Over the last few months I’ve been overly committed to the gym with one specific objective in mind: I should be sweating for the wedding. Although I am definitely noticing results, it’s difficult to feel accomplished when working out solo. For a while, it was simply me against myself, the bride-to-be (the latter represents a stronger version of the future Sarah Peterman). Despite the many perks of my morning routine such as uplifting tunes, pink Gatorade and Nike kicks, I craved something social and challenging to shake up my workout habits.
Enter Paige: the ultimate friend every bride-to-be needs well before the big day and happily ever after. She’s super inspiring and bubbly. Oh, I forget to mention: she’s also a total knockout; we all have that one friend who turns heads just by stepping into a room. Thankfully, Paige introduced me to Pure Barre, my personal wedding trainer.
Enter Pure Barre: a fifty-five minute workout that challenges the abdominals, arms, and tush- the three target areas for every bride-to-be, single and married woman. The environment is warm and welcoming. For those who are very ambitious, Barre trainers recommend three to four classes per week.
I was considerably impressed with my stamina during session one; I left barre with newfound confidence and a trendy workout wardrobe (somehow, I convinced myself that hot pink pants would help me complete the last set of crunches).
Here are a couple of Pure Barre tips for brides-to-be who are new to the scene, like me:
- Don’t wear all black (too boring for Barre)
- Come early with water and time to stretch (you will thank me later)
- Take pictures to document before/after (proof of progress!)
- “Tuck*” is a Pure Barre must (when in doubt, always tuck)
- Bring your best attitude (when the leader of the class says, “only ten more ladies”… don’t give up)
- Pure Barre is the only time it’s acceptable to be a follower and not a leader (if you don’t know what you’re doing, look to the locals for help)
- Barre is about fitness…and fashion (check out the Pure Barre boutique)
*Truthfully, I am still learning what “tuck” really entails. So far, I know it’s about engaging the core.
These @emijayinc shirts are all necessary, particularly, “See you at the Barre.”
Clearly, I wasn’t prepared for the agony of walking the next day. My muscles ached in a way that only professional athletes dare brag about. Although in pain and slightly moody from twitching muscles (known to Barre fanatics as the successful “shakes”), I have decided to dwell on the positive: results are inevitable. I’m hopeful that my honeymoon bikini body will thank me.
Class 2 with Paige. Unlimited classes to go. Hashtag: #sweatingforthewedding