That Time I Went to the (Pure) Barre

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I was graciously invited to a special blogger class at Pure Barre Boston two weeks ago. I had started working out again about a week or two before the class, so I was a bit cocky heading in. I had heard that Pure Barre kicks your butt, but I thought I would be the kicker, not the kickee. Oh how wrong I was …

Pure Barre

It was a chilly day outside, and I walked up the stairs to the Pure Barre Studio all bundled up. Instead of walking into a sterile gym, walking into Pure Barre was like walking into your fabulous best friend’s apartment. It was warm and cozy with flowers, candles and lovely workout gear everywhere.

Pure Barre

Pure Barre

Pure Barre

Pure Barre

All of us bloggers grabbed our resistance bands, the Pure Barre balls and a pair of dumbbells, and filed into the mirror-lined studio to get our butts kicked. We were joined by the owner and two trainers who helped us correct our form during the class.

Pure Barre

Pure Barre

Before I tell you about my experience, I’ll share their technique:

“Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body.”

I started out each exercise thinking “oh, I got this one!” Then, a few seconds later, I was sweating, shaking and swearing (hopefully under my breath). While we didn’t do any cardio, I was panting by the end of the class … and really darn tired. They weren’t kidding when they said the exercise would burn, it felt like my muscles were on fire. I woke up the next day sore but not unable to move. While I can’t speak to the long-term effects of regular Pure Barre sessions, I know I felt longer and leaner after just one class.

Have you taken a Pure Barre class before? I’d love to hear about your experience.

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