory. Even your power class exercises need not be huuuuuge movements. Yes, agreed they may sometimes be bigger but not so big that you lose control. 

The more you move your whole body the less you are isolating! 

A good little barre tip is to imagine your wearing a corset. That’s right . . . Male or female you are donning a sexy imaginary corset. A knitted set of ribs, waist fold and tuck was the norm for ladies of the Victorian era and if you’re asking me ‘Marie Antoinette’ totally worked it! 

Soooo, it’s down to you folks to keep bringing your ‘B game’ and tell that core who’s boss. Just remember the devil is in the detail and once you nail total isolation. . . There’s no looking back.

Ok that’s enough of the cliches I think. You know what to do😉

Until next time, 

MisMaxine

XOXO 

The voices in your head . . . 

Don’t worry you’re not entering a therapy sesssion . . . This is a purely training focused blog encouraging you to unlock your inner monologue. 

We all have our hang ups . . . We’re only human! It’s what makes us humble and gives us the motivation to better ourselves. In my opinion you should never stop at satisfactory and should always strive for sucesss. 

Here at The Barre we are blessed that you guys share this same view and each and every day you demonstrate this by being absolutely Badasses! 

Have you ever heard me or any of your instructors say ‘Have a word with yourself’?! 

It’s a necessary cue and one you should all use. We’re not asking you to go to the naughty corner and sulk and “think about what you’ve done”! 

We are simply asking you to tap into your mind and unleash your inner’Barre Ego’! 

You’ve all got one and if you haven’t found it or her/him . . . Then we’re asking you to grab that spade and dig a little deeper! 

Don’t worry – we’re not asking you to go all ‘Jim Carey’ on us but hey if that works then have at it. I’ll make sure to enforce the memo that contorted facial expressions and accent changes are solely down to an un interruputed focus😉 . (F.Y.I you may want to forewarn your barre buddies before demonstrating this one folks). 

Strong word of advice ‘ No hatin’ ‘ !! Ya’ll know haters gonna hate and the biggest hater you will deal with is yourself!! Ya heard!!! Shut out any negativity in that brain of yours and turn a negative into a positive . . For example:

‘ My legs are shaking, I can’t keep going, I can’t hold it any longer, I’m not strong enough – why isn’t anyone else shaking?!’

‘ I am working that shake – I’m getting stronger and stronger means fitter, don’t stop now – you owe it yourself to keep going’. 

I know which voice I’d rather choose. In fact I choose it daily when I work out! My Barre alter ego even has a name. In fact all of The Barre Team have alter ego’s with names . . . Intriguied?! Next blog perhaps😉

Some of you may think I’ve officially lost it and on the odd occasion that’s a fair assumption🙂 but in true cliche style ‘Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it’. 

Tapping into the voice in your head could take you from ‘cruise control’ to ‘sport mode’. Not only will you reach your personal goals but the utter satisfaction you will gain is priceless! 

B the B adass that you deserve to B!

We will be watching😉

MisMaxine

XOXO

LunchTime 

Happy Hump Day !!

Hope your all having a lovely week so far?! And if your not, then hopefully this blog will cheer you up. It’s foodie based and if your anything like me, food is the key to your heart. . . Along with overpriced bags and a good set of earrings  of course😉 .

I am a self confessed ‘foodie’ and not ashamed to admit it. For me, meal times are a very exciting part of the day. Some of you will be nodding your head in agreement and some of you will be thinking ‘she needs to get out more’. 

Nevertheless, it’s science we all need to eat so why not make it worthwhile. 

My main focus with this blog is lunchtime. The struggle to find a tasty, filling, affordable lunch whilst working your butt off, managing a million tasks and just generally staying alive, sometimes is enough to make you sod the healthy lifestyle and sink your teeth into a ‘Big Mac’.

Not that there is anything wrong with a ‘Big Mac’ (every now and again) but unless power naps are permitted at your work place I would ‘steer clear’ of Ronald and his “Happy Meals”. 

The key to a good lunch is the perfect balance between protein, complex carbs and healthy fats. This will set up your afternoon and fuel your evening workout. It will also stop you from secretly raiding the office biscuit tin at 4pm and prevent the unwanted ‘Hobnob’ guilt. 

Nowadays, there are so many healthy Instagram accounts, recipe books, and cooking apps etc that it’s easy to find inspiration for healthy meals?! Right?!

Well yes that is true. However, the majority of said recipes, expect you to be a millionaire with a ‘Holland and Batrett’ on your doorstep and a ‘Spiralizer’ convinently placed in your pocket. 

Yes, they are lovely recipes but are they practical for your busy day to day schedule . . Possibly not?! 

Just keep it simple! No need to faff on with ‘Tahini’ or ‘Sprouting Seeds’because the gorgeous lady on the front cover of your cooking book says you do. Basic nutrition goes back to the caveman era, keep it simple and digestible. 

