I started off the month by trying a new exercise class, and something brand new to Pure Barre. It's called Pure Barre Platform!
See the video below, this is the Pure Barre corporate promotional video. It looks intense!
Today my two friends (and fellow Pure Barre instructors) Morgan and Marissa joined me for a road trip to Charlotte to try it out. The Pure Barre studio in Birkdale is one of the handful of studios already carrying the format. The owner was on the development team for the class, so she was trained before anyone else. The studio is about a 2.5 hour drive away from us, and totally worth it!
We left early this morning, coffee in one hand and Pure Barre sticky socks in the other.
The trip flew by with the great conversation and company. When we arrived in the studio, we were greeted by the owner Katie. She showed us into the studio and our platforms.
She warned us ahead of time that this class will be very different from a typical Pure Barre class. The movements are much bigger, and faster. She encouraged us to exaggerate every movement, and to focus on working every muscle in our bodies.
The music started and we got moving! The class seems to be a hybrid between a fast pace step class, and a cardio pure barre class. We kept looking at each other and giggling the whole time, enjoying every challenging minute of it. The format is amazing! I feel like Pure Barre has addressed it's only weakness.. no cardio! My heart rate was up almost the entire class. I left with the "endorphin high" feeling comparable to a spin class, but sore in the typical Pure Barre focus zones (thighs, seat and especially abdominals). I am thrilled Pure Barre is adding this as a facet to the brand!
For those who take Pure Barre, here are more differences you will find in a platform class: The warmup is different and elevated! For example you perform your pushups with your toes on the platform, tricep dips with your palms on the platform (etc.). A lot of things are done on the "diagonal" so that you don't run into the person next to you. Pay special attention to directional cues in class. They are SO important for this format. Everything is on the beat. Try to stay on it! Every move is obnoxiously large in comparison to a typical pure barre class. Take everything you know about pure barre ("down an inch, up an inch" etc. ) and throw it out the window. Seriously, I think she said "heavy tailbone" once? Hardly ever did we even hear "tuck". For thighs: instead of 3 separate thigh exercises you perform 2 thigh "series". Basically everything for left thigh and then right. Same set up for seat, you have 2 "series" instead. Also: the part where you sit under the barre, with a red mat with a "rounded back" and then the following ab sprints with a "flat back" are cut entirely! Instead, you have some additional seat work in the middle of the room, and then an abdominal series in the middle (with the platform of course).
Similarities: Same flow of class: warmup, thighs, seat, abs. Same target zones, and you should keep your core tight the entire time. Same dress code: pants to knees or below, and socks MUST BE WORN. Same movements... they are just bigger now.
Our favorite part of class was the seat-cardio blast of kicking off of the platform. So much fun!
After class we walked around Birkdale for some light shopping and lunch before hitting the road back to Chapel Hill!
I was definitely sore the next day, and so glad I went. I and am also thrilled to announce that I will be attending training for Pure Barre Platform in two weeks! My friend Adison and I are traveling to all the way to Denver, Colorado so we can bring it back to the Chapel Hill studio!
Get ready Chapel Hill, the platforms will be here by mid December/ January at the latest!
Please comment if you have taken platform! What did you think?