My decision to become a Pure Barre Studio Owner

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Okay so let me start by apologizing… it has been by far the busiest, hardest, most stressful, happiest and most exciting 2 months ever! I want to share so much with you! I think that before I write more of what I have going on right now, I should take a step back and explain my decision to become a Pure Barre Studio Owner. If you follow me on Instagram or facebook, you saw this in a post around August 1st (my first day as owner). I’ve been working on this since March of this year, and I’m so excited it all worked out and it’s finally happened! One of my biggest dreams and goals have been reached!

 I have had a long relationship with Pure Barre and I wish I could say that it’s always been rosy.. Sorry guys that’s not the complete truth and you deserve upmost honesty. I started taking Pure Barre classes back in 2012 when I was a junior in college and started teaching by 2014 (when I started grad school) and loved it from the start. The workouts were different from anything I had ever tried before and every single class was challenging and empowering for me. Despite my love of the class: there was a time when I was really frustrated with the franchise and brand. When barre workouts started to hit the scene they really targeted a certain kind of personality (niche) and (for most studios) body type. I was surrounded by really “skinny” women who just wanted to get “skinnier”. I remember specifically instructors cueing on the mic (when trying to get members deeper into a position) “the higher your heels, the thinner your thighs” and our lead instructor would cue over the mic “imagine getting ready for your shortest summer shorts” talk about body shaming! Not all studios were like this! But there wasn’t as much regulation on the brand and consistency back then either.

In addition: some studios also advocate making Pure Barre a part of your daily routine.. meaning that people should take it literally EVERY DAY. And this my friends, I strongly disagree with. I think that Pure Barre is wonderful for most people 3 times a week. I think that it has value in someone’s exercise routine, but I ALSO think that you should be lifting weights (that weigh more than 5 lbs.) at least a couple of times a week and something that elevates your heart rate (I’m talking running/cycling/ swimming etc). No I didn’t make this up. I’m still a certified personal trainer by NCCPT for crying out loud.

 Let me take step back: If you hate to exercise but love Pure Barre, and it’s the only way you can make yourself move: go for it. Find something you enjoy and stick with it. Period. I also understand that there are outlying circumstances: for example if you are already super active during your week because your job keeps active all day (think masseuse/ farmer/ construction of any sort etc) or if you are recovering from an injury and it’s all you can do, that makes sense. But listen, generally speaking: if you take barre classes 6-7 days a week and nothing else: you are not the epitome of strength and health (sorry to break it to you). This is fact and I’m not going to sugar coat it. Just like your diet, your fitness regimen should be varied and diverse!

 So with all of this angst why did I decide to take the plunge and devote all of my time/energy and love into Pure Barre Asheville? Well first of all: the brand is changing in the best way possible. You’ll notice now in their ad campaigns that they feature women of different colors, ethnicities and (slightly) more diversity of body type. I’ve also been encouraged to see that many Pure Barre owners across the country do not promote the “Barre every day all day” mentality. Many of them teach cycle classes at neighboring studios, train for marathons on the side or contribute to the fitness community in other ways. I also knew that I if I wanted to see more change (in the barre mentality and community) I need to be a part of it instead of just complaining about it.

Most importantly of all: the classes are fun and the method WORKS. I’ve found Pure Barre makes me BETTER at all other forms of exercise. It improves my balance, posture, and core strength: which translate into better running, less necessary recovery time between workout sessions and not to mention it’s so much fun. I miss it when I take time away from the studio and I can’t imagine a day where I stop teaching.

A class in Pure Barre Asheville

A class in Pure Barre Asheville

 

The Pure Barre Asheville community in particular is incredibly special. The instructors are objectively amazing, and have quickly become my closest friends. The members are equally thoughtful and so welcoming. It’s a community and I’m so lucky to be a part of it! So yes, I love it so much, and I am so thrilled to be here!


Me with some of our PB Asheville instructors in the studio <3

Me with some of our PB Asheville instructors in the studio <3

I just feel like you deserve the backstory. Nothing is ever as perfect as it seems in an Instagram post. I think social media does us a disservice in that way. So I want YOU to know the real full story. I love Pure Barre more than I can describe. I’m thrilled that I can be a part of this community and to use this studio as a medium to help and inspire others to live a happier and healthier life. That’s all I want to do. All day every day!

