Pure Barre

11 October 2012

Wow! Thank you all SO much for your advice and insight on this post! John and I eagerly read through every comment. The most common suggestions were to take as much emotion out of the process as possible, and to hire a really, really thorough home inspector, but if you’re interested in this topic, you should definitely check out what everyone had to say!

I’m excited to say that we’ve been pre-approved for our loan (yay!) and are going to look at our first house on Saturday morning! I’ll definitely keep you updated throughout the process!

In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about something else that’s been occupying my time – Pure Barre! Starting some sort of exercise class was one of my 101 in 1001 goals, and I’m so happy to have checked this one off the list. The funny thing about being thin is that it’s easy to trick yourself into thinking you’re in shape, when in reality (at least for me), that is sadly, sadly not the case. Let’s face it: I’m about as weak as a newborn puppy.

So yes, the first class totally kicked my butt, but I’m excited to go back! For those who are wondering, here’s what Pure Barre is all about:

— The classes are one hour long, and you gogogo the entire time. I hardly had a chance to sip water.
— There is no cardio – the focus is entirely on creating long, lean muscles.
— You do a little bit of arms, some stretching, a good amount of abs, and lots of leg work. The fast pace and constant switching (we used the barre, a mat, a rubber ball, a stretchy elasta band, and weights at different points) makes it easier to keep going and stay focused.

If any readers are in the Triangle and want to try out a first class with a friend, just email me and I’ll let you know when I’m going!

Have any of you tried Pure Barre? What did you think? Do you tend to like classes or solo exercising better?

9 Responses to “Pure Barre”

  1. I haven’t tried, but I’d like to. I think I read that Kelly Ripa does Barre. We just had a studio open in our area that I’m wanting to try! You’re gonna be so buff :)

  2. Victoria

    Ah! I started going to a Barre class in my area back in March to start toning up for my wedding. I love it! It’s so much fun and an amazing workout. If you can only do one exercise class a week this is a great way to feel good about it. I hate to tell you that it is still hard even after once a week classes for seven months, but it is so much fun and so worth it! :)

  3. Molly

    Wish I was in the Triangle area and could go with you! Sounds like so much fun :)

  4. Sarah

    Hi Em! I cannot rave enough about how great these classes are! I live in Boston where we have Core Fusion instead of Pure Barre, but they are virtually identical. I started going twice a week a little over a year ago and now consider myself to be as much of an addict/convert/superfan as I think I could possibly be for anything relating to exercise (which has never been my forte, until now). Don’t let the initial soreness scare you off — going again soon really will help get rid of the pain!

    I started going in anticipation of my wedding this past August, but now I can’t imagine stopping — I feel stronger and leaner than ever. Hope you end up enjoying it as much as I do!

  5. I was TOTALLY thinking about trying the month unlimited right before the wedding but I want to go in the mornings but they don’t have a shower.. I’m nervous of getting all sweaty! Ha. It’s the little things in life.. I may even go try a class today. I live in Raleigh but I assume the studios we would use are probably not close to each other. :( I am one of those who would love to go with someone it’s just hard to find someone to go with!

  6. Em

    @Elizabeth Ha! We’ll see :)

    @Molly I wish so, too!!

    @Amanda Totally know what you mean! I went last night, and the instructor was talking about how she sometimes leaves her job (at SAS) to go to a class during lunch. I could NEVER do that and look halfway presentable! :)

  7. I’ve been wanting to try Pure Barre for a while now! After reading your review and some others, I definitely think it’s time to start!

  8. They just opened a Pure Barre in Savannah and as a past dancer I’ve been dying to try it. I wish it wasn’t so expensive, though!