Just booked your first Pure Barre class? Welcome! We’re so happy you’ve decided to join our amazing studio community! Whether you’re new to working out or just new to Pure Barre, you may be wondering how to prepare for your first barre class. Starting a new workout journey is an accomplishment in and of itself, so first take a moment to congratulate yourself for trying something new!
Pure Barre is a low-impact, high-intensity workout that draws inspiration from a few different modalities including yoga & pilates. Pure Barre's full body workout relies mostly on your bodyweight, but involves the use of a few props: a double tube, a set of light weights and a ball. Don't worry, your teacher will show you how to use your equipment during class!
There are a few things you can do ahead of time to make sure you have a great first barre class.
1. Confirm Your Class
If you’re new to Pure Barre, we highly recommend taking a Foundations class for your first barre class. These smaller group classes are specifically designed to introduce you to the Pure Barre technique. Your teacher will define the Pure Barre lingo, break down commonly used movements in class and introduce you to Pure Barre’s total body workout.
Even if you’re not completely new to barre, we still encourage you to book into a Foundations class to get a feel for our class style. Your first foundations class is free, so there’s no reason not to try it out! Book into a foundations class near you here!
2. Fit Check!
Pure Barre is based on yoga, Pilates and dance, so take cues from those activities on appropriate attire. Most people wear leggings and a workout shirt or tank. Avoid wearing baggy sweatpants or T-shirts for your first class so your teacher can clearly check your form and help you make any necessary adjustments.
You’ll also need a good pair of sticky socks with tread on the soles. If you’re a barre beginner, you may be tempted to wear regular socks, but don’t skip them. Sticky socks are required for all Pure Barre Classes. These socks prevent you from slipping during class, so you can focus on engaging the right muscles instead of trying to stay upright. You can buy a pair of generic sticky socks online, but we have a large selection available for purchase in-studio that are specifically designed for Pure Barre classes.
3. Fuel Up
Although Pure Barre is low-impact, it is a high-intensity full body workout! Make sure you’re properly fueled to break a sweat by staying hydrated, and eating a few hours before class.
If you’re taking an early morning class, grab a banana or something light to ensure you have energy throughout class. Eating a big dinner the night before will also help you push through the shake!
4. Arrive Early
Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to the studio before your first barre class. Our welcoming team will check you in, give you a tour of the studio and introduce you to your teacher. Take this opportunity to share your fitness goals & any previous injuries to ensure you get the most out of class! Our teachers are rigorously trained and know how to modify classes for different fitness levels and bodies.
Arriving early will also ensure you get to experience the best part of Pure Barre: our empowering community!