March 12, 2015

Longtime readers of this blog know that I’m a big Pure Barre fan. I take three or four classes a week, and while at first I was in it for the workout (it’s hard, you see results quickly and–the biggest benefit for my anxious brain–it totally clears the mind), now I love it just as much for the community. In fact, I tend to show up to class 15-20 minutes early so I can chat with my buddies. It’s really great, and the Sarasota studio is truly a special place; I’ve taken at other Pure Barre locations and none have quite the same positive energy as the one here.

And now that R. and I are eating well, and watching our carb and sugar intake, I’m seeing even better results from my classes–which is part of the reason why I signed up for a 20-classes-in-31-days challenge. I’m a wee bit behind since I only got to two classes last week, but this week I’m on track for five (!) and I’m determined to complete the challenge–or come very close to doing so. Today is class No. 4 in a row, and needless to say, I’m very sore, but again, the results are speaking for themselves and the 55 minutes of time to myself, where I can literally block out everything else that’s going on in my life, is so worth it.

(Also, barre-loving friends, please back me up here: R. makes fun of me for going to class and “pointing my toe for an hour,” and doesn’t believe me when I tell him the burn from moving your leg “up an inch, down an inch” using just your seat muscles can be excruciating. I mean, is he wrong or is he wrong?!)

The Pure Barre 20-in-31 challenge is taking place nationwide, and though yesterday was the last day to sign up to make 20 classes before March 31, you could totally still do your own challenge (which is what I might do next). There are studios all over the country, too.

P.S. How to wear your workout gear to the office.

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