Not too long ago, I was gifted with a VIP Red Card Membership to help Pure Barre launch their new cardio based class, Platform.
I’ve taken the class a few times, and I’ve incorporated barre into my regular workout routine for the first time ever. These classes are definitely a change of pace from heavy weight lifting, HIIT and indoor cycling, but I’m absolutely loving the challenge!
In Pure Barre classes, the focus is on the smallest movement possible to really activate deep into the muscles, but in Platform classes the focus is on big movements that really elevate the heart rate and help build endurance in addition to strength.
For me, the biggest immediate difference in class was that I was absolutely drenched in sweat by the end of Platform, but at the end of Pure Barre I’m usually pretty dry.
Because I want all of you to try Platform and get the most out of it, I met with Lindsey, the local Pure Barre owner to learn the Top 3 Tips for Your First Pure Barre Platform Class.
Top 3 Tips for @purebarre #platform technique! Click To Tweet
1. Bring a towel
I alluded to this tip above, but I’ll make my point again…you WILL sweat in this class. Don’t fight it, just bring a towel.
2. This class will be challenging every time, so don’t allow yourself to feel defeated. Embrace the challenge and allow it to push you a little further each time.
I loved this piece of advice because it’s so true! I consider myself to be in pretty good shape, but this class is moving my body in ways that are totally new to me. Not to mention, there is a bit of coordination involved. Because of that, I’m sure everyone felt a little silly at points in their first class or two (I know I did!)
3. There are always modifications available to make the class more manageable.
While I mentioned in tip 2 that the class will always be challenging, I want to make note that there is a difference between something being difficult and not doing something with proper alignment or technique. Luckily, the instructors are experts in the class and will happily make sure that every participant is in correct form for their own body and fitness level.
Some notes about technique:
For me, technique is SUPER important and the Pure Barre team totally agrees with me! Because of this, I asked Lindsey a few technique tips as well:Technique Tips for @purebarre #platform Click To Tweet
1. It’s all about the positioning of the platform. You will move it a lot back and forth based on your body because we are all different!
This tip was an eye opener for me. While I was moving my platform a bit, I wasn’t really moving it every time the instructor suggested because I thought it was fine where it was. Turns out I was wrong and I really need to focus on my body position in relation to the barre on the platform.
2. The hardest position to hold is the right one.
Of course, right!? I asked Lindsey a couple of detailed questions because I wasn’t sure if I was doing a move correct. When she said this it all clicked. It may not feel “good” but if it’s challenging, it’s right.
3. It doesn’t matter how high you lift your leg your jump.
Thank you! Our bodies are all different, our fitness levels are all different, and we need to embrace that. Of course, it feels good when we can kick our leg as high as the instructor, but without excellent technique we aren’t reaping all the benefits of the exercise. It’s better to have perfect alignment and a low leg than alignment that is all out of whack and your leg touching your head.
I can’t thank Lindsey and the Pure Barre team enough for working with me to create this post! I hope you all have the chance to give this class a try!