Leigh showing one of the many leg burning poses in the class. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo
Leigh Babiasz has been a dancer all her life, and earned her BA in dance performance from Western Michigan University. From there she worked as a professional dancer and performer for different jobs and gigs. Babiasz started getting into personal training and got certified through NASM.
Currently she works as a certified trainer and will be starting grad school to study dance/movement therapy at Drexel next fall. Teaching Pure Barre came unexpectedly to her. She moved into the South Jersey area and saw an online ad for a job opportunity for fitness instructors with a dance background. That sounded perfect for her so she answered it and started teaching. Babiasz loves teaching Pure Barre because it gives her a combination of her two favorite things, dance and fitness. Plus, it gives her a different experience working in a group atmosphere compared to working with one on one training.
Q. Explain what Pure Barre is and how it is different to other workouts.
A. Pure Barre is a workout that incorporates the ballet bare and strength training that focuses on small isometric movements. It is a full body workout but it emphasizes working the thighs, seat, and abs. It is different from other workouts because it is a specific technique that takes a couple of classes to catch on. There is a not a lot of big explosive movements compared to other workouts so it is safe for most people to do.
Q. What muscles are you using in the Pure Barre workout?
A. Pure Barre works the full body but we do focus more on the “problem” areas of women. There is a lot of quad, glute, and core action in a class. We also do lots of body weight exercises and work on flexibility to achieve a longer leaner aesthetic look of a dancer.
Q. What makes Pure Barre unique?
A. It’s unique in the fact that the classes are designed so you get a variety of different exercises in each class. No class will be the same so your body can’t adapt and get used to it, so you will continue to confuse the body and thus see the results continuously.
Some of the equipment used during a Pure Barre Class. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo
Q. What should someone wear or bring to Pure Barre?
A. We always suggest to wear long pants and form fitting clothes. Pure Barre also has a line of special socks that have a special grip on the bottom of the foot so there is limited slipping on the floor and that’s helpful to wear in class.
Q. What should someone expect when they take a Pure Barre class?
A. Expect a lot of burning and shaking in the first couple of classes!
Q. Where can they practice Pure Barre and how much?
A. There are Pure Barre locations all over. If you go on the website, they list all the different locations and there are always more studios opening up. A single class is $23 but there are different packages you can purchase as well a new client special. All the prices should be on the website if you click a specific location.
Q. Anything else interesting you would like to add about Pure Barre.
A. Pure Barre is a great positive community of women that are really supportive of each other. I am really proud to be a part of the Pure Barre family!
As usual I had to try this class. I have been taking the class once a week for a few months now. I have to say that I was skeptical of this class when I started. I thought it would not be that hard since I am an avid runner and do other intense boot camps; however, I was so wrong. Every class my legs are shaking and I sweat a lot! I am definitely seeing results from this class just by incorporating it into my workout routine just a few days a week. I recommend it to anyone that is looking to change up their workout and get that long and lean body!
The relaxing Pure Barre workout room. Photo Credit: Alison Mastrangelo