pure barre at pure barre inman park

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The instructor, Bridget, and I tucking after class.

Studio: pure barre inman park

Class: pure barre

Class description from website: We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to try out a class. You won’t regret it! We believe that everyone is capable of rocking our classes- no dance experience required. As long as you can hold a ballet barre, you can do Pure Barre. That’s not to say that it’s easy, your first class will likely feel challenging at times, but we encourage you to stick with it. Try your hardest and let loose and feel free to ask your instructor plenty of questions after class if you weren’t clear on any of the moves. At Pure Barre, we believe that exercise should be fun!

IMG_8436Location: Inman Park location.  240 North Highland Avenue, Building 3, Suite B-1, Atlanta, GA 30307

Phone: (404) 975-3244

Cost: $15 drop in for first time students.  They also offer packages.

 

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What to Bring: Water and socks, preferably with rubber grips on the soles.  If you don’t have a pair, they sell these socks at the pure barre studios.  They do provide cubbies for your personal belongings and shoes.

What to wear: Comfortable workout clothes.  Yoga pants, leggings, tank top, t-shirt etc.  Shorts are fine, but you will be in several compromising poses and positions throughout the class that could lead to an unsolicited peep show for your classmates.  If you wear shorts, make sure they are tight to the leg and covering your nether regions.

Class size: Medium.  There were 9 people including me.

Props used during class.

Props used.

Props used: Barre, ball, resistance band, mat.

Volume and type of music: Music was loud enough to motivate and the teacher had a mic so you could hear her giving instructions.

Impact: No impact.

Modifications: The teacher, Bridget, walked around for the entirety of the class, checking our form and giving instructions.  So if anyone needed a modification it was easy to snag the instructor and ask questions.

Getting my tuck on.

Getting my tuck on.

Format of class: Before the class we were told what props to grab and set up next to our spot by the barre.  We began class with a quick warm up consisting of core exercises such as planks, a modified version of the Pilates 100s, and crunches.  After warming up, we picked up our dumbbells (you have a choice of 2 or 3 pound dumbbells) for some upper body exercises that targeted the chest, back, biceps, triceps, and shoulders.  I chose not to use the weight because (a) it was my first class and (b) I was having some issues with my shoulder.  I was still able to “feel the burn” by engaging my muscles, so do not fret if you are unable to do the arm exercises with the weights!  Following the upper body section we moved on to our legs.  These exercises were done at the barre and were reminiscent of some ballet movements but done with a different alignment than is used in ballet.  Following the legs we moved on to some butt exercises which were also done at the barre but on the floor.  These movements were reminiscent of modern dance and ballet movements, but again, a slightly different alignment.  After working on our buns, we finished on the floor with some ab work and a quick cool down and stretch.

What to expect:

  • Expect to work some muscles you might not be used to working.
  • Expect a to do some exercises that are very different from anything you’ve done before.
  • Expect a lovely studio space that really sticks to it’s theme.  I love a theme 🙂
  • Expect to move on to another exercise right when you feel like you can’t go on with the current exercise.
The Inman Park staff.

Inman Park staff.

Who should take this class:

  • People who are scared of the gym and lifting weights.
  • People who want to workout but don’t like to jump.  There was no jumping whatsoever.
  • People who like to workout with props.
  • People who always wanted to do ballet but were too intimidated to do so.  This is NOT a ballet class, but you do get to use a barre and that was always my favorite part of ballet class.

Professional advice:

  • If you are a new student, arrive 30 minutes early because you will need to fill out paperwork.
  • Be aware of your posture and body alignment throughout the class.  pure barre incorporates some unique exercises that do make your muscles burn, and it’s easy to become tired causing you to forget about proper form.  Whenever you ignore your form it can lead to injury. If you feel yourself getting tired and losing form, shake it out and jump back in when you’re ready.
  • Blinders on!  As with any exercise class, you have to work at your own level.  Do no look at the person next to you and get upset because they’re holding an ab exercise longer than you, or they’re deeper in a squat than you.
  • Bring water, and hydrate throughout!  Do not be afraid to stop and take a quick sip of water.  Though you’re not drenched in sweat you are still moving and it’s important to hydrate.
  • If pure barre is something you plan on doing regularly, you need to invest in a pair of socks with the rubber grips on the bottoms.  The studios are carpeted so regular socks can get slippery, especially if you are lacking in core and leg strength.

Thank you to my instructor, Bridget, for an awesome class and for being so welcoming!  Thank you to the manager, Alexis, for being so welcoming!

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They really stick to their theme 🙂

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