Posted by Lauren

Saturday morning I woke up after a FULL 8 hours of sleep. I rarely get 8 hours of sleep but LOVE it when I do! Well rested, I laced up my sneakers and ran 4 miles to downtown Los Gatos for a new-to-me workout class called Pure Barre (50 University Ave Suite B-101, Los Gatos, CA 95030).

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I struggled to find the studio and a passerby informed me that it was under California Cafe, one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Los Gatos (good memories, right Cori/Morgan/Nicole/Shirley?)

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The description of Pure Barre, straight from their website:

The Pure Barre Technique is a total body workout that burns fat and produces lifted seats, toned arms, thin thighs, and flat abs by fusing elements of ballet, pilates and weights in a 55 minute intense session.

Pure Barre is intelligent exercise. The technique protects your joints as it does not involve any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscle without bulk.

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The sculpting and toning class focused on arms, thighs, hips, the gluteus region, and abs. I was surprised at how microscopic each movement was supposed to be. During one hip strength move, the teacher told me to make my circle motion smaller, almost as if I was circling her pinky finger.

The tuck-tuck-hold, tuck-tuck-hold moves BURNED like the 1666 Great Fire of London. My legs SHOOK more fiercely than the San Andreas Fault. I winced in pain numerous times and took more REST BREAKS than John Mayer has break-ups.

Despite all of that, I really liked it. I am signed up for another class Sunday night and Tuesday night. Wahoo!

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After class I ran the 4 miles back to my car. Sweaty!

See, it was a Pure Barre Sandwich!

  • 4 miles @ 7:50/mile pace < < trying not to be late to class
  • Pure Barre (burning, shaking, rest breaks)
  • 4 miles @ 8:50/mile pace < < tired from class

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When I got home, I popped the following into my food processer for a cool, thick “smoothie”:

  • frozen banana
  • Oikos greek yogurt
  • handful of spinach
  • About Time cake batter protein powder
  • cinnamon
  • espresso powder
  • ice + water (just a little)

The cinnamon was key!

REAL Question: Ever tried Pure Barre? What are your thoughts?

Other Question: What are your thoughts on this Nicole Miller dress? ;)

It looks really pink in this picture, but it’s actually a coral color. Saks Fifth Ave is selling it for $440 here, but [after Pure Barre] I saw it in a Los Gatos boutique for $150… why can’t I collect dresses for a living?

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9 Responses to Pure Barre Sandwich

  1. If “collecting dresses” ever becomes a real job, I’ve got a resume just waiting to be sent for consideration.

    Sounds like a sweaty sandwich, though maybe not as delicious as I expected. Luckily, you had that smoothie to deal with.

  2. healthninja says:

    pure barre sounds great – never heard of it here in germany, but I think it might have something in common with pilates or other kinds of core training. the smaller the movement the more you train the inner muscles which beware you from sport injuries + makes beautiful long muscles.

    curious how your progress will be!

  3. What a class!!! That sounds tough, in a good way. But TOUGH! And you are even tougher for turning it into a sandwich! HA! —THAT sandwich is INTENSE!
    The dress is super cute! What a deal?!?

  4. 1. AMAZING workout! Is Pure Barre like the Bar Method? I have no idea why I thought that aside from the fact it has the word “bar” in it. Bar Method made my legs BURN!
    2. I LOVE cinnamon in my smoothies – makes ALL the difference!
    3. Yes, you need that dress. It’s adorable and a steal! (I love deals.) I love coral (and Nicole Miller- that woman can do no wrong) too!

    • 1. yes! it is like the bar method… I’m really liking the class, I’m just not a fan of the cost :(
      2. I wonder what apples + cinnamon would be like in a smoothie…. apple pie?
      3. I think I’m going to save the dress $$ and apply it to either the vitamix fund or go to f21 and get 8x as many clothing pieces. VEGAS in two weeks!!

  5. [...] minutes of incline walking at the gym before driving to another Pure Barre class. Like Saturday’s class, this one made me shake, sweat, and [...]

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