Recently, TRC spoke with Katie Haymond about Pure Barre and what makes it such a great addition to our community. We loved her answers and encourage you to read more about Pure Barre if you’re interested in a different way of getting a workout in.
Can you tell us a little bit about the history behind Pure Barre and why West Lafayette is a great fit for it?
It’s actually a funny story about how we ended up here in West Lafayette! Our owner, Stephanie, fell in love with the Pure Barre technique on a trip and was looking for a similar workout here in town. She ended up driving to Indy throughout the week to go to Pure Barre, and after a few months of doing that drive just to work out thought, “Why not bring PB to West Lafayette?” And so the idea was born! Pure Barre opened three years ago and we haven’t looked back ever since. West Lafayette is a great place for PB because we have a mix of locals and college students that creates a constantly upbeat and fun atmosphere for working out!
What is Barre?
Pure Barre offers an effective total body barre workout focused on low-impact, high-intensity movements that lift and tone muscles to improve strength, agility, and flexibility for everybody.
What are the benefits of participating in Barre? Is this a form of exercise that anyone and everyone can participate in?
There are many benefits of Pure Barre! Some of the most common benefits our clients rave about are gaining strength, weight loss, an improvement in mood, and stress relief. Pure Barre is for any and all fitness levels and ages. We have college-age students as well as retirees that work out with us. The other huge benefit is the modifications we offer as well whether it be for injuries or pregnancy – again, it really is for any and everyone!
What kind of classes/programs does Pure Barre have to offer?
We have three class formats here at Pure Barre:
Classic – Our tried and true, “bread and butter” class so to speak. Rooted in our classic technique, you’ll be guided through a series of high-intensity, low-impact movements to strengthen and tone your body in ways that no other technique can. Give us 50 minutes and we’ll give you the best of barre – long and lean muscle without the bulk.
Empower – This is our cardio class! Pure Empower is a fusion of barre and interval training designed to elevate your heart rate, build strength, and rev up your metabolism. For 45 minutes, you’ll use multi-directional, dynamic movements with ankle weights and a plyometric platform to target different muscle groups simultaneously – all at an invigorating pace.
Reform – Inspired by resistance training. Perfected by Pure Barre. Pure Reform is a total body barre workout that targets, shapes, and defines all major muscle groups through resistance-based strength training. The 50-minute barre class merges the elements you love from our Pure Barre technique with moves that challenge your strength, coordination, and balance by using resistance bands, sliders, and the barre.
Is it affordable for anyone and everyone?
It is a boutique fitness program, so it may come in slightly higher than your local gym, but we like to say that each class should feel like a personal training session. You get lots of attention from instructors and are constantly challenged to push your hardest in every class you take! All that to say, our membership packages start at $49/month and go up from there.
How would you encourage someone to stop by and try out a class?
Your first class is always free at Pure Barre West Lafayette! We want you to be able to try the Pure Barre technique with no strings attached. Pure Barre is a totally different workout where you really just have to try it to see if it’s for you. So we always say, come to try it – and if you love it, awesome! But if you hate it – we’re not offended. We want you to find the best workout for your body, lifestyle, and fitness goals!
Do you participate in events around Greater Lafayette?
We have done pop-up classes around town at places like Ripple&Co and also partner with local businesses to do giveaways as well. We LOVE to partner with other local businesses!
How do you personally define wellness?
Wellness to us is nurturing your body both from the inside and outside. Pursuing a healthy lifestyle through self-care, stress management, and healthy habits. Regular exercise is a great way to be committed to a positive wellness journey! We are constantly cheering on our clients in their personal wellness journeys both inside and outside the studio.
Thanks for sharing more about Pure Barre, Katie! To learn more about the studio in West Lafayette, visit their website.