March 18, 2015

Brides who Pure Barre

Over the last few months I’ve been overly committed to the gym with one specific objective in mind: I should be sweating for the wedding. Although I am definitely noticing results, it’s difficult to feel accomplished when working out solo. For a while, it was simply me against myself, the bride-to-be (the latter represents a stronger version of the future Sarah Peterman). Despite the many perks of my morning routine such as uplifting tunes, pink Gatorade and Nike kicks, I craved something social and challenging to shake up my workout habits.

Enter Paige: the ultimate friend every bride-to-be needs well before the big day and happily ever after. She’s super inspiring and bubbly. Oh, I forget to mention: she’s also a total knockout; we all have that one friend who turns heads just by stepping into a room. Thankfully, Paige introduced me to Pure Barre, my personal wedding trainer.

Enter Pure Barre: a fifty-five minute workout that challenges the abdominals, arms, and tush- the three target areas for every bride-to-be, single and married woman. The environment is warm and welcoming. For those who are very ambitious, Barre trainers recommend three to four classes per week.

I was considerably impressed with my stamina during session one; I left barre with newfound confidence and a trendy workout wardrobe (somehow, I convinced myself that hot pink pants would help me complete the last set of crunches).

Here are a couple of Pure Barre tips for brides-to-be who are new to the scene, like me:

  1. Don’t wear all black (too boring for Barre)
  2. Come early with water and time to stretch (you will thank me later)
  3. Take pictures to document before/after (proof of progress!)
  4. “Tuck*” is a Pure Barre must (when in doubt, always tuck)
  5. Bring your best attitude (when the leader of the class says, “only ten more ladies”… don’t give up)
  6. Pure Barre is the only time it’s acceptable to be a follower and not a leader (if you don’t know what you’re doing, look to the locals for help)
  7. Barre is about fitness…and fashion (check out the Pure Barre boutique)

*Truthfully, I am still learning what “tuck” really entails. So far, I know it’s about engaging the core.


These @emijayinc shirts are all necessary, particularly, “See you at the Barre.”

Clearly, I wasn’t prepared for the agony of walking the next day. My muscles ached in a way that only professional athletes dare brag about. Although in pain and slightly moody from twitching muscles (known to Barre fanatics as the successful “shakes”), I have decided to dwell on the positive: results are inevitable. I’m hopeful that my honeymoon bikini body will thank me.


Class 2 with Paige. Unlimited classes to go. Hashtag: #sweatingforthewedding


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