The Bar Method’s Next Chapter

You may have noticed something different today on The Bar Method’s website.  Today we are redefining our future.

When we think of The Bar Method, two words come to mind: strength and grace. It is the juxtaposition between these two qualities that defines who we are. We are strong and powerful, and at the same time poised and graceful.  These words perfectly summarize the essence of our brand and our community of clients, teachers and owners.  They speak to both the graceful outer strength of the long, lean sculpted muscles and the graceful inner strength of someone who is centered, composed and empowered.

We believe all women possess the drive to never give up. That women are fearless — constantly pushing boundaries and defying expectations.  Working for progress, not perfection.  Our workout is intense and challenging and as a result; it transforms your body to give you toned, sculpted muscles and makes you strong like never before.  At the same time you are left with a feeling of elegance and poise that makes you feel beautiful on the inside and out.

Today we reveal the true colors of our brand while reinforcing our authentic DNA and heritage as one of the pioneers in barre fitness.  The core of who we are is rooted in our relentless focus on the quality and consistency of The Bar Method technique and delivering a workout that is safe and effective for anyone and every unique body.  Our mission extends beyond the ballet barre, inspiring women (and men) to become the best versions of themselves.

Today we share our new website with you that brings to life our new brand and improved functionality, including a 14-day free trial for Bar Online.  We’ll continue to roll out the new look and feel across local studios and more in the coming months.

Here’s to the next chapter and celebrating the true meaning of graceful strength.

 

A Birthday Wish from our Founder, Burr Leonard

 

Hi Bar Method family,

I know you are celebrating The Bar Method’s 16th birthday this week. In honor of the occasion, I’d like to tell you a story about why I appreciate the workout more than ever. First of all, now that I’m purely a student, I’ve gained a new respect for how efficiently and safely it gives me the level of fitness I want (If I don’t say so myself.)

My second reason is more idiosyncratic. Among the wide variety of workouts I’ve taken, The Bar Method is the only one that can help me dance. Since the 80s, dance classes have been an off and on hobby of mine, and right now I have the good fortune to be taking an extraordinary ballet class. Our amazing teacher, Joan Lazarus Dobkowski, choreographs beautiful modern ballet dances to music by composers like Bach, Prokofiev and the rock band Traffic, and I really want to be able dance them like I’m not 70! (which I am)

What makes the difference between dancing like I’m flying or dancing and falling on my face is The Bar Method. Every Bar Method exercise puts me into a position that gives me a burn while at the same time allows me to work on my posture and alignment. Meanwhile, my teachers remind me to “lift your chest” or “pull in your abs” just at the right moment. The exercises themselves strengthen my quads, hip-flexors, calves and glutes, which translate directly into better extensions, relevés and arabesques (which Joan notices). And I get to work on my flexibility!

In short, The Bar Method gives me the one quality that I most need in a ballet class, graceful strength. Hey, that might be a good idea for a tagline.

Happy Birthday, Bar Method!

Burr

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A Guide to Farmer’s Market Day Tripping in Atl

In case you haven’t noticed, the weather’s taken a turn for the gorgeous lately. And there’s almost no way I’d rather spend a sunny Saturday morning in Atlanta than perusing the fresh, local-grown goods at our city’s many amazing farmers markets.

As a self-proclaimed farmers market fan-girl, I feel like I’ve seen the best and worst of the market scene. I’ve made mistakes and learned tricks to get in and out with three kids in tow and a bounty of the finest living foods nature has to offer. Here’s what I’ve learned about doing Atlanta’s farmers market scene like a champ.

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My Favorite Metro Atlanta Farmers Markets

 Brookhaven Farmers Market: 1375 Fernwood Cir NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319, http://www.brookhavenfarmersmarket.com

*The Bar Method Atlanta will be a sponsor at the Brookhaven Farmers Market starting Saturday, April 22nd! Stop by for fun Bar Method events, pop-up classes, and other fun ways to learn about what we do.

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Alpharetta Farmers Market: 1 South Main, Alpharetta, GA 30009, www.alpharettafarmersmarket.com

What’s to love: This might be my favorite market in North Atl. They have a gorgeous floral selection and one of the largest varieties of produce I’ve found.

Hidden Gems: Look for Capra Gia Goat Cheese- super fresh and bursting with flavor. Also, there’s a lemonade girl, not sure of her company name, but she’s always there with a juicer and her lemonade is the real deal.

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Roswell Farmers Market: 38 Hill St, Roswell, GA 30075, www.roswellfam.com

What’s to love: This used to the Riverside Farmer’s market down by the Chattahoochee and has re-located behind city hall every Saturday. The organizers have committed to keeping this market about supporting hyper-local farmers.

Hidden Gems: Hanalei Bath is usually there with wonderfully natural handcrafted soaps. I have their scent “Dirty Hippy” in my bathroom, it’s anything but dirty- smells super clean and perfectly earthy.

