Category Archives: Motivation

Receive and give advice to the Body Bar Nation that will keep you motivated day to day

Who Inspires You?

Harriette Thompson, 91, from Charlotte, N.C.

Harriette Thompson, 91, from Charlotte, N.C.

There are people you meet in life that prove everyone wrong and defeat “the odds”. They take their situation and decide not to listen to what everyone has to say, but instead decide for themselves what they are going to do. In turn they become an inspiration, a walking example of how we should all strive to live our lives. Harriette Thompson is someone we look up to here at Body Bar.

At 91, Thompson finished a marathon (26.2 miles!) with a pace of about 16 minute miles. All while raising almost 6 figures for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. Yes – it’s just as amazing as it sounds!

Don’t believe it? Watch a clip on Harriette here.

Who inspires you? How do you use that inspiration in your daily life?


Body Bar Flex: You are what you work out with

A review from Barb Grandison

Flexible but not floppy!

Strong but not rigid!

The Body Bar has opened up a whole new world for me – it creates a different
playing field. Weights are rigid; resistance bands do not keep their shape at all.
The Body Bar Flex has the stand-alone resistance of weights and the flexibility
of a resistance band: It’s the perfect combination. My favorite thing about
the Flex, I can use it to add strength training to an upbeat cardio class without
slowing the tempo.


Make changes now while it’s still your choice

-A post from our Creative Trainer of the Month, Barb Grandison

While pregnant with my second child, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was put on a special diet and it was not an easy thing to do!

When I am forced to do something, I automatically don’t want to do it (regardless of what it is!) I started feeling sorry for myself.  While I worried about becoming diabetic in the future, I still didn’t want to change my eating habits.

On the other hand, when I make the decision to enact a positive change in my life, I get excited about it. I enjoy picturing the positive results of my decision, and that keeps me focused and on track.

Moral of the story? Don’t wait until the doctor says you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol; begin making choices now that you can be excited about. Eat as many fruits and veggies as you can, exercise regularly, and develop an active lifestyle that keeps you feeling great about yourself.

I tell my children that the more responsible you are, the more choices you will have. When you are irresponsible, your choices will be limited, now and/or down the road.

Remember, no one is asking for perfection. Striving toward the best you is a continuous and never-ending project. But making the right choices now, before you are forced to, will make your journey much easier and more satisfying!

About Barb:

Barb Grandison is the mother of five and the wife of former NBA player Ronnie Grandison

She is currently the owner of BG FIT, Healthy Lifestyle Training

Fitness/Marketing Director of RG Basketball Academy

Facebook: BG Fit Healthy Lifestyle Training

Twitter: @BarbBGFIT

Holiday Health

The holidays can be a challenging time for losing weight or maintaining body composition.  It is important to acknowledge the challenges, have strategies for overcoming them, and enlist a support team for along the way!

This time of year means more parties, more social time, extra food around the home or office, less time to work out, and less sleep because of holiday obligations.  Get prepared because they are here, ready or not!

Here are some strategies & tips to help along the way:

  1. Inline image 4After hosting a party, get rid of the leftovers right away.  Give them away to party attendees, take them to work, or simply throw them out.  High calorie, sugary foods do not need to be lying around for random snacking.
  2. More parties = more alcohol.   With every adult beverage, accompany it with equal amounts of water.  Have a goal when entering in the situation and be very mindful.
  3. Move away from the food table.  Chat, mingle, dance or whatever it takes to get the snacks out of sight.
  4. Bring a healthy option to parties.  This way there’s at least one healthy option to choose.
  5. Make a workout schedule at the beginning of the week and stick to it.  Take this time to do something great for your body – every person deserves this time!  Set alarms, calendar reminders, or schedule sessions; whatever it takes to get there and workout!  Exercising will increase energy and help maintain or lose weight throughout this challenging time.
  6. Sleep! Back to the basics people – set a bedtime and stick to it!  Days will ultimately be more productive and energized with a goods nights rest to fuel activities.  Aim for seven to eight hours per night.
  7. Last but not least, enlist a support team.  Tell friends, family, coaches or trainers, and workout partners about your goals, challenges, and schedules.  There is more accountability when other people are involved.  Offer other people the same support system – win, win!

Good luck this holiday season! Stay strong!

End of Summer Giveaway

The sun setting in Estes, Park Colorado during the last week of summer

Can you believe the summer is already over?!  Neither can we!

As the seasons change, it is the perfect opportunity to set new goals and to look back on goals achieved.  This past summer we challenged ourselves to get healthier by being more active and eating cleaner.  I for instance, purchased a new mountain bike to increase my cardio.  I also started using my Body Bar Flex regularly especially if I decided I would rather come straight home after work instead of going to the gym.  Everyone at the office started bringing their own lunches to work (although we will admit we occasionally splurged on some all natural sandwiches from across the street).  Overall, summer at Body Bar Inc. was a very active and healthy one.

