For one month I committed to only Pure Barre with the Intro Month special. Just six months later (and six inches fewer), I took my 100th class.
What kept me shaking and burning to 100? Here’s my Top 10.
I am officially ADD. I fast forward movies because they move too slowly; I can’t fill out any sort of paperwork from start to finish; and if I’m not doing three things at once, I’m bored. Pure Barre is the perfect combination of both predictability and variability. The overall structure and flow of the classes are the same: warmup, arms, thighs, seat, abdominals, and cool down. The great thing about this predictability is that I can really focus on the muscles being worked instead of constantly wondering what is next. On the flip side, the individual exercises within each section change each and every workout. No two classes are exactly the same; I am constantly challenged and never bored.
I could come up with another 50 reasons as to why I love Pure Barre, but the bottom line is that the results are indisputable. I have muscle definition I haven’t seen since high school. And for virtually every month I have taken classes, I have lost an inch off my body–from my hips, my waist, my arms, and my thighs. This is by far the most effective exercise program in which I have participated. You do the workout, you get results. And, the best part is, because it is low impact, I can do this everyday without worrying about any overuse injuries. I have had three knee surgeries, and when I started this, I was concerned about how frequently I would be able to take a class. I can only run about four times a week because any more than that, my joints start to revolt. On the other hand, with Pure Barre, I have taken up to six times in a week with absolutely no joint pain. In fact, all the strengthening of my core and thigh muscles have made my knees noticeably stronger during my runs. These results have resulted in a smaller jean size, but, more importantly, they have resulted in a huge boost in confidence. I’m proud of all the hard work that have gone into getting me where I am today.
Fun Workout Clothes
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I can easily find a reason to buy new clothes. But, buying barre workout clothes taps into my inner little girl who always wanted to be a dancer. In what other workout can you wear a fabulously draped top with a cutout in the back and a pair of leg warmers?
I love it when you’re in the middle of a killer thigh section, and you and your neighbor share that look of “Oh my gosh, how much longer?!?!?” If you’ve taken Pure Barre, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And, if you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. When you take your first class, you’ll quickly discover how important the Pure Barre community is to your experience.
The 100 Club Socks
Seriously. In my first class, I saw one of my classmates wearing socks with the “100 Club” printed across them. I asked her about them, and that’s when I first heard about the 100 Club. As someone who has a self-competitive spirit, I knew I had to have those socks.
It’s loud, it’s fast and I can lose myself in it. With every beat and song lyric, I know that I’m transforming myself, with Pure Barre’s help. The music is current and fun (and sometimes includes a #throwback). It’s harder to dwell on how badly your abs are burning when you hear Beyoncé come over the speakers.
I Can Do Anything for 10 More Times
When I was a resident, it was a pretty common sentiment that you can do anything for a month, which is how long many of our rotations were. Annoying attending? Terrible co-resident? Didn’t matter, you can do anything for a month. This same mantra is applicable to Pure Barre. Your legs are burning? Your seat is shaking? No worries, I just heard “final ten.” Those are the magic words. Once I hear those two words of saving grace, I know I can’t quit; I know I am in the homestretch. Because, I can do anything 10 times.
Constantly Updating My Goals
With each class, there are so many components of the workout for me to improve upon. A goal for one class may be to get my leg perfectly straight and closer to the barre during the abs section. Or, it might be to not let my arms drop at all during the weights series. Or, to get my upper leg off the ground during side planks. The list goes on and on. Every class is an opportunity to challenge myself, to help keep my interest and inspire motivation.
Every Pure Barre instructor is awesome. They’re supportive, encouraging, and challenging. They get to know your name, and give personal attention and technique advice during each class. In the middle of a tough push-up series, it is so great to hear an instructor telling you personally, “Great job!” or when your thighs are shaking beyond what you thought was humanly possible to hear, “Beautiful technique, we are almost there, hang onto it!” Even outside of class, the instructors are equally friendly and enthusiastic. I work in a field with almost entirely men. I am the only full-time academic female surgeon in my large 1,000-bed hospital. So, I look forward to my time at Pure Barre, not just because of the incredibly effective workouts, but also for my “girl time.” The chats about our husbands, our kids, what foods broke our diets the night before, etc. Those chats may not sound like a big deal, but to me this is much needed time with other females that my daily life usually lacks.
Having a wife that sometimes works over 100 hours in a week isn’t easy for my husband, to put it mildly. Then, to have him support me spending some of the little free time I do have taking these classes just exemplifies how selfless he is, and how lucky I am.
I have now burned, shook, and tucked my way to 100 classes, thanks to reasons #1 through #10. Now, the only question I have left is, how soon to the 500 club?!
– Jamie C., Pure Barre Carmel