With New Year’s resolutions to keep and Spring Break on their minds (it’s next month, people!), students have been swarming Rams Head and the SRC. The wait for equipment has been long, the track has been crowded and fitness classes have been packed. You could run outside, but let’s face it, running can be very boring. (Unless you’re a self-proclaimed ultra marathon man like Dean Karnazes, but that’s a completely different story.) Why not skip the crowds and the monotony of the gym and try a new workout?
Enter Pure Barre Chapel Hill, a ballet-inspired fitness studio. Pure Barre was founded in 2001 in Michigan and has expanded to over 50 studios across the nation. Pure Barre Chapel Hill opened in October 2010 at Meadowmont Village.
Pure Barre offers a total body workout that combines elements of Pilates, weight training and ballet. This new fitness trend gives women a unique and challenging way to get fit. The classes begin with warm ups and move to various exercises that target the abs, hips, seat and arms. Every exercise is low impact and won’t cause stress on joints.
Pure Barre exercises are designed to drastically change your body in the most effective way. Strength training is combined with stretching to create long, lean muscles without the bulk. These workouts are intense and typically run for 55 minutes. During the sessions, students are asked to wear socks and keep legs and midriffs covered.
Worried that everyone else in the session will be world-class ballerinas? Don’t be. According to the Pure Barre website, it takes 10 sessions to get used to the Pure Barre technique. If you’re still skeptical about putting your moves on display, Pure Barre sells DVDs that you can follow from the privacy of your home.
I know what you’re thinking, “I’m a college student. I don’t have the extra cash to spend on working out.” While Rams Head and the SRC are already paid for in our tuitions, sessions at Pure Barre cost a little extra money. The good news is that Pure Barre Chapel Hill has a variety of options to choose from that will fit your budget. An introductory session costs just $18. They’re also offering a new client promotion of one month unlimited sessions for only $100. You can sign up for sessions online or at the studio.
Not convinced yet? Actresses Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis would definitely approve of the Pure Barre technique. Their Oscar-nominated film Black Swan sparked an interest in ballet and ballet-inspired workouts. They spent over a year of training for their roles in the film using techniques similar to those within the Pure Barre technique.
Ditch the boring treadmill, or as I like to call it, the dreadmill. Get in shape for Spring Break at Pure Barre Chapel Hill. Pure Barre offers you a fun total body workout that will give you results within 10 sessions. A lifted seat, toned arms, thin thighs and flat abs without having to enter a gym? Buh-bye dreadmill!
Pure Barre (photos): Pure Barre Photos