Gone are the days of matching buns, leotards, and pink tights. Picturing a rail thin woman barking orders at you and correcting your plié like your first dance teacher? Scratch that. Your Pure Barre teacher will be friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable (and have some KILLER muscles). You’ll be lifting, tucking, and pulsing to an eclectic playlist that will change each time. Put on some yoga pants and a top and head to the closest Pure Barre studio.

What is Pure Barre?

Pure Barre focuses on small movements that result in big changes. Pure Barre’s technique comes in a range of class offerings that target strength, cardio and flexibility for people of all levels, providing clients with self-focused time to transform the body and mind.

What to expect:

I headed in to my first Pure Barre class in February 2017 and grabbed weights, a ball, and a tube and found a spot in the back crammed in among lots of other ladies. The music started and 5 minutes in I knew I was hooked. It immediately brought back my love of dance coupled with some serious, and I mean serious, arm, abs, legs, seat (fancy word for your booty!) work. Here I am 5 months later, celebrating my 100th class.  Am I bored? No way – don’t have time to get bored. Too busy shaking at the barre for those last killer 10 seconds.  

4 reasons why you should try a class


You will be surrounded by BAD ASS women, excuse my language but there is no other way to capture it. I knew no one when I started. This isn’t prima donna ballet where everyone is tall, thin, and blond. You will be sweating next to women of all ages, shapes and sizes. I’ve gotten to know some really amazing and strong women and I am inspired by the teachers and their ability to push me harder every single time.

Ever Changing Class Routine

The classes and routines are ever changing and there is no way to master it – you can always extend your leg a little straighter, lift a little higher, and pulse a little lower. This class will never get old because it keeps me fighting for better form, higher heels, and stronger muscles.


The Mind Body App is used to schedule and book classes. I love this aspect because I know once I hit book class that someone has seen my name pop up and I have reserved a spot. Are you someone who likes to cancel last minute on your gym partner or have to drag yourself off of your couch to make it to the gym right before they close? Having a booked class and knowing that there is a spot waiting just for me gets me up and moving even when I am tired.

Self Care

55 minutes just for YOU. No kids yelling and banging on your bedroom door while you are working out at home, bodybuilder dudes making weird comments/noises at you to impress you, people waiting impatiently for the machine, or over packed classes with different people each time. The worries, stressors, and to do lists can wait.

Intrigued? Want to know more? Find your local Pure Barre studio and head there pronto.  You will leave sore and wanting to go back again and again.

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18 thoughts on “Pure Barre review: 100 classes

  1. I’ve been going to Pure Barre in the near west end and I’m really enjoying it! Like you, I grew up doing things like cheerleading and gymnastics, so I love being active! I went this morning and my muscles are like jelly now! haha

    1. HA! I feel ya. I forgot to set my alarm this morning and woke up at 514am for the 530class. I raced in the front door like a lunatic bc I didn’t want to be late! Im obsessed 🙂

  2. I am intrigued and do want to know more! So far I’ve just been working out at home because I can’t justify the money/time to work out at a gym or something. But maybe those are just excuses!

  3. I’ve been meaning to try out a Pure Barre class at some point. Right now I’m not in the financial state for it, but I’m hoping to make it happen in the future!

  4. I started taking barre in October and I LOVE it!!! I haven’t tried pure barre but I will definitely have to check it out!

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