everyone remembers their first class

Pure Barre is barre-none one of the toughest workouts around. You know why? Because hard work done the Pure Barre way delivers results, and fast. There is no wasted effort. Each movement is precisely tailored to strengthen and sculpt your muscles.

As with anything new, there is definitely a learning curve with Pure Barre. Get inspiration and advice from those who have come before you. Remember, we all start as beginners!

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  • Lindsey Plummer, owner of Pure Barre Knoxville, TN

    Here are ten memorable first impressions:
    • My teacher was super welcoming and warm
    • I should have bought those sticky socks
    • These women have the best arms and legs I have ever seen
    • This is hard...HARD!
    • So confused when the lights went out and I was tucking what?
    • I’ll definitely will be feeling this tomorrow in a good way,
    • I don't know if this is for me- I get really frustrated when I am not good at something
    • I am also very stubborn and hate to quit something
    • I bought another class to give it one more try
    • I LOVED my second class and never looked back...I became a steadfast Pure Barre client, then a Pure Barre teacher, and now co-owner of Pure Barre Knoxville. Pure Barre is my safe haven; the teachers and clients are always inspiring, and the workout has given me a body that I never thought I would have and a balanced life that I always wanted.

    My Advice to Beginners

    Approach with an open mind and open ears. You might be confused in the first class, possibly frustrated at times, so laughter and smiles will help you get through your first class. The teacher is there to help you, and it is okay to ask questions before or after class.

  • Amy Perkinson, owner of Pure Barre Williamsburg, VA

    Overwhelming- you bet! I had very specific assumptions about Pure Barre and all were completely erased as I walked out of the studio and could barely move. It was hard, like REALLY hard. Did I love it? No. I'm not one to believe in love at first sight, especially something that pushes you way out of your comfort zone. However as a dancer, I could see and feel it was a highly effective workout that these women worshiped. As someone who doesn't really enjoy "working out," I couldn't understand this idea of falling in love with it, until now. Now when I'm stressed, I look to Pure Barre. When I want to feel more confident, healthy, and stronger, I head to the barre. I have learned to love the shake and the feeling after the 55 minute class. Something that I said "wasn't my thing" is now my entire life. Kind of crazy how life works all out, all thanks to one Pure Barre class that put me in my place.

    My Advice to Beginners

    Enjoy the experience, and then come back at least once. Having an open mind, and ears, will go a long way. It is meant to be challenging. It has to be in to create change. A lot of people become overwhelmed thinking they can't do it. If only they would give themselves a chance to change, they could see how strong they actually are.

  • Rachel Terrana, owner of Colleyville, TX

    My first experience at Pure Barre was a life-changing one! I went home after that very first class, (having just bought the New Client Special) and emailed the studio asking what I had to do to become a Pure Barre teacher. Fast forward a year and a half, and I became a teacher at the Flower Mound studio. I loved the technique, and the more I grew with the technique, the more I knew I wanted to be a part of it long term. A year and a half after teaching in Flower Mound, I opened the Colleyville studio with Amy, the owner of the Flower Mound studio. My body changed, my mind changed, and my life changed!

    My Advice to Beginners

    JUST. TRY. Give it a go. What do you have to lose? Pure Barre is way less intimidating than you might think, and everyone WANTS everyone to do well. Give yourself time to grow into it. Ask questions. JUST. TRY.

  • Lisa Sellers, Studio Manager of Pure Barre Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips

    I took my first class in 2011 in Ridgeland, MS. I remember thinking during plank, "I'm gonna die, this is way more than I can handle, I've bitten off more than I can chew...I think I can crawl out of here and no one will notice I'm gone!" Suddenly the teacher said..."hang on, you are stronger than you think.” I suddenly had a realization that the reason I was there was to feel the burn; I knew that without some pain, I would never see the results I wanted. I decided to stay for the rest of class which I struggled through, left shaking, and returned the next day for more! Within 5 days I was hooked, addicted, and I have never looked Pure Barre journey has been physically, & mentally rewarding! I have been LTB'ing for over 4 years and still love every class!

    My Advice to Beginners

    Give yourself and your body time to adjust. Pure Barre is so different from any work out it takes some time to get used to it, but it truly works and the results are amazing! Believe in yourself because you can do it...don't give up!

  • Brittany Egbert, owner of Pure Barre North Hollywood, CA

    I remember leaving class feeling like I had a ripped six-pack because my abs were contracting so hard (although when I got home and looked in the mirror it was a slightly different story). I thought that if I felt like that after just ONE class, the possibilities for my body were endless, and that I could sculpt each muscle group into exactly what I wanted. Six years later, I still walk out of each class feeling equally destroyed yet encouraged.

    My Advice to Beginners

    The first class is incredibly frustrating, and that's okay. You'll be thinking "what the heck is a tuck" and "what the heck is a bendstretch" and by the time you figure it out, you'll be onto the next thing. BUT, after your third class, just think...when you feel like dying, YOU'LL BE ONTO THE NEXT THING! It's just a change of perspective. Come back. Say hi to someone in class. Put yourself out there knowing that every person in class has been where you have been before, and that you have absolutely nothing to lose.

  • Lauren Faulkenberry, owner of two Pure Barre studios in Greenville, SC

    My first Pure Barre class was the very first day the studio open in Charlotte, NC over 5 years ago. There were no other barre studios in Charlotte at the time so the workout itself was foreign to anyone that was in the area. The class challenged me in ways that I had never experienced and I was hooked from that very first day I stepped in the door. I know I was far from understanding the movements but I was so intrigued with the small, effective movements and the attention to form. Within the first month, my body had completely transformed and I craved the results and energy in the studio.

