If you have been keeping up with me the month of April, you know that I was participating in the Pure Barre challenge to complete 20 classes in 30 days. I was having such a great time, that I decided to go ahead and do 25 classes in 30 days!
After I complete a challenge of any sort, I like to look at what my goals were, what I actually accomplished, and what I learned from the experience. If I do this, I can become a better person and also get more out of my next challenge. For this challenge my goals were to:
- Become STRONGER!
- Get TONE!
- Increase flexibility
- Build a COMMUNITY!
I have successfully accomplished every single one of these goals even before I completed the 20 classes (see my Pure Barre Spring Challenge Check In). Let’s just say that…
- I can do two pull ups.
- My arms and core are more tone.
- Though I can’t do a full split, I was getting close!
- I met SO many great people that I am still tweeting and keeping in touch with. One of my Pure Barre ladies is organizing a PB ladies dinner/drink date night! I’m so pumped!
But it didn’t just stop there. The Pure Barre Challenge helped me in other ways:
- Creating a healthy habit. Without being signed up for a marathon or road race, I was having difficulty getting motivation to get up early to get my workout done. Pure Barre forced me to work out consistently in the morning.
- Work areas I never had the patients or discipline to before. I always wanted stronger arms and a nice core, but I guess that I never wanted them THAT bad because I never had the motivation to work them hard enough. Pure Barre helped me consistently work my arms and core in a way that I was starting to see some results.
- Push your physical and mental limits to see change. In order to get the most out of Pure Barre, you really have to push yourself-both in the workout move and also to go frequently. Through my experience at Pure Barre, I realized that I need to push myself harder than I think I do. Even though I was feeling the shake and burn during class, I could actually do more. The best thing is that I can apply this lesson to more than just Pure Barre but also other workouts, work, and life in general.
- Form is more important than weight or reps. Just as in any sport or activity you do, it is important to take the time to learn the proper form so that you can prevent injury and get the most out of your workouts. If you don’t have the proper form in Pure Barre, you could potentially not feel the workout at all. Why spend money on a workout that isn’t doing anything?! So instead of rushing into anything, it is important to take the time and effort to learn the proper form and technique.
As you can tell, I was happy with my experience during the Pure Barre Challenge. However, I am taking a break from Pure Barre. Stay tuned and read why. I will also post later about what you should expect as a newbie to Pure Barre so that you can try to figure out if it is a workout for you!
Question for you:
If you participated in the challenge, did you accomplish the goals you set out to meet?