Fit’n’Fashionable: My First Pure Barre Class
About two weeks ago I attended my first Pure Barre class with my sister. I have actually been wanting to try a class for a while now but there aren’t any studios close by to where I live. My sister happens to live down the road from a Pure Barre studio in Syracuse (Fayetteville, actually) and frequently takes classes there. It took us a few months but we were finally able to coordinate our schedules so that we could go together.
While I have heard a lot about Pure Barre and how everyone loves it, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. My sister filled me in a little and told me to wear yoga appropriate clothing and let me borrow her sticky socks.
Here is something similar to what I wore/brought…the camera wasn’t my friend that day 😉
1. Soybu Flex Tank: This fun tank has an inner sports bra layered with a super light and breathable material with a banded bottom. It is perfect for something like barre or yoga because it isn’t restrictive and will stay put. Plus it has a built in bra so one less thing to think about! I didn’t wear this specific tank but I totally want it! SO CUTE!
2. Soybu Killer Caboose Leggings: I actually wore these exact leggings to the class. They are the same ones that I mentioned a few weeks ago in my post introducing Soybu. They’re made of breathable, wrinkle resistant fabric that is quick drying and moisture wicking. Plus as the name hints, they help lift the booty! Can’t go wrong with some booty liftin’ bottoms 😉
3. Pure Barre Water Bottle: Ok, so I didn’t bring this exact water bottle but it looked pretty in my collage…which is all that matters, right? Just kidding! Staying hydrated is important, obviously, so bring something to tote your H2O in!
4. Pure Barre Sticky Socks: The feet in the collage above are actually mine and those are my sister’s socks I borrowed. These are important because they keep your feet warm and help to keep your feet from sliding. You can purchase them at the Pure Barre studio or find some other brand of sticky socks elsewhere before you go. I actually just won Shashi Cool Feet socks which also have a grip bottom. I haven’t received them yet but I am excited to try them out when I do!
I also wore a light long sleeve top over my tank just because it was a bit cool out and my sister warned me that the studio was a little chilly at first. That quickly came off though once we started the workout.
So let’s talk about the class…
For some reason I had made the assumption that it wouldn’t be too challenging. I do HIIT, I run long distance and I am pretty good at picking heavy things up and putting them down. How hard could a ballet inspired class be? Easy peasy, right?
We walked in the room and I saw what resembled a ballet studio, much as I had suspected. At the back of the room were small little cubbies where we could put our coats and belongings along with some resistance bands hanging from the wall and red Pure Barre balls in a bin.
We were instructed to grab a ball, a double loop resistance band and find a seat on the floor. The instructor, who also happened to be the owner of this particular studio, dove right into the workout. Instead of her performing the workout along with us, she would show us an exercise and then walk around making sure we were all using correct form.
All of the exercises we were doing were isometric movements- meaning they are performed without changing the length of the muscle, tensing it without actually moving any part of your body. When we started our first group of exercises I thought all of my assumptions had been validated…simple floor work, no biggie. I integrate floor work and some isometric moves into my workouts all the time. Well, I WAS WRONG, like really, really wrong.
I am not sure if it is because I am not inherently flexible or because this ish was just that hard…but it was really hard. There were moments when we were pulsing and “tucking” that I thought someone had literally set my leg on fire. I didn’t do so bad with the upper body work (apparently my upper body is stronger) but the entire workout was more lower body focused.
If you want a blunt, no holds barred (<—haha, get it?), point of view then please read this hysterical write up by Dudes Digest titled “True Life: I Went to Pure Barre and it was F***ing Miserable“.
Honestly, it really wasn’t that bad but I did leave realizing that I need to work on my flexibility- like, a lot. I really wasn’t that miserable when I left either. I promise, I had a smile on my face 😀
Since I don’t like to feel defeated at anything I do, I will certainly be going back to see how round 2 goes and if nothing else I will be stepping up my game at home to improve my flexibility!
So now on to the giveaway that I haven’t mentioned yet! Soybu has graciously offered to giveaway a pair of the Killer Caboose leggings! What a better way to kick off the holiday season than some booty poppin’ performance apparel to keep you motivated?
All you have to do to enter is use the rafflecopter below! Ends 12/14 at midnight. No worries if you don’t win! Just use my exclusive discount code: SOYBUPR for 25% off! So excited for the giveaway, can’t wait to see who nabs this awesome prize! 😀
Thanks again to Nicole for hosting the Fit & Fashionable link up! Head over to her blog, grab the badge and link up your fitness and fashion posts this Friday!
QOTD: Have you ever tried Pure Barre? What was your experience like?