So today I took the day off work, and figured I'd try an "easy" work out at Pure Barre. It's walking distance from where I live, and I'd been wanting to try it out ever since it opened. That was at least a year ago, probably longer. Since then Pure Barre has gained a lot of popularity all over the country. It's basically a work out that combines pilates and ballet movements and uses the ballet barre. I don't know why I thought it would be easy - I guess I always associate the level of difficulty with how much I sweat and how fast my heart rate goes. But this work out totally kicked my butt! I was literally shaking after barely 30 minutes. I guess I'm not used to isometric movements where your muscles stay in pretty much the same position for a long time while adding resistance and small movement. I've taken dance/pilates type of classes at my gym before and it's the same feeling - the little 2 lb or 3 lb weights feel like 100 after holding them out for an extended period of time.
The class I took spent about half of the time on the floor doing different exercises with free weights and resistance bands and half at the ballet barre, usually involving standing on your tippy toes with a ball in between your thighs. Ended with lots of core strength training. It's different and I had to take lots of breaks. I'm not used to being the least "fit" person in group fitness classes but I think I took the most breaks out of anyone in the Pure Barre class! I hate feeling like the 2 lb weights (or even the weight of my own limbs alone) conquered me. Haha. It really does make me want to go back more and get better though! This type of work out is undoubtedly great for toning up.
Some pictures from there... by the way, I don't think I've ever seen so many Lululemon outfits in the same place before today. I guess the person that started Pure Barre - Carrie Rezabek is a Lululemon ambassador.
They don't have any free classes for first timers, but they do have the first 30 days $100 for unlimited classes. So today I paid the first class of $25, and if I want to go back, I only have to pay $75 for the next 30 days and go as many times as I want. It's a pretty good deal. I think I just might do that. Even if I just go 3 or 4 more times it will still be worth it.
I was looking at the prices for after the initial 30 days, and they are not bad either - very comparable to other private studios in the area. There are many different packages, like the standard 10 pack, 20 pack, 30 pack, unlimited monthly, and some other "fun" ones like bridal package and $14 for 14 classes pm only. I think the last package will suit me best since I work during the day anyway so why pay more.
I have a feeling I'm going to be really sore! Gosh it seems like I'm always sore nowadays. But I guess it's a good thing since it means I'm pushing myself to do different things!