But we want to know what YOU did over the summer and what goals you achieved whether it was to climb your first 14er, run a 5K, increase your muscle mass or even just start working out 3 times a week.  We want to hear your story!  Post your story on our Facebook Page and you could win* a FREE Body Bar Flex!


*Contest ends on September 24, 2012.  Must reside in the United States to be eligible for prize

Fitness Friday : Beat the Heat Wave

Summer temperatures around the nation have been reaching the upper 90’s and forcing most fitness enthusiast indoors.  The heat can really hinder one’s desire to work out especially when you can break a sweat just walking to the car.  So how can you beat the heat this summer and still get your workout in?  Below are a few tips followed by a full Body Bar workout you can do at home and a Body Bar Flex workout you can do in the pool!


1) Stay hydrated!  Nothing is better than downing some water before and after a workout.  Although sports drinks can help, they often are filled with sugar and other chemicals that won’t hydrate you.  Water will always be the best choice.

2) Pay attention to your body.  What may look like regular exhaustion may actually be heat exhaustion.  Make sure you perform a proper warm up and cool down after any outdoor activity while paying close attention to how you feel.  If there are any signs of dizziness, slow down, drink some water and find some shade.

3) Slow Down.  We all want to stick to our workout plans but if your plan requires you to be outside, lower your intensity.  It’s ok to vary your routine.

4) Time it.  Try waking up earlier or working out towards dusk for your workouts.  The temperature will not be at its high and there will be less direct sun exposure.

5) Dress right.  A lot of people think that working out with your shirt off is the best way to fend off the heat.  A better option is to wear clothes that will help wick away the moisture and even keep the sun off your skin.  A lot of outdoor clothing even have UPF protection.  Be sure to wear sunscreen and reapply if you’re out for more than 2 hours especially if you are swimming.


Body Bar and the Body Bar Flex are great tools to use indoors either at the gym, at home or even at the office.  This can be critical during the scorching summers.  You won’t have to risk sunburns, heat exhaustion or burn out.  Can’t stand being inside when its gorgeous out even if it is extremely hot outside?  We also have a workout you can do in your pool with the Body Bar Flex!  Stay cool and get fit while enjoying the outdoors!

Body Bar Indoor Full Body Workout

Body Bar AquaFLEX Full Body Workout

Bring it on 2012!

2012; the year that will change all the things that you have done in the past, the year that will make all previous resolutions diminutive in comparison, the year of accomplishments.  We hope you’ll let Body Bar be a part of your journey!

We believe Body Bar is not only a fitness tool, but a motivational tool, as well.  Body Bar can be used anywhere – at the office, at the gym, at home, during group fitness classes, and even at physical therapy.  For this year, and many years to follow, we will continue to support the fitness and health community with not only a great product but with exercises, motivation and a community (aka Body Bar Nation) which support a lifestyle of happiness, health, and fitness.


In honor of the New Year, the Body Bar staff would like to give some of our own motivational tips:

Fight for It!
We all want results now, but nothing is worth having if you don’t fight for it.  That must be a quote from some sappy love movie but it still holds true when it comes to fitness.  This isn’t to say that a month or two of hard work won’t give you results.  But if you stick to a routine for 3 months or more, then you will truly see and feel the difference.  Give yourself at least 2 weeks to establish a routine and you will be more likely to stick with it for weeks to come.

Do it for You!
The worst thing that anyone could EVER do, especially in the fitness realm, is to compare themselves with another person.  Everyone is built differently and you never know another person’s lifestyle.  If you’re at the gym, try your best to ignore what others are doing.  Focus on you and your reasons for working out.  Base your goals on how healthy you want to be, what you want your body to be capable of, and how you want to feel.

Find What Works
While some people will not exercise unless they are in a group fitness class, others cannot work out unless they are in the convenience of their own home.  Try different techniques and atmospheres at least once:  you may be surprised to learn what works best for you.  If you feel that the new method is going nowhere, feel free to move on despite what other fitness enthusiasts or even professionals may say.  All that matters in the end is that you’ve burned calories, are getting healthy, and feel amazing inside and out!

Visualize Your Goal
Goals are a great way to stay motivated, but sometimes we can become lost or discouraged by thinking about how far away that final target may be.  Instead, take it week by week and even day by day.  Visualize what workout you want to do for that day and how you want to feel by the end of it.  Planning out workouts can help with motivation.  If you have already planned your workout for the day or the week then you are less likely to bail at the last second.

These are just a few of our own ways that we stay motivated at Body Bar headquarters. What keeps you motivated day to day?