I am finally ready to talk in more detail about the new Pure Barre Pure Results (focus on seat) streaming online workout!
I’ve been getting lots of questions about Pure Barre lately so we before we get to the new Pure Results workout, lets summarize my Pure Barre history so that we are all on the same page.
I began taking Pure Barre studio classes last summer and fell in love with the routine immediately.
Pure Barre works every muscle group targeting arms, core, seat and legs in such a non-impact way that as much as you are lifting, toning and burning, you don’t feel as though you are overworking yourself.
I never loved strength training and favor running over anything else so finding Pure Barre was the perfect complement to my routine. I have experienced an increase in my strength (especially my core), a noticeable difference in my balance/flexibility and even a pretty quick change to my appearance (leaner/smoother muscles).
The stretching segments (a nice mix of yoga and pilates) were so needed in my life that I am not really sure how it is I ran so much before incorporating Pure Barre into my workout routine on a regular weekly basis.
I am still fascinated that using 3-lb weights can really build up your arm strength! When I go to the gym (which isn’t often, especially in the summer) I am still able to lift the heavier weights (10-15 lb weights are heavy for me) and feel stronger, not weaker.
Pure Barre Benefits For Runners:
- Non-impact full body workout to strengthen core, abs, arms, legs and seat
- Strength training without overdoing it
- Cross Training
- Works to improve your stability and balance
All of this helps to prevent injury!
How I Got Started With Pure Barre From Home:
Pure Barre studio classes are not cheap. I made the decision at the end of last summer to order a few of the Pure Barre DVD’s so that I could do the routine myself from home.
Having the ability to do Pure Barre from home is awesome because I can fit it in on my time schedule, not on a studio class schedule. I don’t have to worry about making a class or about the weather in the winter. I never liked working out at home but look forward to the early mornings of Pure Barre from my living room.
The Pure Barre DVD’s I Use:
Pure Barre Mile High Series (2 DVD’s/35 minutes each- uses the little red ball, no weights)
Pure Barre Studio Series (2 DVD’s/45 minutes each – uses light weights and a yoga block)
I vary my workouts by alternating the DVD’s from the Mile High series and the Studio series, depending upon how much time I have and my mood.
The New Pure Barre Pure Results Streaming Workout:
Recently I felt the need to add a new Pure Barre routine into my rotation and chose the new Pure Results Streaming Workout with an extra focus on the seat. It’s 65 minutes in length which is slightly longer than a studio class.
I love that the workout streams online so that I can access it from anywhere, not that I have been anywhere other than my living room lately but you know what I mean.
For $19.99, you have access to the workout for one year. Not a bad deal, at all, if you ask me, especially when one in studio class on average will run you $25.
This is the first Pure Barre routine I have done that incorporates weights during the warm up and ab section.
Is it hard? It really depends upon the day that I am doing it. Sometimes I find it more challenging than others. I am pretty sure that if I didn’t work my core 3-4 times a week with the other Pure Barre routines for the past year, this would be killer.
Don’t get me wrong- it is not easy! I love that it uses weights though, it’s very similar to the other Pure Barre exercises but the use of weights adds a nice twist and something different.
The only equipment you need for this workout is a set of free weight BUT I started to use the little red ball during the ending abs section to support my lower back.
There’s a good amount of “tucking” going on — if you don’t have a ballet barre (I mean really, how many people do) you can use any stable support like a ledge or a chair.
This routine follows the same Pure Barre structure – warm-up -> arms -> legs -> stretching -> seat -> abs -> stretch – > but then adds in an extra seat section before cooling down.
While the movements themselves aren’t hard, you certainly feel those isometric holds, especially in this workout at the end — the extra set of seat exercises after completing the rest of the workout certainly burns while it lifts and tones!
My Plan Going Forward:
A little while ago I shared with you the structure of my weekly workout plan. While it changes up sometimes, I aim for Pure Barre three mornings a week, every other day.
I try to vary the DVD’s and intend to do this new online workout once a week. 65 minutes is a lot, even though you don’t really feel it because the time flies by.
Some questions you may be thinking:
Can you run the same day as a Pure Barre workout? Yes, you can, but I do find that Pure Barre can fatigue my legs. For this reason, I only run the same day as Pure Barre if the run is an easy/recovery/short run. I save speed work days for non-Pure Barre days.
Can I do Pure Barre on back-to back days? Yes, you can. I found however that my muscles much prefer an every other day approach but there are times where I do it on consecutive days.
Is the routine hard to follow if I have never done it before? I recommend taking a Pure Barre in studio class before ordering the DVD’s or trying the online workout. I think it’s best, as I described in this post, for the instructor to talk to you and walk you through some of the moves in advance of the class and correct your form the first few times.
What equipment do I need? I recommend ordering the Pure Barre bundles which means, the DVD sets will include the associated equipment (excluding the free weights) unless of course you already have a little ball and a yoga block. Most of the bundles include the Pure Barre socks which is great too, especially if you plan to take an in studio class which requires them on your feet.
Do you get more of a workout out of the longer DVD’s than the shorter DVD’s? Actually, I find that the Mile High Series, which is 35 minutes in length, to be a complete workout. Each DVD runs through the same Pure Barre routine – the longer workouts just focus a bit more on each area.
Past Pure Barre posts worth reading:
Why I Signed Up For Pure Barre – original Pure Barre post!
Know Your Weaknesses – We all have our strengths and limitations. Recognize them to maximize your workouts and limit the chance of injury.
My Workout Routine – My current “training” planPure Barre Pure Results Review #purebarre #purebarrefamily #LTB #running #fitness @pure_barre Click To Tweet
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