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Morningside Farmers Market: 1393 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306,  www.morningsidemarket.com

What’s to love: It’s the only market in town that requires all vendors to be certified organic.

Hidden Gems: My daughter is a Lacrosse player and the Moon Organics Foot Kit has revived her poor feet after the worst beating time and time again. Red Earth Organics makes a crazy-good blueberry jam that my daughter asks for every time we go. Also, treat yourself to the 26th & Popped Tasted White Cheddar, Simply Butter & Sea Salt or Classic Caramel fresh-popped corn.

 

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Grant Park Farmers Market: 600 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.cfmatl.org/grantpark

What’s to love: It’s one of the largest and longest running farmers markets in the city and was voted “Best Farmers Market” by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine.

Hidden Gems: Because of its in-town location and popularity, this market pulls some big-name chefs- like Hugh Acheson, Kevin Gillespie and Virginia Willis- who do free cooking demonstrations and workshops every weekend.

 Getting the Most Nutritional Bang for your Buck

So you’re committed to buying the freshest, local-grown veggies around but don’t have Gwyneth Paltrow dollars to drop. I mean, who does?

Or maybe you’re just pressed for time. Here’s a quick guide to the most nutritionally dense southern-grown produce available during three farmers market seasons. *Note that since farmers markets typically only carry produce from local farmers, this list is not the same in all areas. This list is specific to Georgia and some food’s harvest seasons carry over into other seasons (i.e. bell peppers are available in summer and early fall).

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Spring

Tart Cherries Anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, meltonin (great before bedtime)
Cantaloupe Vitamin A and C, beta-carotene, fiber
Kale Vitamin K, B2, B3, E and A, calcium, protein, omega-3 fats, phosphorous, manganese and copper
Spinach Vitamin K, B1, C and A, zinc, protein, choline, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, fiber and phosphorous
Beets Vitamin C and B6, iron, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, fiber

Summer

Cucumber potassium, magnesium, vitamin c, silica
Eggplant Vitamins K, B6 and B1, niacin, potassium, manganese, copper, phytonutrients, fiber
Shallots Anti-inflamatory, anti-bacterial, potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, folic acid
Zucchini Copper, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, b vitamins, magnesium, fiber, protein
Blueberries Vitamin K and C, manganese, fiber, copper
Strawberries Vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber, antioxidants, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fats
Garlic Potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and selenium
Vidalia Onions Vitamin C and B6, fiber, folate, potassium, manganese
Bell Peppers Vitamin A, E, C, B2 and B6, folate, molybdenum, dietary fiber, vitamin pantothenic acid, niacin, potassium

Fall

Apples Vitamin A, C, E, K, fiber
Brussels sprouts Vitamin C, folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids
Garlic Potassium, iron, calclum, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium
Pomegranates Vitamin C, K and B vitamins, antioxidants, potassium, folates, fiber
Sweet Potatoes Vitamin A, B6 and C, iron, fiber, potassium
Rutabagas Vitamin C and B6, fiber, zinc, thiamine, manganese, calcium

 

The Dirty Dozen- Where Organic Matters Most

Most of us would love to buy everything organic, all the time but that’s not always possible for a number of reasons. In these situations, it’s important to know which foods matter most when it comes to buying organic.

The Environmental Working Group continually updates its “Dirty Dozen” list. These are the fruits and veggies that are most susceptible to toxic chemicals for a number of reasons. As the agriculture laws change and as we learn more about the impact of pesticides on our health, this list changes, so it’s important to check back regularly. As of this month, April, 2017, the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list of foods especially important to buy organic includes:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes

Tips for getting the most out of your trip to the farmers market.

  • Bring plenty of reusable bags, it’s eco-friendly and vendors run out of bags later in the day. I keep a bunch of reusable grocery bags inside a larger reusable bag in the truck of my car and return them there the moment after I put our groceries away (otherwise it doesn’t happen). The Bar Method will soon have some re-usable bags to offer you when you come in and shop with us at the studio, Be sure to save them for your upcoming farmer’s market trips!
  • Bring a rolling cooler. It warms up quickly on a sunny day and a cooler means you can take your time without worrying about meats or cheeses going bad.
  • Leave the dog at home. I know, it seems like the perfect doggie day out, and almost all outdoor markets allow dogs, but I’ve always regretted bringing our pup to the farmers market. Most markets get crowded, then our arms are crowded with bags and it ends up being not very fun for anyone, including the dog! Make it easy, and let Fido sit this one out.

Bonus Tip: If you’re ever out of town and looking to meet people or find things to do, hit up the local farmers market! Last week, my family did spring break in Seaside, FL. Look at these colorful gems we found, and the locals were just as sweet! We may make the farmers market our first stop every time we’re on vacation!

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Do you have any favorite markets or hidden gems to share? Please do in the comments and happy farmers market tripping to each of you!

