Monday, July 28, 2014

Hangin' Out at the Barre

Mommy's got a new favorite workout!

I had just been complaining to my husband about not being able to work out at lunchtime like he does, when I head some girls at work talking about taking noontime classes at the new Pure Barre studio near the office.

If you're not familiar with Pure Barre, here's a description of the workout from their site:

The Pure Barre technique is low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk. The technique works to defy gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up!

I had tried Pure Barre once before back in January and thought it was just ok. I consider myself much more of a weights and circuits girl, and not so much a graceful, ballet barre kind of girl. But now that there's a studio within walking distance at work, it seemed like a great time to try it again! The studio is offering a New Client Special - $99 for one month of unlimited classes. I also had a BankAmeriDeal for 10% cash back from Pure Barre, so when all is said and done, it cost me about $89. Not bad.

I bought the special on Wednesday and promptly went to my first lunchtime class on Thursday. It's about a 10 minute walk to the studio, a 55 minute class, and a 10 minute walk back. Not something I can do every day, but definitely doable a couple times a week.

I was a little self conscious at the start of class since it looked like everyone there was a "regular." They all seemed to know what they were doing - knew all the moves as the instructor was calling them out. I was probably a few seconds behind everyone with each transition, but I started to get the hang of it, with all the "tucking" and the "lift, hold, lift, freeze." I was definitely in the "shake zone" - my legs were shaking like crazy and my muscles were on fire!

By then end of the 55-minute class, I was completely hooked! I could feel every muscle in my entire body during my 10-minute walk back to work. I somehow managed to go for a 4-mile run later that evening, and by the next morning, I had some serious sore hamstrings and glutes. The good kind of sore! I took another class at the studio near my house on Sunday and, maybe it's all in my head, but I already feel slimmer in my hips and thighs.

This low-impact, muscle-burning workout is the perfect counterbalance to my high-impact running schedule. I plan to milk my one month unlimited for all it's worth! It's a shame that once my month is up, I can't really afford to keep up with it. With 2 young kiddos, I just can't justify (or afford) $225 per month. But I am considering investing in the wall mounted barre for my basement along with one of the DVD packages so I can keep it up at home...

Have you tried any new workouts lately?

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