Studio Happenings: Week of 11/9

The Challenge is ON!

Congratulations to our Try 2 or a Few November Challengers for an awesome first week! Don't forget, there's still time to sign up - ask any studio staff member how you can participate. Don't miss out on the great prize packages we have lined up. Our Week 1 winner will be announced on our social media pages next week.

Wednesday: Poised Pages

Poised Pages will be held on Wednesday, November 11, at 8pm. We'll be chatting about Glennon Doyle Melton's Carry On, Warrior. This book has so much to offer and we think Poise Nation will have a lot to day about it! Poised Pages is a free offering, but we do ask that you sign up in advance through the online scheduler so that we have an accurate head count.

Friday: Blacked out at the Barre is back!

Great news: we'll be bringing Blacked out at the Barre back to our schedule on select Fridays! Erica will be teaching on Friday, November 13, at 6pm. First, we barre; then, we bar! Make sure to stick around after class for some wine!

Poised & Caring 

Winter coat drive: As a reminder, we'll be collecting gently used winter coats throughout the months of November and December. We are accepting ALL coats - men's, women's, children's, any size! The coat just needs to be in gently used condition (no rips, stains, missing buttons or broken zippers). We're collecting coats at the studio this month and next, so if you've got any coats lying around that you aren't using, please consider helping out someone who needs it to get through the winter!

Let's Nail Cancer: Studio Poise is joining forces with Team Avalanna at Cure ATRT Now in support of the Let's Nail Cancer initiative. This social media campaign will run from now through November 25, and we'd love for #poisenation to show our support of this fantastic cause. We'll have purple nail polish on hand in the SP lobby, as well as some fun photo props to spice up your selfie. Take time out after class (or between doubles, for you challengers!) to grab the friends on the next mat and snap a pic in support of this cause. To learn more, visit www.nailcancer.org.

Looking ahead: Thanksgiving SPiit with Janie


Great news! Janie Soehl will be teaching new studio favorite SPiit on Thanksgiving morning at 8am. Come out to Studio Poise to get your sweat on before beginning your holiday activities. Thanks to the metabolism kick start that SPiit delivers, you'll be ahead of the game before you begin indulging!  This class has been added to the online schedule, so make sure to sign up now so you don't miss out.

Tip Tuesdays: Combining classes

While every class offering at Studio Poised is designed to be a full body workout, you can take your fitness to the next level by combining classes. Today's Tip Tuesday is all about how to strategically double or even triple up your classes to help achieve your fitness goals in record time!

Every class at Studio Poise will give you a great workout, but they do so in a number of different ways. We offer classes that are start to finish cardio blasts, but we also feature classes that focus in on toning or strength. Trust us, no matter how you build your schedule, you will see results from taking our classes. But if you've hit a plateau in your fitness goals, if you feel like you're stuck in a rut, or if you want to shake things up and push yourself further, combining classes for a double or triple session will seriously accelerate your results.

We don't advocate just combining any old classes for a double or triple, though. There's a way to strategically combine classes to hit on the different types of fitness. Sure, you could just stack cardio classes on top of each other, but that won't give you the same results as mixing up cardio, strength, and toning classes.

Today's blog is kicking off a series that we'll continue to feature throughout the month of November, highlighting some of our favorite double and triple combinations. These classes have been selected by our phenomenal Instructress team, building on principles of fitness and personal training to ensure that we're helping #poisenation to get the results you deserve. This blog series will run in conjunction with our November "Try 2 or a Few" challenge, which rewards your extra efforts with great prizes and a chance to win a month of free unlimited classes. You can register at any time throughout the month! Email Danielle if you want to get in on the fun.

To kick off the series, we just had to feature the one and only #OGDouble. Danielle's Tuesday Double has been on the schedule since Studio Poise opened its doors, and it remains a favorite among loyal Poisers. This combo has endured for three years for a reason - it hits the perfect combination of strengthening and cardio to deliver maximum results in less than ninety minutes. 

By kicking off the double with Poise Xpress, you're getting your body warmed up and ready to go. Over the forty minutes on the mat, you'll work on strengthening and toning every major muscle group. You'll see improvements in your flexibility, and your core will become stronger. Poise will also help you to focus on your breathing. Zumba, in contrast, is a cardiovascular workout that gets you moving. You'll see higher heart rates in the second half of this double, and higher impact moves. Carry some of the Poise techniques into Zumba for an even better workout -- keep your core engaged while busting out those dance moves and you won't believe the results on your waistline!

