As someone who loves group fitness, I also find it intimidating to try a new workout class. I personally, always have a little anxiety before trying a new class or going to a new studio. I typically, go through every scenario in my head about to expect and Google a million things to be prepared. Anyone else?
In this post, I am going to share with you 5 Tips for your first Pure Barre class.
5 Tips for Your First Pure Barre Class
- Show up 10-15 minutes early. This is pretty standard for all group workout classes. Before class, you will be greeted by a sales associate who will give you paperwork to sign and show you around. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet your instructor. Definitely try to meet your instructor so they are aware you are new.
- Dress appropriately. Pure Barre has an unspoken language about what is appropriate to wear, allow me to share my knowledge. You must wear capris or leggings, unlike other workout classes shorts are not acceptable. You also need to have sticky socks typically with no toe grips. Make sure to wear your socks in the studio. You cannot walk in with bare feet…. like I said unspoken language. When I went to Pure Barre training, I didn’t know you I could not put my socks on the in-studio and got made aware.
- Understand the terms. Pure Barre essentially has its own language. It’s important that if you are attending a class you are somewhat familiar with what each term means. My advice on how to learn these terms and what they mean is to take a Pure Barre Foundations class as your first class or check out this YouTube video that breaks it down. (This is the same video I watched before I went to Pure Barre training so I was more familiar with the terms.)
- Choose a spot by the mirror. Pure Barre form can be challenging even if you are an avid gym-goer, but it also can be really fun! I recommend getting a spot by a mirror so that you can see your form. The class moves really fast so it is nice to watch the instructor in the mirror and be able to see yourself. The class setup is the same for all traditional Pure Barre classes. Roughly, it’s a 15-minute warm-up (the second half of the warm-up has weights), three thigh exercises, two glute exercises, core work, and what is called back dancing which is similar to glute bridges in some variation.
- Have fun! As corny as it sounds when you take your first Pure Barre class go in with the intention to have fun. On average, it takes 50 classes to fully understand the flow, terminology, and really get the technique down. It will be a much better experience if you embrace having fun and know you will not be perfect when beginning.
I hope these tips help you feel more prepared if you are signing up for your first Pure Barre class. There are many other resources on YouTube regarding Tips for Taking a Pure Barre Class. These are just a few of my hot tips. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions!