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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pure Barre Tulsa | I've Fallen in Love.



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
918.933.6006

Pure Barre South Tulsa
8921 South Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK 74137
918.494.4977

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! 

Have you ever tried Pure Barre?
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54 comments:

  1. Really great review and I'm so happy that you're a fan!! It's such a different workout and there really is nothing to be scared about before going to the class since the teachers are all SOOO nice!! This makes me seriously want to open my own studio!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. i never thought i'd say it but i miss barre!! it's such a good workout. im sure i'll take some classes after the baby arrives. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  3. There's a Nike Training Center in downtown Chicago that my coworkers go to- apparently they have free barre and other workout classes. I've heard lots of great things about barre, so I'd definitely like to try out a class someday! (When I get the motivation. Maybe during the summertime. :) )

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  4. I really want to try a barre class! My friend Jess is a total barre convert and I need to take her up on her offer to bring me to her studio. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  5. So glad that you've found a new exercise class/program that you love! I tried a Barre class a few months ago, and I just wasn't into it - that could be though that it was just at my local gym, not at a true barre studio.

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  6. Such a great review! I've been saying this for a while but I REALLY need to try Pure Barre. I haven't worked out at all since moving and I've been feeling all of that holiday indulging!

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  7. This sounds really interesting! I'm going to look to see if my city has any classes. Thank you for sharing the honest review!

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  8. I want to try this!! I love that it's low impact because I have horrible knees. Definitely hoping to try it out soon!

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  9. Feel the burn! I only did it once! It's definitely not my style of working out as I have never been into the dancing stuff and that is what it reminds me of, but OH MY it burned, haha!! I just wish it wasn't so pricey! So glad you love it girl!! I can totally see your skinny self doing this!!!

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  10. I have been DYING to give Pure Barre a try! They are just starting to pop up around my neck of the woods, but still the closest one is at least 30 minutes away, it sounds like such a great workout, thanks for the review!

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  11. I want to try this!! SO cool you got a month free!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  12. <3 that you are getting great results and love this class. I love my gym so don't really know if I can afford to take pure barre, too. Loved reading your points.

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  13. I took a PB class earlier in the month with a friend as "something to try" ...literally OBSESSED!!!! I am so bummed that they don't have a studio here at school otherwise I'd be there every day!!

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  14. Thank you for sharing your review/experience! I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :-) I belong to a gym but some day I'll have to try this. I would have done the same thing that you did with the weights haha. And 25 pound dumbbells, good for you!! I always use 7.5-10 pound dumbbells. I hope that you are having a good day so far too!

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  15. How cool! Glad you totally love it and that so many others do as well! I'll have to see how far away from me something like this is!

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  16. Ugh I wish there was one around me! Kenosha, Wisconsin isn't necessarily the most popular place in the US ;) Are you seeing decent results that you can see? I know you and I like usually do more sweat inducing workouts so I'm curious if you can see the differences!

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  17. I've never tried Pure Barre before but I've tried Barre 3, BarMethod and Barre 54 and I LOVE them all! I still need to try Pure Barre but there isn't one overly close to me :(

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  18. Good for you finding a class that works well! :)

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  19. I want to try it so bad... I don't know anywhere close to me that gives a class though :(

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  20. So great that you've been able to find a new, fun way to shake up your fitness routine! Actually enjoying what you're doing for exercise makes ALL the difference!

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  21. I read somewhere that Pure Barre is considering opening a location in Toronto - if they do I'm definitely going to try it out!

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  22. I so wish we had a Pure Barre studio close to us. I think the closest one is about half an hour or more away. Sounds like such an awesome workout!

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  23. I bought a barre group on and still haven't gone. This post gives me major motivation though!
    Ally - Life as I know it

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  24. I've always wanted to try this! But there's no studio even close to me! :(

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  25. I would love to try Pure Barre and have been interested in it for a long time, but I cant just get past the pricing!!! I know the first class is free but there is no way I can justify spending that much money on one type of work out. Perhaps if a studio were closer to my house and I could go every day, maybe....but even then...boo! There are a few barre work outs online but I dont think they are near as fun or effective as the class.

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  26. GO YOU! I'm so glad you enjoy it! I've yet to try Barre but the positive things people say (and how toned they are) is definitely speaking volumes.

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  27. that is so awesome that you are loving it! i'm the same as Nadine, I would love to try it but I just can't justify the expense when running is free, and the gym is $10 a month. Oh well!

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  28. Girl yes--this sounds like something I'd love so much if I ever live in an area that would offer it!! I'm also not the most flexible person on the planet and I really want to work to change that! Running has helped some because I do make a point to stretch after each run, when my body is warm, but something like this seems like what i need!

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  29. I am so jealous!! I definitely wish we had this close after your post!! Sounds like such a different and fun way to get into shape!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  30. This looks like something I would love and am happy to see there are a few studios that offer it in my area! yay!

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  31. I've wanted to try Pure Barre for months now but the closest one is an hour away! Is there anyway to recommend a location??? Haha!

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  32. SUCH inspiration!!! i want to lose around 20 lb's before the wedding - haven't done a barre class but i want to now!

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  33. I've never tried myself, but I have heard so many people love Pure Barre! One problem for me is the cost, but I would love to try it out sometime!

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  34. This is such an awesome review! I love all of the tips you included because I can already seeing them help me if I ever get around to trying out a class.

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  35. This is awesome! I LOVE Pure Barre. xo

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  36. So great! Glad it's working for you!! I know there is a studio just down the road from me. Need to check it out!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

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  37. Yeah!!!!! I am so glad you are hooked! It is straight up addicting right?? Your studio is beautiful!!!!!

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