After working for (almost) two years post-graduating college, I have come to realize that maintaining a healthy work/life balance is vital to a happy life and success in and outside the office.
Find your zen. Go somewhere new. Do for you.
For my first Do For You I would like to highlight my love for Pure Barre.
A Bit About Pure Barre
As stated on their website, Pure Barre is all about small movements that result in a big change. There are six parts to the 55 minute class:
- Sculpt Arms
- Tone Thighs
- Lift Seat
- Flatten Abs
- Cool down
There are a few red tools used during the workout, including weights, used to sculpt arms, a red ball, used during warm-up, thighs and/or seat work and sometimes abs, a red rubber tube or a red double tube, used during arm stretches, thighs and/or seat and cool down, and a red mat which is used during ab work and cool down.
Lots of red to stay on brand. I like it!
Also – you must wear sticky socks!
My New Favorite Barre
I heard about Pure Barre from a few friends but didn’t start taking classes until August of 2016. I got a gift card for my birthday and figured what the h.e. double hockey stick?
I liked the classes, both Pure Barre and Platform, and was satisfied but not hooked. My gift card ran out and I was working in the city at the time and didn’t think I’d have time to go to classes besides the weekends, so a membership did not seem worth it to me.
I was going maybe twice a month in the fall when I started following my studios (Pure Barre Woodbury & Pure Barre Huntington Village) on Instagram. Wow – this barre thing sure knows how to brand themselves. While I wasn’t going to classes often, I was hooked with the idea of the Pure Barre lifestyle through their Instagram.
Like, they literally have the cutest on-brand motivational posts to get you in the mood for a Pure Barre class. I’m a sucker for sassy workout puns (Namastay in bed, anyone?). Soon, other studios around the country began to follow me and I followed back almost immediately. It felt like such an Instagram honor!
#FitnessGoals #Fitspiration #Fitgram
As 2017 began I made a realistic fitness resolution to eat better, take care of my body and grow stronger. I was in a car accident early 2016 and my lower back suffered. I spent 2016 recovering and spending a lot of time at Physical Therapy. By the time 2017 rolled around, I felt confident and able to get back to my regular workout routine and more.
On Valentine’s Day, my love for the barre grew when I saw my studio was offering a special of 14 classes for $14 each. Sign me up! With that purchase, and then a $99 for your first month purchase, I spent most of February, March and April tucking and pulsing myself sore to strong. I upped my attendance from two classes a month to seven classes in both March and April!
Results don’t show up overnight. However, since taking Pure Barre classes consistently I have reached new heights in my fitness goals. I am more toned, stronger and I can kind of sort of do a little baby push up which for me is HUGE. Combined with Physical Therapy and other workout routines at the gym and even some hot yoga here and there, I feel my lower back healing, though I know I still have a long way to go.
I am still open to trying new workout classes, but I am 100% happy with my Pure Results! Adding Pure Barre classes to my fit-life was one of the best decisions I made in 2017 yet (even when the instructor says to pulse down an inch lower but my thighs are literally on fire. Like, literally.) Bikini body ready? I think so!
Note: I am not trying to sell these classes to you. The opinions expressed in this blog post are strictly my own and not sponsored by any third party.