What to Know Before Beginning Pure Barre

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I've never been a huge workout person. I played soccer growing up so that kept me fairly in shape and even though I enjoyed actually playing, I didn't enjoy running during practice or anything like that haha. Let's be real, running is not my favorite and I would dread going on runs.

That was until I went to Pure Barre. I went to my first class in June 2016, just over two years ago, and honestly, I have loved it ever since! I've become that crazy person who loves working out and actually looks forward to the hour of my day dedicated to Pure Barre.

I feel like I am always talking about Pure Barre whether it's on my Instagram stories or in my "My Chic Week" posts so I wanted to share a post on what to know before your first Pure Barre class!

So what exactly is Pure Barre? Taken straight from the website, Pure Barre is "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".

Each Pure Barre class is 50 minutes long (which honestly flies by) and starts with a warm-up, followed by arms, thighs, seat work (Pure Barre lingo for butt), abs, a stretch, and then you're out the door!

Do I need a dance background to do Pure Barre? Nope! I hadn't taken a dance class since I was a little girl and I absolutely love Pure Barre. PB is ballet inspired but isn't a dance class so to speak!

What time should I get there? The earlier the better! For new clients, my studio recommends 15 minutes before class starts but I honestly get there 10-15 minutes before class starts so I grab a spot, grab my equipment, and stretch before class begins!

What should I wear? Definitely wear leggings and then a workout top! I prefer to either wear a tank or a tee as it gets to warm during class for a long sleeve but that's a personal preference! I shared what I wear in this blog post- just add sticky socks!

Do I really need those sticky socks? I honestly went my first two weeks of class without them but they really do make the class easier as you aren't sliding all over the floor (especially during the plank).

How often do you go a week? I typically go 5-6 times a week whenever I am at home for an extended period of time (Clemson unfortunately doesn't have a studio!). I usually do a class or two over the weekend and go to the Empower class once a week.

What package do you have? I do the Student One Month Unlimited package, which is about $150 a month (the regular unlimited is ~$200 a month but there's a student discount)! If you are going more than 3 times a week, it can be cheaper to do the unlimited rather than paying by class (which is ~$21). In June of this year, for example, I went to Pure Barre 20 times, which made the price per class only $7!

What is the difference between Classic and Empower? Classic is a more slower paced class (yet still hard!) that focuses on slow isometric movements to shape your body. It is 50 minutes while Empower is 45 minutes. Empower is a lot faster paced and encorporates cardio as well as a platform and arm weights! I definitely recommend starting with Classic and once you get familiar with the lingo and the method, add Empower into your routine!

Have you ever taken a Pure Barre class before? Let me know in the comments!

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