Part of my #MoreMEin2016 resolution was to try new things, especially new workouts. I tend to settle for a errand run on the bike with the kids, or a quick walk around the neighborhood. I am bored with my elliptical in the garage (don’t tell my husband I said that, I swore to him I would love it forever when we bought it) and I really want to enjoy my workouts.
Working out was always a fun activity, usually done with friends. Over the years, my exercise routine has become more and more boring… so I am trying to step it up. (not literally, I suck at step class. ZERO coordination here) My goal is try at least one new type of workout/class each month. This will help me switch up my routine and maybe find something different that I really like. I decided to share these with you guys to help me stay accountable and maybe you will find a workout you want to try!
My first new workout of the new year is Pure Barre. I have seen plenty of people write about this ballet-esque fitness trend. They recently opened a studio in my area, and one of my close friends has become a huge fan. When I spotted a deal on Groupon, I decided to give it a try.
Here is an small explainer from the Pure Barre website:
What is Pure Barre?
Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs, and arms, and burns fat in record- breaking time.
What does Pure Barre do for my body?
By taking Pure Barre classes, you will burn calories and gain lean muscle. Its low-impact, isometric movements target and tone certain areas of your body, and your heart rate will go up and down depending on how hard you work.
How soon will I see results?
You can see results in just 10 classes! For optimal results, classes should be taken at least 3-4 times per week. Your actual results will vary, as it depends on how often you are coming and what you are eating!
1 class: $20
5 classes: $95
10 classes: $180
For the first class I went with my friend and it was hard. (she DID warn me) It seems simple enough, since they are really small movements. However, they are extremely isolated movements… so before you know it you are sweating, your legs are shaking and you feel like you are about to faint. (maybe that was just me) The instructors are good at explaining each position and going through the class to make sure everyone is doing it right. They also offer variations for people with lower back problems or other ailments. The class is 55 minutes long.
I was sore for days after taking the class. Really sore. Mainly in my abs and legs. I have been taking a class once a week, and there is no way I could do the recommended 3-4 times a week like the website suggests, since I can barely walk the next day! I’m sure that would go away over time as I strengthened the areas I am working on.
I have found the instructor makes ALL the difference (isn’t that always the case though?) I have taken a few really awesome classes, and 1 so-so class since I personally wasn’t a fan of the teaching style/music choices of the instructor. (other people may love her class for those exact reasons)
I was surprised that you don’t even really use the barre that much. Just for a few things here and there. I guess I expected more ballet movements, and while there is some of that… it is definitely different than what I thought a barre class was.
|I do love the sparkly non-skid socks all the fancy girls wear in the class. I needed them. Obviously.|
There is no doubt that this is a killer workout and I am sure I would see results if I continued with it. However, I am not even through my full Groupon yet and I am already kind of bored with it. I think it would be fun to take one or two classes a month, but I couldn’t make this a regular thing. I think $20 is the normal price for specialty classes like this, from what I have seen in the past. My Groupon was a great deal, I paid $35 for 5 classes.
In case you are wondering about the lack of pictures of the actual class, to keep these “Work it Out” posts authentic, I am paying for all the stuff that I try, so since people don’t know I am doing this for a blog post, it would be kind of awkward & weird to take pictures of the class in progress.
|I took a picture of the outside. Still felt creepy doing it.|
Have you taken a barre class? What did you think?