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Written by: Avra Kouffman

Photographed by: Dhrumil Desai and Adam Gentry

Styled By: Rebecca Araoz
Model: Kelsey Paul of Brand Model and Talent Agency, www.brandtalent.net

With Multiple OC Locations: Pure Barre Irvine, Pure Barre Mission Viejo and Huntington Beach (all under the same ownership, meaning you can get your lift, tone and burn on across the OC coastline on one membership)  

Top 5 Places in OC to Get Fit in 2015

Pure Barre studios specialize in toning your physique. Pure Barre is designed to slim inches off your measurements. You’ll streamline your arms, abs, seat, thighs, hips, arms and waist. In 55 minutes, you get a total body workout. The best part is that since Pure Barre is designed to benefit all fitness and experience levels, wherever you’re at, you can jump right in! You’ll like the atmosphere, too. Pure Barre studios make use of natural light and airy spaces to create what owner Monica Pommier Grubin calls “a beach OC feel.” Think driftwood, restful blues and greys. You can also indulge in shopping, with retail from North American-made vendors such as Beyond Yoga, Splits 59, Tonic, Onzie and Karma. An added bonus: If you’re reserved or unsure about trying something new, you’ll feel right at home at Pure Barre. “It’s not a looking around the room-type of workout, ” explains Monica. “To do it right, you have to focus on yourself quite a bit. You’ll focus on the little, small muscles that make such a difference in your body.” This is how dancers train, hence the long lean dancer muscles.


THE CLASS TO TRY: Pure Barre  places in oc to get fit

The Pure Barre class is a highly effective, low-impact workout designed for youngsters (ages 16 and up) through seniors. Class starts with a Pilates-based warm-up on the floor, moves to a workout with small weights and then goes over to the barre, where you tone up via focused isometric movements. Stretches are woven in after strength sections to lengthen your muscles while they’re hot so that you sculpt a lean, long physique without bulk. Monica says, “If you come in consistently, you can see results in as few as 10 sessions.” Her staff is highly trained to ensure the class is safe for all, from people with injuries to nine-month pregnant women. If you’re an adult daughter looking to spend quality time with your mom, Pure Barre is the perfect way to share a safe, healthy workout together. A lot of thought has gone into designing each element of the Pure Barre class. In fact, Pure Barre bills itself as “intelligent exercise, ” so smart cookies everywhere, take note! places in oc to get fit


One great feature of Pure Barre is its convenience. Since the Pure Barre workout is designed to accommodate all fitness levels, you can take any class that suits your schedule. To add to the ease, if you buy a package, you can workout at any and all of the following locations: Huntington, Newport, Irvine and Mission Viejo. Try them all and pick your favorite. Go for the New Client Special: 30 days of unlimited classes at all four studios!


Q&A with Pure Barre owner Monica Pommier-Grubin

Q: Tell me about the first time you tried Pure Barre.

Monica Pommier-Grubin: I would love to tell you I feel in love with Pure Barre the first time I tried it….but it took about 5 classes to realize the potential of this workout. I hated it my first class. I was mad and frustrated why a Division 1 water polo player who played 4 sports growing up couldn’t make it through class. I am not very good a failing at anything.  It took me 5 classes to realize failure is what you wanted in Pure Barre. The shaking and having to stop and my muscles burning is what was taking my bulky muscles and organically leaning them. So often in hot yoga I would pull a muscle thinking I was more flexible than I really was because I was in this artificial environment. With Pure Barre, in a month I was able to touch my toes (never before done) and soon enough could do the splits. My mom takes class with me to this day and she is still shocked that I can do the splits. Pure Barre has taken my strong but bulky muscles and lengthen me into a leaner more flexible person with better posture. I never thought results like this were possible. I am addicted to the body Pure Barre gives me. Its not easy, and you feel the difference if you miss a week but there is nothing better than the way you feel after pushing yourself in a Pure Barre class.

Q: What makes Pure Barre special?

MPG: Our workout classes are unlike any other. We can take any age, shape and size and transform their bodies. The workout is definitely why people come into our studio. In addition we offer free skills classes once a month for clients to work on their technique with an instructor. We also carry fun clothing lines such as Lululemon, Splits 59, Beyond Yoga to name a few.

Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time. Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective, yet safest way to change your body. Students see results in just 10 classes.

Pure Barre is intelligent exercise. The technique protects your joints as it does not involve any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscle without bulk. The workout launches a full blown attack on the areas of the body all women struggle with: abs, hips, seat and arms. It defies gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up.

The workout requires such focus that you block “life” out for the hour allowing you to obtain the mental benefits achieved in yoga or meditation. A transformed body and a clear head in just one hour- it doesn’t get much better than this.


Q: What motivates you?

MPG: Moving every day creates balance within yourself. I motivate myself and others through seeing what people are capable of accomplishing. For me I work predominantly with women and to see these women change before my eyes is so satisfying. There is nothing better than seeing someone try their first Pure Barre class and realize its potential! Women are such powerful creatures to watch someone realize this through gaining self-worth can motivate anyone. It’s addicting. My clients motivate me through their success stories and inspire me to work harder myself. My staff motivates me as well. These girls that help me run Pure Bare are so inspiring, they pour their soul into ever class they teach and that is what motivates me to be better at what I do each day.

Q: What’s coming up for Pure Barre?

MPG: I just took over 2 more locations making Pure Barre the first boutique studio that you can use your package at multiple locations in OC. This just happened in Oct so that is the newest thing coming to the OC. Plan on seeing all your favorite instructors at all locations, helping you reach your 2015 fitness goals.

THE STUDIO: Pure Barre Newport Beach 

234 E 17th St, Ste 116 Costa Mesa, CA 92627 www.purebarre.com