A few months ago, I noticed that a Pure Barre was coming to our area and so for Christmas, I asked my parents to gift me with a gift certificate to try it out.
Accountability, yall! Someone pays and gifts you with it, you have to do it cause you don’t want to let them down or waste the gift, right!?
I run, walk or do the elliptical regularly, do sit ups often and like PiYo videos, but often I find myself needing variety in my workouts and someone to push me. I train with a friend and she keeps me consistent and encouraged (and doesn’t let me bail when I want to bail), but sometimes I get bored and I just need more work out options to keep it fresh.
The way Pure Barre works is that they occasionally have specials (such as a new client special), you can buy packages or pay per class. Its not really a “membership” thing like a gym. There are always deals running and the one my parents gave me was $99 for one month of unlimited classes.
I could go for 30 days as many times as I wanted. They also offer “Barre Method” classes to help you with technique and that was free with my package.
Now that I had this gift, I wanted to maximize the use I got out of it and so I waited til I knew I could go at least three or four times a week for the month and I signed up to hold my spot in those classes before I started my 30 days. I did pay for a class and went once so I would know what I was getting into!
Once I got my month set up, should I need to change something or want to add a class, I hop online, log into my account and then find classes that work with my schedule or have an instructor I like and I reserve my spot. The classes at prime times tend to fill fast, hence why I planned a month out. This also ensured I was getting at least two classes a week since I booked during times my kids were in school and didnt have to ask the hubs, my parents or find a sitter for my munchkins!
I am in week two of my 30 days and have done seven classes so far – including the Barre Method class. I am still a newbie, but I wanted to give my opinion of it and some tips for others who may be considering Pure Barre workouts.
First up, the very first class I went to, I felt a bit clueless. I am sure I looked a bit wonky and uncoordinated too, but honestly, the work out is so challenging and people are pushing themselves and some focusing with their eyes closed, so no one noticed my lack of PB skills!
As I have gone to more classes, my technique has improved, I get more out of my work outs and I can tell I am getting stronger. I also have noticed that at home or doing things around the house, I am more aware of my body, core, posture and engaging my muscles.
I was brushing my teeth the other day and did a few tuck and holds and even squeezed in some leg work while I folded laundry …that makes me a Pure Barre professional if I can incorporate it into housework, right? 😉
In the few weeks I’ve been, I feel like I am getting physically stronger and I can even tell my balance is better. I know that as I progress, I will start to see physical changes as well.
The class is a lot harder than I expected. I am not sure what I was thinking, but its a total body work out and really focuses on muscle fatigue and long, lean muscle tone and strength. I am exhausted at the end of it, but not like panting out of breath and sweaty as if I have just gone for a 10 mile run.
Taking the Barre Method class was beneficial because I felt like the real classes move fast and having someone walk me through step by step and now knowing what the teacher means as she calls out changes has really helped me to get a better work out. I also have a better idea of what the goal of the exercise is and how I can make it harder or how I can rest without losing the work. During class is not really the time to pause and ask “how do I do that tuck thing?!?” but during the Barre Method class when she walked us through and explained, “think of pulling your hip bone to your rib cage” it all clicked.
So far, so good and I highly recommend if you are going to do it, to jump in with both feet and get a one month trial. This is not something that I necessarily got after one class and if anything, I walked away being like, uhhhhhh not sure about that!! Since I’ve committed and been to multiple classes now though, I’m loving it.
After my one month, my plan is to incorporated Pure Barre into my other training. I would like to walk/run regularly and get in a Pure Barre once a week or so. I feel like the variety and including cardio in running with the full body workout and muscle toning with Pure Barre will be a really great balance and keep me on my toes while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
The instructors are really motivating and the other day, one said something to the effect of, “your best is now.” We were in the homestretch of the hour class, our muscles were fatigued and it would have been nice just to stand up and stretch. Hearing “your best is now” really was what I needed to push me to the finish.
I have thought about that since that class and it really applies to all aspects of my life. Whether its being a Mom, a wife, working out, doing something for my job, being a daughter, a sister, a lover of Jesus or trying to make a piece of art. Whatever it is, my best is NOW. Not tomorrow, not yesterday, but now. Give it all I’ve got and make the most of the now!
So thats been my Pure Barre experience!! Anyone else out there have input!? Are you a fan? Have tips? Feel free to share and if there is a PB near you, stop by and ask a few questions or if you are close to me, come join me for a class.
See you at the Barre!