When the Westlake studio first opened in February, I was lucky enough to win a week from a Facebook contest they held on their page prior to opening because I was dying to try this "ballet" craze I had been reading about online.
I'm up for a fitness challenge. I should say I'm up to try new things that challenge and motivate me to get better with each class. Oh, and having friends that attend help and make the challenging
|red ball of "fun"; 2 lbs get HEAVY realllllly quickly in class, friends.|
This, my dear blog readers, is one of those challenges for me so I asked Lori, Pure Barre Westlake owner, to name the top three misconceptions of Barre for those skeptics -
1. "It's a "wimpy" work out and we just "dance around with light hand weights during class."
Although Pure Barre is low impact it is high intensity and one of the fastest ways to change your body and get in shape. It's certainly not for "wimps" ;-)
2. "Barre fitness is only for people who have ballet and dance experience and that we teach using ballet/ dance terms & language"
Barre fitness is inspired by ballet, but the strength and conditioning that is used to trained dancers. We do not use any dance terms and most people who come to Pure Barre have never taken dance or ballet classes.
3. You have to start taking barre class in great shape and that everyone who goes to barre studios are super skinny.
Pure Barre is for people of all shapes and sizes. We help transform bodies and help people reach their fitness goals, so most people come to class in need to get into shape.
Every time I go, I think "I've got this in the bag," and then I'm quickly reminded how ridiculously difficult some of the moves are with the tucking to the front, left and then right with your pelvis while you are on your tippy toes in a squat position with one arm in the air and the other trying not to grip the bar for dear life and not let your legs collapse beneath you all at the same time.
Damn the tuck I tell you!
While I manage to leave in one piece with my entire body still pulsating after busting out the last 4 minutes of working my J.Lo, I'm kindly reminded the next two mornings when I realize I have muscles all over in my back, butt and legs that are sore that I didn't even realize I had.
To keep my fitness routine fresh, I like to balance one class (or two if I'm really lucky) a week in between hot yoga, running and my new group personal fitness classes in preparation for the half marathon on May 19. It's crunch time, people!
Have you added barre class to your fitness routine yet?
Disclosure: I received a free week from a Facebook contest and have since purchased classes to continue my new found love of Barre, red balls and "little inch" leg raises.