The PB addiction still stands. And it gets even stronger with time. I can't imagine not doing this form of exercise. My overall strength has improved tenfold. Definition continues to show itself. I've never had arms like this. It's crazy, really. I love my abs. My legs are more toned. My tushie, though still evidently there with wiggle and jiggle, is way better than when I started a year ago. I can honestly see a lift, which makes me giddy with excitement anticipating what I will discover with another year of Pure Barre under my belt.
If you've kept up with my quarterly reports and you haven't tried a PB class yet, I have no idea what you're waiting for. Once you get through the first few weeks, you will understand why your body craves the burn. And you will see a difference.
Photo from Women's Health Mag
One thing you should know, Pure Barre never gets easier. No matter how many days a week you go, no matter how many years you've been a member, the organization knows how to keep you challenged. New moves, new tools, fresh outlooks. Most recently, Pure Barre added a new torture instrument — the double tube. Oh dear goodness, talk about hurting so good. This tube works your legs, seat and abs in a way they've never been worked before.
If you've been debating whether or not this workout is for you, check out where I started to get a taste of my journey. And know that I'm still completely addicted.
Photo from Vogue UK June 2012, Kate Moss
I'm talking about RE.
I seriously heart this new line of health conscious drinks. And so does my family! In fact, I have to fight them just to get my hands on one. We all drink 2 ounces of REVitalize in the morning. It has 100% Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, ORAC, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Pantothnic. Plus a ton more vitamins.
When we need a boost of natural goodness to sweep us off of our feet, we reach for REVive. It's loaded only with healthy stuff — no synthetic chemicals and stimulants that create an artificial adrenaline rush. REVive packs a punch — it's a pick-me-upper while delivering high-end antioxidants at the same time. My son hoards it for football and lacrosse practices. He claims it helps him focus.
This is one of those healthy drinks you want to share with your family. Can something that tastes this berrylicious good really enhance lives? Yes.
Starring 21 super fruits, RE contains: apple, apricot, black raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, cranberry, dark sweet cherry, elderberry, goji berry, mangosteen, maqui, pear, pomegranate, prickly pear, red sour cherry, red grape, red raspberry, seabuckthorn, strawberry, white grape and yumberry.
How does RE work?
RE nourishes and protects our mind and bodies to help make us stronger so we can feel more, do more and be more. With regular use, the antioxidants help protect us rather than weaken us, the natural nutrients help enrich and strengthen us rather than deplete us.
And talk about company support. I love the Ask Isaac page. Isaac, RE's naturopathic doctor, helps you navigate the new waters of natural food, beverages and products. A feel good all the way around!
Being away from my local Pure Barre studio while on vacation provided the affirmation I needed. My hard work is paying off!
My mom was the first to comment on my legs and rear. Though my size hasn't changed, and that's not what I'm after. However, toning and lifting is. And it appears that I'm on the right track. My sisters and friends can't believe my arms (which, appreciatively, they call guns).
What I like most about barre class is the challenge. I am constantly pushing myself. Much like running, I'm not okay with easy peasy. I want to work hard and set new goals for myself each week. Adding cardio (running, for me) brings on the results more quickly.
Like any form of exercise, you have to commit. For me, it's daily — or just about. However, 4 days will do the trick. And eating healthy will support your hard work.
So, are you ready to try barre class?
Photo from Vogue, April 2006
That was my first reaction. For two straight weeks. But then, I fell in love.
Technically I'm four months in. However, this is one of those obsessions that I just need to discuss and share — even if I'm a month late. If you haven't experienced the barre craze, you must. If you have, let's chat! In the meantime, I plan to provide a progress report every quarter.
I started Pure Barre in December 2011. No one told me the blow-by-blow about this class. Even though I was a little nervous, I walked in to Pure Barre Charlotte thinking I could handle anything. After all, I ran everyday, went to hot yoga 3-4 days a week and did weight training. Certainly I could do a barre class. Not.
Pure Barre is tough. Really tough. In fact, I told owner, Casie Scott, that PB needed to be renamed to PT (see first sentence). My legs trembled uncontrollably. I could barely make it through abs. And my triceps were sore for days. Don't get me wrong, it's a good soreness (one that you'll soon become addicted to). But it literally took weeks before I decided I could handle it. I remember looking around class thinking 'how do these people do this?' And now, I am a professional tucker! Technically, that should read professional lift-and-tucker, but I like professional tucker better.
The first two weeks I went 2x a week. Week three I moved up to 4x a week. And by the fourth week, I made a commitment to go 5x a week (which became everyday by the second month). Once you make the connection, it's addicting.
The best part, all of my ailments —shoulder tear, pulled hamstring, weak ankles — do just fine with such isolated movements. In fact, they love PB! And here's the skinny (pun intended): within three months, I've seen a significant difference in my body — in strength and in tone. My upper body has never been so defined. Rib cage through waist shrunk. My abs are starting to show signs that there are actually packs in there. And for the first time in my life, my legs made it through five days in a row of skiing in February without one ounce of soreness.
Now, if I could just see a difference in my tushie! Honestly, the best looking seats (PB terminology) in Charlotte are in this class. Mine, however, looks severely out of place. But I'm working on it. Perhaps a year of lifting and tucking will raise my seat? Stay tuned.