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Friday, November 21, 2014

I Tried It: Pure Barre


I've been dying to try one of the barre classes for several years now but haven't gotten around to it. I did many years of pilates so I thought it would be a pretty easy transition. I tried the Pure Barre studio (there is also Bar Method, Barre Code and Dailey Method in Chicago) recently for the first time. I've heard that it was a great toning and strength workout and I was looking forward to feeling the burn. The studio was nice and clean and the instructor was awesome - helping me get set up knowing it was my first time. We went through a series of exercises for arms, legs, and core using different equipment including resistance bands, small hand weights and a small inflatable ball.  We used the barre as we did a series of leg work/squats.  There were some moves that were definitely tough, but overall I didn't feel very challenged in the class. I've heard it takes at least 8 classes to really grasp the concept, and that might have been the case with me. I might have been missing something or not doing some moves right. Don't get me wrong - I definitely enjoyed the class and left feeling good, it just wasn't as challenging as I thought it was, nor was I sore the next day. I would gladly go again or try a different studio to change things up. Overall I like the barre workout concept, but I think I enjoy the active, sweaty ones better!

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