 Okay so now you are all caught up! I promise I’ll be better from now on with posting. Thank you for following along with me in this crazy and always changing fitness industry! Have a great rest of your week! I’ll touch base again by Monday guaranteed :D

our weekend with house hunters

We made it to Asheville! Almost all of our belongings are still in boxes, but we made it! Our house is beautiful and I can't wait to make it our home. 

We had 1 day in Asheville to unpack as much as we could before we started filming again for House Hunters. We spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday wrapping up our show! I can't go into detail about their filming process, and I won't give away which house we choose, but I can at least show you some pictures and tell you about our weekend.

Aside from Alex and I touring the three houses, Alex and I did a lot of awesome activities around Asheville to showcase the city and show our personalities and interests. On Friday we went Canoeing at the Asheville Outdoor Center. If you are interested in renting a canoe or kayak in Asheville, I definitely encourage you check them out.

Yes.. it feels really weird to have people following you around with cameras!

Yes.. it feels really weird to have people following you around with cameras!

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Not only do they have any sort of paddle boat you'd want, they also have a breezy locally owned bar where you can relax and stretch out after. They were really excited to have us for the show. They were incredibly accommodating and stayed open late for us. They  gave us free drinks and recommendations for local restaurants for us to try.  

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Alex's sister, Liz, stayed with us over the weekend and she brought her goldendoodle (Indy's best friend) Rocky. They love each other! After filming on Friday we took the pups to New Belgium Brewing Company for some beer (cider for me) and fresh air!

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Saturday was more of the same. We toured one of the potential houses. I can't really give any details about these photos, but I can post them at least. 

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So it was a busy, and incredible weekend! I can't believe all that Alex and I have managed to do in a month! Our priority now is to unpack, and get ready for work. Alex starts this week, and I am working on a very big project I'll be able to share with everyone in just a couple more weeks! Stay tuned. More fun to come I promise! 

Have the best Sunday!

H

Alex's graduation

I tried my best to document everything last week, but it was really impossible to post anything on the blog until today! I didn’t even have internet for a couple of those days! I’m going to post today about Alex’s graduation and tomorrow about our move and House Hunters. Let's catch up!

Alex's graduation wasn't really a "graduation" ceremony like you'd expect. Every year Alex's program (UNC OMFS) has a "Hail and Farewell" banquet at the Carolina Club. During this dinner they welcome ("hail") the 3 new incoming residents into the program and bid "farewell" to the three chief residents. The graduating chiefs receive a certificate, but no caps nor gowns are worn, and there is no key speaker, nor music/processional. 

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It's not a typical graduation, but it is the day Alex and I have been counting down to for years, and it was perfect. Alex's parents flew in for the weekend, and we also had his sister, Lauren and her daughter, Talia for the occasion! I don't have a group picture of all of us, but I'll post what I have. 

The graduates: Alex with his two co-residents Caitlin and Brad

The graduates: Alex with his two co-residents Caitlin and Brad

Alex and me at the Carolina Club

Alex and me at the Carolina Club

Each chief gives a 5-10 minute speech thanking his or her attendings and family. Alex's speech was light-hearted, thoughtful and incredibly funny. The whole room roared with laughter! The Program Director said it was the funniest graduation speech he's ever heard :) Just another reason why I'm so proud of him!

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We spent the rest of the weekend with Alex's family. We visited a couple of our favorite restaurants one last time (The Root Cellar and Parker and Otis) before packing our last boxes and moving from Chapel Hill just a day later. 

Talia, Alex's dad (Papa C) and Indy

Talia, Alex's dad (Papa C) and Indy

Indy, Talia and Alex's mom (Mama C)

Indy, Talia and Alex's mom (Mama C)

I thought I would cry on moving day.. but I was too excited for what we have next. Asheville will always be "ours" but Chapel Hill will always be "mine". I'm so grateful it's less than a 4 hour drive away and I have family and friends to welcome me whenever I visit. After 9 years and 2 degrees, I guess it's time I "graduate" too. I will forever be a Tar Heel, and I'll always call it home! 

 

DITL 6/16/18 Full Saturday!

