I’ve done my fair share of barre classes over the years and I’ve always enjoyed them. I usually leave the classes feeling a little taller and leaner – and, to be honest, I usually have trouble sitting down and standing up the next day due to intense lactic acid build-up in my legs. So, when Pure Barre Toronto – Queen Street West extended an invitation for us to try out a class, I, of course, jumped at the opportunity. I’m always down for a great workout, after all. Pure Barre is designed to burn calories and and build lean muscle, using low-impact and isometric movements. Here’s how my first Pure Barre class went down.
The studio itself is really appealing. Pristine and modern, with a cute clothing shop to boot (I picked up a pair of black and hot pink studio socks…couldn’t resist!), the space is totally inviting. The actual studio, where the classes take place, is spacious with barres on all four walls. The mirrored walls were helpful for me as a beginner, and all of the equipment (weights, ball, exercise tubes and mats) were in great condition.
Before class, my fabulous instructor, Natalie Sweazey, led me through a quick rundown of the terminology and techniques unique to Pure Barre (e.g. tuck, pulse). We then started class with a warm-up, followed by targeted exercises for our arms, thighs, seat and abs. Finally, we cooled down…much needed, I can tell you! I was really amazed by how much individual attention Natalie was able to give to each of the participants throughout the class – with specific feedback tailored to each person’s level of Pure Barre experience. This was especially important, given the micro movements involved in each of the exercises.
A few words of wisdom for first timers:
- Wear good studio socks with grips on the bottom. The carpeted floor would be a bit slippery/rough without them.
- Expect to get many form adjustments during the class…and embrace them. This class is, after all, about micro movements and sometimes that slight tilt of the hip or lower back can make all the difference.
- Expect to work from the inside out. The target at Pure Barre is to access those internal stabilizers, which we don’t always hit with other workouts.
- Not a dancer? No problem. This workout, although a barre workout, is not designed specifically for dancers.
- You will probably sweat….not excessively, but my skin was definitely glistening by the end of class.
For those who like barre classes (and even for those who don’t), I would definitely recommend checking out Pure Barre. With a different take on barre classes, it might be just the thing you need to spice up your workout routine. Not to mention target and tone those muscles from the inside out. – Erin