Pure Barre Workout – Review

I was walking through town last week on our first warm day of the Spring and noticed there was a Pure Barre in our town center! Apparently it’s been there for a year; exactly a year in fact. I saw online they had a deal for $1 classes for new members to celebrate their year anniversary, so I jumped on it! Fitness classes are expensive, take the deals when you can!

So, if you’re like me and have been wondering what all the hype is about, I’m going to break down my experience…

Showing Up to Class

I saw online they want you to be there 15 minutes early, and that they don’t let people join late. So, I showed up early and I’m glad I did because the paper waiver was very long.

Also, they say you should wear capris or leggings (no shorts) and sticky socks, which they sell. I happened to have sticky socks I had to buy at one of those trampoline parks. Admittedly there are way cuter ones which might come in handy for yoga too…I love these ones*! Cute & affordable.

*Asterisks indicate affiliate links. If purchases are made through them I receive a small commission at no cost to you – please see the full disclosure policy for more details.

What to do when you go in the Studio

So, I accidentally got the best spot in the class (for a newbie) by getting the spot next to the instructor. I didn’t know she was going to be in that spot, so lucky me!

They set out these stretchy bands in each space in the class, and then we all grabbed a red ball, and two light weights. WARNING: Don’t grab the heavier weights. They will likely have 2 lb, 3 lb and 5 lb options. Even if you’re super strong and bench twice your body weight, trust me.  Yeah, just grab the 2 lb ones to start, you’ll thank me later!

One thing I liked was that the class had a huge range of age and fitness level. I saw how the workout worked for each person, and they could make modifications or rest as needed but could still keep up with the class. Pure Barre is very accessible regardless of your current fitness level. However, don’t be mistaken it is challenging!

Class – What to Expect

Not giving away any top secret info here (you’ll have to check it out for yourself), but you can expect to use a ballet barre (thus the Pure Barre name), some  props (ball, stretchy bands, weights, mat), some really great dance music and an instructor who guides you through the whole workout. The instructor explained to me before class the cue to “tuck” meant to contract your lower abs and to have a “heavy tailbone” meant to flatten your back. All the other cues were very straight forward. I appreciated that, because going to a new class where you have to constantly look over your shoulder is the worst.

BURN. Yes, the whole tag line of Pure Barre “lift. tone. burn.” is accurate. During the class I took my triceps, glutes, quads and hamstrings were on fire. It’s crazy how some of the small movements in this class are so difficult!

Review Summary

So, the main message from my visit to Pure Barre is:

  • The Burn is real! Legs/Glutes/Abs/Arms!
  • The Workout is FUN, High Energy, but non-competitive
  • Well organized
  • Good Instructors
  • Good Music

There is definitely a cult like following of Pure Barre, and I think I understand why.

It is great workout that’s really accessible for all levels of fitness, but still really challenging for those of us who workout regularly. On top of that, they have a welcoming environment which makes you want to come back, and super recognizable branding so you notice it wherever you go! : )

Cost (the math)

I did a little math for you if you’re thinking about signing up long term. For your first class and your first week/month, check out the deals at your local studio. There is often a deal for new members (my first class was $1!) and deals for the first month unlimited for $99 (only worth it if you’re going more than once a week).

Long story short, if you’re going less than 3 times a week, the numbers say to to do a punch card, at least with the pricing at the location near me. The prices will vary by location.

Once a Week

  • Drop-In: $25 per class
  • 10 Class Punch Card: ($220)  $22 per class
  • 20 Class Punch Card: ($360) $18 per class (would take you 5 months to use at 1x per week)
  • 40 Class Punch Card: ($640) $16 per class — BEST OPTION (would take you 10 months to use at 1x per week)
  • One Month Unlimited: ($225)  $56.25 per class
  • One Year Unlimited Monthly Payments: ($165) $41.25 per class
  • One Year Unlimited Paid Upfront: ($1800) $34.62 per class

Twice a Week

  • Drop-In: $25 per class
  • 10 Class Punch Card: ($220)  $22 per class
  • 20 Class Punch Card: ($360) $18 per class (would take you 2.5 months to us at 2x per week)
  • 40 Class Punch Card: ($640) $16 per class — BEST OPTION  (would take you 5 months to use at 2x per week)
  • One Month Unlimited: ($225)  $28.13 per class
  • One Year Unlimited Monthly Payments: ($165) $20.65 per class
  • One Year Unlimited Paid Upfront: ($1800) $17.31 per class

Three times a Week

  • Drop-In: $25 per class
  • 10 Class Punch Card: ($220)  $22 per class
  • 20 Class Punch Card: ($360) $18 per class
  • 40 Class Punch Card: ($640) $16 per class
  • One Month Unlimited: ($225)  $18.75 per class
  • One Year Unlimited Monthly Payments: ($165) $13.75 per class — 2nd Best (to avoid upfront payment in full)
  • One Year Unlimited Paid Upfront: ($1800) $11.54 per class — BEST OPTION

So have you tried it? What do you think? Let me know in the comments 🙂 –>

 

I share fitness inspiration for the daring and every day ways to get better on my blog, AcroCafe by Eliannah. I’m passionate about alternative fitness and doing what makes you feel alive.

Life is better upside down!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *