My Review of Pure Barre Platform
The new rage of Pure Barre is now the Platform classes they recently started offering! I’ve taken a couple of classes and wanted to share my Pure Barre Platform review and what to expect.
First, what is Platform?
Platform is taking all of the moves and killer combinations you are used to in a typical barre class and cranking up the pace and movement size. Basically, if barre had a cardio sister, her name would be Platform. The movements are much faster and larger than the ‘up an inch, down an inch’ you are used to. Platform was created to be a great add-on to your normal barre routine. It’s a way to mix cardio and extra calorie burning into your schedule while you still continue to do the barre classes we all love. At my studio, Platform classes are included as part of your existing Pure Barre membership.
What Should You Expect?
You will sweat. A lot.
You will feel like your limbs are going to fall off. They won’t.
And you will walk out of class feeling like you had an awesome cardio workout. Because you did.
I’d highly recommend taking some basic Pure Barre classes before jumping into Platform. As with any new class, the first few are going to be confusing. Having a base understanding of the method and lingo of Pure Barre will help when you take Platform.
When you show up to your first Platform class, it’s not going to look very different than the other classes you are used to taking. Everyone wears the same clothes, you still wear sticky socks and you also use the same weights. I do would recommend bringing a small towel for sweat and do not forget your water bottle! You will also find that the platforms will already be set up and waiting for you. Even with the increased pace and some new moves thrown in, it does have a familiar rhythm which helps to get you into the swing of things.
In Platform you will go through the typical progression of burning out each muscle group. You start with a warm up, weights for arms/shoulders/back, move into legs and behind and then ending with abs and a full stretch. This is a full body workout and you will feel it in each area the next day. The change in movements is just enough to result in that muscle confusion we all want and need. It’s recommended to add Platform into your normal barre routine 1-2 times a week for best results.
But Is It Still Low Impact?
For the typical person, they would find this class to be a great low impact cardio option to add to their workout routine. If you have any injuries or limitations, you will go through the typical trial and error of finding the right modifications. You may need slightly different modifications than with the normal barre class. With my knee I have found that I need to modify more often in the Platform class than the others due to the larger movements, but the modifications are available. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to speak up! It’s always better to modify than to push through and end up hurting yourself. In every class I’ve been in there are always people doing modifications (in addition to myself, I mean 😉 ) The instructors are great with helping you find what works best for your body. Use their knowledge!
When talking with others in my studio, there is a major love of Platform. People are seeing increased results since adding in Platform classes and the mix of styles keeps you on your toes. The pace and calorie burning of the class is great for challenging yourself in new ways. I would highly recommend giving Pure Barre Platform a try for several classes to see if it’s a good add-on for you!
Interested in more information about Pure Barre? Read more about my thoughts from my first class, my results after 10 classes, my results after 6 weeks, and how I made my goal of being a Founding Fifty member!