Studio Review: Pilates-Ballet Fusion at Pure Barre

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Posted on 21st April 2010 by Jiggly in Cardio and Toning |Reviews

Pure Barre
6791 Quail Hill Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 500-5924
(Multiple Locations)

Lift.Tone.Burn – that’s the mantra at Pure Barre, a fitness studio combining pilates and ballet techniques into one unique workout routine.  I recently had the opportunity to try a class because a great deal was offered on Groupon.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I wasn’t expecting my thighs to be quivering nonstop within the first 15 minutes of class!  I thought I was in pretty good shape with all the marathon running I do, but Pure Barre is a whole different animal.  Supposedly the word of this innovative new technique is spreading the nation like wildfire.

Here is what you need to know:

  • The studio provides you with all the equipment you need – this includes two sets of light weights (you can choose between 2-3-5 lb weights), a band, and a ball.
  • The workouts emphasize short, tiny movements meant to fatigue the muscles and gets switched up every 10-30 seconds.
  • You begin with a small warm-up, then go right into workouts designed to tone your arms, thighs, butt, and abs.  They used up every minute of the hour, so there were really no opportunities to rest.
  • No dance experience required.  The movements are designed so that anyone can follow along.  Even my two left feet can attest to that.
  • The studio floor is carpeted, but you MUST wear socks.  They also sell socks with grips on the bottom, but I found that regular socks were fine too.
  • Attire is a tank top and capris or tight-fitting shorts or pants.

I was sweating buckets at the end of my hour-long class and my heart rate was definitely up.  Pure Barre provides a comprehensive toning and cardio workout that seriously works you!

Best for: those who want a challenging, different type of workout that focuses on toning.  The workouts don’t require a lot of bouncing so it’s also great for those who have sensitive joints.
Would not recommend for: those who are extremely out of shape.

  1. bev says:

    i had NO idea we were supposed to wear socks… until i saw everyone else wearing them. oh well…

    21st April 2010 at 9:24 am

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