5 Tips for Pure Barre Empower

I've professed my love for Pure Barre many times over. I need a workout that holds me accountable, so exercising with an entire group (plus a teacher to lead, correct and modify) is just perfect in my book. Add to that all the other perks of barre - low impact, effective, fun - and it's pretty much a perfect workout. I also like that Pure Barre has hundreds of locations, so friends from all over the country can join in the fun - chances are, there's one near you! 

Pure Barre recently rolled out their new Empower class, and I fell in love all over again. While regular PB is all about creating long, lean, muscle via small, isolated movements, Empower is more about the cardio. You're still doing the barre moves and working on muscles (and in fact are wearing wrist and ankle weights), but keeping your heart rate up is at the forefront.

The class starts with some stretching, then rolls into intense bursts of pushups, mountain climbers, squats and barre positions, often utilizing the platform. There is a general structure, but each class is different, so you really never know what you're going to get! Below is my Apple watch fitness tracker from an Empower class - even though they are only 45 minutes verses 55 for a traditional barre class, I burn more calories in Empower (and my average heart rate is way up, too - anywhere from 108-118 bpm instead of 80-90ish bpm).

Here are my top five tips for PB Empower...

1. Dress for Success

Leave the cotton at home. You are going to be sweating. Profusely. And that cotton will just soak the moisture all up and you'll walk out looking like a literal hot sweaty mess. Opt for moisture wicking fabrics and at least your clothing will look fine - really most "workout" apparel should work. My favorites are Zella leggings and tops - the leggings just hold everything in nicely, and the tops are roomy without being too loose to get in the way. And don't forget those sticky socks!

2. Hydrate
Drink up before, drink up after, and (most importantly) bring a tumbler with a straw to get a drink during class. Literally, the class is so fast paced you can't be bothered to open up a water bottle. I'm not even kidding.  The whole point is to keep your heart rate up, so there are no breaks, no stopping (just surreptitious sipping). If you thought regular PB transitions were fast, Empower is even faster, so a tumbler with a straw is key. Something like this one works perfectly (bonus, filling up your own water bottle is less expensive and better for the environment!). Keep that tumbler to the left of your platform (your instructors will probably tell you that your extra items are most out of the way there).

3. Invest in a Microfiber Handtowel

When the sweat is literally dripping off (I'm talking hot yoga levels of perspiration here, people) the towel will be a lifesaver. I also use mine to cover the platform as padding if we're doing mountain climbers or pushups off it (it saves my hands!).

4. Get to Know Those Hand and Ankle Weights

So, Empower introduces these wraparound weights that make all the classic moves just a bit more difficult. It's kind of genius because you put them on, forget about them, and yet you're working that much harder! They are a bit tricky to get on, though - so take those few minutes before class begins to practice putting them on and off. Some gals swear by using the platform as a little table when wrapping them on your wrist to get them nice and tight. You'll have to switch them from wrists to ankles during class, so go ahead and practice that too (though wrapping the ankles is much easier than doing the wrists).

5. Listen Up 
All the instructions come at you super fast, so listen up for those changes but also listen up for motivation! The instructors are awesome at keeping you motivated, whether they're telling you to use the music, offering that you are thirty seconds out from a hard move, or letting you know it's the last ten reps and to give it your all. There's nothing better than giving it your very best and being able to walk out of class so satisfied. Empower is only 45 minutes and while the cardio bursts are intense, just remember they're short lived 😉

Why I like it - it's fast paced, goes by quickly, it's fun and it keeps me challenged, engaged, and on my toes (quite literally sometimes!). Give it a try - you won't be disappointed!



  1. I have always wanted to try a PB class. I need to get to it!

  2. Great tips! I've really been enjoying Empower.

  3. That class sounds awesome! It sounds very similar to the cardio barre class I took at my old studio, it was my favorite!! Cardio barre is awesome!!

    1. You need to come!! First month is free 🎉👯


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