So I won/bought a month of unlimited classes at Pure Barre last spring during the Silent Auction I co-chaired and I was waiting to try it out until I had a more set schedule to make sure I got the most out of it. If you know nothing about barre classes here is link to a good article from the Huffington Post sort of setting it out for you.
Also, here is the description from the Pure Bare website:
Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Students see results in just 10 classes.
Pure Barre is intelligent exercise. The technique protects your joints as it does not involve any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscle without bulk. The workout launches a full blown attack on the areas of the body all women struggle with: abs, hips, seat and arms. It defies gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up.
So when I got there yesterday I changed into yoga pants (they require pants or capris) a workout top and socks (also required) and got my items for the class: a small exercise ball (super small too fit between your thighs), an exercise band, and 2 and 3 pound weights. In answer to your question, yes I was shocked to use 2 pound weights. The room was a large square room with flat carpet and ballet barres around three of the walls.
Essential the workout was broken into 15 minutes increments (I think) of abs, upper body, thighs/butt and stretching. All I can say about this class was that it was hard. My legs were shaking, my arms were sore, my abs were sore, everything was/is sore. It was fast paced and incorporated some pilates/yoga moves but mostly it is small movements over long period of time and very different from anything I have tried before. I really enjoyed it and am excited to see how it changes my muscles over the next four weeks. I am going to try to go three times a week to get the full benefit and I will let you guys know how it goes.
I didn’t do my bulk cooking last night like I thought – schoolwork got the better of me – so my meals today look like this:
- M1: Protein shake with 1/2 banana, peanut butter, almond milk
- M2: 1 cup non-fat greek yogurt, flaxseed, chia, almonds
- M3: Tuna, avocado, veggies
- M4: Tuna, avocado, veggies
- M5: Apple/Cheese (pre-workout)
- M6: Protein shake (post-workout)
- M7: Egg whites with veggies and avocado
Hope you all started your week out great!!