Pure Barre Brookline
If you’ve spent more than 10 minutes with me, you know about my love affair with Pure Barre – an effective 55 minute workout that seriously lifts, tones and burns.
From the Pure Barre website:
In just 55 minutes you will achieve a full-body workout concentrating on the areas women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. The Pure Barre technique is low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk.
Despite using a ballet barre in many of the exercises, you do not have to be a dancer. I certainly am not!
I was introduced to PB two years ago, and loved it so much that I officially gave up my gym membership (I was a gym junkie since high school) and stick solely with PB, in addition to long walks around the city and some HIIT workouts at home. Exercise is my me time, where I’m forced away from my phone/computer, and get to enjoy the endorphin rush. In the past, I was a serious spinner, a runner, and a yogi. I was a regular at pump classes and pilates classes, and even raced in a handful of 10k’s, half marathons, and even a triathlon. And while I still love all those forms of exercise, I found myself getting bored after a few months of each one. Somehow, two years into PB, and the classes are as challenging (if not more so) than the first one I took. The more you perfect your form, the harder it seems to get! The instructors are fantastic, the music is entertaining, and the women (and men!) who go there are supportive, friendly, and help foster an enjoyable exercise environment that keeps you coming back for more. In fact, I’m just a few classes away from my 250th class!
Pure Barre was the ONLY thing that made me feel better during my entire pregnancy, and kept me in shape. I was regularly going to class right up until Zack was born. True story: instead of Funk encouraging me to Push! Push! during labor, he told me to Tuck! Tuck! and I swear it helped me get baby Z out. “Tucking” is a PB move where you tuck your pelvis, almost as if you’re getting poked in the belly button. It helps strengthen your core and make all of the movements more effective. Apparently, even childbirth.
Barre does not irritate my hip, which I had surgery on three years ago. After surgery, long runs or intense yoga classes always left my hip hurting, but barre has been the best for it. I’ve also been dealing with back pain for over two years and notice a significant improvement with consistent PB classes. I think it’s from immensely strengthening my core, but regardless of the reason, I’m happy to feel the burn in my bum ANY day over cortisone shots to my back.
Aside from the pregnancy perks and the diminished back pain, I have never been more toned or in shape in my life. Those tiny three pound weights really work wonders! I leave every class feeling stronger, longer, leaner and challenged with every workout.
I’ve had people say to me PB is too expensive, but health and wellness are a priority for me, and I’m happy to pay for fitness that has been so beneficial for me. In fact, I found myself using my way-too-expensive Boston gym membership less and less, wasting loads of money. Not the case with Pure Barre! I register for classes weeks in advance and I never miss a single one.
A few months ago, I noticed a couple of local stores went out of business in my neighborhood, and I said to Funk, “THAT would be a perfect place for a Pure Barre studio.” Apparently Rachel Roberts, owner of PB Newton and Wellesley had the same idea. A few months later I learned Pure Barre Brookline was coming soon! Just when I thought our amazing Brookline neighborhood couldn’t possibly get any better – it did.
Pure Barre Brookline, conveniently located right at the Coolidge Corner T-station, opens TODAY February 5th. To say I’m giddy with excitement is an understatement. And I want to share this excitement and love for PB with YOU! Pure Barre Brookline is offering an opening special for one local resident to win FIVE WEEKS UNLIMITED PB in Brookline. With tons of classes offered each week, you have a lot of opportunities to tuck. Amazing! If you live in the Brookline, MA area (or plan on re-locating to Brookline just so you can win this contest), enter this giveaway by leaving a comment with your favorite workout or workout song. I’ll randomly choose and announce a winner on February 12th. Share this post with your Facebook friends or twitter followers and leave another comment telling me you did to earn up to three entries.
Can’t wait to see you at the barre!
Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post.