I had a chance to try Pure Barre’s new Platform class this week at Pure Barre Charlotte in Myers Park. You could tell this was the hottest ticket in town – the class was packed on Monday! It started out similar to other Pure Barre classes in that we started with a warm up on the floor, but it quickly turned into Pure Barre in fast forward! Whoa! I am so used to making small, isometric moves in Pure Barre, but Platform is totally different. While you are still working your core, arms, legs, and seat, the instructor kept encouraging us to make BIG movements. The point here is to not only work all the muscle groups, but to get the heart rate up and SWEAT. It was so fast-paced, and I was breathing heavy quickly!
While your making those BIG moves working each muscle group, you get the platform involved (somewhat similar to the step classes that I took years ago). The platform is easily moved forward and backward and each part of class is easily modified if you need it to be. While it’s much faster than a normal Pure Barre class, the instructor is still there making sure you are doing it “right” and not hurting yourself (one of the things I love about Pure Barre!). At times you use the ballet barre to hold on to, and other times you pull off the barre. My legs were sore – a good sore – the next day (always the sign of a good workout!).
It’s really different, but it was great and I loved it. I can’t wait to go back. I’ve been a Pure Barre fan since they came to Charlotte over five years ago, but I still love to mix it up and try new things. I am also a big cardio fan, so this new class is a great way to get both. It really was fun, hard, and body toning all at the same time. My legs, arms, and abs are feeling it the day after for sure. I think muscle tone is so important for us women. We need to stay strong, and who doesn’t want to feel lean at the same time? This new class can do just that.
Here’s a pic of my first class.
Here’s a bit more about Pure Barre’s Platform from Pure Barre:
It is a fast-paced class designed to optimize cardiovascular results & increase total body strength. It’s a 55 minute heart-pumping class that combines quick bursts of high intensity, yet low impact cardio work with periods of low intensity muscle-sculpting movements. In addition to the lean graceful strength and definition you’ll see as a result of Pure Barre, add Platform into your weekly class routine for an extra boost in endurance, metabolism, burning fat & calories, & cardiovascular health.
Hope to see you sweating with me at the barre! 🙂