Welcome to Workout Wednesdays! Each Wednesday, we will be providing you with the inside scoop on all things fitness! This week read about our first trip to the barre. 

Barre studios are everywhere and one studio, Pure Barre, is literally everywhere. The workout itself is part Pilates, part Yoga, part muscle shaking pain and part dance. If you have ever overheard a group of woman clad in spandex saying that they are dying from the bar, I’m positive they are not nursing a hangover but rather just came from another exhilarating Pure Barre class.

We spoke to Pure Barre Senior Master Teacher TrainerShalisa Pouw, on how Pure Barre has been able to lead the way within the barre movement and how she uses the spa to unwind!

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What makes Pure Barre stand out?

Pure Barre stands out for so many reasons, but here are a few of my favorites.  It’s a mental workout.  The technique requires that you focus on a lot of things at once from your body alignment to the movements you are doing and the muscles that you are working.  It isn’t the type of workout where you can check out. We also spend a lot of time making sure that you are set up in the correct position.  We provide you with a detailed description of where to place your body, tell you which muscle you are working, and then use hands-on corrections and one-on-one assistance throughout.

What’s the one thing you always do when planning a class?

I always try to think about the dynamics of the class as a whole. At Pure Barre, we don’t have any levels and welcome new and veteran clients to each class. My goal is to make sure that the combination of movements that I plan to allow for the veteran clients to get an intense workout while also allowing someone to walk in from the street and be able to follow along throughout the full 55 minutes.

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Describe the atmosphere? Ideal demographic? All levels?

It is always our goal to provide a warm welcome for each person that walks in the door, especially a newbie!  There will be someone to answer your questions and get you set up for class, you’ll meet your teacher and talk through technique basics, and the music will be playing in the background to get you pumped up for what’s to come. We really don’t have an ideal demographic, because Pure Barre is beneficial for all ages, fitness levels, and body types.

What is your go-to pre & post workout snack?

On a normal busy day, I usually end up grabbing a bar on the go to eat post workout. My favorites are RXBars (try the Coffee Chocolate!) and Lara Bars.  I usually workout in the mornings, so I try to get a mixture of protein and complex carbs for breakfast to keep me energized throughout the day. Oatmeal with berries and almond butter or avocado toast with sprouted wheat bread are some of my favorites.

What is your favorite workout move?

I am all about planks!  In each Pure Barre class, you will go through a series of plank positions, including straight arm plank, side plank and 90 seconds in forearm plank. These positions work so many muscles in the body, specifically your shoulders, abdominals (transverse abdominals, rectus abdominis, and obliques), seat and thighs. They are also great bodyweight exercise, so you can do them pretty much anywhere without needing equipment (check out #purebarreinthewild).

I always tell people who are intimidated to take my class to?

I tell them to remember that I am there for them, not me!  Pure Barre is not the type of workout class where you walk in, get yelled at and put down for an hour, and walk out feeling horrible. The goal of every teacher is to provide the best experience for each person in the class. I will check on you throughout the class, help you when you aren’t understanding a position, tell you when you are doing a great job, and follow up with you when the class is over. The only thing I expect from you is to make your way through that front door!

When I’m teaching, I’m most impressed by a student who?

Doesn’t give up. There are moments in a Pure Barre class where your muscles are burning and shaking and all you want to do is come out of position. I am most impressed by the people push past their comfort zone and stay a little longer in those moments. I have found that those are the moments that really help clients find their best results, both physically and mentally.Spa Week Pure Barre

Can you share your number one way to unwind/destress?

When I am in need for some serious stress relief, I turn my bathroom into a mini spa and take my favorite detox bath with Epsom salt, baking soda, fresh ginger & essential oils. It allows me to relax with a good book, soothe any sore muscles, and clear my mind.

3 Responses

  1. Nao Akieda

    Enjoyed reading this. I started Pure Barre back in October with no prior training in anything remotely similar, and just attained my 100th class last week. Always a great atmosphere.


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