Pure Barre Before and After

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hi There! These pictures are from my transformation last year, just four months after having my second baby.  I hate to admit it, but I fell off the fitness wagon a bit, but I recently hopped back on, which you can read about here and most recently here.  Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin, as I will be posting new before and afters!

Week one of my 60 days to a better body has begun! Check out what I am eating this week here

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I noticed that I am getting a lot of new traffic from people googling Pure Barre.  I remember when I first started taking the classes, I would obsessively search the internet, looking for before and after pics!  I wanted to see how other people's bodies changed, it was a huge motivator in making it to class 3-4 days a week.  
(this is the studio where I attend classes, read about the studio owner here and check out their fb page)

At the beginning of my "get into shape" journey that I started in March of last year, I was sure to take before pictures.  Not because I was going to blog about them (Speculating Jokebird wasn't even a twinkle in my eye)  I wanted to use them to track my progress, I think it is hard to see your body with a discerning eye, so I wanted to have the actual picture proof that I was making progress!

It was a HUGE motivator and I loved looking at the pictures after 30 days and seeing differences!  

What am I getting at here?  Well, I am going to post those pictures....YIKES.  It's totally nerve wracking, but other people's pics, totally motivated me, so if I can help just a few people get motivated, then I am paying it forward, right? 

So check it out after the jump.....
I would like to notify you that my day one pictures, are only four months after giving birth, so go easy on me. 








Day 1
Day 30
Day 60
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Day 30

Day 60
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Day 30

Day 60

So there ya have it. I mean, seriously, my "seat" looks COMPLETELY different, even the change in just 30 days was huge.  You can make GREAT strides in just 30 days and have amazing results in 60.  There is no reason you shouldn't do it, if I can do it, ANYONE can.  I really mean that.  I should have taken a pic at 90 days, but never got around to it.  Right now I would say I am back to where I was at 30 days, maybe a little better, so I know in thirty days, with enough dedication, I can get back to my 60 day pic.  I got totally off track, which I wrote about here.  You can also read more about getting back on track with the Pure Barre 30 day challenge.

With that said, I do need to note that it is ALL about BALANCE.  You can go to Pure Barre every day, but if you aren't doing some sort of cardio (I ran 2-3 days a week) and eating a balanced diet, you aren't going to see change.  You can also run every day (like I did training for my half-marathon) and you won't have any tone.  That's why I'm currently trying to balance everything out, because that is the only way it is going to work.  I am struggling a little bit to really get back at it (it's hard when it's SO beautiful outside and all you want to do is play in the sun with your kiddos), but I know I will get back there and hopefully this time keep it up, because maintaining weight, health and exercise, is much easier than losing weight, changing your diet choices and getting your ass to pound the pavement, or lift, tone, burn at your local Pure Barre studio

*I also must say that I am a total novice when it comes to this stuff, this is just what worked for me.  So please, don't go out for a run because I said so, then break your ankle and decide that you are going to sue that bitch with the weird bird blog.  This is my disclaimer right here, letting you know I am no expert! 



35 comments:

  1. Randomly found this and don't think I've ever commented on a blog, but WOW. You look amazing and should be really proud of yourself. Definitely motivation. I'm on 9th pure barre class and loving it. Congrats to you!!

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  2. You look great! I LOVE PB. Started doing it in January of this year and I am totally addicted!

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  3. You look great! I LOVE Pure Barre. I started in January of this year and I am totally addicted. Keep it up!

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  4. Totally addicted to Pure Barre. Thanks for the pics. I have pics too but don't put them on my blog bc I have a teen and some teen boys can be....uh, rude....:)

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    1. Ha ha ha ha!!! I can only imagine! I will have to come to your for advice when our oldest officially becomes a teenager.

      I originally just took the pics for myself and I think they are a huge part of what kept me motivated!

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  5. I am training for a binki competion. I need to shed at least 10-15 more pounds. I am hoping to do the pure bare 30 day challenge. I do 2 a days 6 days a week. I run and lift. I am hoping that i can do the pure bare and still do my cardio run in the morning along with my lunges 3 days a weeks and work on cardio and arms the other 3 days. I hope this is not od. I am already eating pretty healthy. I hope that after 30 days, I will be ready for the stage. I know they said ppl start to see results after 10 classes. Your blog and this post really motivated me. Keep up the great work.

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    1. I think if you are working towards a short term goal (like a bikini competition) then two a days are fine. I wouldn't recommend them for the long term. I found the best results when I had a good balance with running, barre and diet. Good luck! Do you have a blog? I would lobe to follow along with how you are doing!

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  6. Amazing results! I'm on Day 26 of my "Pure Barre" Challenge and really enjoying the workout. Did you attend class everyday for the 60 days?
    Great Blog, and I'd love to link this page to my latest post for a little extra motivation for my readers!

