Pure Barre - Review
It's been more than three months since I started taking classes at Pure Barre studio and I feel like the time has come for me to share my thoughts on this workout.
I took their classic Pure Barre, Pure Empower - Cardio and Pure Reform classes.
Classic Pure Barre borrows a lot of moves from ballet. You use light weights, resistance bands, and your own body weight, as you go through various moves that focus on working your whole body. All workouts are about 50 minutes to an hour long and leave you sweaty with a satisfying muscle ache.
Pure Empower - Cardio class, as the name suggests, focuses on high-intensity heart-pumping workouts that still use a lot of the moves from the original Pure Barre. You are also expected to use a platform and ankle weights. The workout is more intense due to the high pace and leaves you gasping for air in the end.
Pure Reform focuses a lot on the core. You use two types of elastic bands that are attached to the barre and two sliding circles. No other weights other than your body is involved, and you will be grateful for that. I find this workout by far more challenging for me.
After three months of alternating through these three types of classes, I chose Pure Reform class as my favorite. It does wonders to my abs.
I decided to take barre classes because I wanted some new variety in my workout routine. I got tired of going to the gym and using my usual apps. So, instead, I went to pure barre between 3 to 5 times a week.
What I liked about pure barre is that in addition to strengthening big muscles it also worked all the small ones, the ones that are usually hard to get to. We tend to work out our major muscles when we use machines, and we disregard the rest of our body. I didn't know that until I started taking the classes and noticed how my body was transforming.
Now, let's address the elephant in the room and answer the question of weight loss. As with any workout routine, it's hard to lose weight unless you make changes to your diet. It's pretty logical. Out of 24 hours in a day we spend about 7 of them sleeping, and if we work out for an hour, it still leaves us with 16 hours during which we can do enough damage to our body with poor diet to erase any workout done in that day. That said, if your goal is to lose weight, then I recommend focusing on Cardio classes. You might see faster results there.
For me, the goal was to tone my body, and Pure Barre does a great job with that. My upper body became more balanced compared to my lower body, and my abs got much more defined.
However, I ran into an issue. I have two injuries on my right knee, which now prevent me from taking any more barre classes. My meniscus is almost torn, and my back tendon is injured as well. Since all of the barre classes involve a lot of exercises where you have to bend your knees and stay in a bend position; I noticed that the injuries were getting more and more aggravated. So, I will be taking some time off from Pure Barre for now. I will still be incorporating some exercise that I learned in classes in my own routines.
I hope this review was helpful and if you never tried Pure Barre, I highly recommend trying it!