I am almost always up for trying out a new workout. Several years ago I tried out Pure Barre. Since then I have attended several classes and have also taken other barre workouts. Today, in this Pure Barre review, I’m sharing everything you need to know about Pure Barre and taking your first Pure Barre workout.
The studio I went to was Pure Barre Rocky River, Ohio. This particular studio actually celebrated a grand reopening in October 2019. There are now additional Pure Barre locations in the Cleveland, Ohio area including Pure Barre Avon.
Pure Barre Review
What is Pure Barre Workout?
Over the years Pure Barre has added additional classes included themed classes and cardio classes and even Pure Barre GO (formerly Pure Barre On Demand), which I will share more about later in this blog post.
Before I share a little bit about my Pure Barre experience in this Pure Barre review (and how this class differs from Barre3) and help you prepare a bit for your first class, I want to talk about what Pure Barre is and the types of workouts offered by studios.
Pure Barre is a fitness franchise with more than 500 locations throughout North America. More than 550,000 clients attend these studios. The barre workout focuses on small movements that yield big changes in your body. Classes combine strength, flexibility and self-focused time.
Studios offer dozens of classes per week, you can also take Pure Barre classes at home via Pure Barre GO or Pure Barre DVDs. Pure Barre workouts are most likened to a ballet bar workout because they do involve the use of a bar.
I took my first Pure Barre class in February 2014 at Pure Barre Rocky River shortly after a studio opened in Rocky River, Ohio. The franchise has been growing steadily since then with many with good barre workout results.
Types of Workouts
When Pure Barre first started there was one type of class, although every class was different based on the instructor, music, movements and more. That class is now called Classic Pure Barre.
This is the small movements strength based class that includes core work at the end as part of barre workout abs. This class is 50-minutes, offers a full body workout and is low-impact. This includes legs and barre workout arms.
In addition to Classic Barre, there is another class called Pure Empower. This class has a cardio component. I took this class before and the instructor incorporated a small step bench to make the class cardio-centric and to elevate heart rate. Pure Barre Empower is 45-minutes.
Another Pure Barre Class is Pure Reform. This class incorporates a bar workout along with resistance-based training using a TRX band. This class is 50-minutes and focuses on strength, balance and coordination. Resistance bands and sliders are also used in this class.
Lastly, Pure Barre Foundations is a 50-minute class designed for the Pure Barre beginner to introduce them to Pure Barre, class structure and proper form. This class operates at a slower pace and is a great refresher as well if you have’t taken a barre class in a while or if you are looking to learn the Pure Barre workout routine.
What Do You Need to Bring?
When I showed up for class and to write my Pure Barre review, 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.
Do I Need Sticky Socks?
That being said, 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. If you take Pure Barre classes a lot or are worried about slipping during class the sticky socks would be entirely worth it.
In terms of other clothing, most wear crops or full length leggings to Pure Barre class. For a top a sports bra and a loose fitting tank top works great. I also find it comfortable to bring a lightweight zip up jacket or sweatshirt that I can wear to class and remove once we are through the warm up as my barre workout clothes
Pure Barre has become so popular there is an entire line of Pure Barre clothing. Many enthusiasts enjoy wearing this apparel to show off their passion for Pure Barre or to commemorate moments such as reaching 100 classes or the Pure Barre 100 club.
A few brands for this clothing include Splits59. You can find a lot of great Pure Barre clothing if you shop on Poshmark.
- If you are looking for a Poshmark coupon, enter invite code HFHAMMERS when you create your Poshmark account to receive a $10 credit toward your first purchase.
What Can I Expect at a Pure Barre Class?
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! I didn’t sweat much at all during my Pure Barre review 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 practice, there are clearly muscles in my body that don’t get worked out very often. Pure Barre will fill that void.
Is Pure Barre a Good Workout?
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.
The studio owner told me the Pure Barre-type moves originated in the late 1970s, close to the same time when Jane Fonda started her at-home exercise phenomenon, so the similarities are understandable.
How Long are Pure Barre classes?
As I continue with this Pure Barre review I should note that Pure Barre classes are 45-minutes or 50-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.
Scheduling Your Pure Barre Classes
Also, if you can, schedule your classes in advance. When the Rocky River studio was especially new there was a large draw for classes. Some times such as early morning or after work may also book up quickly simply due to being at popular times.
During seasons such as after Christmas classes may also be busy due to people looking to work out more. You can reserve your spot in a class by going online.
How Much Does Pure Barre Cost?
With Pure Barre you can opt for a monthly membership fee or pay per class. If you buy class packs this is the best deal for someone who does not attend a lot. When I talked to our local studio owner she mentioned that with her franchise she also offers deals via email such as for holidays.
How Much is Pure Barre a Month?
Another point in my Pure Barre review, patrons can buy these deals and use them on their own time, this is a way to save money on Pure Barre classes. For example a class pack special may be 5 classes for $100 instead of $22 per class. Back in 2014 they offered a five class pack for $95 or $19 per class. Prices have not changed significantly since then.
Can You Do Barre Two Days in a Row?
This would be up to you. Like most workouts typically it’s best to rotate muscle groups so the same muscles are not worked two days in a row. Selecting a different Pure Barre workout for day two is an option such as take Pure Barre Classic followed by Pure Reform the next day.
Review of Pure Barre
Pure Barre Classes Online
A newer option to the Pure Barre family is Pure Barre GO. Originally called Pure Barre On Demand this option was introduced in 2018. This allows you to take Pure Barre classes at home within the comfort of your home and on your own schedule. Because the classes are at your home you may need to buy some supplies for class (that the studio normally provides).
As a reminder, items used in Pure Barre classes include:
There is a cost to Pure Barre GO for a Pure Barre workout. If you are interested in signing up for a Pure Barre GO subscription visit Pure Barre GO online. The pricing starts at $29.99 per month but you can get a free trial when you first sign up. Alternately, you can purchase Pure Barre DVDs to workout at home as well.
What is the Difference Between Pure Barre and Barre3?
If you are wondering about differences between Pure Barre workouts and Barre3 I have actually taken both classes and detailed the differences in my Barre3 review.
Pure Barre Workout
Pure Barre is a great workout. It’s especially good for muscle tone, definition and strengthening. This is one of many Pure Barre reviews but I hope you found my personal experience helpful.
I would encourage anyone to try Pure Barre at least once. If you are new the Foundations class is a great start followed by a Classic Pure Barre class. With consistency some have significant barre workout results.
What questions do you have about Pure Barre?
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.
*This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated and republished for accuracy and comprehensiveness.