Yesterday was a beautiful day at Buffalo Barre. We started the day wearing blue for a 4 year old little boy named Ben Sauer from Clarence Center, NY. Ben has captured the hearts and thoughts of thousands including all of us at Buffalo Barre.

If you’d like to know more about this amazing little boy’s story and how you can help, please visit www.blue4ben.com.


Dressed in blue we pliéd, tucked, pulsed and worked up a sweat holding onto barres decorated with blue lights in honor of Ben.



On Friday, we received a bunch of Blue4Ben bracelets to sell for a $5 donation to Blue4Ben. We filled a vase with them and by Sunday, they were gone!


In the afternoon, we held a donation class for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Lynnette taught the class and chose this wonderful organization that she holds close to her heart.

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The day was a heartwarming reminder that so many children in this world are suffering with some type of illness and need our help. It was also a reminder that Buffalo, NY truly is the “City of Good Neighbors!” Thank you to each one of you who supported each cause either by being in class, donating or both! We appreciate each one of you!

Maria McKendry

Buffalo Barre Owner

Physical Therapist, Certified Barre Instructor, NSCA Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist

Buffalo Barre ~”Setting the Barre and Defining a New You”

5843 Transit Rd.

East Amherst, NY 14051

Show Yourself Some Love!

Last weekend I was texting with 2 friends and one friend asked…”Have you heard about thigh gap and all of the media hype it’s getting? What do you think?” My other friend: “What is it?” Me: “Yes it’s stupid…another thing for women to stress about!” After explaining what it is to our friend, she replied, “oh…yeah stupid!” Ha! We all agreed it was stupid! Profound thoughts, I know!

In case you don’t know what ‘thigh gap’ is, it’s the idea that when a woman is standing with her feet together, she should have a small gap between her thighs. Some body types and bone structures don’t allow for the gap but it’s getting a lot of media attention and now women everywhere are obsessing over if their thighs touch or not when they’re standing with their feet together!


As if that’s not bad enough, there’s another trend in the media called the ‘bikini bridge.’ Apparently this is the latest coveted physical female trait. Urban Dictionary describes it as “when bikini bottoms are suspended between the two hip bones, causing a space between the bikini and the lower abdomen.”

There’s even Facebook and Twitter pages for thigh gap and bikini bridges where young girls and women are posting selfies of their thigh gaps and bikini bridges. People are writing articles about exercises to do to get these things! Seriously?! It appears that self-image with women is getting worse! I can’t even imagine what kind of crazy ideas it’s giving young girls. It seems like there are much more important things in the world to worry about.

I suppose we’re all a little hard on ourselves but hopefully not to this extreme. I often hear complaints about bat wing or bingo arms, muffin tops, thunder thighs, cankles, etc. Usually it involves a good laugh! Those who have had children blame pregnancy and childbirth for stretching everything out and we keep moving through the class. Harmless venting and laugh out loud fun!

With the 40 day season of Lent upon us it got me thinking. What if you gave up self-loathing thoughts and impossible goals like having a thigh gap/bikini bridge? Maybe you don’t care to ever have a thigh gap or bikini bridge. You just want to get back to being a size __ (insert your answer). You just want to feel better about yourself.

When you look in the mirror, what do you do? Do you pick on yourself for this and that? Instead of focusing on what you don’t like when you look in the mirror, why not think of one positive thing about yourself and keep doing that for the next 40 days? Every morning, every day or maybe when you look in the mirror at class. How would you feel about yourself if you did that? Would you realize you’re starting to develop muscle tone in certain areas? Would you see a kind and thoughtful person? Would you set a positive tone for yourself for the rest of your day? Would you believe what you’re telling yourself? Would it inspire you to compliment positive changes in others? With our 30 Day Challengers, would it accelerate your weight loss? Our thoughts are powerful and it’s possible that this could happen.

So Buffalo Barre ladies, I challenge you to give up self-loathing for 40 days and see how you feel.  Change your spirit and your attitude about your body and see if others notice. At Buffalo Barre we do a pretty good job empowering and encouraging one another. Please continue to do that and try thinking positively about yourself! Show the thigh gap and bikini bridge lovers what you’re all about! “Squeeeeze” negative ideas like thigh gap and “burrrrrrrrn” ideas of bikini bridges and try to show yourself some love for 40 days!

Maria McKendry

Buffalo Barre Owner

Physical Therapist, Certified Barre Instructor, NSCA Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist

Buffalo Barre ~”Setting the Barre and Defining a New You”

5843 Transit Rd.

East Amherst, NY 14051


March 6, 2014 - 1:45 am

Cathy Pecoraro - Well said! I for one have never heard of a “thigh gap”….or “bikini bridge”….I am in total agreement with this blog…….I’m all in …..not just for the next 40 days …. but a lifetime 🙂 I am very happy with my results from Buffalo Barre 🙂 with that being said…… Negativity breeds depression….Positivity breeds happiness …..I choose happiness ….Thank you Maria for another great blog! Now I better go clean all my mirrors 🙂

March 6, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Susannah Gill - What an incredible blog post to read! Im going to give this a try and see how it affects me! Bikini Bridge- man how sad that this is what young girls are thinking about! Thank you for the inspiration Maria!

March 10, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Lynnette Lingenfelter - I think this is such a great post. Women are so hard on themselves these days! We need to focus on simply being healthy and happy!!

