The day came where I was asked to go to my first Barre class.
I was hesitant at first when Sam and Dylan asked me because I knew how sore they had been after their first Pure Barre class. I didn’t know what to expect besides that it was going to be challenging. I asked Sam and Dylan some questions, but being a “need all the info I can get” type of person, I looked up the Pure Barre website. They had a full section on what to expect, what to bring, and even terminology. They said to wear leggings or pants and to bring “grip socks” if you have them, but if not, no worries because they offer them at the studio as well! As we headed downtown I was excited, but also nervous about my ability to hang during this rigorous class.
When Sam, Dylan, and I walked into the studio in East Village there was a strong sense of community.Everyone seemed to know one another and enthusiastically greeted each other with a smile on their face!
I would recommend arriving about 10 minutes early if it is your first time, because you have to sign in, give information, and give yourself time to get acquainted with the studio and equipment. We told our instructor Katt we were newer to Barre, and she reassured us (me mostly) that we were going to crush it! She showed us the room, and where to get the weights and platform. She then gave us a little outline of class letting us know we would start with upper body where the weights are wrapped around our wrists, and then switch to lower body with the weights on our ankles, and end with core where we would need a mat. Katt made sure to let us know that at any point we could lose the weights, or modify any of the movements.
The movements were all micro movements that really engage your muscles! I didn’t know all the moves, terminology, or form, but Katt was incredible and made sure to guide us through each part of class!
We started on the floor with our platforms in front of us, and our weights around our wrists. We went through a series of upper body movements that really pushed the strength and endurance of our muscles. Then we move the weights to our ankles and did a set of movements on the platform, and then moved over to the barre to finish the lower body section. I will say the repetitive micro movements -pulses- cause your muscles to burn and even shake at points! I enjoyed this because I knew I was truly engaging my muscles, and getting a strong workout! Finally we ended with core, I felt like giving up at this point, but the energy from Katt and the others in the class kept me going!