5 Tips for Your First Pure Barre Class
Here are five things that are handy to know before you take your first Pure Barre class.
Happy Tuesday, friends! This post is something a little different but has been requested by quite a few of you who are curious about my workouts and fitness routine. Those of you who follow my instagram will know this due to countless stories filled with overexcitement, but this past month I have been training to become a Pure Barre instructor!
Pure Barre is a workout studio that I discovered with my girlfriends while in college and within just a few classes, I was hooked. It provided me with an escape from the craziness of finals and studying, it was a fun and amazing community, and I could feel my muscles changing and getting stronger after one week! Since then, I have continued to practice my technique and I can finally announce that I will be teaching at the new Pure Barre studio in Newport News, Virginia. I can't wait to share my love and passion for this beautiful workout with others.
I put together this quick little guide to hopefully give you a little insight into what Pure Barre is and some of my top tips for your first class. I hope it is helpful and I can't wait to see you at the barre! <3
So, what is Pure Barre?
Let's let PB HQ do the talking...
"Pure Barre is a collection of 45-50 minute total body workouts. At the core of our technique we use a thoughtful series of low impact, isometric movements that are designed to produce results. You'll use the ballet Barre and other light equipment as you move through class, focusing on different areas of your body. Your muscles will shake. You'll get stronger with each class. And ultimately, you'll rise above who you were yesterday. Precise. Proud. Balanced. Passionate."
and that ^ friends is what got me addicted to this beautiful workout and inspired me to become a teacher! Here are some of my top tips for those of you who are new to the Pure Barre method. Welcome to this wonderful community! <3
My Top Tips for Class #1
1) Wear Sticky Socks + Long Yoga Pants
At Pure Barre, sticky socks are a must. They keep you balanced and since you spend a lot of your time on your toes in class, they stop you from slipping on the carpet. Another fun fact is that the sticky socks promote circulation throughout your workout and one last one for all you clean freaks, they keep the studio sparkling clean for you. Why the long yoga pants? It keeps the heat in your muscles. Wearing long pants also keeps you nice and covered when we do all sorts of bending at the barre (you'll thank me later).
2) Listen Carefully!
+ remember, it's okay not to understand at first. In fact, it's very normal for it to take a little while to get the hang of things (as with anything, right?!) so be patient with yourself, listen and ask your instructor any questions you may have after class. Your instructor will explain every change and every move but to keep with the pace of the class, it may come around quickly, so listen closely and hang out by a seasoned client who may have got the hang of it over the classes she or he has taken before.
3) Teeny, Tiny Movements
Pure Barre is all isometric work and tiny movements that are meant to target your muscles effectively without putting pressure on your joints. One of my favorite things about the barre studio is that huge movements, bouncing up and down and rebounding kicks are not a thing. It is low impact and safe for all ages. It's also great for pregnant women and can be suitable for those of you with injuries. The great thing about Pure Barre is that there are modifications that can be made as needed for anyone who needs them. One thing I like to think about is really squeezing from the muscle the instructor tells you to target instead of just moving your elbows, knees, or wrists. For example, focusing on squeezing your outer seat to lift your leg up just a tiny inch in booty work, rather than just lifting it from the hip joint.
4) Embrace the Shake
If you notice that your muscles are shaking during your workout, don't panic! This is a great thing and it means that your muscles are reaching the point of fatigue due to your hard work. Woohoo! It not only means that you are building strength, but when combined with the stretch that follows every section of class, it means you are on your way to those long, lean muscles.
YES YOU CAN! Mindset over matter. Bring a positive attitude into the studio and set an affirmation at the beginning of class. Why are you here? What are your goals? Remind yourself of this throughout class and tell yourself that you can do this. It's meant to be a fun and awesome workout full of motivation, friends and a fierce community. Enjoy it!
I look forward to seeing you at the barre! <3
To sign up for classes at my home studio, or for more information about Pure Barre Newport News, click here.
To read more about Pure Barre in general, head here.
Beef Bulgogi Bowls
Makes 2 Large Bowls
1 lb. grass-fed rib eye or sirloin steak
2 tablespoons cooking oil of choice
2 tablespoons coconut aminos
2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic
1 tablespoon raw honey or sweetener of choice
2 stems of green onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
4 cups dark leafy greens
2 cups roasted broccoli
3 large carrots, roasted
3 cups cauliflower rice
+ hot sauce (to taste)
= spicy mayo!
1) To make the roasted vegetables, throw frozen broccoli and carrots onto a baking sheet, drizzle in cooking oil of choice, salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 375F for 30 minutes or so. Remove and set aside.
2) Place the steaks in a large bowl with coconut aminos, minced garlic, raw honey, salt and pepper. Let marinate for 10-30 minutes.
3) In a large skillet, add cooking oil and saute the steaks (along with sauce) over medium high heat or until the steak is medium-well done.
4) Set the beef aside and slice into thin pieces.
5) Using the same pan, heat up your cauliflower rice in the skillet until piping hot.
5) To each bowl, add 2 cups of greens. Top greens with 1-2 carrots, 1 cup roasted broccoli, 1 1/2 cups cauliflower rice, 1/2 lb of steak and chopped green onion. Add a dollop of spicy mayo on the side, sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!
Isabella Grace is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focusing on toxin-free, natural living to its fullest extent. Her mission is to provide personalized integrative health solutions to create sustainable, lifelong change and enable you to live, love, and serve at your fullest health potential.
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