And the Winner is…

Buffalo Barre


Congratulations to Buffalo Barre’s 30 Day Challenge winner, Maureen D’Angelo! 12.3 lbs. lost, 7.25 inches, 26 classes! Wow! Amazing! Be proud of yourself Maureen and keep up the great work! Cheers to your dedication, inspiring others and winning a free month of unlimited classes at Buffalo Barre! Congrats from all of us at Buffalo Barre!

The weight loss is remarkable but my favorite part of this challenge was watching friendships form and women come together to support one another. Just a fabulous group of women that I cannot say enough about! Congrats to ALL of the 30 Day Challengers! You rocked it and you are all winners!

Here is what Maureen had to say about the challenge: “Thanks to Maria McKendry, Lynette & Renee for making this 30 challenge so much fun:) You ladies are fantastic instructors and a great source of inspiration! I’m lucky to have met the other participants who are all so supportive of each other and helped motivate me…I love the variety of classes offered and the discussions about healthy nutrition. Only a few changes in my diet made a big difference in how I feel. I’m so happy with the results and I feel great:) Looking forward to continued success with all of you!”

Here is what another participant had to say: “The numbers don’t lie ladies. 3 days a week of working muscles to some good music with Maria McKendry + some minor shifts in eating habits helped by a few nutrition sessions = 8 1/2 lbs lost & over 4 inches off of my waist! The 30-day Challenge has been more transformational than I had expected.  I thought it would just kick start my work out but I’ve learned interesting alternative views on nutrition as well. I highly recommend the 30-Day Challenge at Buffalo Barre. Thank you Maria!”

Our next 30 Day Challenge starts on 2/25. For those of you who are wondering what the challenge consisted of, see below for a summary. You can sign up by clicking on our 30 Day Challenge button here on our website! https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=34698

Buffalo Barre 30 Day Challenge
This challenge is designed to change the way you think about food and fitness. In just 30 days, you will receive information on how to improve your long term health for years to come.The challenge will provide you with tools that will change your body and your life for as long as you choose to live by the advice you receive. We hope you decide to take the 30 day challenge with an open mind and a desire for personal change and development!
What The Challenge Includes:

-One month of unlimited classes of your choice.

-Weekly meetings including nutritional guidance and support with Maria McKendry. Emphasis will be placed on organic and whole food choices. These meetings are important and attendance is strongly encouraged for best results.

-An educational grocery store tour with Carol Poliner, wellness consultant for the Nature/Organic section of Wegmans, Co-President of Weston A. Price Foundation, Buffalo Chapter.

-Weigh in before, halfway and after the challenge.

-Measurements before and after the challenge.

-Optional before and after pictures.

-Support of other women participating in the challenge.

-Private Facebook support group just for this challenge so participants can ask questions, share recipes and support one another.

-A pass for a free class so you can bring a new Buffalo Barre friend to class with you during this challenge.

At the end of the challenge, a winner will be chosen. The winner of this 30 day challenge will receive a free month of unlimited Buffalo Barre classes! Winning this challenge will be based on total percentage of weight lost, inches lost, attendance at classes and meetings.


Starting Measurements: Tuesday, Feb. 25  (sign up for a 10 min. time slot in studio or call)

Kick off Meeting/Nutrition Seminar#1: Thursday Feb 27, 7 pm-7:45pm @ Buffalo Barre

Nutrition meeting #2 -Thursday, Mar. 6, 7-7:45pm @ Buffalo Barre

Nutrition meeting #3 – Thursday, Mar. 13, 7-7:45pm @ Buffalo Barre

Nutrition meeting #4- Thursday, Mar. 20,  6:30pm-8pm, grocery store tour @ Wegmans, 5275 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville.

Final Measurements: Tuesday Mar. 25 (sign up for 15 min. time slot in studio or call)

Winner will be announced Thursday, March 27! *If you cannot make the meetings, a general outline of what was discussed can be emailed to you. *Sorry but we cannot allow pregnant clients to participate for obvious health reasons. Your Investment for The 30 Day Challenge is $150. Cannot be combined with other offers.

If you already have an existing contract/package, these can be placed on hold/existing package expiration can be extended.

Cheers to our next group of challengers! Looking foward to helping all of you with your weight loss and fitness goals!

Peace, Health and Happiness,

Maria McKendry

Buffalo Barre Owner

“Setting the Barre and Defining a New You”

Physical Therapist, Certified Barre Instructor, NSCA Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist



Buffalo Barre’s “Go Red For Women” Event

Friday, February 7, was National Wear Red Day! Buffalo Barre celebrated National Wear Red Day® with a Go Red For Women event to help raise awareness about women’s No. 1 killer—heart disease. Keeping in tune with “Buffalo Barre Gives Back” we offered a free Power Yoga class.  Everyone received a “Go Red” pin with the signature red dress on it. Literature on women and heart disease including the signs and symptoms in women was distributed. Women came together to support one another, friends were made, some tried yoga for the first time, we listened to some really cool music and we all used that time to honor our hearts and bodies. Thank you Renee for an awesome class!!!


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Buffalo Barre’s Grand Opening Party!

Barre BuffaloThank you to everyone who joined us at our Grand Opening Party! If you missed it, here are some pictures from the event! We had a great time seeing everyone and it was nice to see some new faces too! We hope you had a great time! If you missed our event and would like more information about our Yoga, Pilates or Barre classes, please email us at buffalobarre@gmail.com or call 716.880.7049.

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