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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?


Creative Trainer Joshua Marable Intro Continued

_MG_1274Joshua Marable is a creative althlete, model & trainer.  We wanted to share some of his work & you’ll see why we made him this month’s Creative Trainer!  Later this month, we’ll share with you his creative workouts with the Body Bar Flex.

About Joshua:

Joshua Marable, CEO of United World Fitness, Inc.


Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UnitedWorldFitness

Twitter – https://twitter.com/UWFitness

United World Fitness

United World Fitness, Inc. is a lifestyle company that engages in fitness media and education.  The corporation specializes in the development and production of innovative health related systems.  Interactive platforms are utilized for education, marketing, and distribution worldwide to individuals, groups, and communities.

Beyond the performance platform of stabilization, strength, and power, the systems of United World Fitness condition active awareness, proprioception, and adaptability.


Velox is an exercise system performed with a weighted bar and is for all fitness levels.  The movements center around controlled mobility, rotational strength, and power.  Begin slowly and focus on balance, symmetry, and awareness.  Once accustomed to the form, increase the velocity, tempo, and intensity of the movements.

Creative Trainer of the Month : Carly Newson

We’re happy to introduce our Creative Trainer for February, Carly Newson!


Carly Newson is an ex professional dancer graduating with a BA Hons degree in Dance and Musical in 2006. She is a Nike Trainer for Nike Training Clubs, published fitness model, qualified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and presenter. She teaches regular group exercise classes in London and is an aspiring bikini competitor. Carly is constantly working hard to maintain her physique and has been fortunate enough to entwine both dance and her passion for fitness into so far, a rewarding career.

Why She Likes Body Bar:

“The Body Bar is such a versatile piece of equipment that I love to incorporate in my own workouts and for my clients. It’s great for sculpting and toning the whole body and can be used for balance too. Again, for a total body workout The Flex Bar is also fab for resistance, strength and all round conditioning.”

For more information about Carly, check out the links below:


Follow on Twitter: @carlynewson

Youtube : Carly Newson

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!

Body Bar Monday Move : Plie Squat

Get ready to feel the burn in your legs!

Plie Squats target the glutes and strengthen the butt muscles.  This position is not common during regular activity, therefore it fires up and challenges underutilized butt muscles.  Unlike a regular squat, the inner thigh is also targeted.  This is a nice variation to add to your leg routine.

Perform 3 sets of 10-12 or 1 set of 15-20 of one of the following variations

Plie Squat #1 – Balancing Tool

Place feet more than hip distance apart. Turn the toes out. Place the Body Bar® in front of you with one end on the ground and the other lightly grasped in your hands. Bend the knees as you sink your pelvis towards the floor without moving the hips back. Keep weight in the heels as you lower; knees behind the toes. Push through the heels and extend the knees to return to the start position. Use the bar as a reminder to travel vertically by moving the hands down the bar as you descend and up the bar as you return to the start position. To advance this exercise, you can pick the bar up with you as you stand up, barely touching the bar to the floor as you descend.

Plie Squat #2 – Shoulder Hold

Place feet more than hip distance apart and turn the toes out, bring the Body Bar® up and over your head to rest lightly on the fleshy part of your upper back. Bend the knees as you sink your pelvis towards the floor without moving the hips back. Be certain to keep weight in the heels as you lower down and have the knees behind the toes. Push through the heels and extend the knees to return to the start position. Make sure you do not pull on the bar during the squat, but rest your hands lightly on the underside of the bar during the execution.

Plie Squat #3 – Added Bicep Curl

Place feet more than hip distance apart and turn the toes out, hold the bar in an underhand grip and rest the bar right above the knees. Push the hips back while you bend the knees, as if you were sitting into a low chair. Bend the knees as you sink your pelvis towards the floor without moving the hips back. Be certain to keep weight in the heels as you lower down and have the knees behind the toes. Push through the heels and extend the knees to return to the start position. The objective of the exercise is still to sit low while keeping the chest lifted; avoid over-emphasizing the bar going below the knees by moving your chest forward.  As you are returning the starting position, curl the Body Bar and release.

