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I'm Helen. I'm a 23 y/o fitness enthusiast, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Philly native, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin....

 

Pure Barre & Other Local Classes

Pure Barre & Other Local Classes

Yesterday I went to my second ever Pure Barre class at the new studio in Wynnewood, and just like the first time, I was surprised at how sweaty I got – and how quickly!

I’ll be honest, there’s no way for me to give the studio a bad review because when I walked in the lady at the front desk said I looked like Gigi Hadid. And I also owe them one because I was definitely sweating out Jack Daniels throughout the entire class and I also forgot to wear a bra. But all of that aside, I am a huge fan of the ballet-inspired class.

For someone who loves to lift heavy weights and do high intensity cardio: like kettlebell swings and jump roping and sprints, I went into my first class thinking I was gonna look like a pro and breeze through it like I was a professional ballerina in a past life. But it is a completely different workout than what I am used to, and it is tough.

For those who are unfamiliar with Pure Barre, it is a series of small and precise pulsing and toning movements, sometimes using resistance bands or 2-3 pound dumbbells or a small ball (usually for inner thigh moves).  You get a full body workout, moving from arm movements to thigh work to the “seat” section to abs and back. After each body part is thoroughly burned up, you are taken through a series of stretches.

Those small pulsing movements seriously burn. Like I yelled out “oy vey” and “OH MY GOD” multiple times and was also the only person taking breaks during high-volume reps (whoops).

And I got very sweaty. I found myself wishing I had brought a towel with me yesterday, which doesn’t even happen during my usual gym workouts.

The instructor, Laura, was very friendly and welcoming and remembered my name when it came time to politely correct my posture (the “tuck” is an integral part of barre) and offer ways for me to improve my movements (clearly I was not the pro I thought I would be).

I love the class for something to do on the weekends, as the instructor cues you through all of the movements so you can just work and not think about what you have to do. Before I ever tried Barre, I was afraid I would find it boring, but the music is upbeat and fun and you move through everything quickly and in tempo which makes you feel a little bit like you’re dancing along.

And the best part is, this studio was selected by the local Lululemon as the studio of the month, so during May the Sunday morning class is free to those who register! This is a great way to try out a new class without forking over the usual drop-in rate. Lululemon often does things like this to get the community engaged in healthy activities. I have taken their free outdoor yoga in Suburban Square many times, and they also have a running club that you can sign up for!

Recently when I was at the mall, I saw that the North Face store has similar group offerings (running together, hiking, etc.) So if you are looking for ways to meet new like-minded people or try a free new local class, try looking into some of the stores in your community and see what they’ve got goin’ on!

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