Four Questions with TBM Atlanta Bar Star: Cara Kinzey

Every month at The Bar Method Atlanta, we spotlight a client who has made a extraordinary transformation through barre; either mentally, physically or both. We originally featured client, Cara Kinzey, as our “Bar Star” in October, 2016, but want to share her with our BarreLifeAtl.com friends, in hopes that you’ll be as inspired by her story and outlook as we are.

Four Questions with The Bar Method Atlanta- Bar Star: Cara Kinzey 

 

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The Bar Method Atlanta client, Cara Kinzey

TBM: How long have you been taking classes at The Bar Method Atlanta?

Cara: I started The Bar Method about six months ago in April, 2016.

TBM: What was your biggest motivator for starting The Bar Method?

Cara: When I started The Bar Method, I was the worst case scenario for you guys. I was recovering from a massive stroke I’d had a few years back. Lifting my butt/legs/arms in the air and moving them in some type of coordinated fashion has been awesome physical therapy. My balance and posture are 100% improved and I feel worlds better. Thank you for that!

TBM: What is your favorite love-to-hate exercise?

Cara: My favorite “love to hate” exercise is arabesque with the ball behind the leg (or what I refer to as “ball gate”). I know if I keep it up, I’ll learn more proper technique and will eventually conquer arabesque one day!

TBM: What are your successes inside and outside of the studio as related to The Bar Method?

Cara: When I started at The Bar Method, my primary goal was to overcome balance issues that remained from a previous medical issue. I had been regularly working out on an elliptical, but realized I needed to do something more to help strengthen my core and to build muscle tone throughout my body. I tried a Bar class on a whim just to see what it would be like. I decided to try the classes for 30 days and was hooked!

It was quickly obvious my posture and flexibility were not great, but the instructor was very encouraging and gave me simple corrections, which I now know were baby steps. Each class seems difficult in a different way and you can start to feel/see changes as a result of your efforts after only a few weeks. My flexibility, balance and posture have all improved about a 1000% and I am still improving! My body has changed a lot already, but will always be a work in progress.

Kudos to all the instructors.  They are patient, encouraging and like to have fun in class. Any time at the barre is a good time. I totally enjoy it.

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We’re proud of you, Cara! And we look forward to watching you achieve every goal you set out on- both in class and beyond.

 Want to experience The Bar Method difference? Book a class at The Bar Method Lenox or The Bar Method East Cobb today.

Our Biggest Sale of the Year is coming on Black Friday!

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We are so excited for our Bar Method Atlanta community!

That special time of year is almost here… the holidays! We love this time of year; it must be all the merriment and the opportunity to give gifts to those we care about.
Our annual Black Friday Sale is coming and it’s going to be awesome!
Here are the items that will be on-sale:
  • Club Bar Platinum: Unlimited Classes, on auto-renew
  • Club Bar Black Card: Pre-pay for the year
In fact, this is going to be our LARGEST sale of the year! If you wanted a unique opportunity to take care of gift giving for family, friends,  and yourself, then next weekend is your time!
We want to invite you to get on our VIP Notification list for full sale details.
Why get on the VIP Notification list?
Getting on the VIP Notification list gives you access to the sale a whole 12 hours earlier than everyone else. Our sales are extremely popular, so this is your chance to get your order in ahead of everyone else. We will be selling a limited amount of  packages at these crazy prices.
The Black Friday deals we have planned are really going to blow you away, so click the link above and you’ll get advanced
opportunity to add items to your cart and purchase.
Plus, shopping with us on Black Friday means you can skip all the crazy crowds and enjoy the day after Thanksgiving like it was meant to be spent – in the comfort of your own home with friends and family.
If you know someone else who should get on the VIP Notification list, please share this email. We don’t want anyone to miss out.
This will be the ONLY BIG SALE of the year, and the last one at this price because all of package options have had a price increase,
so let’s make it a good one!
And remember, your membership gets you access to both the East Cobb AND Lenox studios!!
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Thanks for being a valued customer and member of our community.
Happy Holidays!

It’s a Big Deal

I am always so excited for this time of year to approach and this year is no different. It’s a time of giving and receiving and I encourage everyone to find ways to spread the love to yourself while loving on others this season! Be on the lookout this month!  I will talk about easy ways to Join the Club here in Atlanta!

xoxo,

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Happy Birthday to Us! The Bar Method East Cobb is Turning Four.

How quickly 4 years flies when you’re having fun! The Bar Method East Cobb is turning four and we’re celebrating with lunch by Kale Me Crazy, giveaways and more. The regular Saturday class schedule of 7am, 8:15am, 9:45am and 11am will take place amid the festivities.

Join us on October 22 as we celebrate and look forward to four more years of shakes, quakes and the best students around!

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The Bar Method, East Cobb is located at Merchant’s Walk, 1281 Johnson Ferry Rd #112, Marietta, GA 30068