Published on July 23rd, 2011 | by thevyne0
A New Way to Fitness: Pure Barre with Ashley Allen
An Interview By Allison Brooke Gordon
If you’re looking for a challenging workout to change up your exercise routine, look no further than Pure Barre. This workout is not for the faint of heart. Our very own Vyne Contributor, Allison Gordon, participates in Pure Barre classes. Allison recently sat down with one of the instructors, Ashley Allen, to chat about how Ashley got involved with Pure Barre and why it works so well.
AG: So, how did you find out about the opportunity to be a Pure Barre instructor?
AA: Well, there are Pure Barre studios across the country, but I work in the Philadelphia Pure Barre location. I found out about the need for instructors on Craigslist. The opportunity sounded incredible and I was especially excited because it was new to Philadelphia at the time. I applied right away and became one of the four women hired as an instructor.
AG: Why Pure Barre?
AA: I have a personal trainer certification. I’m working toward my Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at Temple University. Pure Barre is great way for me to meet people, stay in the field that I love and still focus on being in school.
AG: Tell me about Pure Barre? Why does it work?
AA: Small isometric movements are made. Most people are used to working large muscle groups and Pure Barre uses small muscle groups. It’s a fusion of yoga, pilates and ballet. This mix makes the class very special. Pure Barre uses a ballet approach but you don’t need to have a dance background — it takes the athletic approach to dance. Working the smaller muscle groups help create long lean muscle resulting in a dancer-like physique. A lot of women are concerned with getting that bulk…this tones and doesn’t create bulk.
AG: Why do you like Pure Barre so much?
AA: Pure Barre is always challenging and that’s why I love it. There are always ways to make the class harder.
AG: How did your interest in kinesiology start?
AA: I started gymnastics when I was five years old and I’ve always had a passion for fitness in every way. Gymnastics requires you to go through a lot of conditioning. I wanted to take my love for gymnastics and devote it to different clients and their fitness needs.
AG: How much does diet play a role in your fitness?
AA: They deserve equal parts of attention. You can’t have one without the other.
AG: What other forms of exercise do you include in your fitness routine?
AA: I power-lift and I play tennis. I love being busy, and traveling around the city.
AG: What motivates you to stay fit?
AA: Motivating my clients motivates me. Seeing them want to stay fit makes me want to stay fit.
AG: What advice would you give to women who want to jump-start a fitness plan for themselves?
AA: It’s hard to start a program but having a support group around you is very helpful. Also: self discipline; knowing what you want to achieve; folding in a nutrition program; and staying focused on goals.
AG: What is the most difficult challenge for you when it comes to staying fit?
AA: Friends trying to distract me from my exercise time. I have to set exercise goals for the week and try to stick to those. For example, I make sure I take a certain number of Pure Barre classes a week.
AG: What are your values when it comes to health and fitness?
AA: Strengthening your mind in order to stay focused on your goals and maintaining self-discipline to never stop. With fitness it’s important to continue on and never stop. Don’t ever let go of your goals and try to implement something new.
AG: Do you have final thoughts you’d like to share about fitness?
AA: Exercise and nutrition is a life-long commitment. Stay with your goals every week in order to improve your overall health in the future and increase our longevity.