I obsessively check “deal” sites like Groupon and LivingSocial every morning… terrified that I’m going to miss some awesome deal like the case of wine I bought for $25 or wake-board yoga. In one of my hunts I came across a LivingSocial for Pure Barre, $35 for 2 weeks of unlimited classes. Since a month of unlimited classes usually goes for $225 it was a pretty good deal, especially for something I have been wanting to try.
I’ve gotten pretty good at convincing Gillian to do things. Threatening to write an embarrassing blog post usually has that effect on people. And I’m happy this blog has a duel purpose.
So up we were at 6:15 am to make it to our 7 am class. We made our way down La Cienega to find the studio which was “behind the Subway.” We found it… and of course were there before the studio was even open. Soon a tiny woman who looked like one of those women who are posted as “fitness inspiration” on Pinterest rolled up in the most intense workout pants I’ve ever seen and with her hair in a giant top knot.
We went into the studio, both expecting something small and modest. We were greeted with a beautiful carpeted studio and a storage room separate from the workout studio and the main “lobby” area where $12 no slip socks were sold along with various sweatshirts that looked like something from a high school Flashdance stage production.
We grabbed a resistance band, some 2 lb weights (we were told by another attendee that we would regret it if we used 5 lb weights… Gillian switched hers out haflway through. Guess they aren’t used to JACKED girls doing Pure Barre), and a small ball and sat in the carpeted studio.
Pure Barre is a mix of pilates moves and more traditional ballet exercises at a bar. We started with arms, moved to some ab/arm combos, did legs, glutes, and eventually ended with a 10 minute ab session. The whole class is done to some bumpin’ beats that even Gillian approved of, with plenty of stretching thrown in so as “not to get too bulky.” The goal seems to be muscle fatigue through small and controlled movements.
I had some issues picking up some of the moves (at various times I wasn’t quite sure what exactly I was suppose to be tucking) but I figure prowess will come with time. I expected the class to be full of Beverly Hills housewives and former USC communications majors that look like extras in a spring break movie. But was surprised that the class was mostly made up of young professionals (though I didn’t take a survey on undergrad and major) who didn’t completely make me feel like the actual elephant in the room. I also really liked that it wasn’t danced based. Since I have no rhythm and a poor short term memory anything based on repetition and dance (like kick boxing and walking while chewing gum) is pretty much out of my league.
I left sufficiently sweaty, though not as sweaty as I get during my normal 5 mile morning run (or like I did in Zumba classes in undergrad). While leaving the class and grabbing some Starbucks both Gillian and I agreed that it wasn’t the hardest workout either of us had ever done and we definitely needed some time to pick up some of the more nuanced moves. We particularly needed to work on making smaller movements as part of the philosophy of pure barre is using small/targeted movements, and well neither of us are very good at doing anything small. We both commented later in the day that while there was a bit of residual soreness neither of us felt like we had REALLY worked out.
Then we woke up this morning. While stretching for my run I realized that what I thought was a stomach ache was actually my abs BURNING. It made sitting up straight rather difficult. And reminded me that digesting a giant plate of pasta is not ab exercise.
All in all I enjoyed the class and Gill and I are going to finish out our 2 week stint by trying to attend at least 6 classes (3 a week). I might do their new member special which is one month for $99 (still a huge discount). It’s a great way for me to work in some weight lifting and muscle work into my running routine.
Have you tried any new workout routines?