Sadie Lincoln

Co-founder and CEO of Barre3

Sadie Lincoln is the co-founder and CEO of barre3, with 165 studios throughout the U.S., Canada, and Philippines; a digital subscription platform with hundreds of on-demand workouts; and thoughtfully curated retail. With a revolutionary vision to redefine what success in fitness means, barre3 shifts the emphasis from how exercise makes you look to how it makes you feel. By teaching people to be balanced in body and focusing on body positivity, inclusivity, and each individual’s inherent strength, barre3 has built a thriving and engaged community around the world.

Sadie is on Inc.'s Female Founders 100 list and the MO100 Impact list, has been featured on NPR's How I Built This, and speaks regularly on the topics of mindful leadership, the power of body wisdom, and the movement to redefine fitness. Beyond running her company and being a global spokesperson, Sadie still enjoys teaching barre3 classes to many of her founding clients in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

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What is your wellness philosophy?

First what wellness isn't. Wellness is not about achieving an ideal in fitness, beauty, health or spirituality. I think of wellness as a fluid state of recognizing imbalances in both body and life and then working towards a more balanced place. It's a practice of being both self-aware and intentional about moving forward in a productive way.

What brought you into wellness?

I grew up in wellness. My family didn't use the word wellness, but in retrospect, the way we lived was very much a practice of wellbeing. My siblings and I were taught the value of looking inside for answers and honoring our unique contributions in the world. We lived and ate close to nature, slept like bears, and moved intuitively and with joy. We also valued relationships as a means to being healthy just as much as exercise and what we ate.

What does You. We. All. mean to you?

You: It starts with a practice of honoring my inner-knowing and showing up in life in a confident, open, and authentic way. We: Armed with this self-awareness, relationships become richer and more interconnected. Community, support, and relationships are essential to our collective well being. All: We are one giant ecosystem. Everything is energy. Everything is connected. Everything and everybody matters.

What gets you up in the morning?

My rescue pups (Sprout and Diego) licking my face.