We asked and you delivered! This month we shared your #WhyIBarre stories from Pure Barre enthusiasts all over the country. Reminder: You only have five more days to record a 15 second video in your studio and upload it to Instagram using #WhyIBarre for a chance to win a month of classes at the studio of your choice!
Why Do You Barre? “To get strong.”
About a year ago I heard many of my Facebook friends raving about Pure Barre. The studio they were going to was about half hour from my home. At the time I was just finishing up chemotherapy from uterine cancer. From what my friends had told me, I knew Pure Barre sounded like something I wanted to try.
This was my second time undergoing treatment for cancer. The first time was about six years earlier from breast cancer. In between the two cancer treatments I broke my foot and tore ligaments in my ankle. After treatment, I knew I wanted and needed to get some core strength. I started lifting weights and working out and ended up with two compression fractures in my back. Though the chemo saved my life, it left me with osteoporosis in my back.
Right after my chemo treatment, I heard the great news that a Pure Barre studio opened about 10 minutes from my house! My journey started in July 2015. I did the 30 day challenge in 32 days, and to date I have taken 70 Pure Barre classes since the beginning of July. The 30 day challenge showed me what I was capable of! I am working toward signing that 100 class barre!
What I love most about Pure Barre is that it is an hour a day for me! The teachers are so encouraging and the classes are never boring. I am working every part of my body and I can’t imagine what a year of classes will do to me!
I now stand taller and my all over muscle tone is so much better. I actually took a walk last week and did some interval running too! I have not had the strength in my body to do that in over 10 years. The biggest change of all is that I see my body differently – it is becoming my friend instead of my nemesis.
For someone just considering Pure Barre, I would tell them that you have to go to at least five classes to start getting the hang of it. Just keep trying and you will see improvement. I remember the day I held plank for the full 90 seconds! Now I’m working on doing the push-ups.
- Kathleen Egozi, Pure Barre enthusiast from Estero, Florida.