When I first stepped into Pure Barre, owner Allison Weyand greeted me with a smile from behind the counter. I told her I was excited to take class and that I used to dance and do yoga … two children and many moons ago.
“You’ll feel right at home here,” she said.
That turned out to be more than the truth.
Barre classes can sometimes sound a bit intimidating, but venture into any Pure Barre around the country and you’ll find a warm, inviting atmosphere where women from all walks of life feel welcome. Trust me.
Everyone who walks through the door is ready to work hard, do their personal best, and have fun. I’m not going to lie and say it’s easy but as the trainers say, “if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
Since I mustered the courage to take my first class a year and a half ago, I have become such a fan that I tell everyone I know about Pure Barre. Slowly but surely I have drawn friends into the “Circle P” tribe. One of them is a high school teacher who is about to join the 100 Club. Another is a single mom who finally realized she deserves to take care of herself in addition to everyone else. A third is a breast cancer survivor who swears Pure Barre has helped her regain upper body strength after major surgery.
Other friends compliment me on the changes they see in my body and my spirit, but have turned down invitations to join me on Free Friend Friday. Why?
Here are a few of their misconceptions about Pure Barre:
Myth #1: It’s too expensive. To this I say, take a moment to think about the cost of your child’s summer camp, one meal at a nice restaurant, or an outfit you might wear only once to a special event. You’ll likely realize that the way you spend money reflects your priorities, and what is more important than your own health?
Check your local Pure Barre for introductory specials, holiday promotions, or multi-class packages you can spread out over time. Or, consider buying a Pure Barre DVD and joining the Pure Barre online community for technique tips, inspiration and motivation to practice on your own.
Myth #2: I have to get in shape before I go to Pure Barre. NOT! I was 25 pounds overweight, totally stiff from years of neglect, and pretty hopeless about ever bouncing back. I had also just turned 40.
The good news is, if you keep coming, you will be on the path to shedding pounds and inches, gaining flexibility, and realizing that true confidence comes from knowing you are doing your best every hour at the barre, and you aren’t going to give up!
Myth #3: I won’t fit in. Wrong! You do not need to a dance background to reap the benefits of Pure Barre, nor do you have to be a certain age, size or shape. In fact, that’s what’s so great about it. I have met women who practice Pure Barre with their college-age daughters, and others pregnant for the first time. I have met young girls in the prime of health and others with unique challenges or injuries who swear Pure Barre has helped.
No matter what stage of life you’re in, you don’t need any special preparation or gear for Pure Barre, except, of course, a pair of sticky socks.
Eventually, you will probably want to splurge on some great leggings that wrap around your heels, or a cute Pure Barre pony tee, but for now just come as you are. I promise, you’ll feel right at home.