Exercise keeps the body in peak condition, which explains the marbleized ThighMaster lying next to Michelangelo’s David. Enjoy an anatomical renaissance with today’s Groupon: for $55, you get a five-class punch card to Pure Barre (a $110 value). Choose between the following two locations:
- Magazine Street in New Orleans
- Causeway Boulevard in Mandeville<p>
Class cards can only be redeemed at the location they are purchased for. Both gyms have varying class times, so check the Mandeville schedule and New Orleans schedule for complete lists of the class offerings.
Jennifer Thomas and her experienced fitness instructors aid students in obtaining their ideal physiques with Pure Barre total-body workouts, which fuse ballet, Pilates, and weight exercises. Each 55-minute session targets specific areas of the body—abs, hips, seat, and arms—with exercises that tone, shape, and burn calories while protecting joints from the deteriorating effects of jumping, bouncing, or riding to work on a jackhammer. Students of all experience levels can benefit from Pure Barre’s intense, pulse-pounding sessions, as routines use basic isometric movements and positions that require a short range of motion. Though considered a group exercise, class sizes are kept small to ensure each participant receives personal attention, hands-on correction, and ample opportunity to present at show-and-tell.
In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr's only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a fusion of weights, pilates and the origins of ballet—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and eight years later, Pure Barre spread its franchises to what is now more than 250 locations across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides students through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. By transitioning through scalable maneuvers that balance limbs against a ballet barre, physiques can lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. There is no dance experience required - as long as you can hold onto the barre, you can do it. The total-body workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers to regain their desired shape without leading the daycare's piggyback carpool. High-energy, intimate classes with small amounts of attendees ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to derive the deepest possible burn from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills. Pure Barre also offers new client specials, bridal packages, private barre-ties, DVDs, equipment, designer athletic apparel and more.