About this Business
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Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Today it is one of the most established barre franchises in the nation, boasting 200 studios across the country and more opening each month.
Its story begins with dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr, who founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. With no initial clients, staff, signage, or even a bathroom, Carrie successfully grew the company by traveling across the states and visiting gyms to demonstrate the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. In July 2009, she expanded Pure Barre to a franchise, thanks to its effectiveness in transforming the shape of a woman's body, a friendly, high-energy atmosphere, and fun, motivating music. The technique she developed is a full-body workout that relies on a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles in the hips, thighs, seat, abdominals, and arms. Muscles are developed without bulk due to the stretching sections that follow each strength section. This low-impact form of exercise protects joints since it does not involve bouncing or jumping. Participants can engage in 60-minute workouts at their local facilities and pick up an array of DVDs, equipment, and apparel to take home.