2018-02-01 / Health & Fitness

Stay FIT: Pure Barre movements are small but mighty


Shannon Flynn, Pure Barre studio owner Shannon Flynn, Pure Barre studio owner With participants using the ballet barre for support while performing small isometric movements, Pure Barre is a total body, low impact workout. The movements target and tone certain areas of the body, helping to burn calories and melt away fat.

“In our workout, each strength section is followed by stretching,” said Shannon Flynn, Estero Pure Barre studio owner. “You’re getting long, lean muscles without bulk. The small moves counteract gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up.”

Pure Barre works on the areas where people most need toning: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. Since there’s no bouncing or jumping involved, the joints are protected from injury.

Another benefit of Pure Barre is the concentration. “You’re focused on repetitions of small, careful movements during class, so you get mental benefits like in yoga or meditation,” Flynn said. “Clients say it helps them calm down and clear their heads.”

Participants often ask Flynn why their bodies shake sometimes during the movements. She tells them it’s a good thing. “You’re targeting specific muscle groups, and shaking means they are reaching the point of fatigue,” she explained. “After the shake you stretch, to elongate the muscles while they are warm.”

People at any fitness level can benefit from Pure Barre, even if they have back problems, concerns about joints, or are overweight. “We show them modifications for their particular issues, so they can do the workout and build up strength,” Flynn said. “There’s a strong sense of community at our studio, and everyone is welcoming, no matter what shape you’re in.”

You can see good results after eight to 10 classes, Flynn said. Students are encouraged to attend more than once a week. “Your results will vary, depending on how often you come. Having a healthy diet helps you get results faster,” she said.

People can learn the exercises and then do them at home, but Flynn said the group energy provides motivation and keeps clients coming back. “We also have ever-changing choreography to keep your body guessing what the class has in store that day,” she said.

Participants wear special socks that grip the carpeted floor during Pure Barre sessions. Wearing socks also keeps the floor clean, which is important because you do some of the movements sitting or lying on the floor.

The studio provides equipment, including a small ball, a tube (stretchy band with handles) and light weights.

Estero Pure Barre studio offers several classes each day starting at 6 a.m. weekdays and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $23 per class and lower at package rates. Contact the studio at 21740 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 113 by email: estero@purebarre.com or call 239-789-6900.

Ann Marina may be reached at marina@swspotlight.com

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