Meet Erika Berry, Pure Barre’s newest instructor. We had the chance to sit down with her to talk exercise, particularly in the LTB sense!
Where are you from?
Have you always exercised? What did you do, if so?
Growing up, my mother always told me that proper little southern girls didn’t play sports. Needless to say, exercise did not come naturally to me. Outside of a few 5K’s, one 10K, and two half-marathons, exercising felt more like a chore than an enjoyable activity.
In three sentences, what is Pure Barre?
I can describe Pure Barre in three words: Lift. Tone. Burn. In just 55 minutes you will feel every major muscle group burn and/or shake at some point. Even doing the smallest, lowest-impact movements, your heart rate increases as if you were doing a high-impact cardio routine. In a nutshell, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective way to change your body!
How did you get involved with PB? Walk me through it step-by-step.
I took one barre class (not Pure Barre) when I lived in Nashville and was so intimidated by the “expertise” of other clients that I never returned. When I moved to Jackson, I didn’t realize we had a barre studio until my sister bought me 20 classes at Pure Barre-Jackson for Christmas. After those first 20 classes, I knew I wanted more!
How long have you been involved?
I started taking in March 2013 and I try to take four to five classes every week. Anything less, and I get in a bad mood. Pure Barre is addictive!
How many participants are in an average class?
An average class has about 15 clients.
What are the differences for you in teaching versus participating?
As a teacher I notice the “cues” a lot more – those suggested modifications that remind you what muscle you should be working. I am also much more aware of the Pure Barre national brand and how respected it is. I think I took that for granted as a participant.
Do you encourage non PBers to come try out classes? If so, why?
Yes! It can’t hurt to try! Just stick with it. Give it at least 10 classes before making a decision. After just a few classes, those “awkward” movements will begin to make sense, and you’ll feel much more confident in your work.
What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching PB? What is the most rewarding aspect of being a client, since you’ve been on both sides?
One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is seeing the clients improve, class by class. As a teacher, I’m able to cue challenges, and it’s always rewarding to challenge someone! As a client, the most rewarding aspect is the personal sense of accomplishment. Class after class, you start to feel stronger, and you are able to stay in the positions longer, giving the final 10 counts your best 10 counts. You will also see more lean, toned muscles, and that’s always rewarding!
Any tips for newcomers who are not sure what to expect?
Just listen to the cues that the instructor gives. Listen to how the instructor sets up the positions and from where all the movement should be happening. Just be patient. Don’t do what I did at my first barre experience in Nashville: go for one class, give up and never return. If you have questions about a section of class, ask the instructor! We love questions! Have fun with it. Let the music drive your work (we have AWESOME music).
If someone would like information on attending class, how should they do this?
Call us (769-251-0486) or visit us at the studio or online (http://purebarre.com/ms-jackson/#healcode).