Just when I think I am finally getting in shape, I take a Pure Barre class and it’s like I’ve never worked out a day in my life. One thing I absolutely love through this fitness journey is how each and every place I visit is a new challenge, physically AND mentally. I am so use to killing myself in the gym with cardio and weight training to the point of pure exhaustion, but Pure Barre is FARRR from that!
Pure Barre was really a mental challenge for me more than anything else. All of the moves are very concentrated and isolated and completely doable for anybody at any fitness level, but the burn that overcomes your muscle is unlike anything I have felt before. These classes were similar to the Body class I took at Define, but I would say more intense. For those of you who don’t know what a Barre class is, I would describe it as a ballet inspired workout. It suppose to develop long lean muscles and improve flexibility.
My first experience at Pure Barre was somewhat underwhelming to be honest. After class I felt like I still needed to go for a run or something because I didn’t feel like I got a good enough workout. Because you get a full week for free to try out Pure Barre, I recruited some friends and we decided to give it another shot and holy cow, the instructors were like night and day. First class I walked away feeling underwhelmed, but the second and third class I thought my muscles were going to burn holes through my skin.
The classes were all organized the same. First, you do some warm up moves to the beat of the music, then move into your arm workout. The weights you can choose from are like 2 lbs, 3 lbs or 4 lbs. I grabbed the 2 pounders because I had an inkling that whatever we would be doing with them was going to be harder than anticipated and I was correct. By the end of the arm workout with the 2 lb weights, my shoulder and arms were burnt out! Next, we move to the butt and thigh workout. These were all done on the ballet bar and even though I didn’t move from my 1’x1’ square I was sweating and burning the entire time. The exercises were mainly holding positions, tucking your pelvis and pulsing. Sounds simple right? WRONG! I kept having to stand and stretch before getting back into position. Last part of the workout was abs and again … tiny movements, lots of pulsing and tucking and lots of burning. Stretching was also incorporated after working every body part. So after the arm portion, we stretched, after the butt portion, we stretched, after thighs, we stretched and after abs we stretched.
I say this workout was mostly a mental exercise, because I really believe everybody is capable of holding these poses and pulses, but pushing through the burn was just another level of will power. The only thing that really made some of the moves difficult for me was lack of flexibility and the fact that I have SUPER TIGHT hip flexors, but with everything, the more your practice, the better you get. Although, Pure Barre is not my workout of choice on a daily basis, I loved how humbling it was. I thought these workouts would be a breeze and I beyond wrong!
So the last thing I will mention is the atmosphere. The entire staff, or at least everyone I met, was so nice and encouraging. Both of the instructors I had knew EVERY single person’s name and were constantly motivating us and correcting our movements to make sure we were getting the most out of the exercises. The class itself was pretty quiet and kept to theirself. Not one of those classes where everyone introduces themself and high-fives, etc. which is totally fine. Just throwing that out there.
I recommend trying out the free week and seeing what you think. You will be surprised at how these tiny movements can cause so much pain! The only thing you need to bring with you is socks, preferably the grippy ones, but any ole pair will do if you are just testing it out for a week.