It’s the month of love, and I am so excited about it. I also just happened to have my 100th (official) class with Pure Barre, so today I am celebrating both!
If I had to narrow it down to one lesson that trumps all others from my time taking Pure Barre classes, it would be the importance of taking time out of every single day for myself.
It almost feels icky, even selfish to say that. But prioritizing time for yourself dictates how well you can love others. Pure Barre allows that for me, and challenges me all the while. It has pushed me, shown me new strength I didn’t know I was even capable of, and has given me a whole new sense of self and confidence in the body I have been given. Pure Barre has taught me to love myself well, keeping me healthy & fighting for new goals. (250 is next for me!) I cannot say enough how much I love Pure Barre, and all that it does for me both emotionally and physically. No matter what I feel like that day, no matter what I have been through, I know that I get to walk into Pure Barre and leave my troubles behind for at least just one hour. I get to rewire and focus my mind on accomplishing my workout. For just that hour, that’s my only worry in the world. I also happen to come up with my best new ideas while at Pure Barre- it’s sort of my dreaming hub.
I asked my teachers at Pure Barre to share how they have learned to love themselves better, and what role Pure Barre plays in that. These women are fierce, confident, goal driven, and absolutely gorgeous inside-out. You will see just how much Pure Barre empowers us to believe in ourselves more.
“Take every chance. Drop every fear. Your body is capable of so many amazing things! If you never try, you’ll never know what you can accomplish.” – Amanda Kovach
“The day will be what you make it, so rise like the sun, and burn. Pure Barre is my outlet. It motivates and energizes me. It provides a mental clarity that allows me to wake up every morning knowing I’m in control of the day’s outcomes, and that it’s my mission to wake up and solve problems. Pure Barre inspires me to rise like the sun and burn… literally.” -Loren Eisenlohr
“Pure Barre not only challenges your physical strength, but also your mental strength. Build yourself up each class, let go of the negative self-talk, and by the end you feel accomplished and strong.” –Lisa Ford
“‘She believed she could, so she did’ is my daily mantra. This quote embodies everything I want to be as a woman. If we believe it, we can achieve it, whether it be a Pure Barre pose, a new position at work, or any other challenges that come our way!” –Brittany Cooper
“Outward change only comes after we change from within. I started Pure Barre like many women do, just wanting to lose weight. But after a few classes, I got something much better. I learned to respect my body and what it can do. Pure Barre showed me I could hold a 90-second plank and I could hold those 2-pound weights all the way through weight work. I simply needed focus and encouragement, both of which I found at the barre. Every time I attend class I renew that commitment to my body. I am so much stronger than I think!”-Naomi D’Addario
“Embrace and love your body. It’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever own. I’ve learned just how strong and beautiful my body is after having my kids. It may not be perfect but it’s mine and it’s strong! Pure Barre helps me find new ways to challenge myself and achieve goals I set each class. Having a lifted ledge just happens to be a great perk!” -Krystal Middleton
“In those moments where my body shakes the most or the burn gets incredibly intense, I remind myself that it is short-term discomfort for long-term results. Nothing worth having ever comes easy. Pure Barre is tough, but it WORKS! I also love Pure Barre because not only does it challenge your physical strength, it challenges your mental strength. If you can commit to doing something good for your body for just 55 minutes (and giving it your best effort), you are sure to walk out of the studio a stronger, healthier, more confident woman and an amazing role model for others!” -Molly Mitchell
“Pure Barre helped me appreciate my strength and face the challenge of natural childbirth with confidence. Women’s bodies are so incredible, and Pure Barre helps me recognize and celebrate that! I fell in love with Pure Barre from the very first tuck – the incredible challenge, the motivating music, and the personal attention received from the instructors. It became even more meaningful for me as I continued teaching and taking classes throughout pregnancy- I was at the barre 3 days before my son was born!” -Nora Davis
“In just 55 minutes, I can escape, release stress, and focus on myself. Yes, your body and mind will be challenged, but like we say, “You’re stronger than you think,” and it’s true. You always leave stronger than when you arrived. It’s about fighting through the shake and the burn. There’s nothing quite like it!” -Haley Hutchinson
“Pure Barre has so much value that extends far beyond the barre. I’ve developed many friendships and learned how strong and amazing our bodies can be. I’m forever grateful for my Pure Barre tribe! Find your tribe and love them hard.” -Savannah Boarman
“Wherever you are, be all there- this is something I try to focus on each day, but especially at Pure Barre. Whether I’m teaching or taking class, Pure Barre has the ability to let me shut out the noise of the world and focus on my strength. The mind-body connection is so empowering and truly tests our emotional, mental, and physical strength. For 55 minutes, it’s all about focusing on you.” –Jennifer Thorndike
“Connect with your passion. Live with Purpose. Make a difference. Whether it be teaching or taking class, volunteering in the community, being a mom, friend or wife, this is something I focus on daily. I start each day with gratitude living out my passion for fitness & motherhood. I try my hardest to make a difference each day and, most of all, make every moment full of purpose.” –Melissa Vitek
“Whether I’m teaching class or just going about my day, I try to remember how important the little, simple things are and how they can make an impact. Living a healthy lifestyle is sometimes challenging, but I always remind myself that with small but significant changes, over time I can reach my goals. The small, isometric movements at Pure Barre are able to make a significant difference in your body if you have the dedication and willpower to stick with it. Make a simple decision to make a significant change in your body and life! For all things in life, make it simple, yet significant.” –Brandie Scales
Hope you loved reading through these women’s encouraging words as much as I did. When do I get to see YOU at the barre with me? Happy February, beauties. Remember to love yourself by believing in yourself, taking care of yourself, and having confidence in who you are.
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All photos by Cottonwood Road Photography for The Cake by Hannah