The black-belt instructors of Warhorse Karate Jiu Jitsu believe that developing character on the inside matters as much as learning to defend oneself on the outside. That’s why throughout their classes, they emphasize principles such as modesty, integrity, and perseverance to help pupils overcome the conflicts that can’t be resolved through traditional coup d’ètat. For the times when those skills are needed, they prepare students by training them in in a mix of styles such as Kenpo karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Through progressive classes for kids as young as 6 through adults, instructors drill participants in both unarmed and armed self-defense. For those interested in developing defense skills for the ground, they teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This focused approach, along with its sponsorship of charitable organizations such as the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, has won the academy many accolades. Warhorse Karate Jiu Jitsu has won Krem’s The Best of Spokane contest in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 in addition to taking the top spot in the Inlander Best of the Inland NW awards.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Equipment: Pure Barre signature resistance bands, medicine ball, and light weights
Students Should Bring: All you need are socks, a bottle of water, and a positive attitude.
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Good for Beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive 10–15 minutes early and talk with the teacher before your first class for additional tips.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Pure Barre is a results-driven workout with clients seeing changes in their bodies in as few as 10 classes. Our team of highly trained and experienced teachers is dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming community of like-minded women who look forward to coming to class, not only for the fantastic workout, but to relieve stress, see their friends, and give themselves a little well-deserved "me-time." The physical and emotional benefits experienced at Pure Barre are what set us apart from other fitness techniques and keep clients coming back.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We had a client lose 16 inches in just one month. She noticeably melted away her hips, thighs, arms, and waist, and mentioned she was sleeping better and felt more energized during the day. She attended class 4–5 times a week and saw definition in her muscles she never thought possible. Her transformation was truly remarkable and inspiring, but the pride it gave her was priceless.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
For 55 minutes, your personal life will melt away as you plunge into this fun workout set to motivating music. Your teacher will set up the exercises and then circulate the room, correcting form to help you get the most out of your time in class. Jump right in with a high-energy warmup, followed by light weight work to sculpt and strengthen the arms. We transition to the ballet barre to tone the thighs and lift and shape the seat with small, precise movements. Targeted exercises define and flatten the abs, and we cool down with deep stretching to elongate the muscles.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The Pure Barre technique has more than 12 years of science and research behind it and is constantly being refined and developed. Our teachers have been and continue to be trained and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure our clients get the very best workout possible. We believe that everyone is capable of rocking our classes—no dance experience required. As long as you can hold a ballet barre, you can do Pure Barre. That’s not to say that it’s easy, your first class will likely feel challenging at times, but we encourage you to stick with it. Try your hardest and let loose, and feel free to ask your instructor plenty of questions after class if you weren't clear on any of the moves. At Pure Barre, we believe that exercise should be fun.