Our Moms Run This Town group was offered the opportunity last week to check out the new Pure Barre Platform Class at our local Pure Barre studio. I have mentioned in the past that I really did not love the original Pure Barre format when I checked it out last year. The major reason was the original format did not have any cardio and I am a sweat junkie. I need to sweat or I don’t feel like I’ve had a good workout. I was excited to check out this new Pure Barre Platform class to see how it differed.
For the platform class, everyone has their own small platform (think old school step aerobics on a smaller scale) that is placed in front of the barre. During the class, you use the platform in conjunction with the barre to do both low impact cardio and more traditional barre moves.
Since our class was all newbies, none of us really knew what were doing and were grateful to receive lots of cues and encouragement from the studio manager. This youtube video demonstrates some of the moves you might find in a typical platform class. I did not look nearly as graceful while performing them.
As you can see, the Platform Pure Barre class differs quite a bit from the traditional barre class. Many of the platform moves reminded me of the step aerobics classes I used to take back in college. My heart rate did indeed go up and I was definitely sweating while trying to keep up.
Our 55 minute class combined high intensity cardio with low intensity sculpting moves using light weights. Towards the end of the class there was a challenging ab/core routine both with and without the platform. Classes are done without shoes and you are required to wear socks.
Pure Barre Platform could be a great cross training workout for runners and I can see why so many of my runner friends enjoy pairing the two together. Some of the ladies really swear by the toning benefits and credit the Pure Barre moves for getting them back into pre baby shape. Not to get too “fifty shades” but one of my friends is convinced Pure Barre moves helped her in the bedroom as well. Just saying 🙂
What I liked:
-Higher intensity cardio
-Variety of exercises targeting full body
-Strength training with weights
-Good complement to running
-Focus on smaller muscles not often targeted
-Great motivating music
What I did not like:
-Not wearing shoes. I personally feel more comfortable exercising with shoes which may not be an issue for others.
-I’d like to have more stretching during cool down.
As with any new class, there is a learning curve and I believe if I attended a few more classes I would be able to pick up the jargon and the moves a little easier.
Thanks again to Pure Barre Mclean for offering to host our MRTT group. We are looking forward to coming back.
Have you tried Pure Barre Platform Classes yet? What do you think?
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