class review: pure barre miami
Last week I went on a bit of a barre class bender. Fresh off the Fusion Fest hosted by exhale spa and Women’s Health magazine, the next day I bopped on over to Pure Barre Miami in Coral Gables and met one of my friends from my Lululemon days (she was the store manager). She happened to be in town on business. What business you ask? She just joined the corporate team at Pure Barre, helping the company to eventually open more locations! Going from one fitness-minded company to another–dream jobs!
One of the things I really enjoy about this Pure Barre location is how straightforward and no-nonsense it is. Located near the Village of Merrick Park (an outdoor mall with luxury boutiques and staples such as Anthropologie, J. Crew, and Athleta), there is ample street parking. You walk in, speak to the women at the main desk, and glide on in to the studio. There’s no loud music or distracting people walking in and out of other classes. The space is solely for the class you are coming to take, and the personal atmosphere is warm and welcoming. I am not a fan of super-fancy catch-all fitness facilities as I feel like they tend to be impersonal and overcrowded, so Pure Barre Miami is a sight for my sore eyes.
Once I was all settled in, I grabbed the equipment required for the class. (I committed an epic blogger fail by not taking any photos of the inside of the studio! I was too excited about getting my workout burn on.) We used the ball (like a mini version of an elementary school kickball), light hand weights of two and three pounds, a resistance band, and a mat. Then the lifting, toning, and burning began. We survived through rounds of tucking and tiny pulsing movements, and the fast-building muscle burn I experienced was similar to the aching feeling you get when you have the flu–yowsa, it worked!
As a fellow fitness instructor, I really appreciated the positive encouragement and focus on form. It is so important to make sure you are exercising with proper form, and to be honest, barre classes can be confusing and overwhelming. The upbeat playlist they have pumping throughout the class is perfectly composed to align with whatever motion is happening in class–Top 40 hits when you’re doing seat work at the barre and slow jams for post-burn stretching. Music sets the tone for your workout, so proper music, in my opinion, is key.
My favorite part of the class was towards the end when we were laying on our mats. No, I’m not saying the best part of class was the stretching! As a final give-it-your-all exercise, the lights were turned off, house music started pounding through the speakers, and we did a series of pelvic thrusts in a hamstring bridge position to really fire up our lower half. This part was so fun because each movement was to the beat, and in the dark no one can see how awkward your thrusting might be!
I would definitely recommend checking out Pure Barre Miami if you live in the area or are ever visiting. It’s clean, well-run, and the instructors have truly covetable bodies. And for those of you out there reading this review, I promise I’ll start reviewing other non-barre classes! Enjoy your Thursday!