A little more than a year ago I set a goal to try new types of workouts, those included Bikram yoga and Pure Barre. I finally made the Pure Barre goal happen when a studio opened just last month in Rocky River, Ohio. Today I want to share a little bit about my Pure Barre experience and help you prepare a bit for your first class.
Pure Barre Review
When I showed up for class, the instructor knew it was my first time because of a new student note in their system. She was super helpful with telling me what supplies I would need and where to sit. One aspect of Pure Barre I immediately appreciated was I didn’t have to bring anything. A water bottle is optional, if you like. As an avid yogi, I’m used to lugging my yoga mat and yoga towels around. Pure Barre is really simple.
Classes are fast-paced and you will probably feel a bit behind or lost when you first go. After a few classes I started to get a hang of the moves and cues. If you feel that way you are not alone! Lori (who owns the local studios by me) said she is hoping to offer some free tutorial classes in the near future called “Breaking Down the Barre,” which sound super helpful, so keep an ear out for that.
I didn’t sweat much at all but I felt some major muscle burn during the classes. You perform very small movements over and over. I felt incredibly weak most of the time! Despite all my running and yoga, there are clearly muscles in my body that don’t get worked out very often. Pure Barre will fill that void.
Have you ever done the old Jane Fonda workout tapes? I was immediately reminded of her tapes when I took Pure Barre. Some of Jane’s tapes contain the same moves or very similar ones. Lori said the Pure Barre-type moves originated in the late 1970s, close to the time when Jane Fonda started her at-home exercise phenomenon, so the similarities are understandable.
Classes are all 60-minutes each and you are in and out in no time. It helps to show up early though so the instructor can start right on time. If you are new, don’t try going two days in a row. You will be way too sore to do so!
Long-term I can see Pure Barre fitting into my workout schedule as a form of strength training. I do enjoy cardio workouts so I can’t see doing only Pure Barre. I like the variety these classes provide with working out. Anyone who has been exercising for years understands, switching up your routine is extremely helpful in preventing exercise burnout.
One last note, there are sticky socks you can buy for class. I don’t have them and haven’t noticed any issues with doing the exercises. I would recommend you wear black socks though if you have them. Also, if you can, schedule your classes in advance. Being the Rocky River studio is especially new there has been a large draw for classes.
Disclosure: I was provided one month of unlimited Pure Barre classes in exchange for writing a blog post about my experience. All opinions and thoughts here are my own.