This is a re-post from April 21, 2009 about one of my favorite subjects: exercise. In the past year Pure Barre has changed the way Nashville thinks of exercise. After a 6 month hiatus (from an unrelated injury that prevented me from going to class) I’m back as of yesterday’s 6:00 a.m. class. I think the class is harder (is that possible?) and totally inspiring. There is nothing like the accomplishment of finishing this class- a high unto itself. If you have yet to add Pure Barre to your workout regimen, I humbly suggest you try it. People call it life-changing. I agree. Be sure to show up early for Pure Barre or sign up online to reserve your spot. The 6 -10 person classes of last year have been replaced with sold out classes and firmer bums throughout the mid-state area. The new studio opening up in Brentwood may relieve these jammed packed classes though…. Here’s my post from last year, edited just a wee bit:
A sporty friend, with fire in her eyes, talked about Pure Barre as a place she had heard worked EVERY muscle to the point of FATIGUE. This thrilled her to no end and peaked my interest- the way tornadoes do: with fear. EVERY MUSCLE? To the point of FATIGUE? My partner on this site, Elizabeth, has also been going. She lovingly refers to it as PureHell.
Well, I can write about great jeans, shoes and dresses all day, but the way to make YOU feel the best in them is to be confident with your body. A large calling that almost no woman succeeds with. I’m one of the masses and my issues are my thighs, my weaker arms and my three c-sections belly. I’m not above surgery mind you, but I’m not willing to “go there” without exhausting all possibilities. Actually, my fear of anesthesia will probably keep me at bay from the OR.
I love my other exercise classes, and have no plans to stop, but I wanted to try something different to kick start my need to love my body a bit more come Memorial Day and the dreaded swimsuit that this day brings.
The different is PURE BARRE, a combination of Pilates and Ballet. I want to share my first Pure Barre experience with you:
The location is tricky. Turning onto Crestmoor from Hillsboro Avenue, Pure Barre is located through the REAR entrance to the 2207 building- this is the second building past Krystal on your right. You will open the door and walk into a side stairwell. I walked up the stairs nervous wondering what I was walking into. Well, I found the studio on the second floor and it is very nice, new, clean and just wreaks fitness and health. I started to get really excited I was here.
I took advantage of the $100 new membership special which allows 30 calendar days of classes- as many as you can take. As each class a la carte is $23, this was the way to go. A long lost acquaintance of mine walked in. She is a workout queen. She said she had been taking Pure Barre classes for 3 years as she takes them in LA. She said she loves them- but that they are really HARD. Gulp, if she’s thinks they are hard, do I have a chance? Then, I noticed the slogan: Lift, tone, burn. Hmmmm…b-u-r-n. Double gulp.
The people there today ranged from a Vandy College student to a much older lady covered in tattoos from head to toe (literally) Size double 0 to 20 lined up on that Barre. A mom from every school in town was represented. What I mean by this is no matter who you are, no matter what age you are, no matter what the scale says to you, you will not feel out of place. (quick update- most people in the class are pretty fit now, but don’t let that dissuade you if you are not. The class is hard and everyone is supportive of each other. Most are just in their own zone concentrating hard on their own body to get through each move.)
Class began and literally 60 seconds in I thought I would vomit. My muscles – 60 seconds in- were already fatigued and shaky. Honestly- and I’m no wuss. I felt like screaming: I take Pilates! I work out on the elliptical! I have a TRAINER. This class will chew all that up and spit it right back at ya. 60 seconds into a 55 minute class I questioned my $100 month pass. Crap- have I just paid $100 for one class? Because I’m unsure at this very moment if I will ever come back (OK- obviously I did!)! But- I powered through and I made it.
Your muscles WILL shake. I don’t care how many boot camps you’ve done. You will actually shake and grunt and cuss out sweet butterflies in your head. What you won’t do is give the hassles of your life a second thought for the full 55 minutes you are in that studio. You will not think about work, home, your family…nothing but cussing out those sweet butterflies and pleading prayers for your set of exercises to end. And they do end and then you stretch and then you are back into another position as a new set of muscles start to shake and give in on you.
Kady, the owner, was my instructor today. She pointed out people who were doing a perfect job. She is like your sweet Drill Sergeant in that I quickly came to the conclusion that all I wanted in life was for Kady to tell me my position and execution was perfect. I found myself wondering how many classes that would take. OMG, this is a drug.
Before my knees became so bad that my physical therapist asked me to never again run, I experienced the “runner’s high” I have never experienced that from anything else- or so I had thought. I got that high today and I suddenly remembered dancing 3 times a week until I was 13 and how much I loved class- and my legs shook there too. It releases all those endorphins and it sticks with you all day. I swear I’m writing this 12 ½ hours after the class finished and I’m still on the high….although my body is telling me to take some advil very soon or I may not be able to get out of bed tomorrow.
Bottom line: a wonderful escape and a hard core workout that I challenge any boot-camp toned lady in town to take. But, I’m kinda scared to post this because I don’t want my class to fill up. (update- a year later the cat’s out of the bag. No more empty classes.)
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Pure Barre Nashville two locations:
2207 Crestmoor Road, Suite 203
Green Hills, TN 37215
330 Franklin Road, Suite 137A
Brentwood, TN 37027