I had a wonderful mid-week treat last night that involved two of my favorite things…
Barre and the park!
Out of everything I have tried in the world of fitness, would you believe that I’ve never taken a yoga or barre class outside? It’s been on my radar for years, so I was thrilled when I received an invite to attend a Pure Barre in the Park class hosted by Pure Barre Rochester.
Pure Barre will officially be in our area and open in Downtown Rochester mid-October!
Longtime readers might remember the days I used to teach barre classes. I don’t always miss the 4:30 a.m. wake up calls to drive across town and teach 6 a.m. classes four days a week, but I sure do miss the workout and being in the studio every day!
For the newbies, barre is a total body (55 minute or less) workout that concentrates on the areas that women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals, and arms.
Photo credit: Pure Barre Rochester
The Pure Barre technique is low-impact, and protects your joints with effective strength training and without having to bounce or jump. Each major section of class (thighs, seat, abs) is followed by a series of stretches, and this back-and-forth pattern creates the look of lean muscles without bulk.
I talked Scott into coming with me – although I didn’t have to try too hard – and the two of us arrived at Bloomer Park with enough time to say hello to the owners (both are incredibly sweet!) who were teaching, set up our mats, and get ready for class to start.
While most classes in the studio involve equipment like balls, bands, and light weights, this one only required a looped resistance band. We used them in so many ways!
The last barre class I took was at a Pure Barre with blogging buddies in Los Angeles. I had been itching to get back into classes again, so this event came at a great time.
I was also glad Scott came to join me, and he even had a few other guys to keep him company in the back. (If you look close enough in the photo above you can see them!)
I’m not sure what’s going on with my jacket, but I was glad to have it.. brrr.
We started with a warm up that proved to be a challenge – even without the weights – thanks to high repetitions of arm movements and variations of plank holds. We then went through the normal routine of thigh, seat, ab, and lower back exercises with a good deal of stretching in between.
We used the resistance bands for a lot of the exercises on everywhere from our ankles to our arms… or both. Oh, and “the pretzel” made a comeback.
It’s amazing how much that exercise can work in just a short amount of time. I’m not sure if I love to hate it or hate to love it!
As class came to a close, I took a look around and truly felt in my element. While it was a bit chillier than I’d like, I still loved the feeling of being out in the park. There’s just something about the outdoors around the sunrise or sunset that is so serene.
I certainly look forward to visiting the studio when it opens in just a few weeks, and I am hoping to get back to the barre on more of a regular basis.
Thank you to Pure Barre Rochester for giving us a great class in the great outdoors!
Question of the Morning
• Do you take barre classes?
• Have you ever taken a fitness class outside?
I’ve taken workouts outside before, but (as I mentioned above) this was my first barre/yoga class in a park setting. I really need to make more of these happen throughout the warmer months. Taking a yoga class on the beach is on my bucket list, and I really don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to it yet!