I went to my first Pure Barre class in April 2010. I grew up dancing competitively, running indoor and outdoor track, and remained active in the outdoors. My fitness journey throughout college was a bit of a roller coaster, but I still managed to try just about every group exercise class that I could find or do my own workouts at the gym.
I was fortunate enough to discover Pure Barre thanks to a coworker who started teaching in Alabama. When I saw that a studio was opening in Charlotte, I was really excited to give it a try. I am sure I walked in confidently in my usual gym attire–shorts, t-shirt, white socks and sneakers–ready for a walk in the park. I mean, how hard could this be?
Five minutes into it, I wondered if I would make it out of the room alive. I walked out of the class after 55 minutes of tucking, pulsing, and circling wondering what the heck just happened, and why anyone would put themselves through that willingly. Naturally, I bought the New Client Special and went as many times as I could in that 30-day period.
For me, Pure Barre has been the most important “thing” over the past five and a half years. Not too long after discovering Pure Barre, I relocated to the Pure Barre-less Charleston, SC. Luckily, a new studio was announced shortly after and the stars aligned for me to become a teacher. When I got the call from Jen, owner of Pure Barre Charleston, about meeting to discuss teaching opportunities, I was at home in Massachusetts for my sister’s services. More than ever, I felt like I needed to be a part of this amazing community that I stumbled upon the year prior. Taking class meant I could leave any problems, issues, or concerns at the door and have 55 minutes of mental clarity. More importantly, teaching class gave me a chance to help serve as a positive influence for the clients that were leaving their own problems, issues, and concerns at the door.
My legs still shake when I take class. I still look (glare) at the teacher who is teaching the class that I am in and wonder what I ever did to them to deserve this cruel and unusual punishment. Since the flow of the class stays consistent, but no two classes are exactly the same, I never get bored or even considered it to be a typical workout. Just like any of the clients I’ve had the pleasure to interact with and teach over the years–no two journeys are exactly the same. Most of the time, we don’t always know what our coworkers, friends, and family are REALLY going through. Life is messy and finding a way to balance it all can sometime seem impossible. There will always be obstacles with family, friends and careers. For each of our own fitness and health journeys, the ups and downs often seem never ending.
“It’s going to get harder before it gets easier, but it will get better. You have to make it through the hard stuff first.” – Unknown
For anyone who has ever taken a Pure Barre class, you know that once you get the technique down it definitely gets harder before it gets easier… but it DOES get “better.” It gets better because you get stronger physically and mentally. It gets better because the first time you hold your plank or knock out full body pushups you will feel like high fiving everyone in the room. It gets better because you’ve noticed you’re able to keep your heels lifted just an inch higher or stay in the most challenging position for the whole time. It gets better because you are making time for yourself to be the best version of YOU. It gets better because you’ll meet amazing people in the midst of it all.
Remember no matter where you are at – it always get better. And, if you are ever feeling like you are starting to plateau, do not hesitate to ask your teacher how you can challenge yourself even more. Just be careful what you wish for…