I finally got to try a Pure Barre class last week, so I wanted to talk a little about what I thought. Read on for a review of Pure Barre class!
Review of Pure Barre
For my first barre class I attended a 55 minute Pure Barre class in Columbia, MD. A little background about my preparation for this- I did a lot of dancing growing up, which included ballet, but that was 13 years ago. I have done a bit of pilates on and off (usually just DVDs) and I lately I had done some barre workouts online. I also tried out the Pure Barre DVD once. So I had a bit of an idea of what I was getting into.
One of the problems with where I live right now is that there isn’t a convenient barre studio that I could access during the week. Rev Cycle is the only studio close to me that has barre (which I hope to try) but I haven’t been able to attend yet due to schedule conflicts. The Pure Barre studio I went to last week was a 20 minute drive outside of the city, and the other studios are the same or further. Baltimore traffic is pretty horrendous during the week which is why I went on a Sunday.
I convinced my sister to try it with me, and for her first one-time visit it cost $15. We got there about 15 minutes easy so we would have time to get oriented. When we walked in there was a small waiting room and you could see into the studio. The receptionist explained things to us and we waited until the class before was over so that we could get set up in the room. The cubby area/bathrooms were behind the studio room, so you couldn’t access them while there is a class going on. I think that would bother me a bit if I got there early and wanted to get changed or use the bathroom but I guess I would just have to keep that in mind.
We had read on the website to wear socks, but that everything else was provided. I also brought a towel but didn’t really need it. I had a pair of Pure Barre socks that came with the DVD I got so I wore those. My sister wore regular socks and for everyone else in the class there was a mix between both.
Once the previous class ended we got settled and met the instructor. She explained some of the basics about what we would be doing. One of the main things she talked about was the “tuck” she would be referring to throughout the class- basically where you tuck and squeeze your pelvis in while doing the exercises. We got set up with a ball, a band, and light weights. I started with 2 pound weights because I have heard how hard some of the isometric exercises can be!
Pure Barre Class
The class was easy enough to follow for the most part. We started with a warm up, and then moved into arms. We then went to the barre and did some standing leg work. If I remember correctly we then did “seat” work which was a bit harder to follow because some of the instructions were for very small moves that couldn’t be seen (like squeeze your inner thighs), so you just had to try to do what the instructor explained. We moved to our mats and did some core work against the wall and then some more on the floor. As we were taking the class the receptionist came in after we were done with arms and collected our weights, and then right before we started core work the instructor brought us mats out. It was really nice that we didn’t have to do this on our own and it also saved some space in the room. We finished with a couple minutes of cooling down and stretching.
One funny thing was that she came around and put wipes next to us to clean off our equipment, and for a minute I thought they were cold clothes like we get at yoga. I think I have gotten spoiled at my yoga studio because none of the other ones I have been to do that!
After class my sister and I talked about our experience and while I think we both liked it, there were definitely some downsides that would keep us from doing it regularly. The biggest ones would be the cost and the location. However,I thought it was a really good supplemental workout to running, and felt quite sore over the next few days!
I hope to try barre a few more times this month through ClassPass, and hopefully learn some of the proper positions and get better used to the class so I can continue taking online classes or doing the DVD at home while using proper form.
Have you ever tried a barre class? What did you think of it?
What is your favorite kind of fitness studio?
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