If you have been reading Grechen’s Closet for more than a year, you may have noticed how my body has changed, thanks to Pure Barre. You may also know that this year marks the TENTH anniversary of Grechen’s Closet (in March, to be exact), and that I’ve been trying to think of ways in which we can celebrate together. So this month, I’m starting things out with a bang and giving away a $100 gift certificate good for one month at any Pure Barre location to ONE reader.
I decided to start this way because 1. it’s January, and even though new year’s resolutions suck, January IS a good time to re-focus on your body after too much holiday indulgence and 2. Pure Barre has literally CHANGED MY LIFE, and I want to give one of you guys a chance to experience it yourself, and maybe it will do the same for you.
But before we commence the giveaway, let me tell you MY Pure Barre story.
A comment from a reader here in 2012 led me to a blog and a blogger who mentioned sort of randomly her experience with Pure Barre. The way she described it was “torture” but the kind she looked forward to because of the results she’d seen from frequent practice. I can’t say I was necessarily LOOKING for a different exercise routine, but Pure Barre sounded intriguing and I started looking into it. I noticed that there was a studio very close to my apartment and that they had a $40 for 4 classes new client special, and I thought that was pretty much a no-brainer; after all, $40 is less than the price of a James Perse casual tee 😉
So I started going in May 2012, and from my first class I was pretty much hooked. I had committed to doing the four classes within a week, so I did. Then I purchased the $100 for one month unlimited classes package and went 3-4 days a week during that month. After that, I knew I would have to do Pure Barre for as long as I could physically do it.
Honestly, I don’t remember much about my first classes besides the feeling of being out of place, out of shape, and quite discouraged at some points for not being able to do a lot. My first teacher, Rita, was wonderful and helped me out a lot with cues, and positioning, helping me to get in the right stance (which is very important). But I couldn’t stay in most of the thigh or seat exercises, and when we started doing abs under the barre, I was literally “WTF?” And I knew that I would NEVER EVER be able to get up on my highest tippy-toes in thigh work, I just knew it. But it didn’t stop me from trying. And six months into my 4-5x a week practice I was able to get up and stay up on my highest tip toes in thigh work, which I thought I was pretty amazing.
Now, I still have moments where I don’t feel as strong as the previous class, or I need to give myself a break, but I can also do 90 seconds of plank without wanting to fall to my knees, lift my knee up in the pretzel seat work, and let go of my leg during abs under the barre. I’ve been doing Pure Barre consistently since I started, never daring to miss more than 2 days in a row unless I’m out of town, sick, or something else prevents it. I just can’t do it. I rely too much on the feeling I get both in class when I’m feeling exceptionally strong, and after class when I can breathe again and enjoy that feeling of accomplishment. I’m also STUNNED at how much it has changed my body.
I still have hips, a butt and saddlebags, but they are smaller and much more toned than before. I did lose weight also (about 30 pounds), not just from doing Pure Barre, but I’ve lost weight previously doing other types of exercise (bikram & regular yoga, running, weight-lifting) and my body NEVER changed like it has with Pure Barre. The intense focus on JUST the areas that I need to tone up (hips/butt/thighs) makes it perfect for re-shaping my body and for using my biggest assets (also my hips/butt/thighs) to their best advantage.
I have defined muscles in my chest, triceps (although you can see I still have a bit of waddle there), arms and shoulders from the CRAZY hard arm exercises that I never thought I’d see. I look in the mirror every class and wonder who I’m looking back at sometimes; I’m still shocked by how much different my body looks. Not to mention looking in the side mirror while I’m in plank to see that I’m actually holding it – to see that I am STRONG.
Which I why I want to give this gift to one of you. You have been here for ME over the years – some of you since almost the beginning – and I want to acknowledge what that has meant to me. You have allowed me to live my dream of being a successful entrepreneur. I have a life and a career that I love, and it is because of you: because you come here to see what I’m wearing every day, to share your personal style stories, and let me into your lives just a little bit.
So…onto the giveaway. I am personally (this is not sponsored by Pure Barre or any particular studio) going to gift one of you a $100/one-month unlimited pass to your closest Pure Barre studio. But I’m not going to make this easy on you! Pure Barre is HARD, and I’m asking you for a one month commitment to practicing it, so I want to know that whoever I give this to will USE it.
Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment on this post with the following information –
- The location of your closest studio (visit Pure Barre’s website for a list of locations)
- How often/what times you will try to go to class if you win (check the class schedule for the location you want to visit) – it would be helpful if you also make sure they have a $100 or $99 new client special for one-month unlimited classes – look in the Online Store section for that information.
- What you want to get out of Pure Barre
- Why you are interested in trying Pure Barre
- Pledging that if you love Pure Barre as much as I do that you will introduce it to at least one friend or stranger – maybe purchasing them a 4 class for $40 package if your studio offers it. Pay it forward…
- That’s it! make sure your full name and email address are accurate so I can contact you if you win
A few other things – if you already do Pure Barre, I’d love it if you’d sit this one out and give someone else a chance to win! Also, this is for US readers only, and obviously, you must have a Pure Barre studio nearby. I’m going to run this for a couple of weeks and I’m not sure how I’m going to choose the winner yet. I will probably have an impartial person choose the winner based on answers instead of choosing myself; that wouldn’t be fair 😉
Okay! if you’re interested, leave your comment below. You can leave a comment without entering to win, just make a note of it 🙂
Thank you!!! Hope this starts your week off nicely! Oh, and yes, this means that every month I’ll be launching new giveaway to celebrate my 10th year…stay tuned!!