Should You Be Doing A Barre Class?
Happy Thursday!! Today, I am going to be talking about my first impressions with the Pure Barre class in my area. My friend Ashley and I went together a couple times last week because they offer the first week free. I was excited to go because I used to dance, so it sounded like a perfect combination of dance core workout and strength training. I have been trying so many different types of workout classes lately trying to find the one that really works best for me, so here goes nothing.
Should You Be Doing A Barre Class?
Benefits of a barre class:
So, apparently, according to the Pure Barre website, here are the major benefits of the barre workout:
- The BEST CORE WORKOUT YOU WILL EVER HAVE EVER IN YOUR LIFE EVER. Ok so they didn’t say it QUITE like this but they did claim to be the BEST in core workouts because they utilize isometric core training. They target muscles with tiny, repetitive movements.
- It improves your posture. This works like yoga in that the instructors really focus on correct posture during class and proper alignment of each movement. They really want you to keep your back straight during class, so you notice when you slump after class.
- Increases flexibility. They do a lot of stretching in barre classes, so you improve your flexibility over time. This also goes back to when I said they target specific muscles isometrically so you tone one muscle at a time.
- It targets every single muscle group (apparently). They claim to target each muscle in their barre classes, which is a big stretch because I DIDN’T STRETCH OUT MY FACE, PURE BARRE. JK. I get what they are trying to say. They do tackle those smaller, forgotten about muscles and each major muscle group so you really do workout your whole body to finely tone up your muscles.
- It’s low impact. It is similar to yoga in this way as well. You aren’t doing major cardio, you aren’t jumping up and down on your joints. You are doing slow, long muscle stretches essentially. They focus on getting your heart rate up without making you run out of breath.
My personal thoughts:
I am still not sure if I actually LOVED pure barre or not. The work out was really good, my abs were TOTALLY feeling it the next day, but out of the four times I went, I didn’t really feel like they workouts were consistent. It really depended on the instructor whether you got a really good workout or not.
My first class was the most intense workout of the four that I did. There were a ton of squats and sit ups and some things I couldn’t even do. I learned that I suck at planks, and that I apparently have no upper body strength. My second class was less intense and I felt like it went by super fast. The instructor was super nice, but I felt it was a little too easy for me. My third class was the best out of the three I think. I could do MOST of the things that they wanted us doing in the class, and I felt good when it was over.
All in all, the classes were fun and so was the music. It was nice to do it with a friend. I think that I prefer my hot yoga classes, though, even still. It isn’t quite as much of an ab workout but I burned the same amount of calories, and I like the pace a little bit better.
ALSO I WAS SUPER EMBARRASSED MY FISRT DAY because I typically workout in a sports bra and yoga pants. I sweat during my workouts, and I don’t like when a shirt sticks to my sweat. I don’t have any tight tops because I have never had to buy one because I don’t wear them usually. So anyways, I showed up to the studio in my sports bra and yoga pants and the instructor looked at me really funny and said “Uh…You are going to need to put a shirt on. We don’t allow only sport bras in the studio.” So basically, that’s how I was an accidental slut at Pure Barre. I put my t-shirt back on, but then every time we bent over my shirt fell in my face. #embarrassed #help #sos
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If you are someone who used to do dance, or want to build muscle like a dancer, the Pure Barre classes are super awesome, but they are kind of tricky to navigate. They have lots of barre work (obviously) with exercise bands that are hard to do if you aren’t familiar with it!
I would definitely go back and try my hand at it again, but I would intermix other exercises as well to get a well-rounded weekly workout.