Walk into a Pure Barre studio and you will see a room of strong, dedicated people. There is often a misconception that you need to be in tip-top physical shape or be a former ballerina to be able to rock a Pure Barre class. As we all know, this isn’t the case! Through our national Learn to Barre month, we are hoping to break down those barriers and educate the public on just how challenging and effective Pure Barre can be for “every body.” Just check out #isurvivedpurebarre for a glimpse at all the real-life superstars not only surviving, but killing it, in Pure Barre classes all over the country.
In a typical Pure Barre class, you will find clients of all ages, shapes, sizes, skill levels and phases of life. In class you might be working alongside a fellow client who is pregnant and another who may be gaining strength to recover after surgery. That’s the beauty of Pure Barre – anyone can do it! As long as you can hold onto the barre, you can attend a Pure Barre class. That’s not to say it’s easy though – it’s one of the toughest workouts around, but with the right attitude and willingness to step outside of your comfort zone, you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
Check out some of our most frequently asked questions about attending a class below. If you have a friend, co-worker, neighbor, parent, sibling or cousin who is thinking about Pure Barre, and is not sure if they can join in – share this blog with them!
Can I take Pure Barre while I am pregnant?
Yes, Pure Barre classes can safely be performed during pregnancy. Many of our clients, teachers and studio owners take Pure Barre class during and after their pregnancy. The unique focus on pelvic floor and core muscles can also assist during labor. We recommend checking with your doctor about starting a new exercise during pregnancy.
Pure Barre classes post-pregnancy can assist with weight loss and tightening the core creating a natural “corset” of muscles resulting in a decrease in inches as well. Read more about Pure Barre during pregnancy here.
What if I’m not a size zero ballerina?
Neither are we! We strive to make our studios a place where everyone will feel comfortable. While the Pure Barre technique is high intensity, it is very low impact, meaning you’ll get a great workout without putting excessive stress on your joints. We focus on very tiny movements, so size truly does not matter. Pure Barre is one of the fastest, most effective ways to change the shape of your body. Clients typically see the best results when they take 3-4 classes per week.
What if I have an injury or recently had surgery?
If running or jumping has ever caused pain or stress to your joints, Pure Barre may be just what you’re looking for. Many of our clients have re-gained their strength and recovered while in the studio. Pure Barre has a combination of low and no impact exercises. Pure Barre concentrates on a smaller range of motion and light weights to decrease the stress on your joints and help you recover. Talk with your Pure Barre teacher about specific modifications for exercises you may want to try as well. Read more about our client recovery from injury success stories here.
Am I too old to take a Pure Barre class?
You’re never too old for Pure Barre! We have clients that range from college age to 85+. The low impact nature of the workout provides a strength building workout at any age. At Pure Barre you can focus on becoming your best self, with the support of the studio community. Check out some of our Pure Barre enthusiasts over 50 who rock their classes: Karen, Barbara and Kathleen.
Do men attend Pure Barre classes?
Yes, men are absolutely welcome to take a class at a Pure Barre studio. Although you will usually find a majority of women in our classes, we have a lot of men who attend regular classes and see great results. Many studios periodically host “Bring on the Men” classes where clients are encouraged to bring their special men in their life (husband, boyfriend, brother, dad, friend, etc.) to class to find out what Pure Barre is all about. It’s always a fun class to take!
What if I have a medical diagnosis like diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure?
Pure Barre can help! Exercise, including both Pure Barre and Platform classes, helps to decrease the risk of bad cholesterol sticking to the side of the artery walls and creating plaque buildup (hardening of the arteries). Exercise also assists in the getting rid of “bad” or LDL cholesterol from the body, decreasing blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
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