Pure Barre Review, a New Book, and Happy Mother’s Day!

8 May
Pure Barre

Pure Barre

I really hesitated to post this on Mother’s Day, but why not? My next new recipe is not a great one for Mother’s Day so didn’t want to post it this weekend, but I was glad to get all my Tex-Mex/Mexican recipes compiled for you earlier this week for Cinco de Mayo.

So. Many of you know I injured my back about a month ago. After many physical therapy and chiropractic appointments, I was finally cleared by the doctors to start exercising.

I learned about the Pure Barre exercise class from a fellow blogger The Food and Wine Hedonist, who shares their playlists of sorts with us, such as this one: Workout Music Recycled: Pure Barre. He also got me hooked on the TV reality show Top Chef. Thanks dude.

Then I also received a new Indie book this week from fellow blogger djmatticus aka the blog The Matticus Kingdom aka in real life as Matthew Blashill. He gifted me a signed copy of his book The Erratic Sun, co-authored with Micheal Hanson. I am looking forward to plopping into bed soon to start reading this novel and to leave a glowing review for them both on Amazon. I wanted to read it earlier today, but I could not drag myself out of bed until I had to get ready for Mother’s Day brunch, which turned into many wine glasses later and here I am now.

Now on to Pure Barre. This is an exercise class, and you are fully clothed. It is not Pure Bare, lol, as one friend missed the double R and thought it was a pure naked exercise class. How funny it that?

This is an intense 55-minute-packed class that goes by quickly, but it’s all low impact, concentrating on small isometric movements. The crux of the class is “The Tuck.” Tuck actually has two different meanings in this class. The first is the actual “tuck” position, which is tucking in your pelvis for a spine “neutral” position. The next meaning is “tucking” in your abdomen so that any movement from your body is achieved from tucking in your abdomen/spine from the “core” of your body. So if you are against the wall, and they say lift your legs an inch using the “tuck,” you are actually lifting your leg using your abdomen muscles to contract your legs so much, they move up an inch or so, without using your leg muscles. Crazy, right??? But it works!

And then you get the “burn” and then the uncontrollable “shaking.” There I was, with a round nerf-ball-like ball, on my back with my legs straight in the air above me, clinching the ball between my shins. “Just squeeze the ball with your legs, and hold, then tuck and hold, then tuck, and hold.” 90 seconds of that. OMG. My legs starting shaking so bad I thought I had the tremors. Thankfully the instructor told me if you start shaking like that, then you are doing it right, as that means you are using your “core.” I thought I just was too out of shape.

Anyways, after the class ended, we all clapped, and then I got out and signed up for 5 more weeks of unlimited classes. I felt so good after the class I was enthusiastic to continue the course to getting fit and healthy. I wonder if they have a buyer’s remorse 3-day policy? I could hardly get out of bed today. HOWEVER, I am still committed to this, as the pain I’m having is not the severe back injury pain, but that lovely “no pain no gain” muscle pain that I know will achieve only wonderful results to get this 53-something year old body back into shape. If you got this far in the post, thanks for hanging in there! Happy late Mother’s Day to all! πŸ™‚




35 Responses to “Pure Barre Review, a New Book, and Happy Mother’s Day!”

  1. Freda @ Aromatic essence May 8, 2016 at 10:56 pm #

    Aww Kathryn ! This is great , glad it’s working out for you ! Hope you get fit soon πŸ™‚ Happy Mother’s Day to you πŸ™‚

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  2. 1jaded1 May 8, 2016 at 11:49 pm #

    I’m happy your class went well. πŸ™‚

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  3. Bernadette May 9, 2016 at 3:30 am #

    Be careful and the classes should work for you.

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  4. Teagan Geneviene May 9, 2016 at 4:54 am #

    I’m just glad you are doing better, Kathryn. Enjoy.
    I hope you had a lovely weekend. Here’s to a wonder-filled new week. Mega hugs. πŸ˜€

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  5. lynne hoareau May 9, 2016 at 5:56 am #

    Wow! Kathryn..this pure barre, sounds great !!! I must look into on my side of the world. Glad you are feeling better πŸ™‚

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  6. thefoodandwinehedonist May 9, 2016 at 6:24 am #

    Awesome! Glad u liked it. No exaggeration – I could tell a difference in two weeks and I exercised regularly b4 that. Maybe it was just improved posture, but that’s nothing to sneeze at either. Good luck and keep going!!

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  7. thefoodandwinehedonist May 9, 2016 at 6:25 am #

    Forgot to ask – do u go to the one in Portland? I know ur in OR, but not sure where. I know the owner there

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  8. D. Wallace Peach May 9, 2016 at 6:45 am #

    Good for you, Kathryn. Enjoy the burn! The exercise is going to pay off in more ways than one. Good for you! Now, if I could only put down my laptop and get out of my recliner. πŸ˜€

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  9. Chitra Jagadish May 9, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Wow Kathryn, glad this is working for you… hope you had a great weekend…

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  10. White House Red Door May 9, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    Your description of Pure Barre is spot on! The burning… the shaking… unbelievable given that you are barely moving. It is a tough workout, but addictive! Hope your recovery continues to go well. 😊

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    • anotherfoodieblogger May 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

      Thank you so much Jean for the encouragement! I go to my second class tomorrow at lunch. I am SO SORE, but I have to get through this until my body adapts. πŸ™‚

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  11. Karina Pinella May 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    I’ve heard good things about Barre. They’re becoming more popular. My daughter does it daily and she loves it. You will see results if you keep it up, which looks like you will since you signed up for five more weeks.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger May 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

      Yep, just went to my 2nd class today, and will be going back Thursday too, and maybe Saturday if we don’t go out of town. I really struggled today but the instructor said they did some harder moves today.

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  12. Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef May 9, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

    I did a couple of Barre classes in my health club and they are a killer. Let me know it works for you which might motivate me to do more. Good luck and I hope it helps you.

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  13. Sadie's Nest May 10, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

    Lol! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day, and I hope you’re feeling better. Two weeks ago I could hardly walk the day after one of my workouts, but I actually feel myself getting stronger. Keep it up KR! πŸ™‚

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    • anotherfoodieblogger May 10, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

      I took my second class at noon today. It was really hard, but I got through it! The good news is I didn’t feel as shaky coming out of the class like I did on Saturday. You keep it up too Sadie!

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  14. FrugalHausfrau May 10, 2016 at 10:55 pm #

    I am going to have to check this out. I have been working with a therapist who has me doing very small movements and what basically seems like the tuck…I’m in the process of relearning how to walk and it is Soooo hard. This all stems from a really bad accident about 15 years ago. Feeling very hopeful as I’ve already seen some improvement in what has been a chronic condition, even though it’s small, incremental improvement!!

    Cheers to shakiness; it means you’re hitting the right spots!!

    And happy mother’s day!!


  15. Garfield Hug May 11, 2016 at 7:24 am #

    Take care!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Lynz Real Cooking May 11, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    Wow wonderful KR! A bare class hmm that would be something!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Movin' it with Michelle May 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    Happy belated Mothers day!!!

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