Are you a bride-to-be or a new mom? Nope? Us either. So don’t be alarmed when you walk into Pure Barre Boston and feel like a fish out of water. Don’t get us wrong – we did find the shake zone and feel the burn and every so often we might find a Pure Barre class in our future, but as of right now we sure aren’t going to be making it part of our weekly workout routines. Pure Barre is for those of you who want to get toned without sweating, pushing your limits, or actually putting in the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to see results.
It starts with 80’s style aerobics marching in place to warm up the body and core. The instructor then takes the class straight to the floor for abs and 90 second planks which are always included in every Pure Barre class. After abs, there is a long arm sequence which includes bis, tris, chest and back, and then the instructor takes the class to the barre for your first “tigh sprint” (whatever that means). Actually, what it means is we look like a bunch of 4 year olds in their first ever ballet class standing on our tip toes and doing squat pulses. After 5-10 agonizing minutes, our thighs were shaking and we couldn’t quite explain why because we weren’t breathing heavy or sweating at all, and then it’s on to “seat work.” This is where you work your “Pure Barre ledge” which are the muscles right under your butt cheek that Pure Barre claims to lift and tone to give its students a perkier, more round behind. Does it work? We plead the fifth.
After seat work, it’s back to abs. This time sitting against the wall, utilizing the ever-present tuck method to target different parts of the abdominal muscles. If you are looking to work on that six pack then this place might be for you; we spent 25% of the class on abs.
Lastly, one more round of supine booty blasting to the beat. The entire class is set to the beat and from what we’ve heard, the playlists are all corporate-approved, meaning a little behind the times – think “Call Me Maybe” & “Timber” remixes. Help!
Similar to CorePower Yoga, Pure Barre instructors are difficult to differentiate from one another solely based on their teaching style and language choice. You’re gonna hear a lot of “Make this your best 10!” “Work that Pure Barre ledge!” and “The shake zone is where you get stronger!”
Meredith N. was our fearless leader for our 45 minute class. She chipperly power walked around the room, cueing movements to the beat, and gently correcting us. She was confident and knowledgeable but unfortunately she taught in the same manner as every other Pure Barre teacher we’ve ever encountered, which in our eyes isn’t a good thing. She lacked a personal style and ability to relate to her students.
Pure Barre studios all have the same feminine, boutique feel. They are inviting, glamorous, and girly – think lots of chandeliers, candles, and nice smelling things. The lobby is clean with hardwood floors and a large retail space to buy Pure Barre branded apparel, the latest from Spiritual Gangstar and ALO, and various other accessories. The actual studio space where we got our tuck on is carpeted and lined with mirrors. Plenty of opportunity to check yourself out as we noticed many of the ladies around us doing.
Pure Barre Boston has what it needs and not that much more. Two bathrooms and a changing room behind a curtain. There are no showers but seeing as this isn’t a sweaty endeavor you really don’t need to shower. There are amenities to purchase through a vending machine such as mascara, tampons, lipstick, etc. so you can spruce up after class. We’d never bought mascara in a vending machine … always time for a first.
350 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115 Back Bay Barre $$
Pure Barre Boston
Back Bay Barre $$
350 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115
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You know something’s up when a teacher has two sold out classes back to back on a Saturday. We were lucky enough to get ourselves a spot and damn Jamie did NOT disappoint. We might go so far as to say this was one of the best barre classes we’ve ever taken. The class was filled with mostly regulars whom Jamie knows by name. There is not much demonstration but don’t let that deter you. The regulars were on point and knew exactly what to do which made it easy to follow along; these people take barre SERIOUSLY. Jamie isn’t there to smile at you and make nice (well maybe before and after class) but during class she’s all business. She has a soothing voice but a serious demeanor as she walks around the room. She will call out those doing well and walk over to help those having trouble with clear assistance. The only thing we didn’t love was the playlist – but we don’t blame Jamie because Pure Barre corporate releases about four playlists a month and the instructors do not make their own. So don’t go to this class for good music, go for the shakes you will feel throughout class and then for two days to follow.