For example, if you’ve got some protein, cheese, salad leaves, tomatoes and olive oil in your fridge. You’ve got lunch. Just because it doesn’t have an hisbiscus flower garnish it does not mean it’s not healthy. 

My daily lunch is nearly always a mixture of whatever I buy in at the start of the week. Just now I had Italian meats, olives, sundried veg, asparagus and grated Parmesan and drizzled with olive oil. Quick and filling with near to no washing up needed!!! 

Think of eating lunch mezze style, it keeps it creative, fun and easily introduces a whole range of flavours. 

Got some left over pasta from the night before?! Whack it in a container and add some salad leaves, olive oil and some fresh Parmesan and your colleagues will be calling you ‘Mrs/Mr Dolmio’ before you know it. 

Just be smart with it. Keep it balanced with mainly protein and veg and just a handful of carbohydrates. This will stop you awkwardly falling into a ‘carb coma’ during your afternoon conference call😉.

Whether you prep your lunch the night before or prep it in the kitchen on your lunch break remember you can’t go wrong with;

Protein – (meat,fish,eggs,cheese,nuts, legumes)

Complex carbs – (brown rice/pasta,potato, quinoa, cous cous)

Veg/salad

Olive oil, coconut oil and seasoning. 

That’s your check list. Play around with it, include all of the above food groups in your lunch or just pick a couple. Use your head and make sure your nourish and fuel yourself appropriately. I’m sure your already aware that we take no prisoners here at The Barre and a perfectly fueled body makes for perfectly formed plies😉. 

Happy Lunching peeps!! 

Besos

MisMaxine 

XOXO

Livin’ for the weekend . . . 

We all know that feeling. Watching the clock tick tock it’s way to 5pm on a Friday afternoon. Apprehensively hovering your cursor over the ‘Log off’ bar, waiting for the sound of the ‘Click’, followed closely by the sing song as your computer shuts down! Eagerly grabbing your bag, you take no prisoners and you dart like a ninja out of the office. This my friends is ‘that Friday feeling’ and nothing and no one can stop you! 

(Small print) Unlessssss you are a shift worker or freelancer (like myself) then the Friday feeling is dependant on your week 😉. 

Moving on . . .

Do you ever feel that you blink and before you know it the weekend is over?! I know I do, in fact most weekends I famously quote that their should be a day inbetween Saturday and Sunday! Not only is this a ridiculous and un reasonable request but it’s also completely impossible. So I decided to write this blog to encourage you (and I) to really make the most of our weekends. 

Life moves so fast! Days blend into months and months into years. It’s really important to give ourselves a reminder to make the most of our time.

So, I’ve strummed up a little list to give you pointers on ways to grasp the weekend and to cure that dreaded Sunday evening fear. 

1- Try not to overbook yourself! Yes, I agree it is easier said than done. Especially when the summer season is wedding and party galore. If you have a big event at the weekend. Try to make that the only one. Save some YOU time. 

2- Have one chilled night, whether it’s Friday, Saturday or Sunday! Keep one night free to just chill out, lounge on the sofa, read a book, catch up on your fav box set or just relax with loved ones. 

3- Make the most of walking places. If your anything like me you spend most of your time in your car in grid lock traffic. Use those gorgeous legs that you plies so hard for and get some fresh air.

4- Don’t get too lazy! Just because it’s the weekend it doesn’t mean you get to order takeaways for every meal. One or maybe two is lovely, don’t un do your good work during the week and cook fresh and simple when you can. 

5- Do something new! Whether it’s trying a new exercise class with a friend or visiting a new cafe/bar or going to see a local show. Switch it up and get to know the place you live! Newcastle really has a lot to offer. 

6- Watch that film you’ve always wanted to watch (guilty pleasures allowed) and take that bath your always meaning to take. 

7- I find it helps my energy levels if I don’t stray to far away from my normal sleeping routine. Of course you can afford to go to sleep and sleep in a little later on the weekends. However, I find if you keep it within a one hour/two hour window outside your normal routine it helps remove that sluggish feeling you get from tiredness or oversleeping. 

8- HANGOVERS dun dun dun. They’re gonna happen. You can’t avoid them. Drink ALOT of water and get on with it! Don’t fester in your own self pity, fresh air is a godsend! 

9- Set a goal for the week ahead. You don’t have to write them down if you don’t want to . You can just think them. Can be whatever you like. 

10- And finally ENJOY! The weekend is too be savoured. Try to switch off from work, it’s good for your mind to have a break and it encourages a much more efficient working week. 

Hope these little tips help you, I know they will help me. Life can sometimes move so quickly that it’s easy to get swept away and lose quality time. 

Have a lovely weekend 😘

Besos

MisMaxine

XOXO

P.s my goal for the week ahead is to drink more water when I’m not teaching. Just in case you wanted to know 😉. 

Wakey Wakey . . . Eggs and Bakey.