    My Advice to Beginners

    You are not alone. No one walks through the doors for the first time and knows exactly what to do. Give it a month to commit to the classes and I promise you it will be worth it. I can attest to the fact that Pure Barre caters to such a wide range of people and that if you are open to understanding the technique, the results can be there for you, too.

  • Caroline Taylor, owner of Pure Barre Charlotte, NC – South Park

    I'll never forget my first Pure Barre class. I went with a friend who was in town visiting. We had a couple of other friends who had been taking at various studios in NC, and thought we'd give it a go. About 5 minutes into class, I realized 2 things- nobody (except for my friend Katie) had on shorts, and my cute yellow sticky socks read "Baby on Board" across the toes. As if I didn't already feel out of place! I shook, burned, looked around the room, and embraced this first class and left feeling overwhelmed and confused. I knew I loved it. I knew I wanted to keep coming. I just had SO many questions. I continued to come to class the rest of the week and was instantly hooked. As a former elementary school teacher, it was MY TIME at the end of the day. It was the only place that I would go that a million other things weren't running through my mind. I became a teacher a year and a half later and am now opening Pure Barre South Park in Charlotte. I never would have imagined that life could be so good!

    My Advice to Beginners

    Know that you are NOT the only one who is confused. The Pure Barre technique is amazing because the more you come, the more you "get it." You learn your body. You become familiar with the verbiage. You find ways to push yourself outside of your comfort zone a little further each class. Remember that you always have to start somewhere.

  • Shalisa Pouw, Senior Master Trainer and Owner of Pure Barre Boulder, CO

    My first Pure Barre experience was actually at my teacher training! I was hired by Lindsey to teach at the first studio in Colorado, and we didn't have Pure Barre (or anything like it). As a dancer, it sounded like something I would enjoy, but I was really nervous as I had no idea what I was getting myself into. That first class was so humbling! I had never felt my muscles shake the way they were, and I was so scared that I would never get the hang of it. But right after we finished that final stretch, I remember looking at another trainee and saying, "that was so fun...let's do it again!" I loved the way it made me feel, and I knew it would change my life forever!

    My Advice to Beginners

    My advice is to allow yourself to be a beginner. A lot of people stop themselves from trying new things because they think they won't be good enough or strong enough, but that's the whole point of Pure Barre! To make you feel stronger and better with each class! So start at the beginning, wherever that may be for you, and let Pure Barre do the rest!

  • Griffin Hill, owner of Pure Barre Colorado Springs, CO

    I tried Pure Barre in Lexington, Kentucky, for the first time when I was 17 years old. My best friend and I were both competitive dancers, and we thought it might be a good form of conditioning. We walked into the studio excited, but nervous, and definitely struggled through all strength components of the class! However, we loved the instructors and the musical element of class, so we stuck with it. Six years later, I am still amazed how much I continually learn about the technique and how I find new ways to push myself and get stronger. It's amazing to watch the same transformation through my role as a teacher, as I guide my clients through their Pure Barre experience!

    My Advice to Beginners

    Remember that everyone has had a first class. Everyone was, at one point, nervous, intimidated, and hesitant to take a big step of faith and try a new fitness technique. It may require you to step out of your comfort zone and work hard, but so do all great adventures. Give yourself a month, come to class as often as you can, and really try to engage with the community of clients and teachers around you. I can promise that you won't regret it.

  • Rachel True, owner of Pure Barre Chicago, IL – Old Town

    I love to exercise, and when I found Pure Barre, I was regularly doing yoga, cardio and weight work at the gym, so I thought of myself as pretty strong and in good shape. A friend told me about Pure Barre, so I decided to try it with her. Within the first 10 minutes of my first class I was no longer sure which way was up. My entire body was exhausted and I couldn't keep up with anything. I wasn't wearing a watch, but about halfway through I was sure we must be near the end of the class, and was ready to fall over every time the teacher kept telling us to move onto the next part of class. I kept thinking to myself this class said one hour, not three, right? Fast forward to the end of class, I was a shaking mess, but I survived (barely) and dragged myself home. The next day I was so sore - but I wasn't about to let some exercise with a ballet barre get the best of me, so I decided to go back to and prove to myself and Pure Barre that I could do this. I bought the one month New Client Special, and as you can probably guess, within a week started feeling changes, and within the month, was totally hooked. On top of that, I started making friends at the studio. So, I did what any sane person would do, I got rid of my gym membership, kept up my cardio, and got "Pure Barre for Life" tattooed to my back (just kidding) - but I did go 3-4 times a week and continue to do so and love every minute of it.

    My Advice to Beginners

    Pure Barre is an amazingly effective exercise that anyone can do. While some find it intimidating to walk into the studio for the first time, be rest assured that we are here to welcome you and we want you here. Our team is here to help you and will make sure you have everything you need, so throw your hesitations to the wind. At the same time, Pure Barre, like any technique, has a learning curve behind it, so tell yourself before you come that you are going to really try it and commit to taking at least 3 classes before you decide if it's for you.

bragging rights: share your success!

You may feel a little out of your element at first, but don’t worry, you’ll go from thinking “whew, I survived” to “wow, I rocked that class” in no time at all. So brag about it, you’ve earned it! Your achievements will inspire others to push through and find their own strength as well.

I survived Pure Barre

I rocked Pure Barre

I got my seat handed to me

I planked the full 90!


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