• Let Desserts Do The Talking at Your Next Corporate Event

    Bring Desserts to Your Corporate Event & Be a Hero

    Ah, corporate events. An excellent time to rub elbows, get to know your coworkers a bit better, impress your boss, and enjoy some food and drink on the company. Even so, these events can get pretty stagnant on the refreshment front. We’ve all been to events and mixers where we see the same crudité tray, chips and salsa, and various other finger foods. They’re not super flavorful, they’re super easy to overindulge on because you’re grazing, and they’re frankly pretty boring.

    Want to be a hero at your next corporate event? Bring dessert.

    Yes, really! The person who brings donuts into the office on Friday is popular for a reason. We don’t recommend swinging by for a $6 dozen, however. Instead, impress everyone with a fully thought-out dessert tray. Why? Here are our answers.

    People Love a Treat

    Going to a corporate event can occasionally feel like going back to work. For the event planners, it is going back to work! You have to be “on” for your coworkers and boss because it’s expected of you. It’s not a let-your-hair-down sort of party – at least, not if you’re doing it the right way. This is why people like to indulge a little at these events. It makes it feel less like an obligation and more like a, well, party. A sweet treat feels special and brings the event outside the ordinary.

    You’re Unlikely to Have Leftovers

    When you’re bringing out platters of finger food, you’re probably going to end up with a picked-over wasteland of leftovers at the end of the night. Dessert trays rarely have this problem. It’s tough for people to say no to something so sweet. Plus, you can very easily offer up to-go treats at the end of the night and people will actually take you up on it.

    It Cuts Down on Grazing

    Ask anybody their least favorite thing about the food at corporate events and they’ll probably tell you there’s too much of it and it was too easy to keep going back to the appetizer table between conversations. It’s not at all uncommon for event goers to overindulge. When you offer up dessert, people are more likely to only take one cupcake or piece of pie and call it a night. The food is rich and sugary, which makes most people feel more satisfied.

    Dessert Trays Feel Like More Effort

    Setting out a veggie platter is pretty basic party planning – anyone can do it. You can instantly raise your event to a new level by setting out attractive desserts. It feels like you expended more effort on planning and putting everything togeth

    Whatever your reasons for choosing a dessert bar for your next event, it’s sure to be a hit. Your guests will feel like they were worth the extra mile and your coworkers will appreciate having something different to nibble on. Desserts have the effect of making people feel like they can stick around for longer and try one more thing. Seriously, there’s a psychological effect that shows presenting food variety makes people feel less bored and more interested! There’s no doubt that offering up something unique will help make you the talk of the party and everyone’s hero.

    Need some help planning your next event? We’re so glad you asked – we LOVE parties. We’ll help you figure out the perfect dessert table for your event!

    To see this blog post and more like it, visit: https://www.siftdessertbar.com/blogs


    I assumed until recently that the 6 a.m. time slot was the earliest class available in some barre studios. To my surprise, not only do 5 a.m. classes exist, but some people swear by them.

    I first discovered that 5 a.m. classes existed when I went on a trip to Orlando. It wasn’t until I started searching for studios near my hotel that I learned of Pure Barre’s 5 a.m. option. Gasp! 5 a.m.?! I must admit the first thought that popped into my head was, “but how?” To me, 6 a.m. seems early, and the times that I’ve tried to wake up at the crack of dawn to go to a class at that hour have been a real struggle. So how was someone supposed to wake up even earlier?

    All that is to say that you shouldn’t knock something until you try it. So, in an effort to understand the motivation behind why someone would willingly choose this time slot to work out at, I surveyed instructors, studio owners, and students who teach, offer and take 5 a.m. classes, to understand their motivation. Here is what I found out.

     Early morning at The Bar Method’s Dr. Phillips location.

    The first question I had to ask was of all the classes available throughout the week is 5 a.m. your most preferred time slot?

    To my surprise, 100% of teachers who teach that class said that ‘yes’ it was their most preferred time to teach at and 75% of students said it was.

    Well then, how early do you perceive 5 a.m. to be?

    On a scale from one to ten, with one being ‘unreasonably early’ the average response was a 7, meaning that people did not perceive the 5 a.m. time slot to be that early, all things considered.

    Early morning at Pure Barre.

    What is the main driving factor for going to class at 5 a.m.?

    “The community! We have had the same group of intense clients who support and encourage each other– we call this group ‘The Breakfast Club.’ They look after each other and hold everyone accountable!” – Mary Leonard, Pure Barre Hendersonville, TN

    I started going to 5 a.m. to be able to double classes, one [Pure] Empower and one barre (classic) a day. After doing it once I thought to myself, ‘this isn’t bad and I got my workout in early.’ For others it allows them to get a workout in before the demands of their jobs… like teachers or people in the medical field enjoy that time.” – Danielle Uhlman., Pure Barre Orange County client

    How often would you say you attend 5 a.m. classes?

    The answers range from a few times a year to 4-5 times per week. It seems those that go to 5 a.m. classes, go often.

    What other time slots do you usually work out at?

    Responses for this question were really all over the map. Any other time you could think of was mentioned. Some liked early evening workouts, while others opted for 9 a.m. It really just depended on scheduling and availability.

    Pure Barre Hendersonville

    What time do you set your alarm for?

    The earliest someone listed waking up for was 3 a.m! Though generally, most responses landed between 3:30 – 4:00 a.m., with the latest being 4:30 a.m. For a 5 a.m. class, I’m guessing they live close to the studio.

