Raise the Barre: 6 Tips For Your First Pure Barre Class
New to Pure Barre? In order to maximize your 55-minute workout, check out these tips for your first class!
1. Know the etiquette.
Arriving fashionably late to Pure Barre is definitely not the move. Be sure to come 10-15 minutes early to your first class, so you can check in, meet your instructor, and grab your equipment, which typically consists of a set of light weights, a ball and a tube.
2. Dress the part.
Sticky socks are essential for Pure Barre because they create traction on the carpet, prevent your feet from slipping on the carpet, and will most definitely make you look the part. You will also want to wear a tank top and comfortable leggings. Beyond Yoga, Garbe Luxe and good hYOUman are all fantastic lifestyle and active wear lines that are specifically designed for you to sweat in style!
3. What is the “Tuck”?
During your first class, there will be times when you hear unfamiliar terms or feel unsure about how to execute certain moves, but that is ok, and it is totally normal.
“Tucking,” for example, is one of the most important (and perhaps the most confusing) concepts of “barre.” As you “tuck,” you contract your abdominal muscles while simultaneously dropping your tailbone and rotating your hips towards your ribcage. It may feel slightly unnatural at first, but don’t be discouraged – you don’t have to be perfect, especially on your first try!
Listen carefully to your instructor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions after class if you are uncertain about a particular move. The instructors are happy to help clarify any confusion. It will take you a few classes for muscle memory to kick in, but the more times you hit the barre, the more you will understand. Pretty soon, you will master the technique! Check out these other important terms, so you can be prepared for your first class.
4. Strive for “tiny, sharp” movements.
In Pure Barre, the “go big or go home” philosophy does not apply: bigger is actually not better. Instead, it is all about using small, isometric movements. Your instructor will likely ask you to move only an inch because, according to Pure Barre, the smaller the movement, the bigger the change in your muscles; therefore, concentrating on proper form is key.
5. Shake It Off!
“Shaking muscles are changing muscles.” Pure Barre is effective way to tone your body because you work each of your muscle groups to the point of fatigue. So, shaking is very normal (and highly encouraged)! Fortunately, we have our girl Taylor to back us up on this one, so think of her as you “find your shake.”
6. And remember, “yes you can!”
Like the legend Kimmie Schmidt once said, “you can do anything for 10 seconds!” When the instructor starts counting down, hang in there. You are much stronger than you think, so be patient with yourself and your body. Don’t compare yourself to others or worry about what anyone else in the class is doing. Focus on your progress, and you will be a pro in no time.
Grab your friends and walk over to the Reynolda Village studio today. Sign up for the New Client Special, and “see your strong” in 1 month of unlimited classes for only $99.
See you at the barre!
– Heather Crosby