I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting ways or places to work out in the city, especially during the winter time so I was thrilled to have been invited to Pure Barre Studio yesterday to try out one of their classes before the studio officially opens in a couple of weeks.
If the name Pure Barre sounds familiar, it’s because there are a lot of Pure Barre studios located in the United States, the one opening up on Queen Street W. in Toronto will be the first studio in Canada.
We had the chance to train with Paige, the owner of the studio bright and early and let me tell you, it was not an easy workout. I’m feeling incredibly sore 24hrs later, which means I definitely worked hard and worked on some different muscles or muscles I haven’t worked in a long time.
The studio is great because it’s small enough to make you feel like you’re getting very personalized training. Paige goes around throughout the workout to make sure you have proper form, which is always appreciated especially when doing a type of exercise for the very first time.
The workout itself reminded me a bit of my ballet classes growing up with a lot more strength conditioning. Though you are only required to do small movements, they are surprisingly just as hard as any other big movement to do. Less is more in the class. We also got to use weights, stretch bands and a ball to add variety and complexity to the moves we were doing.
All in all, I got real sweaty, real fast during the workout and had a blast experiencing something new. It definitely kicked my morning into high gear.
PureBarre Studio will be opening in Toronto in the next couple of weeks. For more information, check them out here.