Sunday, April 13, 2014

At the Barre

I took my first Pure Barre class a little over a year ago. And to be honest, my first impression was....unimpressed. I stood at the bar Saturday morning amongst 20 other LuLulemon-clad girls as the instructor gave the direction of "tuck" over and over and "lift from the seat." I looked around to see a room of girls virtually standing still. I would lift my leg high in the air and the instructor would come by and hold it down. How was this effective? I just didn't get it. 

Cue about a year later and I kept hearing more and more rave reviews about Pure Barre. I had a fairly steady routine of running and weights but...it was routine. I wanted something more. So I thought I'd give it another try. 

And boy am I glad I did. I have to say, it did take me about four classes before I "got it." The first class felt awkward and I was clumsy. But the instructors were awesome and really explained how to tuck and how to lift from your seat. And from that class on, my body was on fiiiyah! In the best of ways of course. I can truly see a difference in my body from Pure Barre. This class truly hits those small muscles that cardio and weights just don't reach. The mantra is "lift, tone, burn" and I've never known a truer one. 

Plus, the workouts are super feminine and fun. They are ballet-based and there's just something incredibly princess-like about standing in position at the bar. 



And now I work there....well part time. And I love it. I have to say it's not stress-free and there are many late nights where I'm working my "real job" after I get home from the studio. But, way back in 2013, one of my goals was to get involved in the fitness world somehow and I'm slowing making my way towards that goal. I hope the next step for me would be to start the process of becoming an instructor. 
Our incredible team

But in the meantime, if you live in Atlanta, would love to meet you at the Bar one night! 

XO, A

This post is not sponsored by Pure Barre 

11 comments:

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I've always wanted to try this workout as I was a ballerina for 13 years while I was growing up. I just hope I'm not laughed out of the place as I don't own a single piece from Lululemon :-P

JBean said...

I had a groupon for a Barre studio here in Baltimore and I loved the month I spent there! The studio was gorgeous and I felt so graceful during class just like you said. Plus the workouts were a lot harder than I thought they'd be!

Danielle said...

I live in a suburb of Atlanta! My girlfriends and I were just saying that we wanted to try something "different." Which studio do you work at? Maybe we could come and try a class there!

Pamela said...

Oh how neat!! I would love to try a class!

BLovedBoston said...

I am a huge fan of PB and totally didn't get the whole lift from the seat and ab work at first - but it's changed my body totally!! I'm a little jealous you get to work there part time - that would be so much fun!!

Rissy said...

you'd think that I would have already tried this being that I was a dancer... now I just feel like a dumb dumb for still not having the pure barre experience... ugh!

Also, everyone, I have seen this girl in a bikini. Pure Barre works!

Melissa @ {The Yoga Barre} said...

So glad you gave it another shot! I got hooked after my first PB class too and now I'm a Barre instructor in Charleston!!

Fit With Flash said...

Do it girl! But PLEASE get your Group Fitness Certification prior to doing their instructor training. There are so many programs that "train" people to become instructors in one weekend and these people are not ready to teach effectively. So rock out that Barre, become an instructor, but do it in the right order - cert first! I'll help you, if you'd like, with info to get you started! Don't be the instructor yelling out "work those obliques" when those muscles weren't even closely connected to what we were working... (One I attended earlier this year) : ) Pumped for you!

Taren said...

Good for you!! I think that's a great way to get into the fitness industry and try it out! I've never tried that class but it sounds fun!

Alex said...

I MISS PURE BARRE SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katie said...

Love that you are doing this, girlie! I have heard so much about Pure Barre and have always wanted to try it but there is nowhere near here that has classes. Boo.

Did I mention I wanted to be a ballerina growing up? It just looks so feminine and beautiful and hella good for your body haha

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