Hey hey, ladies!
We are just about one month into the new year, how is it going for you? Have you stuck to any of your resolutions for 2016? Thus far, we have done decently well in the Morrison household! One of my resolutions (you can read our whole list here) was to be intentional, and with that comes living fully in my city. Up until the past couple of months, I was driving and working between three different cities, grocery shopping still in Dallas, eating still in Dallas… meaning I was everywhere around the metroplex BUT my actual town. (And my poor car -RIP Angie- just paid for it.) With this came the feeling of unsettledness. To be frank, ever since moving to Dallas 5 years ago, I haven’t lived fully in my vicinity. Now that I am in McKinney, my hope is to do life as much as I possibly can in my new home. (Besides, of course, driving to Dallas for my CSF ladies a few times a week!)
I have been getting back to the barre this month, PURE BARRE, that is, at Pure Barre in McKinney right down the street from me! This time entering into the studio, I have a bit more (okay, a lot more) confidence in what I am doing than my first time ever walking into a Pure Barre. It is intimidating the first time you walk in and likely nothing like you have pictured in your head, but after your first class you start understanding and it is by far the best toning workout you will ever experience. I have never had quicker results for my arms or my tummy than what I do with Pure Barre. (We are talking, like, two weeks and you see significant changes if you go 3+ times a week!)
There are some things I didn’t know my first time at the barre that I wished I had, so for today’s post on Pure Barre I have a few quick tips for you before you walk up to the barre for the first time:
1. Come prepared to shake- This doesn’t mean you are weak or doing something wrong. If you are shaking then you are changing your muscles, this means you are doing the workout perfectly! In a barre workout, you are SUPPOSED to shake.
2. New Technique– I came into Pure Barre for my first class about 6 months ago thinking I would rock it. Then, when I was so lost, I felt like a complete failure. I thought I should have nailed my first class since I was a former dancer…. Wrong. Pure Barre is a workout of its own- there’s nothing to classify it with. Come ready to learn something new, which means you probably won’t be perfect at it at first.
3. Ask Questions– If you want to be good at Pure Barre, achieving maximum results, then stay after class and ask your PB instructor to help you out. I have never met a PB instructor I didn’t LOVE, they are so sweet and passionate about what they do! Ask questions!
4. Come with a friend- It can be intimidating to walk into a workout (or room in general) of entirely women. Let’s face it, girls are scary sometimes. Pure Barre is so fun to do with a best friend, though! You can giggle and wobble your way through your first class together.
(But, even if you cannot find someone to come with you, Pure Barre does an incredible job at cultivating a welcoming environment for women. It isn’t about competition or sizing up, it’s about finishing the class together. Don’t be afraid to go alone.)
5. Wear long pants- Pure Barre does have a dress code- you must wear yoga pants and socks for your class. The best tip: wear pants that fold over the heel of your sock- it keeps them on throughout the class! Plus, you will look like a PB Pro if you do this- it’s the Pure Barre trend. 😉
6. NO dance background necessary- You hear the word “barre” and immediately think ballerina- but that’s not Pure Barre at all. If you have a dance background like me, then you feel right at home in the studio, but you won’t hear a single dance word throughout the class- no first, second or third positions, no pirouettes. So, people who have never stepped on a dance floor in their life feel perfectly comfortable. Besides a barre and stretching, you are not doing dance methods of any kind. Being a former dancer might just give you a leg up (ha) on flexibility and balance.
I would LOVE for you to come try out a class with me. Working out is always better in pairs. If you live in south McKinney or Allen, you can go to Pure Barre Allen instead of Pure Barre McKinney, same owners and staff, located in Watters Creek! The best part is that you can try out a first class for just $10 on Thursdays at either location. Who is coming with me next week?!
Get up, get active, find things you are passionate about! Finding a workout you want to do can be tough, but that is what Pure Barre is to me. I get excited to go to class, and that is a fun relationship to have with working out.