5 Reasons Why Barre is the New Black

Guest Writer: Dana Maloney

I, Dana Maloney, was introduced to Pure Barre about a year and a half ago after returning home from my first year at college. It is safe to say I had put on the “freshman 15”. I had attended school in the south my first year, and all the fried food and endless partying really caught up to me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until it came time to put on a bikini that summer, that I truly realized how far I had let my body go. As a former dancer, cheerleader, and track runner, being fit was something that had come easily all my life. So when I came home from college, I knew something needed to be done about my weight because being fit was just in my blood. After taking my first Pure Barre class I was hooked. My first impression when I was in it was, “What have I gotten myself into.” Every woman in the class was in shape. All across the room, I saw sculpted arms, toned thighs, lifted seats, and flat stomachs. AND the majority of the women in the class were in their 30’s and 40’s, and had children; yet almost every single one of them had a body similar to that of a 20 year old.

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My First Class:

“Okay, this isn’t that bad,” I thought, up until we had to hold a plank for 90 seconds. I realized it was definitely not going to be a walk in the park. I also had been ambitious at the start of class and thought I could use the 3 lb weights instead of grabbing the 2 lb weights, which is what the instructor had suggested I take; but I thought, “if these women who were double my age could handle 3 lbs dumbbells then I certainty could too.” Turns out I was surely mistaken. After about 5 different arm exercises, I had to drop the 3 lbs weights because my arms felt like they were going to fall off. (Keep in mind this was only about 10 minutes into the class and I was already out of breath.) Finally after what seemed like a lifetime of arms, we stretched and then jumped right into thigh work. Immediately after the instructor demonstrated the first thigh exercise, my legs began to shake. If you have ever taken a Pure Barre class or any barre class for that matter a common saying is, “the shake is where the change happens, so work through the shake.” That’s much easier said than done, for one reason only: our minds are trained to stop doing something that is uncomfortable. Let me tell you one thing: trying to finish thigh exercises, while your legs are shaking uncontrollably, and you feel a cold sensation running through them, is definitely uncomfortable. After thighs, we stretched again, and then headed back to the bar to begin seat work, also known as your pure barre ledge (yes, they call it seat, and not butt or ass). Seat work was just as challenging as thighs, except now many of the exercises have you standing on one leg while lifting the other leg up to work the seat on that side. This is extremelyPicture3 challenging because not only is your seat shaking and burning, but also your supporting leg is shaking because you had just worked your thigh muscles. Lastly, the class ended with about 20 minutes of core exercises; including abs by the barre and in the center of the room. For anyone who is trying to get those flat abs that everyone desires, the abs section of pure barre is hands down the best way to get those desired results.

Now, I just became an instructor at Pure Barre, and I’m loving every second of it.

So now back to the real reason I am writing this blog post: Why is Barre is the New Black?

1. It is the most efficient way to work your entire body in 1 hour.

No other fitness class works every single muscle to fatigue and by fatigue I mean to the point where you are literally shaking uncontrollably.

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2. It is both mentally and physically challenging.

You have to be:

(a) physically strong to complete all the exercises

(b) mentally strong to work through that point of being uncomfortable when all you want to do is stop.A-very-Strong-Woman-females-30877152-424-550

3. You will see results immediately.

After only 10 classes, yes only 10, clients report feeling tighter, stronger, and that they have even shed a few pounds. After a month of attending classes 3-4 times per week, you will see definition in your arms (everyone loves to have that little dip by the shoulder, defining the bicep and shoulder muscle), notice your stomach becoming flatter and even see remnants of a 6 pack, and most importantly feel more confident because you can finally see your hard work paying off.

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4. Most classes are only females, (with the exception of a few studios that have male clients.)

I don’t know about everyone else, but my pet peeve when I go to the gym is guys staring at me and checking me out. For starters, no girl wants to be checked out by guys when you’re dripping sweat, red in the face, and possibly even smell like sweat. That’s the great thing about pure barre. It’s usually only women, so you can feel free to:

 (a) sweat as much as you want

(b) make faces because you are so uncomfortable, yet you’re trying to stay in the working zone

(c) you don’t have to wear a starch of makeup to impress guys (you shouldn’t do this anyway)

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5. Lastly, after taking over 175 classes, I can honestly say I am in the best shape of my life.

Here’s a few pictures of me to help you understand why:

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So sign up for a class and see for yourself what the craze is all about. I promise you wont regret it.

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-Dana

Pure Barre Instructor

P.S. follow me on instagram @danamaloney

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10 Reasons You’re Not Exercising the Right Way

FYI: I am not a nutritionist, doctor, or personal trainer, but I know a lot about health and fitness and the correct way to work out.

I have come up with 10 reasons why most people aren’t working out correctly:

1. You don’t know the proper Form – This is the MOST important aspect when performing an exercise.  If your form is not correct, then you are not working the correct muscle group, getting the most benefit out of the exercise, and you can injure yourself.

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2. You are trying too hard to Lose Weight- Of course, most people who work out want to lose weight, but this can’t be everything working out is about.  Exercising is a great stress reliever, good entertainment,and you should love doing it.

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3. You’re Working Out the Day Before an Event to Look Skinny– This will not have a major effect on your body the next day, except for you being really sore. For example, “OMG, I have a pool party tomorrow! I can’t eat anything, and I need to go to Barry’s Bootcamp and Pilates and Yoga!” That’s crazy.

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4. You don’t wear Proper Workout Clothes– If you’re working out correctly and hard, you should be sweating. And when you’re sweating, you should be wearing the right work out clothes, made from athletic material, that does not absorb water.

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5. You don’t Listen to Your Body– If something is hurting you, STOP.  Don’t keep going and further your injury and lengthen your recovery time.

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6. You’re not Drinking Enough Water and Taking Breaks–  You could become light headed and over-tire yourself.  You need to let your body rest.

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7. You’re Over-Exercising–  You can’t do thirty minutes of abs and lift heavy weights every single day.  You need to have at least one rest day, and not work out the same body part for too long or else you will not allow the muscle to grow and strengthen.

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8. You’re not Varying Your Work Outs–  You should not be doing soul cycle, Barry’s Bootcamp, JetSet Pilates, or any other workout every single day and expect different results. Your body gets accustomed to these workouts and there comes a point when you won’t be getting much improvement.  Regular Pilates could be done almost everyday because there are so many different things you can do with it.

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9. You’re not Eating After Your Work Out– You need to get the protein in your body after working out or else you lose most of the benefits from your work out.

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10. You’re not Focusing on the Right Muscle Groups for Your Body– You need to know your body type, and know what exercises work best for you. If you know you have bigger legs, you shouldn’t be taking too many soul cycle classes, and so on.

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Hope these tips help!!

Yours truly,

Lana Gandler

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Workout in My Work Clothes

Yes. It’s finally here.

This was originally supposed to be a bet with my friend Tara.

We were debating the spelling of the word “cocoon” and I thought it was spelled “cacoon.” Obviously she won, claiming, “I’m the one with English as my first language.”  Fair enough, but usually I’m good at grammar and spelling.

Come the next day after work, I get to her hotel room (she lives in a hotel lol) to do this work out video for my snapchat.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a Snapchat “personality” and also know a lot about fitness. I have finally posted my first Snapchat video below for you all to watch, for the first time or the second time (if you follow me on Snap). Enjoy… 🙂

DISCLAIMER: do not try this at home, with heels on, it is NOT GOOD FOR YOUR BACK.  Wear proper workout attire and be cautious with any injuries you have.

Further instructions for the workouts will be posted in the comments below.

Thanks for watching 🙂

Follow me on Snapchat: lanagand for more videos like this

Lana

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