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“I want to be like them!”

As a result of my last blog entry, many of you have E-mailed me asking HOW to get the same results Jo and Jess are seeing.

Their results are a combination of the following:

  • 4-6 barre n9ne™ classes per week. This includes barre AND non barre classes.
  • Running/Cardio
  • Sticking to their “number”

As part of the barre n9ne™ 60 day transformation the girls are required to take 1 class on Monday, 1 class on Tuesday and 2 classes on Thursday.

Wednesday is optional if their schedule permits it and Saturday the same. That’s why I say 4-6 classes a week.

Aside from their barre n9ne™ challenge they have decided to train for a half marathon. If they were not training for this half marathon I would have asked that for this challenge in addition to classes that they accomplish 10,000 steps per day = 5 miles.

Their ‘number'”:  This is something I work with my personal training clients on. Everyone has a number. Your number tells you how many calories per day you should eat.  There is a formula behind this number. Basically this allows you to eat the foods that you want to weigh what you want to weigh.

We actually have not weighed Jess and Jo. They have been measured though. We measured chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves and arms. Their 14.25 loss is cumulative. Jess has lost 6 total inches and Jolene has lost 8.25 total inches.

I believe that a better indicator than a number on the scale is how you feel, how your clothes fit, and how you actually LOOK. However, to give them a ‘number’ I had to take into consideration their height and build. We will be doing a weigh-in soon though. I will keep you posted on that if they allow me to 🙂

On another note, for the skeptics out there, I received this note this morning:

“Tanya, I just wanted to let you know that in the 3 weeks I have been doing your classes I already see a difference! I am thrilled. I still have a lot to go to be back to pre-baby shape but it definitely is encouraging. I have barely even been running or changing my diet and although I didnt look perfect, I felt ok enough to wear a bikini this past weekend. 3 weeks ago that would have never happened! I can’t wait to see what another 3 weeks does before our family’s planned vacation!” Jilane P.

So back to your question…”How do I see the same results as Jo and Jess?”

Come to barre n9ne™ Ok I know some of you can’t. I would suggest classes like ours 4 times a week. If you want to see what we do at barre n9ne™ try our virtual class on Wednesdays at 615am EST. Then find a class near you that is similar. Remember the classes Jo and Jess are taking are not ALL barre classes. In fact they are taking two barre based classes a week and two non barre classes a week. Their optional classes are barre fusion™ which is a mix.

Take 10,000 steps a day. If you are not a runner, walk & split this up. Go for a walk before work, walk during lunch, and walk after work. It’s so nice outside; you don’t have to use the dreadmill! Scope out a fabulous route with great scenary so that it is in fact enjoyable.

Eat 5-6 meals a day and never skip breakfast. Try eating a 450-500 calorie breakfast. This is your fuel for the day. From there your snacks should be filling- an apple for instance which has tons of dietary fiber and natural sugar. Totally filling.

Let’s also take Splenda or any artificial sweetner out of your diet for that matter. It’s just no good!

So there you have it. If you have questions, feel free to ask. You can email me at