Saturday, September 6, 2014

Why Pure Barre is Totally Worth the Price



Happy Saturday! I'm not feeling well today, so I hope you're doing better than me! I bagged out on my run today, but I still made it to Pure Barre!

Speaking of my new favorite workout.... I've thought a lot about how much I spent to buy my 3 months of unlimited classes, and I definitely felt guilty about it at first. But I've recently gotten over it - and now I would even go so far as to say that it was (and is!) totally worth the price.

I've noticed HUGE changes in myself since I began attending Pure Barre regularly back in July - both physical and mental.

Physically, I have never been in better shape in my entire life! I may not be at the lowest weight I've ever been, but I firmly believe that is due to all the lean muscle mass I've gained. My arms are toned and strong, my "seat" has definitely been "lifted," my hips and thighs are slimmer, and my abs - well I can actually see them! And I can feel how strong my core is during normal, everyday activities, like sitting upright in a chair. It sounds silly, but trust me - it feels different!

So obsessed - I book my classes way in advance!
While the physical changes have been absolutely AMAZING, I think the mental changes have been even more so. My husband has always maintained that I am the most self-conscious person he's ever met. And he's probably right. But Pure Barre has given me this new found confidence. The physical changes were a catalyst for a change in my perspective. The thoughts that go through my head when I look in the mirror are completely different. Instead of focusing on all the things I dislike, I now look in the mirror and feel proud of all my hard work. And instead of talking about how "flabby" this or that is, I'm now saying just the opposite. My husband is probably sick of me saying, "Check out these abs!" And "Look at the the muscle in my arms!" (Although I'm pretty sure he's much happier with this type of positive talk.)

One of the biggest changes is that I rarely ever weigh myself these days. It's almost hard to believe that I used to be the girl that stepped on the scale every single day (sometimes even twice a day). I realized the other day it had been over 2 weeks since I stepped on. I hopped on yesterday out of curiosity. I have only lost a couple of pounds over the past few weeks, but I no longer care about getting back to the weight I was last fall because I feel strong and confident, and I would much rather have a couple extra pounds of muscle weight on me. Those numbers on the scale no longer affect me. I think there's still value in stepping on the scale every once in a while for accountability's sake (especially since I tend to eat peanut butter right out of the jar...), but I finally see that those numbers are just that - numbers. They're not me - not who I am.

I confess that I used to think that people who gushed about expensive workouts like Pure Barre were "drinking the Kool-Aid" so to speak. And I truly never believed that a 55-minute exercise class could be life changing. But now I know.



I finally feel comfortable in my own skin - and I get 55 minutes of zen every morning. And for those reasons, Pure Barre is worth every penny.

3 comments:

  1. Just saw you on Hungry Runner Girl. I too am a barre addict. I started running at 17 because I was overweight and wanted to drop the pounds extra quick. Running (and healthy eating) surely did that. And for a long, long time, running was all I did. Then I learned about Pilates and fell in love with yoga. The next evolution is barre, right? I do Barre3 because there are no barre studios in my area and Barre3 offers online classes (and a mobile app!). It didn't take long to notice the tighter tush and leaner legs! Bonus--running injury free now!

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    1. I've tried Barre3 online as well. Very convenient option! I have also noticed that my barre workouts are helping my running due to increased flexibility.

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  2. My doctor does Barre! She loves it too! I think that's great you've found something that makes you feel so good about yourself. And you're looking wonderful. :)

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