This past weekend, I took my 100th Pure Barre class. As I’ve shared before, I absolutely love Pure Barre and was so excited to hit this milestone at my home away from home (the Cap Hill Pure Barre studio). I thought to celebrate, I’d share ten things learned over 100 Pure Barre classes. Wondering what the heck Pure Barre is about? Read this post first.
- Just accept that Pure Barre is hard. Pure Barre is a challenging, full body workout. The quicker you accept that it is a tough workout, the quicker you can learn the proper form and improve. I spent a few classes convincing myself that it wasn’t as hard as I was making it out to be. I was wrong. It is hard – and that’s a good thing.
- It never gets easier. You just get stronger. The workout is constantly changing and you just simply won’t get bored in a Pure Barre class. While it doesn’t get easier, you will get more comfortable with the moves, the quick pace of class and the concept of “tucking your seat.”
- Focus on the muscle you are actually supposed to be working. It took me a few months of classes (I know, slow learner) to really truly understand that if we are supposed to be working our inner thighs and my glutes are the only thing burning, I’m doing something wrong. Really dialing in and making sure you are working the muscle you are supposed to be working makes all the difference. If you can’t figure it out on your own, that leads me to number four…
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask questions. If you don’t feel something, raise your hand and your teacher will come help you. If you have a ton of questions, stay after class for a minute and get a demo on how to do the moves correctly. And don’t worry about feeling silly. I ask a lot of questions and find that getting that individual help really makes a difference.
- Try to be a little bit better each class. If you’ve never tried to do the splits in class, commit to giving it a try every other class. If you’ve only ever used the two pound weights, commit to trying the three pound weights one class. Raise your heels just a little higher than you did last class. Pick one thing and commit to getting stronger in that one area each class.
- Go to a breaking down the barre workshop after you have a few classes under your belt. The free breaking down the barre workshops are excellent – even if you’ve taken 100 classes. They are free and a great chance to get all your questions answered. When I went, I was able to get some help on positions that always give me trouble and I got some great tips on how to really make sure I was working hard during the abs section of class. I highly recommend you take advantage of this!
- Embrace the challenges and the community. You might remember that in the month of March, I participated in the Pure Barre 20 in 31 challenge. I attended 20 classes in 31 days and it was amazing. I met new people at the studio, got to take classes with some teachers I don’t normally take classes with and found out just how strong I am. Embracing the Pure Barre community makes classes a heck of a lot more fun!
- Learn to listen carefully. You’ll notice that your teacher will only demo the move for a minute or so before moving around to help folks in class. You really have to pay attention to what they say and focus in – if you allow yourself to lose focus you may end up having no idea what you are supposed to be doing! (*not that I’ve ever done that before :)).
- You can actually do anything for ten more seconds. It often doesn’t feel like it, but you really can. I now take “best and final ten” as a challenge and make sure that those final ten seconds of any exercise are my best. It forces me to dig deep and I love that feeling.
- “Walk all the way into the barre until something is touching” is NOT the phrase you want to hear during class. If you’re a Pure Barre loyalist like me, this phrase needs no explanation. Holy heck! If you are newer to Pure Barre, I’ll let you figure out the meaning of this one for yourself. 🙂
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Have I convinced you to try Pure Barre yet? What’s your favorite method of cross training?