The best workouts combine a variety of exercise styles, which is why 9 out of 10 doctors recommend juggling hammers while riding a unicycle through a swimming pool. Expand your fitness repertoire with today's Groupon to Pure Barre, with locations in Newport Beach and Mission Viejo. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two Pilates-ballet fusion classes (a $50 value).
- For $39, you get four Pilates-ballet fusion classes (a $100 value).
Devised by Pure Barre founder Carrie Rezabek, these fusion classes will work your body in ways it's never been worked before by balancing the grace of dance with the exertion of lifting and the soothing of stretching. Each 55-minute session loosens, strengthens, and lengthens the body through the perfect blend of the ballet barre, weight-training, and limber Pilates. In the process, you'll tone your tush, thighs, hips, arms, and abs while burning fat efficiently and blocking out the invasive anxieties of the real world, such as the lingering dread that squirrels are evolving faster than us and will soon overtake the food chain.
No dance experience is required to get in on this new tri-flavored exercise. Socks are required, so no barefoot barre hanky-panky. Because the Pure Barre workout shuns any jumping or bouncing movement, you won't put any more stress on your already overworked and somewhat disgruntled joints. You might even hear them sing audible hallelujahs during your workout instead of their usual creaks and pops. Check each studio's site to see the class schedules, which range from morning to night, to choose your preferred class time. You can also split your Groupon between two people, so you and a friend can take one Pure Barre class together and decide if you'd like to sign up for more.
Watching some of the lithe women coming out of Pure Barre classes, it's easy to believe that they've been ballet dancers their whole lives. But that's not necessarily the case. Pure Barre's instructors stress that the workout requires zero dance experience, and they say that as long as you can hold onto the bar and quote Center Stage verbatim, you can participate in the classes.
Because small isometric movements are performed in the classes, women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can take a Pure Barre class. These small movements work each muscle to fatigue, and then stretch it back out, which creates the lean lines dancers are known for. The movements also work areas of the body many women struggle with, including the abs, butts, thighs, and arms, and they burn fat—all without putting excessive stress on the joints.