This double is so popular because it gives you great results without being too physically taxing. You should avoid taking two high-impact classes in a row, especially if you're recovering from an injury or have weaker joints. This double combines a low-impact Poise mat routine with the high-impact dance cardio in Zumba. Best of all, the results don't end when you finish your Zumba cool down! The combination of cardio and strength training will kick your metabolism into overdrive, and you'll see increased caloric afterburn in the 12-24 hours following your class.

Join us tonight and every Tuesday for Danielle's #OGDouble, and stay tuned for more featured double and triple class combinations in the coming weeks!

Studio Happenings: Week of 11/2

Join Our November Challenge... Try 2 or a Few!

The challenge... 
Monday, November 2, we'll be launching our first ever Try 2 or a Few challenge! Forget coming in for a quick 40-minute Xpress class. For the month of November, we are challenging #poisenation to double and triple up on your classes to help get yourself in your BEST shape BEFORE the holidays arrive! We will be offering some of our favorite combos for your consideration here on the blog, but also can't wait to see and hear what you challenge yourself to do! Our staff will be joining in on the fun, so you aren't alone, AND there are some prizes at stake!

The winners... 
There will be plenty of opportunities to win - and we've got some great prizes in store. Every week in November will have a winner based on whoever earned the most points that week, and the grand prize winner at the end of the month will win a free month of unlimited classes for December!

The points... 
Double: 1 point
Triple: 2 points

In case of a tie... For the grand prize, the individual with the highest number of total classes for the month of November will win. For the weekly prizes, a winner will be randomly selected from the names of the individuals tied for first.

The prizes...
We're getting together some great prizes for you! Lash & Brow Bar by Tia Joy will offer a full set of lash extensions to the grand prize winner, plus weekly prizes of facial peels and exfoliating treatments. Kiara Mooney, Hairstylist & Makeup Artist, will be offering hair care packages for our winners. We'll also have some sweet swag from Lululemon, and we're still working on getting some more swag from other local businesses and #poisenation favorites. 

The details...
Cost: $45 ($40 for unlimited members). The entry fee includes a limited edition "I tried 2 or a few" blinged out SP tank - only the brave challengers will be able to rock this gear! Challenge members will also have exclusive access to the Challenger Facebook group, where we'll be posting tips, tricks, motivation, and some additional challenge opportunities... plus some good-natured competition! 
To register: Visit our Online Store. Click "Services," then select "Challenge Groups" from the drop down menu. Choose the "Try 2 or a Few" challenge, then complete check out. If you have problems, let us know - contact danielle@studio-poise.com. 
NOTE: If you do not want the limited edition tank, you can opt out of the registration fee. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, email Danielle directly and she'll get you set up. Do not complete the online form if you do not want the tank! 

Schedule Change: Thursdays Poised & Hot Bodies with Kelsey

Beginning Thursday, November 5, Kelsey's Poised & Hot Bodies class will begin at 5:15pm. If you haven't tried this class yet, we hope you'll give it a shot at the new time. Heated classes are a great way to switch things up and challenge your bodies in new ways - to learn more, read our blog post about the benefits of heated classes! And for your challengers, maybe consider making this one of your doubles - get hot & sweaty with Kelsey, pause to rehydrate, then jump into 7pm SPiit with Janie! 

Winter Coat Drive

As the temperatures drop, if you pull out your winter coat and decide it's time for an update, don't throw that coat out - donate it! Last year's children's coat drive was so successful that we decided to bring it back for 2015, and this year we'll be accepting coats for adults as well. We're partnering with Burlington Coat Factory's Warm Coats, Warm Hearts drive. There will be a bin in the SP lobby where you can drop off your coats, which will then be distributed to individuals in need across Massachusetts. 

Let's Nail Cancer

Studio Poise is joining forces with Team Avalanna at Cure ATRT Now in support of the Let's Nail Cancer initiative. This social media campaign will run from now through November 25, and we'd love for #poisenation to show our support of this fantastic cause. We'll have purple nail polish on hand in the SP lobby, as well as some fun photo props to spice up your selfie. Take time out after class (or between doubles, for you challengers!) to grab the friends on the next mat and snap a pic in support of this cause. To learn more, visit www.nailcancer.org

Poised Pages is back!

The Studio Poise book club, Poised Pages, will be back next week - join us on Wednesday, November 11, at 8pm. We'll be reading Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing your Messy, Beautiful Life, by Glennon Doyle Melton. This is such an impactful book - even if you don't have time to read the whole thing by next week, every page has something to offer, and we can't wait to discuss it with you! The class is free, but don't forget to sign up through our online scheduler so we know how many people to plan for (...because of course, no book club is complete without wine). 

See you around the studio next week! And don't forget - if you're taking Strike a Poise with Brittany tomorrow, October 31, come decked out in your Halloween finest - we're getting Poised & Spooky for the holiday!