A fitness post? Crazy, I know, but it’s the beginning of a New Year, I’m on a health kick and lets face it, this kick probably wont last much longer so I might as well talk about it while I can.
I was recently invited to participate in a blogger’s Pure Barre fitness class by Aileen who blogs at Newsy Parents and helped organize the class here in Fort Lauderdale. Believe it or not this wasn’t my first time taking a Pure Barre class so I already knew what I was in for — unbelievable soreness. Why did I sign up for this again? I did ballet for about ten years so when I heard about Pure Barre I was excited to try it out. Unfortunately, after taking a class, I realized the closest thing Pure Barre offers to ballet is the barre. Instead of looking graceful and elegant at the barre (like a ballerina would), I found myself shaking uncontrollably and sweating like crazy. Not cute. But hey, it was an amazing workout and for that, I will definitely continue lifting, toning, and burning with Pure Barre. They even provided us with some Pure Barre “sticky socks” which are a necessity so you don’t fall on your face (or worse, find yourself doing the splits when you physically can’t).
The Pure Barre Story:
Pure Barre is the largest, most established barre franchise in the nation, with more than 180 studios across the country, and more opening every month. Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques.
Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr. Carrie opened her first studio in the basement of an office building in Birmingham, MI in 2001. With no initial clients, staff, signage or even a bathroom, Carrie successfully grew Pure Barre into the dynamic company it is today.
In July of 2009, Pure Barre became a franchise and has exploded in popularity, due to its extremely effective technique (which transforms the shape of a woman’s body in record-breaking time); friendly, high-energy atmosphere; and fun, motivating music.
Pure Barre is more than just a workout; it’s a lifestyle. At Pure Barre, women share a sense of community, in which they are inspired and empowered by each other’s fitness and lifestyle goals. In addition to classes, Pure Barre also offers DVDs, equipment and exercise apparel.
If you live here in South Florida and would like to try a Pure Barre class for yourself, check out Pure Barre Fort Lauderdale. They’re having their grand opening this weekend, January 31 – February 2, with demonstrations, giveaways and more. They are located in the Union Planters Plaza, next to Dick’s Sporting Goods and Whole Foods at 2408 North Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale.
Have you tired Pure Barre before?