Rock the New Year: Addicted to Pure Barre
01.12.2015 — Health, Outfits, personal
So… I started December 2014, and I had a month of Pure Barre I bought way back in June… when I had aspirations to work out. (ha.)
After 6 months in the abyss of wedding season, I crawled out into the winter light and decided it was time… time to lift. tuck. burn. Time to try and exercise my now after-baby-outtie-belly button back into place.
So, with my dear friend (bless her soul), I stuffed my post-thanksgiving turkey-stuffed self into a pair of 4 yr old Lululemons, a wannabe sports bra, Grit Coffee T-shirt.. and white socks. tragic, slippery white socks. My husband cheered me on my way.
My first class was with the amazing and completely toned Kate Martin, of Pure Barre Charlottesville (the bomb!). I started the warm-up with arms pumping, hips tucking (I didn’t know they could do that!), a disastrous (what should be 90 second) dropped-to-my-knees plank.. and a blur of various exercises created to blast our bodies into goddess perfection.
The high of the class was the post-thigh workout stretch where we’re all encouraged to move into our “best split” stretch. The entire class, and by entire class, I mean everyone besides myself… did the splits. And by the splits.. I mean it was a class full of gymnast ballerinas. My split would best be described as a lunge. ( I learned later this isn’t usually the case, I just had a very talented and exceptionally choreographed class that day.)
I broke a sweat in the first 5 minutes, and I did not stop sweating until I was laid over myself taking my final breath of the 55 minutes class.. and then something strange happened, I was gasping and rubbing sore muscles I didn’t know I had.. and everyone was clapping. That’s right – we get a round of applause when we’re done. Hells yes! Go you for finishing! You look great!
Pure Barre Charlottesville – Teachers (aren’t they amazing?!)
Photo Courtesy of Elisa Bricker
Let it be known that I am not an athletic person. My PE credit in high school was Drill Team, in which, I could have presumably been called comic relief.
I took an aerobics class in college, and I pretty much have survived on left-over metabolism and nursing/chasing children for the rest. But I have an outtie belly button, and I was determined to put it back into its place.
I did 12 classes of Pure Barre in 13 days. On the 12th class of Pure Barre, I planked the full 90 seconds.. and did PUSH-UPS! Push-ups are where you heave your body upward from the ground using the strength of your own arms! I gave myself a round of applause at the end for embracing the “shake.” The shake being the time during class where your muscles start acting like they’re doing a boogie dance under your skin because they’re being tortured into excellence through 1 inch incremental movement up and down – called squats.
1 and 1/2 months in, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my body. Everything is tighter, my body has definition, my skin has cleared up, my emotions are more consistent, and I just feel better and stronger.
I love our local Pure Barre nook because it’s a combination of women from all stages and ages of life at all various places with their bodies and on their own journey. Each class builds on itself, so it’s always as hard or as “easy” (it’s never truly easy) as you want it. The teachers are so kind and gracious, and they’re always encouraging.
The 4th or 5th class I took, one of the instructors who had been there on my first day came up to me and said – you are getting so much stronger!
It’s a super positive environment, which is awesome.
So – if you’re looking for a 2015 Workout to get your body into shape and feel great doing it, Pure Barre is definitely the way to go. And of course… we should all look good doing it.
Here’s everything you need to be Pure Barre successful… give your mirror a hug, it loves you.
For the dark side:
Floral Print Pants // Rocking Sports Bra // Basic Black Pants // Saucy Tank // Keep Warm // Toe Sox (the bomb!) // Stay Hydrated Water Bottle // Keep it all together! Yoga Bag
For the light side:
Cozy necked sweater // Tank it up // Skinny Will lounge pants // Plunge sports bra // Stay Hydrated // Toe Sox (the bomb) // Saucy Tank Option 2 // investment carryall // all shoed up //
Keep your workout skin clear:
Happy skin wipes //Depuff the under eye // Anti-break out pads // Keep your skin young (and hydrated)
So – that’s all ladies…