Last weekend, I had my very first Pure Barre experience. The first time I had ever heard of Pure Barre was from my pal, Jessica, who now owns a studio herself in Texas. I honest-to-goodness have never really been the type of person to work out. I used to just watch my weight, and then cut back on the calories if I started gaining lbs. Anyways, now-a-days, I work out. And I actually enjoy it. To my surprise.
Typically I do treadmill intervals or the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, but my curiosity of this PB craze led me to try out my first class. I am going to give my raw feedback - the pros and cons - in case any of you are interested in it as well!
Spoiler alert: although my experience may not have been 100% superb (due to customer service reasons), I am totally a fan of the workout itself. In fact, I plan to put this, this, and this on my Christmas list. (I'm not lying either... someone better buy it for me! In fact, hold on a minute while I send husband the blog post link for today.)
Okay, I'm back. Anyways, here's the down low on my experience:
* It's a seriously amazing workout. It was fun and there's just something about the movements that makes me feel like a woman. That sounds so silly... but it's true.
* There was great, up-beat music. I liked how the instructor would change the song based on what type of exercise we were doing at that specific moment.
* The workout burns a lot of calories. I used muscles that I didn't even know existed. Upon leaving my first class, I could tell that I had burned a lot of calories.
* The sticky socks that they sell there really did help. Since there are a lot of stretching type of moves, the sticky socks help you to stay in place. I continue to wear the socks when exercising at home too. I think they're a genius sell!
* The price is scary. It costs $22 per class, or close to $2,000 a year for unlimited classes. Of course they run specials too. I saw one in Austin for $100 which included unlimited classes for 30 days.
* I felt judged. One girl in the class (whom was not an instructor) not-so-kindly told me that I was doing a move wrong, and the way she said it really irked me. I was quite open about telling people I was a newbie, so I figured people would just let me learn as I went. Nope - this chick knew what she was doing, and she expected perfection from me.
* I wasn't wearing Lululemon. Everyone there (no lies) was wearing designer workout clothes. Me? I get my workout clothes for dirt cheap at Marshall's or TJ Maxx and I'm not even embarrassed about that. Sure, I'd love some workout gear from high-end stores, but let's be real: ain't nobody got time for that when you're spending $10,000 on IVF.
* Customer service. The girl at the front desk gave a great first impression, but everyone after that sort of dropped the ball when it came to the customer service at that specific location.
Despite my 'cons' list being more text-heavy than my 'pros' list, I am IN FAVOR of Pure Barre. I seriously loved everything about exercise movements. I'd like to try the class once per month. However, more ideally, I would like all the equipment to do from home. Hence why everything is on my Christmas list. But really - I would just feel more comfortable doing the moves from home so that way I'm not giving all my monies away, and so that I can wear whatever knock-off brand of workout gear that I want, without feeling judged.