Time to channel your inner Black Swan. Pure Barre, a nationwide workout trend that focuses on small isometric movements around a ballet barre, just opened a studio in West Boca, and it's offering classes seven days a week.
The studio, located at 9834 Glades Road, is one of 200 Pure Barre studios nationwide. Launched in 2001, the franchise boasts a total body workout that tones your abs, arms, butt and thighs. While the workouts change, the format stays the same. Each 55-minute course features strength exercises followed by stretches. The moves require concentration, offering participants a mental escape and a physical workout.
The studio is managed by Heather Clark, a certified Pure Barre instructor who grew up in Boca Raton. Clark, who studied dance, including ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap, and has done yoga and Zumba, says Pure Barre combines her passions for dance and group fitness.
But you don’t have to be a professional dancer or fitness fiend to attend. In fact, people at all fitness levels can take the classes.
You don’t even need to bring anything. Pure Barre studios provide the props, including light weights, balls, and, of course, the barre.
The website advises the use of comfortable pants, leggings or capris (no shorts) and a top that covers your midriff. You’ll also want to wear sticky socks to keep from sliding. Don’t have any stick socks? You can buy them at the Pure Barre studio, or at the Pure Barre website.
The new studio will host a grand opening party in a few months. There’s no date set, yet, but readers who might want to attend should stay tuned by checking for updates on the studio's Facebook page.
The grand opening is free and open to the public. Expect food, drinks goody bags and raffle prizes.
Single classes cost $23 each. Package pricing is available, and the West Boca studio is offering a new client special, which allows members one month of unlimited classes for $99. To register for classes call 561/465-5994 or go to http://purebarre.com/fl-westboca/.
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Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on www.wordscomealive.com.