Pure Barre

| January 6, 2011

Pure BarreMaybe it was the extreme amount of workout clothes I received from my mother this year for Christmas (obviously she is trying to tell me something) or a pending trip to Miami coming up in a few weeks, but lately my outings have been full of blood, sweat and tears – fine, the blood was from a paper cut.

Attempting to hold true to at least some of my New Year’s resolutions, I have been entertaining as many workout options as possible. This curiosity led me to check out the newest workout craze – Pure Barre.

A total-body workout utilizing the ballet bar, Pure Barre was created by a choreographer and uses small isometric movements that lifts your seat, tones your thighs, flattens your abs and burns fat in record time.

Since its inception in 2010, Pure Barre has grown to more than 45 locations. Local franchisees Karen Handel and Lucy Gentry have brought this phenomenon to our fine city and expect it to fit right in.

“Pure Barre has been spreading throughout the country – Louisville is a very health-conscious and fitness-minded city, so a Pure Barre studio here was a natural and logical choice,” Handel said. “We’re very excited to be here!”

Pure Barre 2Gentry, who is originally from Harlan, Ky., and Handel, of Texas, discovered Pure Barre in Lexington.

“We quickly realized the technique is a challenge like no other,” Handel said. “We fell in love with everything about it – the friendly atmosphere, the motivating music, the burn, the exhaustion and, of course, the results.”

To celebrate its grand opening, Pure Barre is offering a monthly unlimited package for $100.

With no impact, there is no jarring to the joints or knees making it a safe way to work out. Because Pure Barre strengthens muscles and then lengthens them, it creates a long, lean look rather than bulk or mass, which makes it appealing to females. However, to the men looking for an alternative workout option, don’t let the ballet bar fool you – this is not a ploy to get you in tights.

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Regardless of fitness background, beginners to advanced, young or old, male or female, this workout has no limit. Gentry and Handel’s advice: “Come with an open mind.”

Holding true to their New Year’s resolutions, Gentry and Handel’s 2011 goals are to “educate our clients and Louisville about the advantages to Pure Barre and how the workout can change the way you think of exercise.”

Located at 1321 Herr Lane, Suite 180, check out www.purebarre.com/louisville.


A ballet studio that is anything but Swan Lake.


No overcrowded gym rats here. Parking is ample just like the burn from your workout.


Fun, motivating music. No orchestra instruments to put you to sleep.

Interesting Arcana

Gentry and Handel will hold a Pure Barre 101 class on Jan. 16 for beginners interested in the class.

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Lauren DePaso
Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.

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