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#SEEXPERIENCES: Staying Active with Pure Barre

For most people, one of the top New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and/or get in shape. Unfortunately, come mid-February many have eased off their fitness goals. So what’s the key to staying on track and in-shape? For us, it’s easy, we find something we like and stick to it.

Many New Year’s resolutions seem like a great idea but when they’re too demanding, they become unrealistic. When they’re unrealistic, we get frustrated and give up. I prefer to stick to one main goal: stay active. Although it may seem straightforward enough, it’s easier said than done. Staying active is also easier when you find something you like, whether it’s a jog or a spin class. Recently for me, it’s been about Pure Barre, a newly opened barre studio in downtown Toronto (with many other locations all around the US).

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What I love about Pure Barre is the rhythm. With high energy and upbeat music, the workout feels more like a dance session rather than a class at the studio. The studio is a good size with classes that are small enough for personalized instruction and adjustments for proper form. Although props are encouraged (a Pure Barre ball, weights and stretching bands), you can adjust the workout to your own level or difficulty with or without them. Combining the techniques of ballet barre, yoga and pilates, Pure Barre builds strength, flexibility and also helps stretch and tone through micro-movements. Essentially, it’s a full body work out.

Pure Barre Toronto officially opens in a matter of days and if you’ve fallen off the fitness bandwagon, now is the time to jump back on. Stay active and bounce back into shape with Pure Barre, trust us, your body will thank you for it. For more information on Pure Barre or their schedule go to, purebarre.com.

– Chenessa Lam

Photography courtesy of Tobias Wang

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