Review : 2012 Empower! Fusion Chicago

Written by the Director of Operations: Jessica Durbin

I must say I was very nervous about going to this fitness trade show, as it was my very first one since I began working for Body Bar last April. As someone who generally works in the office, behind the scenes, I was excited to get out and meet customers, clients, and trainers face-to-face. Turns out, Chicago was just the place to have my first trade show experience!

The first day was a set up day for all of the vendors while presenters, including our Sherry Catlin, gave their pre-con sessions. While I wandered around the enormous Intercontinental Hotel at O’Hare, I was quickly overwhelmed by the number of participants and vendors. Luckily, the Empower staff was more than helpful, locating my booth and products for me. If you have never been to our Body Bar booth, we do not have a lot of props to set up, but I am only 5’2” (on a good day) and it was obvious I was struggling to put up Body Bar banners and assembling our storage rack. I was relieved when fellow vendors came to my rescue to assist me. I imagined that vendors would be competitive at a trade show. iInstead, I realized that everyone’s main goal was simple; promote fitness. Each vendor was welcoming and sure enough, my feelings of nervousness were soon dissolved.

The next day, the show kicked off at 8am. The entire conference area of the hotel was packed with fitness enthusiasts. It was thrilling to see so many people ready to get their sweat on. Sherry Catlin presented first for Body Bar in her Body Bar Tabata class. Sherry combined cardio and plyometrics, while using both the Body Bar and Body Bar FLEX for an amazing class. By the end, the sweat was pouring from each attendee. For an 8am class, Sherry brought a lot of energy as did her participants.

The next class, Strike…powered by Body Bar, was presented by Kimberly Spreen-Glick. She started off her class with the exciting announcement of her pregnancy! However, this meant she needed to watch her heart rate during class. I was expecting her to go easy, but it seems that her “easy” was my max cardio. She was still throwing punches, striking with the Body Bar, and jumping up and down like it was nothing. I was even astonished to see participants who had just come from Sherry’s Tabata class in Kimberly’s Strike class! Their drive and devotion to fitness was very motivational.

I was also fortunate enough to sit in on Body Bar Core 3×3 presented by Keli Roberts. She challenged her class with a lot of balancing movements using a Body Bar, gliding disc, Bosu Ball and even a Bender Ball. It was exciting to see her bring Leslee Bender on stage to help present. The duo brought a fun vibe to the class and their attendees had a challenging time performing extraordinary balancing acts while laughing!

The weekend of Body Bar presentations ended with Sherry Catlin’s Body Bar – Step up to the Bar class. Most of the participants from all previous classes also attended this class. I was stunned simply because I knew that with all of those squats that each presenter had them do, I would not have been able to walk let alone participate in another class! Sherry did an excellent job explaining each movement and proper form.

When classes weren’t in session, I was working the Body Bar booth with Sherry, her husband, and her good friend. I love working with customers, discussing fitness, and explaining our product. It was so nice to be face-to-face with customers, especially when they are passionate about fitness. I was ecstatic to see how many people liked our product (and our trade show prices); especially the FLEX Bar. Attendees were in awe of Sherry’s presentation of the Body Bar FLEX. It was so fun to hear their excitement about this new product…which they just had to have at their facilities!

Overall, the atmosphere in Chicago was a very positive and motivating one. It was great to see how excited people are about Body Bar and to be able to hear their experiences with our product. I hope to attend more trade shows this year. Kimberly Spreen-Glick and Rob Glick really made Empower! Fusion Chicago a show worth going back to.

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A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped me at the show including the presenters who let me get some great pictures and video of them using the Body Bar and Body Bar Flex!

For more information on trade shows Body Bar will be attending, please visit: http://www.bodybar.com/Tradeshows-and-Conventions

For more information on Empower! shows, please visit: http://empowerfitnessevents.com/