Introducing Pure Barre Platform: FAQs from Clients

May 23, 2016 · 3 comments

There’s a fantastic new workout on the block, and it’s called Pure Barre Platform.

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Pure Barre Platform is a new fast-paced class designed to optimize cardiovascular results and increase total body strength. This heart-pumping class combines quick bursts of high intensity, yet low impact cardio work with periods of lower intensity muscle-sculpting movements. These 55 minutes of high energy, fun and intense interval training at the barre will help you burn calories, jumpstart your metabolism, and increase your overall endurance. It is the perfect cardio complement to your Pure Barre class to help you achieve even greater results, while still holding onto the traditional pieces and parts of a Pure Barre class that we all know and love. purebarre.com

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Your Pure Barre studio may have released Platform a few months or weeks ago. Maybe you’ve tried it one or two times. Or maybe you’ve already completely fallen in love with the workout.

Truth be told, the first time I took Platform, I didn’t fall in love. I felt like I was trying to wrap my head around it the whole time, making it hard to just focus on my form and the exercise.

Think back to your first Pure Barre class. Were you confused? Did you feel like you weren’t doing it right?

That’s how I felt in my first Platform class, which is completely normal. I always tell clients to take Platform about 5 times before making a true judgment call.

5 times may seem excessive, but think of it this way: If you take a class 5 times, it’s likely you’ll see a myriad of exercises, experience some different teaching styles, and have the opportunity to take your form to the next level once you understand the class.

platformcorp3I’m completely in love with both teaching and taking Platform. Teaching the high-energy class is my very favorite, and having the opportunity to take the (waitlisted) class is a privilege at my studio.

Thanks to Platform, I feel stronger in regular Pure Barre class and during my runs, I’ve shaved over a minute off my 5K PR, and I’ve seen noteworthy changes in my body (hello, unintentional few pounds lost). Platform delivers serious results.

Here are some helpful Platform FAQs from my clients, assisted by some (LOL) GIFs:

♦ So I need to make BIG motions now?
Yes, your range of motion should be bigger than it is in regular Pure Barre. This will keep your heart rate up to maximize calorie burn.

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This handy GIF shows a double-time press back, which you’ll notice is bigger and faster than our tempo press back in regular Pure Barre. That’ll get your heart rate going!

♦ But it’s hard to squeeze from the muscle when the motion is bigger.
That’s true. The more you take Platform, the easier this will become. You want to create bigger ranges of motion, but you should still be squeezing from the muscle your teacher has called out.

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Your “squeeze in” and “press back”, as shown above, should be much bigger than the small ones you make in regular Pure Barre class, but you should still be squeezing from the same muscles.

♦ It looks like people are bouncing. Should I be doing that?
You should never feel like you are out of control. Bouncing, waving, or flopping are all things you should avoid. Focus on creating big, controlled ranges of motion. You should never feel like you are being “sloppy” with any motion in Platform.

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♦ Is it okay if I move my platform a lot in class?
Yes! I move and adjust my platform a LOT during class. You’ll need to adjust it frequently, especially for seat work. For your safety, stick to sliding the platform rather than picking it up, and always let your teachers and staff handle your platform before and after class.

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♦ Why does it look different when you do it?
Since everyone’s body and flexibility level is different, everyone will look different when they do Platform. Try to close your eyes and adjust your body to find your sweet spot. If you’re ever uncomfortable or in doubt you’re doing something correctly, never hesitate to ask your teacher.

I feel like I take too many breaks.
This is a hardcore, fast-paced class. You SHOULD feel very winded! I definitely had to take breaks in my first few classes, and that’s coming from someone who takes Pure Barre regularly and runs 5 miles at least 5 days a week. Work to your personal level, take all the breaks you need, and get water whenever you need it. Listen to your body.

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♦ I can’t go any bigger!
Your teacher might be cueing you to make your ranges of motion bigger or to get your leg a little higher, but remember, she means for you to go as far as you can. Think of yourself as your biggest competition. Maybe try to go a little harder than you did last class, or perhaps fight a little harder to get your leg a little higher on the second side. Don’t worry about what anyone else in class is doing. As teachers, we always aim to help you work to your hardest point, and that could differ from day to day.

♦ Why do I need the platform?
The platform helps you dig deeper in every single stretch and exercise. Always think about pressing the foot on the platform down into it while you work. When you stretch, use the platform to dig deeper or reach farther.

♦ What should I eat before platform?
I prefer to work out first thing in the morning, but that can’t always happen. When I wake up and take platform, I grab a Quest bar or a KIND Bar and eat about half of it before class, half of it afterward. A banana and part of a bar is the perfect amount of food for me before taking. If it’s not first thing in the morning, I’d just recommend something light, as if you’re going on a run.

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**the barres at our studio are a little bit high, so this might look different on you.

I am SORE. How many days a week should I take Platform? Should I still take Pure Barre?
You will be crazy sore the first few times you take Platform. Listen to your body, and within reason, work through the soreness. If you stick to it, that soreness will become strength. Experiment with taking Pure Barre and Platform interspersed throughout your week and find your happy mix of the two. The two classes are great low/no-impact complements to each other.

If you’re working your very hardest, you will feel exhausted after a Platform class.

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I really hope you laughed at this GIFs as hard as I did as I was creating them.

What questions do you have about Platform? Have you tried it? What do you love about it? Have you seen any results yet?

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1 Ashley @ Sweet Carolina Belle May 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Those GIFs are great! Platform felt so funky when I tried it for the first time. I can’t wait for it to feel more natural.
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2 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 23, 2016 at 4:25 pm

It definitely will begin to feel more natural as you gain strength and muscle memory. I think it finally completely clicked for me when I took me 7th or 8th class! Just like regular PB, it takes some real practice. 🙂
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3 Jill May 25, 2016 at 8:20 pm

I have been doing Platform at the Birkdale Village location for the past few months and I absolutely love it. I was a little intimated at first and probably looked like a fool but I got more comfortable after a few classes. I enjoy the variety of switching it up from the regular PB.

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