I discovered the studio closest to me when I was running errands one day last summer. I saw the sign outside the studio and thought it must be some sort of dance-based workout. I took dance when I was growing up, although I was never very good at it, but I did enjoy it and thought a dance workout might be something I could get into. I exercise pretty regularly, but I get bored on the elliptical machine or the bike. I tried running for a while, but it’s just not my cup of tea. To be honest, I hate running. Hate. It. There are no marathons in my future unless they involve bottles of wine and reruns of my favorite TV shows.
When I looked up Pure Barre online, I knew I had to try it. Pure Barre classes are low impact and last 55 minutes. You’ll do small isometric movements to help tone your abs, arms, thighs, and seat (the Pure Barre term for your tush). No dance experience is necessary, but you will use a ballet barre for balance and resistance during some of the exercises. You’ll also use resistance bands, small weights (2 or 3 pounds), a 5 inch exercise ball, and a mat. The studios provide these items for every class, so you don’t have to purchase them yourself. You will, however, need a pair of sticky socks, which you can purchase from any studio or online. They don’t have to be Pure Barre socks, but socks are required for all classes.
After my first class, I was hooked … and also a little bit sore (OK, a lot sore). The exercises are designed for all fitness levels, and you will definitely feel the burn in every class. The instructors are all awesome, friendly, and positive, and they’re available to answer questions about technique to help you get the best out of your workout. There’s upbeat, fun music to help you get through the exercises and to help you block out the world so you can focus.
I’ve been able to stick with Pure Barre since last summer, and I even signed up for the Pure Madness Challenge in March and completed at least 20 classes in 31 days, which meant I was taking five classes a week. Whoohoo! I definitely feel stronger after completing the challenge and am going to stick with it as much as I can (maybe not five classes a week but at least three). It’s such a challenging and fun workout, so it’s never boring. And it really works. If you’re trying to find a new workout, give Pure Barre a try!