The ballet-inspired workout promises results that you can see and feel, but is it actually as fun and worship-worthy as all the hype would have you believe? Read on for a Q&A with Pure Barre's founder, Carrie Dorr, and to find out if Pure Barre is a workout worth your time.
A former professional dancer, Pure Barre founder Carrie Dorr opened her first studio in 2001. Since then she’s opened up several more across the U.S. and turned the program into a franchise in 2009.
How long have you been involved with fitness and dance?
I started teaching group fitness and dance at the age of 13! I was trained in and taught everything—aerobics, kickboxing, spinning, trekking, Pilates, etc. I also practiced tap, jazz, and ballet.
How did you incorporate your dance background into the Pure Barre technique?
Dance requires controlled movement while utilizing both strength and flexibility and that concept is Pure Barre's core. When I was dancing, I did a lot of choreography and that transferred into choreographing Pure Barre's program.
What inspired you to start Pure Barre?
When I started my first studio 13 years ago, it was mainly Pilates and a bit of Barre. Although I loved Pilates, I felt it wasn't doing enough for my seat and hips, and I also wanted more choreography and music, thus Pure Barre.
Can all athletes benefit from Pure Barre?
Since Pure Barre focuses on increasing your strength and flexibility, it can improve your performance in all other types of athletics.
What are the basic components of each class?
Using small isometric movements to work muscles to fatigue, thus quickly shaping the body without any impact.
For some of the moves, it was a little difficult to understand how exactly to move my body or to figure out the correct posture—any advice?
It takes time. For many people, it's a new way of working out. I always say give it at least 10 times consecutively until your body starts to figure out what should be firing and how.
Is there a different benefit to doing Pure Barre as opposed to standard strength training (like lifting weights)?
I'm just an advocate of exercise and movement in general. The best type of exercise program is one which you enjoy (so you'll do it) and one in which you are achieving results.