Jennifer was very anti-group exercise until her friends convinced her that Pure Barre is different. She let herself be a beginner, and was motivated by the strong women in the studio. She set a goal for herself and was able to join the 100 Club in just 5 months! She is now on her way to the 250 Club. Read more of her Pure Inspiration story.
I have never been an incredibly active person. When I heard thirty knocking a loooong time ago, I decided I needed to get myself in shape, and I became quickly addicted to the gym and to running. But then life happened–my career became busier and I got married and had a family. While I could have found time to exercise, I just didn’t. Being a wife and a mother became my whole life, and as my days filled with laundry, dishes, and daily trips to the supermarket–taking care of myself got pushed further down my list of priorities.
I found myself in a wonderful circle of girlfriends who kept talking about Pure Barre. When they would suggest I take a class, I would laugh–there was no way I could do an exercise “class.” Even when I worked out years ago, I never–not once–took a “class.” I’m too uncoordinated. I can’t remember moves/steps/routines. I was afraid that my years with nothing more than an occasional jog on the treadmill to knock off the dust had left me with no strength or endurance.
In February of 2016, I finally agreed to accompany my friends to my first Pure Barre class. I put on my best poker face and my favorite Lululemon outfit (which had previously been worn only for errands), but I was scared to death.
It was possibly the scariest, most uncomfortable 55 minutes of my life. I couldn’t keep up and I couldn’t finish the moves. I could not believe how hard it was. I could not believe that the other ladies in class could actually do ALL of those push-ups. And lift their legs ALL of those times. While on their “highest heels!”
But as scary as it was and as sore as I was the next day (and the next…), I wanted to get better. I wanted to come back. I wanted to be one of those girls who finished all the moves.
I started attending Pure Barre class a few times a week, and slowly I got the hang of it. After a few classes, I wasn’t the newbie anymore. I could finish most of the repetitions.
When the March Madness challenge came along, I vowed to myself that I would do it. I have two small children and a husband that works incredibly long hours, so attending the early morning classes became my routine. I completed (and exceeded) the March Madness challenge! Taking 23 classes that month didn’t seem so bad; honestly, it had kind of become my routine. So I kept it up. One day, I counted the classes I had completed and realized that if I continued at that pace, I could make it to the 100 Club five months after I started. So that became my new goal, the one that got me out of bed when I wanted to sleep in.
I joined the 100 Club at Pure Barre Brentwood about five months after that first class. I am proud of myself for having stepped so far out of my comfort zone and completed something I wouldn’t have thought possible a year ago. I have already set a date by which I can get that “250 Club” tank–it’s on the calendar and is keeping me motivated!
When I see first timers come into class, I always want to whisper to them, “It’s going to be awful! But you’re going to love it.” I want to tell them that even though the rest of us look like we’ve got it, we’re hurting too, because it never gets easy. I want to tell them to not worry that they’re going to look stupid, because the rest of us are focusing so hard on keeping up and finishing that we don’t even notice what anyone else is doing. I want to tell them to come back–because they WILL get it.
– Jennifer J., Client at Pure Barre Brentwood TN