    In order to be ready to jump out of bed and be out the door in a short period of time, most respondents said they packed their bags the night before, so they didn’t have as much to do when they woke up.

    How easy or difficult is it to wake up for a 5 a.m. class?

    On a scale from one to ten with ten being ‘incredibly easy,’ the average listed was 8 out of 10.

    Approximately, how many other students are in the class with you at the time?

    The average listed was 12.5, or about 10-15 students, which seems considerable when you think about how early it is. Mary Leonard, an instructor at Pure Barre Hendersonville, TN said she typically sees 14-16 students in her classes, with there being about 12 regulars on average! She also mentioned that her classes often have wait lists. Especially the 5 a.m. class on Friday morning.

    How long have you been going to 5 a.m. classes for?

    Responses ranged from one month to a few months, to a year, to a few years!

    Do people usually eat before or after class?

    Half of the respondents said they usually eat after class, with the other half answered that they eat before and after class.

    “I go back to the house and grab a light breakfast and either watch tv or do anything that needs to be done around the house or for the day.” – Danielle Uhlman, Pure Barre Orange County client.

    Have you noticed an improvement in your overall fitness/well-being as a result of going to this class specifically?

    “I’m more motivated, happier, and have a feeling of accomplishment already by the time I get into the office!” said one respondent.

    What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of going to 5 a.m. classes?

    “Work out before your brain knows what your body’s up to, and before your body reaches its point of tiredness at the end of the day.”

    “Do it! You’ll be awake afterwards with so much energy and you already got your work out in!”

    Anything else you would like to share about your experience with 5 a.m. classes?

    “Our 5 a.m. ladies are warriors! They are women who “want it all” and are attaining it with dedication and drive.” – Rachel Phillips, Owner, Village Barre

    “These clients did not know each other before starting at Pure Barre. The 5 a.m. group have shared their stories with each other and have developed friendships beyond the studio walls. Out of the 9 clients who have reached their 250 class milestones, 8 of them are Breakfast Club Members! – Mary Leonard, Pure Barre Hendersonville, TN instructor.

    Why did you decide to offer 5 a.m. classes?

    “We wanted to provide options for all clients! 5 a.m. classes allow for enough time to go home, shower, and get to work or drop the kids off at school! Many of our clients love getting their workout done in the morning to start their day off right!” – Mary Leonard, Pure Barre Hendersonville, TN.

    In Summary

    After talking to studio owners, teachers and students, I concluded that there isn’t a sweeping consensus for why people like 5 a.m. classes. It’s hard to draw any conclusions when people attend for different personal reasons but I think Rachel Phillips, owner of Nashville’s Village Barre sums it up well. “Our clients prefer a 5 a.m. class because it does not interfere with their regularly scheduled day. They can sneak out of the house, take a class, and be home before anyone else is awake. Then they don’t have to take time away from their families, at night, to hit the gym.”

    Unfortunately, the earliest class option in my city is 5:45 a.m., which to be fair still seems incredibly early to me. My goal is to take more 6:00 am classes this summer as the days get longer, and I find myself waking up earlier.

    If you’re an advocate of 5 a.m. classes, leave a comment below and let us know what you love about that time slot.

    To see this blog post and more like it, visit: https://thebarreblog.com/5am-barre/

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    Put Some Power into Your Post-Workout Meal

    After putting in the effort of a good workout, your body needs a boost of nutrients and enzymes to give you the energy to repair any muscle stress.  Drinking a juice packed full of vitamins and minerals post-workout, is an excellent way to get as many amazing nutrients as possible into your body to replenish your electrolytes. Juicing isn’t just a health trend, the benefits it gives the body has seen the juicing market grow each year, without any sign of stopping anytime soon. Flood your system with a drink containing the best nutritional foods on the planet: fresh fruits and vegetables!

    Beet post-workout fatigue

    Beets are brilliant for a post-workout reload. The juice they contain contributes to better gut health which can help you build muscle strength and lose excess fat. The fiber and nitrates in beets have a prebiotic effect on your health, which also improves skin elasticity. This is great for when you are losing weight and gaining muscle, as it helps prevent stretch marks from forming.

    Turmeric is a root with superfood status. By including turmeric in your juices, you can boost your immune system and reduce inflammation, which is so important after hitting your muscles with a strenuous workout. It can help lessen the downtime between exercising, as it can reduce the soreness you may feel after working out really hard. Pair it with fruits like mango or pineapple, to create a bright and appetizing juice, that will give you all the benefits of turmeric, with the delicious addition of a fruity taste. Or Try our Turmeric Sunrise!

    Go green for good health

    A glass of green juice is a great way to give your body a filling post-workout recharge. Green juices are packed full of fruits and vegetables which are proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and digestive problems. Green juices can also help reduce your appetite for foods that aren’t good for your body. It’s very important to ensure that you eat well after exercising, and that in addition to protein, you also include foods like green fruits and vegetables in your post-workout meal. They’re vital to your health; because they are full of antioxidants, which help repair your body on a cellular level. This encourages your muscles to heal quickly, helping to sculpt them in the fastest but healthiest way possible.

    Drinking juices that are packed full of natural ingredients is a great way to build your body and enhance your overall health. Nutrient-dense juices can improve your respiratory function, which can increase your endurance levels; helping you train for longer, giving you faster and more effective results from your workouts.

    So make sure to run, walk, skip, or bike to your nearest supermarket or Nekter Juice Bar and get your post workout fruits, veggies, and antioxidants in!

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