Anyone that knows me will tell you I’ve become a little obsessed with my new workout. To say that I’m not a ‘gym person’ is a gross understatement, although I know the importance of being fit and healthy. I’ve done yoga, even Bikram yoga which is that hot yoga in a sweaty gross room. That, I actually liked for some reason. I’ve also done Zumba, but I look like the worst kind of spaz and my ego won’t allow me to continue it. I heard a few months ago of a Pure Barre studio opening in Oceanside and decided to try it. I didn’t look into it too much before I went, thinking it was just some sort of ballet-type workout and it would be fun to try. It is all kinds of intense that I was not prepared for.
Pure Barre is a total body workout that focuses on arms, thighs, butt, abs, and back in separate, intense segments. You will use light weights, a resistance band and a rubber ball for the exercises and will be encouraged to move in small, inch increments. It is designed to fatigue your muscles to the point of shaking and inner-monologue cursing, and I am in no way kidding when I tell you that you will see extreme results in your body within 10 classes. You can read more about it here.
When I started, I was going to 2 classes per week. By class 5 I could see definition in my arms in a sexy, womanly but powerful way. I am now just past 30 classes and my entire body has changed. They call it ‘Lift, Tone and Burn’ and it is a very accurate description of this. Everything is lifted and toned, and after 2 kids that is no small feat. I’m so addicted to this workout now, that I’m going 6 days a week.
I am also loving the abundance of options as far as times are concerned. I can go as early as 5:45am, before the kids are awake, or as late as 8:40pm, long after they are (hopefully) asleep. There is an app you can download to reserve your spot in a class and to pay, buy merchandise, etc.
On the note of merchandise, I would greatly suggest buying a pair of ‘sticky socks’ before your first class. Several of the exercises require a grip on the floor and socks must be worn, and trust me when I say that regular socks won’t cut it. They also offer lots of cute leggings, workout tops, etc. in the studio, which is always tempting!
For those of you interested in trying this addictive and amazing new workout, Bryanne Graser, owner of Pure Barre Oceanside, is offering a free class to anyone who mentions they read about it on Long Island Mom. So show up, put on some sticky socks, and get ready to see a complete change in your body. You can thank me later!
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