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your crash course to pure barre

Nervous? Watch our welcome video! Explore frequently asked questions, our terminology, and how you can expect your body to change below.

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get ready to rock your first pure barre class

Let’s walk through some answers to commonly asked questions to make sure you feel comfortable!

what should i wear to class?

You should wear pants, leggings or capris that you are comfortable in (no shorts) and a top that covers your midriff. You will see faster results in your flexibility this way. You will also want to wear sticky socks to retain your body’s heat as well as prevent your feet from sliding (you’ll thank us later). You’ll want to remove your shoes and put on your socks before you walk through the studio (you’ll be lying down on the carpet during class, so this is just an effort to keep the floors as tidy as possible).

what should i bring?

We’ll have all the equipment you’ll need at the studio, so just bring a bottle of water, possibly a sweat towel, and a positive attitude! We do ask that you not bring your cell phones into class with you, as this can be distracting to the teacher and your fellow LTBers. If you’re expecting an important call, you’re welcome to leave your cell phone at the front desk and we’ll come snag you if you’re needed.

Should I arrive a little early before my first class?

We recommend that you arrive 10-15 minutes before class begins. Once you fill out a short waiver, the teacher will show you where you can leave your belongings and help you get the equipment you’ll be using during the day’s class – typically a set of light weights, a ball, and a tube. Your teacher will bring you a mat halfway through  class. Once you’ve got everything you need, just find a spot in the studio where you feel comfortable, facing the front mirror.

can men take class?

Yes, men are absolutely welcome to take a class at Pure Barre. Although you will usually find a majority of women in our classes, we have a lot of men who attend regular classes and see great results.

Can I take Pure Barre while pregnant?

If you have been taking Pure Barre classes regularly, Pure Barre can continue to be a safe and effective exercise option while pregnant. Everyone’s pregnancy is different, so it is a good idea to consult with your doctor to ensure he/she is comfortable with you continuing to take class. Some studios require a doctor’s note. Make sure to let your Pure Barre staff and instructors know that you are pregnant, so that we can walk you through any modifications you may need through different stages of pregnancy. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult a physician.

the flow of class

Each Pure Barre class begins with a warm-up in the center of the room, on the floor, and then standing with light weights to work those arm muscles. We’ll then move to the barre to work your thighs and your seat. After the seat work, you’ll do a series of ab exercises, followed by a cool down. While the flow of class is always the same, we are always changing the music and exercises, so you never experience the same class twice!

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Learn the Lingo

Let’s go through a few key terms you may hear your instructor use throughout a Pure Barre class.

speak the language

Here are a few key terms you may hear your instructor use throughout a Pure Barre class to help you get into the proper form during an exercise.

Tuck

A movement that involves contracting the abs back causing the hips to rotate forward to elongate the spine.

heavy tailbone

A position that is held by engaging the core and bringing the spine to neutral, creating a straight line from the head to the tailbone.

hold

A movement held in its deepest, tightest, lowest position to achieve isometric contraction. May be used with downhold, lifthold, squeezehold, circlehold, etc.

bendstretch

A tiny quiver in the joint followed immediately by an extension and contraction of the muscle being worked.

pulse

A downward movement from the lowest point, to the Pure Barre tempo of the music.

down-an-inch-up-an-inch

A one inch range of movement in a slow, controlled motion. Slightly larger than a pulse, smaller than a full range of motion.

pressback

Typically refers to a movement of the knees backward while keeping a heavy tailbone position. The two motions create the opposing forces at work to lean and tone the muscles.

low impact

A low impact exercise is one that keeps at least one of your feet on the ground at all times.

ltb

Shortened version of the Pure Barre slogan, lift.tone.burn.! We can’t wait for you to LTB with us again!

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Feel the Benefits

Pure Barre is a low impact, total body workout that has amazing benefits.

low impact, total body workout

Pure Barre is a low impact, yet very intense total body workout that brings amazing benefits for your body, mind, and soul. We recommend that clients take at least 3-4 classes per week for best results.

Define Your Physique and Increase Your Strength and Endurance

The Pure Barre technique is a unique way to build strength, endurance and tone your muscles in a safe, low impact manner through the use of small focused movements. Strong toned arms, thighs, abs and seat are just a few of the areas that clients see the biggest change from Pure Barre. Lean muscle definition coupled with improved flexibility, posture and coordination help to create a strong yet graceful barre body.

Increase Your Flexibility and Balance

You don’t have to be flexible to start taking Pure Barre classes, but the great amount of stretching in each class will guarantee an increased range in flexibility. We target specific muscle groups working them to the point of fatigue, and follow each strengthening section of class with a lengthening stretch. This results in improved balance and stability for activities of everyday life.

Lose Weight, Strengthen Your Bones and Decrease Your Health Risk

Attending a Pure Barre class 3-4 times per week will boost your metabolism and burn calories even while you are resting. Regularly taking classes can also can decrease the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Strengthen Your Core

Whether you are working your core as the primary focus, or using it as a stabilizer muscle, you are engaging your core muscles throughout the entire class. As you strengthen your core, you will notice that you can sit and stand taller, and decrease back pain as your lower back will take less stress and tension throughout the day.

Improve Your Mind-Body Connection and De-stress

Pure Barre challenges you to not just go through the motions of the workout, but to really connect your thoughts and focus to each and every tiny muscle you are working. Our teachers give you step-by-step instructions on where to position your body, while providing hands-on corrections for proper posture and alignment, and finally a clear visual of what your movement is and what muscle you are working. Allowing yourself to make that mind-body connection and to become aware of your muscles will allow you to work deeper. Consistent attendance at a Pure Barre class creates an increase in blood circulation to the brain improving brain function and decreasing stress.

Be a Part of the Pure Barre Community

Pure Barre is just as much about the community as it is the workout. The owners, instructors, barre-tenders and other clients know your name and look forward to seeing you, which will help you to stay accountable to your fitness goals!

Gain Confidence and Improve Your Self Esteem

The innovative Pure Barre technique, ever-changing classes, and the non-impact nature of the workout allows clients to attend classes for years without getting bored or reaching a plateau. Being able to commit to a workout and seeing the results are some of the best ways to boost your confidence and self-esteem. Research shows that women of all ages who start a strength training workout, similar to Pure Barre, report that they feel healthier, more fit and have an improved self-image than before starting the workout.

Cross Train with Pure Barre

The increased flexibility, core strength and low impact nature of Pure Barre helps to prevent injury and improve endurance in those who are cross training for a sport or race.

Have A Healthy Pregnancy

Pure Barre classes can safely be performed during pregnancy, and the unique focus on the inner core muscles can also assist during labor. Pure Barre classes post-pregnancy can assist with weight loss and tightening the core creating a natural “corset” of muscles, resulting in a decrease in inches. We recommend always talking to your doctor before starting Pure Barre while pregnant or after having your baby.

Recover from Injury and Decrease Pain

The benefits of increasing your overall range of movement with Pure Barre can prevent injury and decrease pain. Tension and tightness in your muscles and the tendons around them can lead to back pain, poor posture and can make everyday tasks like bending down to tie your shoes more difficult. Stretching out your muscles and releasing tense, tight muscles will help.