What I’ve Learned in 100 Classes at Pure Barre

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I finally joined the 100 club, as well as finished the Fit for Fall Challenge. Neither were easy but I felt SO accomplished after completing both. I am thankful that I go to a Pure Barre where the team is amazing, I would’ve never stuck with it this long if it wasn’t that great!

Tell your instructor what’s going on!

Taking a new medication, tweaked your knee running the day before, etc… Tell your instructor, they will give you modifications or keep an eye on you. From my personal experience, I can’t reach the barre while doing abs without locking out my elbow, so I was given a modification that allows me to do the ab work without hurting my body.

The smaller the movement the better the workout!

This took me at least a good 6 weeks of consistency to feel like I had a handle on it. 99% of the moves are very small, and the muscle should start shaking if you are doing it correctly. If you are having trouble, again talk to an instructor. From my experience the instructors will tell you where you should be feeling the movement!

The community is amazing!

I don’t know if I am just very lucky, but the community at my local Pure Barre is extremely friendly. Not just the instructors, but the other participants, I’ve been to plenty of boutique studios (other Pure Barres and other studios) and for the most part they all have a feeling of cliqueness to them. At first I thought maybe I was oblivious to it because I was a regular, but I’ve asked others that I brought for a class or two, and they’ve said the same thing.

It’s always more fun to LTB with a friend!

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I may have taken Jane to her first Pure Barre Lynnfield class, and now she is hooked, and well on her way to her own 100 club!

You don’t have to be a Lululemon fan girl or stick thin to go!

I won’t lie, I have always been intimidated by barre classes because of those two things. I do invest in workout clothes that will last a long time, but my entire wardrobe is definitely NOT Lululemon, you also don’t have to be stick thin. Every single class I have been to has had women of all ages and sizes, this is definitely a workout for everyone.

Don’t compete with the girl next to you!

That girl could be going to classes for years or days. She may used to dance professionally, or have just had a baby. You never know anyones story and you shouldn’t focus on what anyone else in class is (or isn’t) doing. I know that it is incredibly hard to not look at the person next or across from you and see how they are doing better than you, but you have to remember that this workout is for you, just like anything else.

Take a Breaking Down the Barre Class!

I can not encourage this enough, it isn’t a real class, but it takes you through every single part of class and in a slow-motion type of way they show you how to position your body and how to get the movement and form correctly. Take this when you are a newbie, and again when you’ve been there awhile. Everyone can use a refresher.

Use sticky socks!

They don’t have to be the Pure Barre ones, but sticky socks are better than regular socks, trust me. Oh, and when you get to 100, you get special socks!

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Be respectful of others!

Every studio has their own rules, but I find it extremely distracting when someone comes into class 15 minutes late and plops their stuff down on top of mine and crowds in on my space. I get it we all have those days, but call the studio and tell them you will be late. With that said, also don’t get up before the cool down is over and rush to get a cleaning wipe and put your equipment away, its distracting from those who are still doing their workout.

Do it because you love it, not because someone else does!

I’ve read a handful of blog posts lately about how strength training is the best workout for you, and I won’t say I hate strength training, it’s just not where I need to be right now. My problem is that these blogs also complain that barre workouts aren’t real workouts. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I love that we all have different interests and loves. If we all did the same thing wouldn’t that be boring? If you love it, do it. If you hate it, don’t.

I love Pure Barre, I love the challenges, the way they treat their customers. I do however wish there were a few additional things. Facebook support groups for challenge participants, and to add to that, it would be great if there was a nutrition component to the challenges!

Have you taken a Pure Barre class? What are your thoughts?

Five Things Friday: Zooma Training Plan & Pure Barre Goals

Five Things Friday1. Zooma Cape Cod Training Plan

I finally made a training plan for the Zooma Cape Cod 10K. I start on Monday, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about it. I am worried, terrified is actually the more appropriate word. I need this redemption race so badly, but I am scared of what the outcome could be.

In other exciting Zooma news, the race is sold out!! How exciting! Leave me a comment and let me know if you are running, and we can try to get together! If you are running, Marathon Sports is hosting a 10-mile training run for those participating in the half-marathon.  It is Saturday, September 18 at 8 am at the Mashpee Marathon Sports. Click on the link to RSVP if you plan on attending, and stock up on any fuel you might need for the race. Marathon Sports is my go-to store for any running questions or guidance so I am super excited that they are hosting this run.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
08/04 – 08/10 XTRAIN 30 minutes XTRAIN 30 minutes 3 miles Rest 45 minutes
08/11 – 08/17 XTRAIN 35 minutes XTRAIN 35 minutes 3.5 miles Rest 55 minutes
08/18 – 08/24 XTRAIN 40 minutes XTRAIN 40 minutes 4 miles Rest 65 minutes
08/25 – 08/31 XTRAIN 45 minutes XTRAIN 45 minutes 4.5 miles Rest 75 minutes
09/01 – 09/07 XTRAIN 50 minutes XTRAIN 50 minutes 5 miles Rest 80 minutes
09/08 – 09/14 XTRAIN 55 minutes XTRAIN 55 minutes 5.5 miles Rest 85 minutes
09/15 – 09/21 XTRAIN 60 minutes XTRAIN 60 minutes 6 miles Rest 90 minutes
09/22 – 09/26 XTRAIN 30 minutes XTRAIN 30 minutes Rest ZOOMA 10K

Cross-training is definitely going to be Pure Barre, some Yoga, and probably a little bit of DanceFIT thrown in!

2. Pure Barre 100 Club

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It’s no secret that I love Pure Barre. It has been my saving grace these last six months, and the community is wonderful. I just got an email from one of the wonderful women that work there and she told me that I am over halfway to the Pure Barre 100 club. 45 awesome classes until I become part of the club!

3. Wedding Fun

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He was so stinking good the entire wedding, I couldn’t believe it. I mean he is pretty laid back, but being in a wedding makes for a long fay for anyone. He even participated in some Greek dancing and pretty much refused to leave the dance floor!

4. Boston Fun

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We went into Boston with my aunt and cousins for the afternoon, then met up with Nick and my uncle for dinner. I haven’t ventured into the city by myself with B, but this trip definitely made me realize that we could probably do it!

5. Thankful

I know I say this a lot but I am very thankful for those who have been such integral parts of my life, especially during this recovery process and moments when the grief makes me sad and angry. I am blessed to have such a wonderful support group of family and friends.

What’s on your mind this gorgeous friday?