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health + pure barre review

I always fall out of a vigorous workout routine when I go back to school, and since it's October now (side note, it's October? How did that happen so quickly?) and I'm used to my schedule, I thought that I should amp up my exercise to return to my summer routine. 

While living in the New York area has its perks with the amount of great workout places I can go to (Soul Cycle, for example), Winston-Salem has its own surprises. We have a Pure Barre literally one minute away from campus (walking distance...more steps for Fitbit!), and I took my first class last Wednesday to see if I was interested.

One of my sorority sisters actually works at this Pure Barre, so she suggested that we go together. Everyone was so friendly when I walked in; they all knew my name (since I was newly signed up), gave me advice for my first class, and got me all set up and ready to go when I got in the studio.

I'll preface this review by saying this: I am in fairly good shape. I could squat for hours, I'm a good runner, and I pride myself on being able to do pretty much any leg or butt exercise without putting in much effort. That being said, Pure Barre kicked my ass. The little movements? Dear Lord. All the pulsing and tucking, I thought my body was going to burn off. I really liked the workout I got from it, for I was instantly sore after I left the class, but I also liked that I didn't sweat much in it. Now I know why half the girls at Wake go to Pure Barre and then class immediately after!

I didn't really feel that behind in the class, even though everyone had previously taken the class and understood the flow and knew generally what was going to happen. The teacher was super encouraging and helped me when I needed it.

Since Wednesday, I took a class before my parents arrived on Friday, took another class yesterday and have one scheduled for this afternoon. I'm hooked. I just hope my body reacts well to this new exercise! TBH I don't know how it couldn't, you basically feel tighter and more toned seconds after you finish each exercise!

Have y'all taken a Pure Barre class? What do you think?

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