We all love that ‘Sunday’ morning moment. No alarm, no work and a full day to do whatever you like.

 For me there’s nothing better than waking up, making a coffee and deciding what to have for brunch. I say brunch because by the time I pull myself out of my sleepy slumber, breakfast is longgggg gone! 

Besides, brunch is very ‘en trend’. If a cafe doesn’t serve it all day Sunday then they just don’t make the cut . . AND it goes without saying that if you don’t immediately snapchat your ‘Avo’ and Eggs then your deleted off the hipsters list!!

Eggs and bacon are a British (and American) staple breakfast/brunch. A family classic , a builders choice and a bloomin good hangover cure 😉. Team it with a good brew and you’ve got yourself a cheap and cheerful winner! 

I love to enjoy a big buttie as much as the next person. However, if I know I’m going to be having an indulgent Sunday dinner or perhaps a Saturday night takeaway, I keep my brunch lighter so that I can balance out my weekend indulgences. (You know we’re #allaboutthatbalance here at The Barre . . . Pun intended). 

So, I came up with a sexy little number that in co-operates your beloved eggs,bacon and bread but perfectly balanced with some greens for good measure. 

Ta Daaaaaa !!! 

What do you think?! 

Some of you may be shaking your head in disgust at my attempt to liken a bacon/egg buttie to a salad and I hear you loud and clear. This salad has it’s time and place and is great for a fresh summer brunch especially in the lead up to our summer holidays ( oi oi bikini bods) 😘. 

Besides, it is super simple and takes no time to prepare . . . Music to your ears, right?! 

Shopping list (serves 2);

-4 Large eggs (pop eggs in cold water, wait till it boils and boil for 4/5 mins depending on how runny you want em’).

– Grill 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon . . I bought mine ready made from M&S Summer Range because this delicious selection is my current obsessesion anddd it will slowly but surely bankrupt me! 

– Toast one slice of wholegrain seeded bread and cut up into square croutons (add another slice if you other half is as hungry as mine). Butter is optional, i will let you make that vital decision 😉.

-Boil a couple of heaped spoons of Petis Pois Peas.

– Steam or boil as much asparagus as you want.

-Mixwatercress, rocket and spinach leaves with olive oil, rock salt and black pepper and a teeny tiny bit of mayo! 

– Throw it all together, give it a good mix and team it with a cuppa, kick back and enjoy! 

Have it for brunch, lunch or even a light dinner. I’ll leave that choice to you. 

Until next time ☺️

Besos

MisMaxine

XOXO 

Brawlin’

Yo yo peeps!!

How’s it going?! The sun is shining, the weather is warmer and we don’t need to wrap up like ‘ nanook of the north’ to step outside our doorstep. #Winning!

I touched on the lighter nights and al fresco dining in my last blog post ‘Put a spring in your step’ hope it’s helped you try a new schedule switch and encouraged you to ramp up your training pre summer?! I for one have definitely noticed a few of you changing it up and trying different classes. If your yet to have a go, then today is your day .Log on to our newly re vamped website/app and have at it!! 

We are very observant at The Barre and pick up on everybody’s individual improvements and really appreciate when you guys go that extra mile in class. As I’ve previously stated, were always the first to notice when that Barre Butt is looking extra ‘peachy’ and will most likely be the first to comment😉. Here’s a couple of reasons why;

– We know the sheer determination and hard work you put into your class.

– We witness the sweat, shakes and sometimes swearing (we don’t judge).

– We congratulate you on your consistency and dedication.

– Anddddd we are a little bit ‘pervy’ (he he) just kidding . . .but we do appreciate a #Badass attitude teamed with a strong physique! 

Leading me to my next point . . . I heard a little whisper a couple of weeks ago in the studio that a couple of Barre Belles were afraid to try our Brawl class because they were apprehensive of gaining “bulky arms”. I had a little giggle to myself and and instantly set a reminder on my phone  . . It read;

” Blog about how taking a Brawl class a week will miracoulsly transform you into ‘Arnold Swcharzenegger’ “.

( Ha Ha) sarcastic?! Me never!!! 

Hopefully you have all picked up on the irony. Brawl will NOT bulk you, we work on building your core and arm strength, mixing in low weights and high reps to hone and tone your Barre Bods! The majority of the class you are working with your own body weight. 

If our Brawl class had instant bulking effects you probably wouldn’t see us all Summer. Nope. We would be frequenting our annual tour around the Med Islands on our lavishly luxurious Yachts!!! #Millionaires (Ha Ha).

So Barre Belles and Blokes. Please do not shy of this necessary power class. It will not have you bursting out of your T-Shirts, we work on definition at The Barre. Adding a Brawl class into your schedule will in fact aid your Barre class, ask any of our avid #Brawlersss they know the crack😉 and if you ask me, their arms look pretty damn fine!!

In the words of Arnold . . .

“Hasta la vista Babaaaay”

Mismaxine 

XOXO