Pure Barre. Pure hype or Pure results?
Monday, November 11, 2013
No idea. I've only done 2 classes!
I had heard about Pure Barre for a number of months now, as one opened up in teaching town. Some friends went and raved about how sore they were and how fit they felt, but I wasn't convinced, that is, until this past week when I talked to a co-worker about it. For anonymity sake,let's call her Tia.
Tia is about 5'1 in heels, and I won't even attempt to guess her weight. She is petite, and was recently thrilled that she was finally able to by women's shoes, as opposed to the girls section. Tia is also an accomplished modern, lyrical and ballet dancer and dance instructor, and is one of the most graceful people I have ever met. Needless to say, Tia and I don't share clothes. (We do however discuss dance moves.)
Tia and I started discussing our usual routine of dance, and she inquired about gymnastics. We discussed, and then she mentioned barre. In her own words, it helped to completely reshape her already svelte physique, toning areas where she had thought hopeless.
WELL. If tiny Tia was able to reap these benefits, then certainly I was going to give it a try! Besides, as a former and current dancer, of course I can hold on to a ballet barre!
Right. Research showed a pure barre class next town over from home. Okay then.
2 classes and nearly 2 hours later, stairs are proving to be difficult, as are finding my toes on the floor and doing anything not called the fetal position. By using tiny micro isometric movements, my body is feeling the burn already. I almost dropped during class today, and not from feeling dizzy-no. Instead, it was the feel of lactic acid that I haven't felt in years, and it felt great! My legs are already pretty strong from gymnastics, yoga and tap dancing, but I can feel the muscles in areas I didn't know where possible to work.
You always hear that you can't spot train, and barre isn't about spot training, it's about intense, small muscle training all over the place, just done in logical increments.
1) Body warm up
2) Arms and abs
6) abs & obliques
Intermixed is some very brief stretching, that truthfully, I was was more. I'd gladly go for an extra 10 minutes if some of the stretches were held longer, but that's probably just me. I could stretch all day long, as I'm flexible and I adore regaining and maintaining my flexibility.
So, I paid for 2 pairs of special socks and $100 for an unlimited amount of classes for the first month. Each drop in class is $23. So far, I've spent $46 on 2 classes. 2 more classes will pay for the drop-ins, and anything else is just bonus. Word on the street says it takes a month to really see changes.
Alright then. I'll be in touch. :)