I started my Pure Barre journey three weeks ago and I am still loving it! I remain pain free with the low impact workouts and while the classes are much easier to follow, they are still a challenge. Here is my recap and results from making it past the Pure Barre 10 class mark!
I completed 4 classes and by the end of it I was starting to feel more confident in what I was doing. The first couple of classes can be confusing, but if you stick with it they get much easier to understand.
I attended 6 classes. It was a crazy week and I was wondering how I would feel really pushing myself. Still no knee issues!! By the end of the week I was seeing results, others were seeing my results and I was clearly becoming addicted to the classes! Six classes in a week was a lot and it likely won’t be the norm for me, but it was good to learn that I could do it without feeling overworked or injured.
This was a tough one. I had planned on 5 classes but life got in the way with our son’s baseball tournament, my husband traveling for work and the stomach bug hitting our house. I’m still getting 3 classes in this week which leaves me 2 classes shy of my 15 classes in 3 weeks goal. But with any new habit or routine you need remain flexible for life events! (Note: there is a late cancel policy in effect. If you cannot make a class that you signed up for, you are asked to please cancel at least 2 hours ahead of time. You can read more here.)
If you’re looking up information on getting results from Pure Barre, I’m sure you’ve read that you can expect to see changes in 8-10 classes. I personally started to notice changes after 5-6 classes and I started getting remarks from other people after 9-10 classes. The first areas to improve were definitely my shoulders, back and arms. In the first class my arms were dead after the beginning arm work and now I’ve already moved up to heavier weights!
As I closed in on the 9-10 class mark, I could see improvement in muscle definition in both my stomach and my thighs. Pretty amazing for 2 weeks of classes! As I mentioned before, my goal is not weight loss which may be different from some other people. While I can’t personally comment on weight loss results, I have to believe that you can lose weight by following a Pure Barre routine, especially if you are also squeezing in 1-2 cardio sessions a week. I always leave class feeling that I had a great workout which I attribute to the awesome motivation that comes from not only the class setting, but the instructors. Who are all amazing, by the way. Their energy is intoxicating and it really makes the hour fly by!
I didn’t not take before pictures (as awesome as it would be to have half naked pictures of myself on the internet….can you feel the sarcasm leaking off of your screen???) But, I did take measurements (which isn’t quite as embarrassing):
As I said, I’m not looking for weight loss (pizza and beer are my friends) so I expected my weight to stay in my normal range. I also was not expecting to see a real difference in any of measurement numbers, but I did! My waist and my hips both slimmed. Losing an entire inch from my hips in 3 weeks is huge! All those tucks and killer ab moves are certainly working 🙂 (I’m going to include a biceps flex measurement in my next update because I am certain there will be a change there.)
Overall, I’m surprised to actually see changes on paper. While I was expecting to look and feel stronger, I wasn’t expecting my hip and waist measurements to change. Especially since they have been exactly the same since I had my first child over 10 years ago. Not only is what I’m seeing in the mirror motivation to keep going, these numbers certainly help too!
The greatest piece of advice I could give is to stick with the classes. If you aren’t sure about them, give yourself a few weeks of consistently going. I would recommend at least 10 classes before making up your mind, preferably 15. Why? Because the first few classes you will feel like you are going to die and you will feel like you can’t do it, BUT you can! That is the one thing you will learn in your first few weeks! You will learn that what first feels impossible is in fact something you can do. In the first class I took there were things that I literally couldn’t do, and guess what? Now I can. In fact, I’m starting to try out the harder modification for the things that I couldn’t do just 3 weeks ago! Stick with it, don’t get discouraged and trust the process.
I spoke with Ashley, the owner of the Apple Valley studio and here is what she had to say….
Above all, stick with it! Ashley touched on the fact that you need to let yourself be a beginner and just focus on your form. With each class it will make more sense and you will see improvements in your strength and ability. Everyone feels like they are dying and pushing themselves so if you are struggling, you aren’t alone and no one else in the class is watching or judging. No matter what their fitness level, everyone is working to their personal extreme and shaking along with you. If you are having a hard time or need modifications, just ask and they can help to find the best position for you.
So there you go! My first three weeks of my Pure Barre 6 Week Challenge are complete!
See you at the barre 🙂