Photos: Lindsay Gowland Photography
Welcome to Empower, the NEW Pure Barre workout that will kick your seat, leave you sweaty and make you wonder what just happened to your body, mind, and being. In case you are new around here and have no idea what Pure Barre is, you can check out my introductory post about it. I’ve been teaching Pure Barre for 7.5 years now and still love it!
Empower is not only based around the foundation of the classic Pure Barre workout, but it also layers dynamic movements from the Pure Barre class in a way that keeps you sharper mentally as well as physically. If you are familiar with platform, it’s more accessible to everyone and is very approachable so that anyone can feel accomplished when they leave the studio with options to level up or down as needed.
Things you should know about the basis of the EMPOWER Pure Barre Workout:
- It is intended to be complimentary to our pure barre class and only 45 minutes so push yourself as much as you can, while staying at the pace your body can maintain. Listen to your body!
- You will move a LOT, the whole time, in fact. Your heart rate will most definitely be elevated as we take you through the journey of class!
- We use ankle weights, (oh hey ’80’s flashback!) and they can be interchanged as wrist weights as well. However, you are never required to wear them if you need to modify.
We do use various pieces of equipment ex: platform, hand weights, ankle/wrist weights etc. Please know that all of these pieces are optional. You can opt to use the platform or weights (ex) during certain exercises and maybe not for others.
- Take it at your own pace! This class is meant to be a custom-fit for your needs. Ask your teacher if you need help with something during your pure barre workout.
- This class has more of an emphasis on strength training and elevating the heart rate and less about isolation.
- You CAN come to Empower if you haven’t been to a regular class, but the basic knowledge of PB positions will help you.
I wanted to address some of your questions I’ve heard recently via Instagram since I’ve been chronicling my training process and practices. 🙂
“What does this pure barre workout primarily focus on? I’m looking into joining a Pure Barre class because of you.” -Dana
First of all, thank you so much, Dana! That’s so encouraging to hear because my goal is always to help empower women to live a healthier lifestyle and thus a “life well loved.” 😉
Pure Barre Empower primarily focuses on raising the heart rate, in a high intensity, low impact, barre-inspired interval training session. So, in the short answer, yes. Yes, it focuses on just about everything. The class will get your heart rate up, build strength, rev up your metabolism and produce maximum results, according to our founder, Carrie Dorr.
And, I feel it’s only fair to share the founder’s words about the brain too because I’m SO freaking in love with this part:
In addition to all the above listed benefits, which is quite a list, cross-training for your body is a really critical piece of injury prevention. If you are doing the same movements every day, inevitably you’ll be overusing some muscles and underutilizing others. Empower= cross-training for your BODY. Not only do our bodies need to mix it up, so do our brains. There is a ton of science linking changing up the way we move to our brain health. Thus, Empower also= cross-training for your BRAIN.
A class that strengthens both body + brain and you get to wear ankle weights? Almost sounds like a Unicorn.
Did you hear that, friends?! A unicorn workout… who isn’t up for that?! HA!
“What’s your favorite Empower workout move?” -Allyson
I truly love the “windmill arms” move in the second photo at the top of this post. It’s the first time I really start to feel my brain kick in to move in multiple ways at once and that challenge is exciting to me. You feel your legs, abs, arms and brain all start to fire simultaneously and that’s powerful, friends!
“How is Empower different from the Platform pure barre workout?” -MANY of you
I would say Empower is fittingly named…you come in, workout and leave the studio feeling empowered. Sometimes platform could feel so hard that clients felt defeated, but this is achievable for everyone with many options to level up or down. It’s also cardio-centric interval training and lower impact. Plus adding in the wrist/ankle weights and the way you use your mind is a game changer. Plus, it’s only 45 minutes.
Empower launches nationwide-today; August 14th! If you have never taken a Pure Barre workout before, make sure you head into your local studio and check it out! Many studios like ours are offering a FREE WEEK for the month of August only. What’s holding you back? Nothing…let’s do this! The hardest part is always just to show up and you are fully capable friend.
If you live in Birmingham, we’ll be celebrating our Empower launch and a month long challenge called R E | S E T on 9/14 and all are welcome! Mark your calendar and feel free to join us for light bites, music, drinks and giveaways.
If you still have questions about any part of the Pure Barre workout, feel free to leave me a comment below! I’d love to hear what you think of your first Empower class!