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Pure Barre classes lift, tone and burn


Each 55-minute Pure Barre class includes a warm up followed by a series of of arm, ab, thigh and seat exercises. (Courtesy of Pure Barre)

Dallas fitness fanatics and college students alike are thrilled by Pure Barre – the highly popular fitness studio located on Greenville Avenue.

A combination of ballet and pilates techniques, Pure Barre incorporates moves that target every aspect of the body that guarantee to “lift your seat, tone your thighs, abs and arms and burn fat in record breaking time.”

Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr in 2001 in the basement of an office building with no initial staff or clients.

Since then, Dorr and her team of highly trained professionals have developed Pure Barre into a nationwide phenomenon, growing so vast that the franchise now has locations in 33 states and was just named one of the hottest workouts of 2013.

Although the class doesn’t include cardio, the Pure Barre technique is intelligently crafted to ensure that clients burn more calories and can see results in just 10 classes.

The concept is designed to include small isometric movements at the ballet barre while getting pumped up and encouraged by listening to motivating music.

The 55-minute class begins with a warm up of a series of arm and abdominal exercises.

Next, clients move to the ballet barre for thigh, seat and hip exercises.

These lower body routines are commonly supplemented with a small resistance ball or band to increase the intensity of each movement, burning more fat and toning each muscle.

Following these lower body exercises, each Pure Barre instructor leads the class in a series of abdominal and core workouts. Lastly, clients finish the class with stretching in order to create long, lean muscle and prevent any bulking.

Pure Barre is targeted toward womens’ biggest problem areas: abs, hips, seat and arms.

By combining resistance training with stretching to elongate the muscles, each move lifts, tones and incorporates all parts of the body.

In addition to shaping the body and providing a highly effective workout, the class also parallels yoga as it requires a mental focus that allows clients to forget about their everyday life during the class period and clear their minds, solely concentrating on themselves, their bodies and their needs.

I have found that the most unique aspect of the routine is that I don’t dread going to workout everyday, but rather I look forward to attending each class as the music is motivating, the moves are challenging yet rewarding, the teachers are inspiring and all in all the class is fun.

Pure Barre also has a series of at-home DVD collections, equipment such as a ballet barre, resistance ball and band, apparel, a skincare line and other accessories including stickie socks, headbands, water bottles and gloves that are available for purchase online or in the store.

A New Client Special is offered to all new members, which includes one month of unlimited classes for $100.

To view the full class schedule, sign up for classes and view prices visit

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