When I found out that Pure Barre was coming to Arlington, I knew I had to try it. I heard so much about the exercise and my friend Jessica recommended it to me. I am not a huge workout person, but when I find a workout that works for me I get really into it.
Pure Barre Arlington recently opened in my won, and they were offering five weeks of unlimited classes for $100. So I bought it! I thought, why not? If I hated it I wasn't making a HUGE investment. I went to my first class unsure of what to expect, but let me tell you -- I had no idea it would be so hard. Barre combines pilates, aerobics, stretching, ballet barre work, and weight lifting.
What I Loved
1. The class requires a lot of focus in order to get a proper workout. During the class I can totally zone out & focus on what my body is doing.
2. The teachers are awesome! If you don't understand a move you can easily get the attention of the instructor to help. They want you to get the most out of the workout.
3. I get stronger every time. The first class was really HARD for me; I wasn't sure I could make it through, but you find a way to push yourself. This workout isn't easy & you have to tell yourself "you're stronger than you think!" The last class I went to (last week) I felt a lot stronger. I was proud of what I was able to accomplish by the end.
4. You get a really great workout and see results! After five weeks of Pure Barre, I can see changes in my body. My abs are a lot stronger, my arms are a bit more toned & my butt is a tad more lifted. If I continued to do Barre, I have no doubt I would get even better results.
5. The music keeps me motivated! Unlike my pilates class back home, Pure Barre plays great music that keeps your heart pumping throughout. My favorite part is the body bridges at the end, they dim the lights & turn up the music. It keeps me motivated & helps me end class on a strong note!
What I Didn't Love
1. The classes fill really fast. I was often placed on a wait list and then if other people cancelled I would get bumped into the class. The only problem with the wait list is you don't find out until the day of. But I got into several classes this way!
2. Not enough classes being offered. The studio is really small & they really need to offer more times for classes since they fill up quickly.
3. Too expensive! I love Pure Barre but for a girl on a budget (me) it's not reasonably priced. I could see myself going for a drop in class every now & then. But unfortunately a month pass isn't in my budget.
All in all, this is a great workout and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about trying it. I got addicted and I am sad my trial period is over. Hopefully I can keep my momentum going by attending a class once in a while and sticking with regular workouts.
What workouts do you like to do? I am always on the lookout & one of my goals is to try a new one.
Get more tips from Emily at her blog, Twenty-Somethings!