My first class I didn't know what to expect. When I walked in I was greeted warmly by the "barre tender" and instructor. I was given a brief overview and tips for class, and was ready to go! You begin class with a brief warm up- warming up your core and legs. Then move on to a couple minutes of weights to sculpt your arms. Next you move to the barre to do your thigh, seat and ab series. All of your movements should be small and controled, which helps you to really work your muscles. The idea is to find your "shake zone" which is working your muscles to fatigue- from there you're building muscle. I began seeing changes in my body before my 2 week package was over, and I was hooked! For the first time in my life I have upper body strength! I can do push ups! I can hold a 90 second plank, no problem (usually 😉!) Not to mention how great my abs look lately.. And the physical benefits are just part of it. It's also a super positive environment. All of the instructors are great, people are always so friendly and supportive. And it's women owned, which is always a plus for me.
why you should run OC. If you're not ready for the full or the half, there is a 5k option.
* I should also note that this was written purely out of my love for Pure Barre :)