Thoughts From My First Pure Barre Class
I wrote last week about starting my Pure Barre 6 week challenge at the new Apple Valley studio and I’m now back to report that I did it! I made it through my first class and I learned a few things along the way. If you are in the same boat I was, I had heard a lot about Pure Barre but I had never taken a class before and I really had no idea what to expect.
I was excited and a bit nervous to take the first class because I was worried about keeping up and getting used to the new lingo and moves. Let me tell you, the studio is nothing like other fitness clubs I’ve been in before. It’s incredibly welcoming, comfortable and not at all intimidating! Everyone was extremely friendly and it had a really great energy.
What to Expect
After filling out the initial paperwork, the next step is socks. You have to wear socks in the classes and you can even purchase comfy sticky socks from them. I picked up a few pairs from them but you really can wear any pair you want. You take your shoes off before you walk into the carpeted studio area. The room has mirrors and barres along the sides, a cubby area for your things and a place for the equipment. Other than the socks, you don’t have to bring anything with you other than maybe a water bottle. I noticed some women brought their own mats, but they didn’t end up using them. And remember not to wear shorts. With the moves you do, shorts would ride up and you don’t want to become too friendly with the others in class. 😉 Everyone was wearing either capri length or long yoga pants with a sports bra and tank top.
You find an open spot and grab a small set of weights. I started with the 2lb ones because I was scared. 🙂 I’m used to using heavier weights when I lift but I wasn’t sure what I was in for – I’m glad I picked the lightest! You also have a resistance band and a small ball.
Since this studio is brand spanking new and nearly everyone is a Pure Barre newbie, there was a brief overview of the language they use and what each meant. Things then get started quickly. You begin with a warm up to some decent music and the instructor talking you through it. The biggest difference off the bat from other group classes I’ve taken is that the instructor doesn’t follow through all of the moves. She talks through it, demonstrates and then walks around ensuring that everyone has the correct form. This is great because there were many times that I wasn’t sure exactly what I was supposed to be doing so the hands on guidance is incredibly helpful.
We quickly moved through arms using the weights and really worked them to the point of fatigue. I originally had the impression that the class would mostly be legs/butt and that I would still have to lift arms/shoulders/chest on my own – not the case at all! This really is a total body workout.
We went on to legs, butt and a lot of core mixed with some back and stretching. The moves all rely on small movements and a lot of tucking which is a way of adjusting your hips, abs and back. You move back and forth between using the barre and the open space in the room (they provide mats when needed). It definitely feels weird at first since many of these positions are not ones you are normally in. You quickly learn the phase – Embrace the Shake. I can’t remember the last time my legs have shook like that in a workout!
My Thoughts From Day 1
The 55 minutes went by quickly and I left feeling energize but with my muscles burning. It’s no joke when I say I was feeling it the next morning!
It was stressed to expect the first class to be a little confusing and to come back and keep trying because it will get easier. I have to say that throughout the class my thoughts bounced around quite a bit…..
“Ok Amy, you got this!”…”See you’re doing it!”…”Wait. That was just the warm up”…”Crap.”…”What did I get myself into?!”…”I’m so glad I picked the light weights”…”I think I’m getting this tuck thing”…”My arms are going to fall off”…”How the heck do you tuck sitting down??”…”My leg seriously won’t raise another inch”…”I literally cannot do this move”…”Can’t. Stop. Shaking.”…”Back in the saddle! Finishing strong!”…”How did I ever think that I had a decent core?”…”Please God, make it stop”…”I did it!”…”When is the next class??”
Anyone Can Do This!
While the first class was challenging, it was far from impossible. Everyone was pretty much in the same boat with their red faces and shaking legs regardless of fitness level (and there was a wide range of levels). Absolutely anyone can do these classes. There are modifications you can do to lower or heighten the intensity, and the small movements are easy on the joints.
I’ve talked about it before but I have a bad knee which really limits the types of workouts and activity I can do. I have arthritis from an old injury and I’m actually in need of a knee replacement which I have been putting off. When I say this is low impact, it really is. Even though my body is sore from the muscles worked, I have no additional swelling in my knee and I don’t have the pain that almost always follows a tough workout. The only modification I think I will need to do going forward is to use the mat more often for the moves that require kneeling because I have some painful nerve damage around my scars.
I can now understand why they say you will see results so quickly. I have no doubt that I be reporting back some awesome updates in the upcoming weeks! My personal goals are: 1) toning, 2) overall health benefits, 3) me time/self-care. I don’t have weight to lose but my body has definitely changed shape after having two kids and there are areas that need a bit of a pick up. I also really want to find an enjoyable fitness habit to easily incorporate into our busy life. I want to be and stay healthy for my family. I need to be at the top of my game in order to give them everything that they need. Days are short and weeks are fast, but us moms have to make time to take care of ourselves. We give all day long between work, family and home duties and it’s easy to lose track of yourself in the process. Give yourself the gift of time and health. I’m expecting this new healthy habit to not only make over my body, but to de-stress my mind and days.
Have you signed up to give it a try? The initial 5 week special is now done, but there is a 4 week special that is still a great deal! I’d love to see you in a class!
Pure Barre – Apple Valley, MN
Update: I’ve gone through my 6 week challenge and am still going strong! Read more about my my results after 10 classes, my 6 week challenge final results and how I made my goal of being a Founding Fifty member!
My thoughts on Pure Barre Platform!