I started Pure Barre last month at a new studio in Apple Valley without much of an idea of what to expect. The first few classes were downright difficult but I learned in those first weeks how quickly your strength builds up! I have now completed week 6 of this adventure and my final Pure Barre results have been amazing! And I’m not talking strictly numbers or strength.
A Little Background
When I started this challenge I was expecting to take 3-4 classes a week. Three classes a week was going to be my norm and on a good week I was planning to take four. The main reason is that I have a knee that is in very poor condition. I knew that the low impact workouts in Pure Barre would be easier on it, but I was still expecting my normal post-workout response…extra swelling, extra pain, and the need to take the next day off of any activity. I figured that I would have a good week here or there that would allow me to sneak one extra workout into the mix.
Let me tell you, that is not what has happened at all!
My Greatest Results from Pure Barre
The biggest surprise I have found in my 6 weeks of classes is that while I get a killer workout each class, there is no pain in my joints. Absolutely no pain or additional swelling at all! Any of you that have chronic pain or arthritis can understand the frustration of trying to find activities that keep you active, motivated and pain free. It’s nearly impossible. I’ve been looking for 10 years for something that I could consistently do and still be able to walk the next day without a limb or additional damage.
With Pure Barre I have been able to workout each week 4-5 times. I’ve only been limited by my own crazy schedule, instead of the limitations of my old injury. What’s even better is that I have actually felt an improvement in my knee overall! I am no longer taking ibuprofen everyday, all day. My nighttime aches have greatly diminished and the up and down good/bad roller coaster has leveled. I have no idea what the key reason is – perhaps its the build up of certain muscles or increased flexibility – honestly, I don’t care why. I’m just enjoying the fact that I can go a day without even thinking about my knee at all. This is the single biggest and most amazing result I have seen in my 6 weeks! But there’s more…
At my halfway point, I showed you my stats and measurements and here now are my final updates. Like I had mentioned in my last post, I was really surprised to see a difference in my waist and hips. My goal is not weight lose so I was pleasantly surprised to see my changes reflected in the numbers. I know by looking in the mirror that my body is changing but I wasn’t sure how those changes would reflect in measurements. They ended up showing everything that I am seeing….I am leaner and stronger today than I was 6 weeks ago and I know that results will continue to show with each week! I have gained muscle in all areas of my body, not just my biceps and thighs which show in my numbers.
I was wondering if by this point the classes would be getting easier and if I would be starting to plateau – I can confidently say that is not happening! The classes have gotten easier in the sense that I know what to expect, I understand the lingo and I feel more confident in my positioning, but they are not easy by any means. I’m still sweating and shaking through each class and my body is continuing to change shape.
I wasn’t expecting this result when I first started. I thought that I would gain some muscle and hopefully enjoy the workouts, but I wasn’t expecting to get so much out of 55 minute classes. The level of positivity and encouragement in this studio is amazing. The women who work here and attend classes are so encouraging! I’ve told my husband that these classes have become a safe haven for me. As a – Type A/Over the top planner/Always thinking – person, I rarely get time to quiet my mind and to stop focusing on the next task, my next goal, or the next ‘to do’. These classes give me that time. I have to focus so much on what I’m doing that I can’t think about the latest work issue or tomorrow’s problems. I get to show up and just be there in the moment. This has had a positive impact not only on my stress level but overall feelings throughout the day.
Final Thoughts and Encouragement
I know this sounds cheesy, and as someone who used to roll her eyes at the over-the-top enthusiastic fitness-type people, I’m a bit surprised at my final thoughts….but the last 6 weeks have seriously changed my body, mind and daily life. Due to the pain I was feeling, I was continually worried about physically pushing myself. I’ve had way too many instances of pushing too far and then being unable to walk for days. The activity-pain connection was seared into my mind. Now that it has been significantly lifted, I feel more at ease. I feel more confident in normal activities and I’ve gained so much peace in this area of my life. I used to feel like a 33 year old trapped in a 90 year old’s body – I don’t feel that way anymore.
I look at myself now and I see someone who is stronger. I see someone who is less stressed because I have been taking time for myself and quieting my mind. I see someone who no longer feels like I have to always hold back or scale down. Yes, my measurements have ‘improved’, but the change goes much deeper.
I don’t know your personal situation. I don’t know if you’ve been struggling in your health journey, if you have lost your self confidence, or if you are just looking for your next challenge – but I do know that if you give these classes a try, you won’t be disappointed. Anyone can do Pure Barre. That isn’t a cliche or pitch, it’s the honest truth. You can do these classes and you will see results!