I've shared it here and there, but I've been doing Pure Barre since the first of December and without a doubt can say, I'm hooked. Today we're going to dig a little deeper into what it is, a look at one of the Tulsa locations, my thoughts and a few tips I've learned along the way. A few of my friends are making an appearance at the end and letting you know their thoughts of Pure Barre too! This will be a pretty long post, stick with me friends.
What is Pure Barre?
Pure Barre is a 55 minute full body workout class that targets the areas women struggle with most- arms, thighs, booty & abs. It's a fat burning but low impact workout that utilizes a ballet bar and focuses on making small isometric movements. The layout of each class will the be the same each time, but the actual workout will never be.
What equipment is needed, do they supply it?
All equipment is supplied there and the teacher will have the equipment at the front of the class to let you know what you'll need. The only thing that really ever varies are the tubes. At the end of each class they give you a wipe to clean off your equipment. Equipment you'll use includes: a small ball, light weights 2-5 lbs, tubes and a mat. (Funny story- At my 1st class the teacher was telling me what to get, she recommended 2 or 3 lbs weights. I asked if I should grab 5 lb weights just in case, she said probably not since it was my first time. I kind of thought to myself "I use 25 lb weights at the gym, I'm not sure about this." Um yeah, trust me on this.... You WILL feel it with those 2 or 3 lb weights!)
Tips for someone wanting to try?
-I'd recommend getting there 10-15 minutes before class. This way you can put your stuff away, use the restroom if needed, grab your equipment and find a spot. *first time you'll have to fill out a new client form, so maybe a little earlier.
-Bring water, you'll want to stay hydrated during your workout.
-Wear socks, sticky socks are recommended but not required. They do sell them in the store. You remove your shoes before you even walk into the classroom.
-Don't wear shorts, beyond that you can really wear whatever you'd like. I prefer, and I think most others do too, wearing fitted capris or leggings with a slim fit tank. Whatever you're most comfortable in while moving around.
-Don't get discouraged, it all takes time. You will get familiar with the terms, proper form and feel more comfortable after a few times going, I promise.
-Even though it kind of sucks in the moment, the shake/burn is a good thing! The whole point is to get your muscles to the point of fatigue then stretch them out while they're warm, this equals long and lean muscles. So when you hear them say "the shake is good, it means change" that is exactly what it means! Close your eyes and keep pushing yourself, it'll be over before you know it.
-Focus and really visualize while you're doing these movements. When they say tuck, really focus on that and envision tucking your belly button into your spine. When they say tiny 1 inch movements think of a paperclip and only move that tiny amount. This helped me a lot.
What have I loved most?
-The great core work. I've come a long way, but after losing 45 lbs I've struggled with toning and defining my stomach. The planking, isometric holds and crunches leave me knowing I've achieved a great core workout in each class. After just a month and a half, I can see a slight change here for sure!
-Confession, I can't touch my toes. I have no flexibility. I'm looking forward to change and progress here as well. You do some great stretching all throughout the class.
-I love the teachers. They are all so personable, positive and helpful! I truly can't say enough good things about them. I took classes with 4 different teachers and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Taking a new class by yourself can be a little intimidating, I always feel nothing but comfortable.
Studio information and pictures below:
Pure Barre Tulsa - Midtown
3807 South Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK 74105
Pure Barre South Tulsa
8921 South Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK 74137
Pure Barre Tulsa - Midtown Location
Dustin and I are still working out at our gym 3 nights a week. I really enjoy my usual gym workouts and weight training with my husband so that isn't going to stop. Plus, I have to prepare for this years Tough Mudder! I feel like doing Pure Barre along with my normal workout routine is the perfect balance for me because I am someone that really enjoys both styles of working out for different reasons.
*I was given 1 month of Pure Barre classes for free in exchange for my honest review. I have since fallen in love and purchased my own classes. Thank you Megan & Katrina for providing me with this opportunity and giving me a new love for a truly awesome workout!
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