All photos were provided by Kelly Olivares Photography.
Today I’m excited to share with you a recent experience I had at Pure Barre in Fort Worth. If you are not familiar with this type of exercise regimen, it combines ballet, Pilates, weight and resistance training, and core strengthening while also incorporating mental benefits of yoga and meditation. It was, by far, the most intense and challenging workout I’ve ever done. The unique movements (using the ballet barre, a resistance band, and sand ball) target areas women struggle with the most: arms, hips, thighs, buttocks, and abs. Within minutes, I was sweating and feeling the burn. Despite the intensity though, I never felt pain or discomfort. However, by the end of the 55-minute session, my entire body was thoroughly fatigued!
If you’ve never heard of Pure Barre, don’t worry because I hadn’t either before this event. I did my homework though. I was impressed by Pure Barre’s client testimonials and commitment to individuals’ safety. Considering I’m five months pregnant, I can attest that Pure Barre is completely safe for expectant and new moms. There are no high jumps or crazy poses to perform and the routine is low impact — the key to Pure Barre is LTB: lift, tone, and burn. Pregnant or not, the movements are VERY small and target specific areas. You’ll be amazed how little movement is required to feel the intensity!
Our instructor, Kelsey, was wonderful. She had a positive energy that kept me going through the session. She explained each movement and even suggested advanced options for experienced participants. As she led us through the routine, Kelsey walked around the studio guiding our bodies into proper form to achieve maximum results. Twice during the session, Kelsey modeled for me how to position my arms to relieve the pressure on my lower back during leg lifts and squats and she helped me go into a deeper stretch during the cool-down.
Brittany put this event together and I’m grateful to her for the opportunity. Even though I was nervous, I’m so glad I signed up and participated. This was lots of fun and a great supplement to my current workout regimen!
What should I expect at Pure Barre in Fort Worth?
As soon as you walk inside the door, you’ll be greeted by a sweet staff. If you need socks or workout attire, a fully stocked shop awaits you. Inside the studio, mirrors line all four walls and a ballet barre is around the perimeter too. Your instructor will provide you with all the equipment needed for your session: a cushioned mat, resistance band, sand ball, and hand weights (if you desire). Food, drinks, cell phones, and shoes are NOT allowed inside the studio, but personal lockers are available to store your personal belongings. Water bottles are allowed.
I think it’s important to mention, too, that proper — and modest — workout attire is required. Capri or pants are fine, but shorts are not allowed. Socks are also required and ones with athletic gripping are recommended to prevent slipping. I wore maternity athletic gear from Old Navy (Capri leggings and a short-sleeve top) with my signature mismatched socks. This is not the time to showcase your Daisy Duke shorty-shorts.
What happens during a Pure Barre session?
You’re going to sweat and burn calories! You’re going to feel the burn! Your limbs are going to shake! You’ll do tucks, which is a fancy, PG-rated term for pelvic thrusts! I’m not kidding about the pelvic thrusts! The instructor wears a microphone so you can hear her instructions above the music, which has a nice beat and matches the intensity of the movements being performed. Routines begin with a warm-up, transition to thigh, seat (i.e. butt), and ab work, before ending with stretches. When your muscles start to “shake,” stay focused and keep on going. Those “muscle shakes” are a good sign and mean you’re doing the movements correctly!
What surprised you about this Pure Barre experience?
I was Sweaty Betty within 90 seconds of class beginning — HOLY SMOKESTACKS!!!!! Kelsey turned on the music and BAM! I think I did pretty well considering this was my first visit to Pure Barre. I definitely pushed myself to perform all of the moves, but I didn’t go to the extreme. I’m extremely proud of myself for doing a plank. No, it did not last the entire 90 seconds, but this pregnant mama DID A PLANK!
Any comments or suggestions for Pure Barre in Fort Worth?
*TURN UP THE HEAT … OR NOT* — As a pregnant woman who loves A/C, I wish the studio had been cooler. Don’t get me wrong, the room was comfortable, but when my thighs were quivering during a squat, I was praying for an Arctic blast to cool me down!
*SIGNAGE & LOGISTICS* — Pure Barre’s studio is situated in a retail development where the signage is slim to non-existent. I knew the general vicinity, but drove around the complex twice before finally spotting the PB logo on the door. This specific location is also 32 miles from my house, making it less than convenient or economical on my wallet and gas tank. Even if a studio were located closer to my house, I don’t think I’d visit often because …
*CURRENCY* — Pure Barre is pricey. There are lots of options and packages available, but the price to have your body “thoroughly fatigued” will cost $22 for one visit. Husband and I pay $60 a month for our unlimited membership at a gym located just 2.7 miles from our house.
*OFFER A DEAL* — I’m a regular at Groupon and other coupon websites. If Pure Barre offers a discount for a set of classes, I would seriously consider purchasing vouchers. I’d definitely supplement my usual workout routine with a weekly or bi-weekly visit to Pure Barre.
Would you go to Pure Barre again?
Probably. I’ll try anything once and, if I enjoy it, will do a repeat performance. However, because of the reasons listed above I won’t make it a regular part of my workout routine. A special occasion or event with friends, absolutely!
I had a great time with this group of ladies — some I’ve known for a while but never met in person! — and learning Pure Barre techniques. I’ve told friends about this experience, as well as the instructors at my gym. Like I said, I would definitely visit Pure Barre again and I’m already incorporating some of the movements into my workout routines. My butt, legs, and abs have never hurt so good!!!!!