Hi there! How was your weekend? I’m sorry I didn’t post more often last week! It was really just a blur of packing and taking Indy out for walks. Nothing too blogworthy! Our house is over half-way packed, and I need to buy more boxes this week!

I got to start having some fun again yesterday. Indy and I started with a walk up to Weaver Street before I changed and drove to Franklin Street Yoga. FSY is hands down my favorite yoga studio. I wrote a blog post on FSY years ago.. (in 2014) click here to read it! I met Bria for the 9:15AM class with Patrick (one of our favorite instructors). We walked across the street to The Purple Bowl after for a late breakfast/early lunch. I ordered their avocado toast and an iced coffee, and Bria had their almond butter toast with a green smoothie. It’s an awesome local place and I recommend you trying it! 

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After brunch I went home to check on Indy (walk number 2) before driving to Fit on Main for my last training session with Lauren. We did a lot of the exercises from my training program (Barbell Incline Chest Press, Dumbell Front Raises, Standing Cable Tricep Push Down, 90 Degree Lateral raises, Dumbell Bench Press, Dumbbell Pull Over, Dumbbell External rotation, Dumbbell Overhead Tricep Extension) but then she had me try some a couple of moves I’ve never done before. Try these two at home (but make sure you have a mat beneath you! 

Wall Planks;&nbsp;&nbsp;Try to hold for a minute. USE YOUR CORE. Try for 3 sets with a 1 minute break between sets.&nbsp;

Wall Planks;  Try to hold for a minute. USE YOUR CORE. Try for 3 sets with a 1 minute break between sets. 

This didn't have a name.. so I'm going to call it "Wall Walks"

I was sore, exhausted and hungry after our training session, so I met my friend Leighanne at a new place on Franklin street for a later lunch at Hops. I had their cauliflower/ mushroom burger with a gluten free bun. It was hands down the best veggie burger I’ve ever had.

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I told Alex we have to go together before we move! 

I came home back to Indy and we had another walk around the neighborhood before showering and packing another box. Alex is on call this weekend so I just microwaved a frozen meal from Trader Joes for dinner. Alex was home by 8:30PM. We watched the newest season of Goliath until we fell asleep. Do you watch that show? Definitely bingeworthy. We finished season 2 in 48 hours!

Alex graduates from residency in 5 days, and we move in 9! It's a big week, and I hope yours is amazing!

Hannah

DITL 6/11/18: Checking boxes and filling boxes

My time in Chapel Hill is really winding down! I was up by 6:45 AM (slept in a bit!) to take Indy on a little run before it got too hot. By 7:30 AM it was already pushing 77 degrees and the humidity is unbearable here! After our usual two miles I dropped her off at home before I ran 2 more. A solid 4 miles felt good today, and it’s all I can handle in this heat!

I had large Jazz apple before our run, and after it I made toast with sunflower seed butter, a sliced banana and a sprinkle of mixed nuts.

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I showered and then continued listening to “When Life Gives You Lululemons” on my audible app while loading more moving boxes. Packing is such a workout! I'm just glad I can space it out. I can't imagine packing non-stop for a day. 

Around 10AM I had a bowl of Angie’s pop corn and a protein shake before getting started on more "to do" items. They included: scheduling "shut-offs" for utilites, e-mailing our current landlord about our intended move-out date, e-mailing with the House Hunters producer about our next scheduled block of filming, and looking into hotels in Asheville. I need to start reserving some "blocks" of hotel rooms for the big day! 

I took Indy out for a second (shorter) walk before driving to Durham. I met my friend (and Pure Barre manager) Kristen for lunch at one of my favorite places, Happy and Hale! I love their avocado toast, and needed a protein boost so I ordered their toast with extra tofu on top. 

Toast with avocado mash, capers and tofu

Toast with avocado mash, capers and tofu

On my way home I stopped by the grocery store to stock up the fridge and picked up a cliff Builders bar for a snack. I worked on my laptop for a couple of hours before driving up to Weaver Street to pick up something for dinner from their hot bar. They always have amazing fresh and seasoned veggies! 

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Alex and was home shortly after dinner. We walked Indy around the neighborhood for her final loop of the day together.  I'm propped up in bed; relaxed and feeling productive! Less that 2 weeks left in Chapel Hill! I'm just doing my best to soak it in :) Until next time!