I recently realized that while I talk all the time about how much I love Pure Barre, I’d yet to review my favorite barre studio. Well, the madness ends TODAY! My long overdue Pure Barre review is here:
Pure Barre classes are structured in the same manner, which is nice because the classes are fast paced. Since the structure is the same, you can count on the flow of the class being familiar while you learn the form. Pure Barre is all about small movements that help to sculpt your body. Here’s how a typical Pure Barre class goes:
- The class starts with a “warm up” that will actually kick your butt. We warm up our legs and arms and move right into planks, pushups and tricep dips. It’s usually around this point (about 7 minutes in) that you start thinking you’ve made a mistake and you should’ve stayed in bed instead of getting up for this torture. No, joking. Kind of. Each class we do a 90 second plank – usually with some type of variations added and that thing ain’t easy. There’s something about doing the plank after you’ve already been moving that is tougher than just busting out a plank in your living room. And those tricep dips? Ouch.
- After the plank, pushup, tricep dip trifecta, you move on to doing about 10 minutes of weight work. There are 2 lb, 3 lb and 5 lb weights in the class and most people use 2 or 3 lbs. Don’t judge, though. Those small repetitive movements repeated tons of times will have your arms BURNING. Trust me on this.
- Next comes thigh work. This typically involves some variation of standing on your highest heel and pulsing “down an inch, up an inch.” It burns so good.
- Once your thighs are literally on fire, you’ll get a nice long (read: one song long) stretch before moving on to seatwork. How can I describe seatwork? Well, it’s basically a bunch of exercises to tone your “seat.” The exercises range from down on all fours lifting and lowering your leg that one tiny inch (it hurts!) to work done at the ballet barre. Depending on the day, my mood and what I ate for breakfast determines if thighwork or seatwork is more brutal.
- After seatwork, you spend about 7 minutes doing abs. It’s super ironic because you really are using your abs and working them all throughout the class (starting with that 90 second plank) so you’ll probably feel like “do we really need a dedicated abs section in class?” The answer is yes, so just grin and bear it!
Of course, my favorite thing – and the reason why Pure Barre is my favorite barre studio in DC (and I’ve been to Bar Method, Barre3 (probably my #2 studio), Biker Barre and classes at bigger gyms), is the people. The staff are all so friendly (especially at my Cap Hill location), and so awesome and really do care about you. I’ve been to a lot of boutique studios in the area and the people can vary…not so at Pure Barre. I adore the staff and the other clients – I even met a fellow Oiselle gal (hi Karen!) at a class a few weeks ago.
I try to make 2-3 classes a week to help my cross training. Barre is my favorite way to cross train and I think it’s an excellent workout for a runner. I went to a barre class just 3 days after my most recent marathon and what was awesome was that Sydney (the awesome manager / instructor) chose exercises that would help me stretch out but wouldn’t make my sore body ache any more than necessary. That kind of care and thoughtfulness is why I’ll be a Pure Barre fan for life.
Have you tried Pure Barre??
*note: I was not compensated in anyway for this post – just thought I’d share my PB love with y’all!