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    1. Hey!!! Thanks for the nice compliment! No way, no how, did I attend 60 days in a row. That is true beast mode right there and I wouldn't be able to do it. I did do 30 days in a row though and I still didn't have the type of results that I did with my personal 60 day challenge. Which proved to me that it is all about balancing, diet, cardio and strength training (pure barre for me). You have to have all those elements to gain the results you want.

      I achieved these results following a plan similar to the one I posted about here: http://www.speculatingjokebird.com/2013/07/recap-day-one-of-60-days-to-better-body.html This is almost exactly what I did, with a low-carb/low-fat/high protein diet. I am currently doing a new 60 challenge, since I fell off the fitness wagon a bit. You should follow along!

      Way to go with your own Pure Barre challenge!! I just popped over to your site and saw all the different options you are weighing. It's a tough choice. It is pricey but I think for the results you get, I can rationalize it. I also signed a year long contract, so I pay $155 a month. You have to go quite a bit and do it consistently, to justify the cost but it's such a huge savings. Some months it isn't worth it and others months it totally is (like my 30 days in a row).

      This is the longest reply ever! Sorry. Anyway! I would LOVE if you linked to my page! My whole reason for posting those pics was to motivate others. I will be sure to link back to you, I get a lot of new Pure Barre users that would be able to totally relate to your posts.

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  7. I stumbled upon your pictures via a friend on facebook who does Pure Barre...your before and after were so inspiring that I joined my local Barre studio the next day. I am on day 6 of my challenge and feeling amazing. Thank you for your inspiration - I look forward to following your blog for more! :)

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    1. Oh my goodness!!! You have NO IDEA what it means to me that my headless before and after pics, inspired YOU! I am so glad that you have embarked on a journey and challenge of your own. This little online "community" where women are inspired, challenged and supportive of one another, is really quite amazing. Please keep me updated on how it is going!

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  8. Hi Amanda! It's been a CRAZY summer - I'm so sorry I'm just now following up to your comment on Breakfast at Target!

    What a brave woman you are to post photos - major props on both putting yourself out there AND taking charge of your health! You look FAN-tastic.

    Thank you again for stopping by over on B@T... and as a fellow Pure Barre enthusiast, don't be a stranger! Would totally love to keep up with your journey and your sweet family (yes, I stalked a little bit).

    Hugs & high fives,
    C

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  9. Crazy! Brave of you to post before and afters! You look great! If there was one of these near me I would give it a try! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Amber@ Dimples & Pig Tales

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  10. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on my Pure Barre post! I'm glad I've found your blog!

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  11. I want to change up my exercise routine for 2014 and am trying to decide b/w hot yoga or pure barre. Your pics have me thinking pure barre is the way to go. Congrats on your hard work.

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  12. Wow, congratulations! Your progress is amazing...you should be incredibly proud of yourself. I know what you mean about balance (I have kids, too, and am also trying to make time for me by working out, etc.). A Pure Barre studio just opened near my house a few months ago, and I finally started going consistently a few weeks back. It is AWESOME. I feel so much better, both physically and mentally. Keep up the great work!

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  13. can you share the diet you were on? this is so motivating. thanks for sharing!

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    1. It wasn't anything specific. It was mostly low carb and good proteins. I also love the heck out of salads!! So it was usually eggs for breakfast, a nice salad for lunch and chicken or fish for dinner.

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  14. I actually think you look great before, I can't believe you looked that incredible after having a baby. That is amazing in of itself. But to see how quickly you were able to tone and transform your body within 30 and 60 days is also very inspirational. I don't know how you found the discipline to do it especially after having a baby. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks you so much for your kind words. Trust me, I would have never found the discipline without the help of my now sister-in-law. She was marrying my brother that summer and was a huge motivator in getting me there and in shape for the wedding. I have to admit I am not nearly as disciplined now! I did just start back up though, so hopefully I can find a nice balance!

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  15. Your photos are amazing! For just 30 days I saw a huge improvement. And your seat is totally lifted! I am doing some barre routines I found free online.

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  16. Wow wow wow wow!!!!!!! Thank you SO much for sharing with us all. So inspiring

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  17. I <3 your disclaimer ha-ha

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  18. Your transformation is crazy amazing! Are you still doing Pure Barre? Or any otehr barre?

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    1. I am just about to start back up! My youngest kiddo just started school, so I will have more time to get to the barre. I would be more than happy to chat about my experience with you! Pure Barre is the best!

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  19. I'm so impressed! Wow!!!! I just need the motivation Purre Barre gives me. I use to work out with heavy weights & saw good results; however, I had a work out partner. Now, I don't have that & have zero motivation when I go to gym. I guess I never believed Purre Barre was going to give me results. I feel I'm working harder than when I did pushing heavy weight. This is such a different concept. I admit, I look at your blog often to get motivated, so I've started Purre Bar back again after a year off. I gained about 15 lbs since stopping. I'm way off my goal. I don't think I was consistent enough & believed in the Purre Barre Method. I also needed to be lower carb & lower fat. I play tons of tennis but it really isn't cardio like running/ walking fast. Iv'e started all that back too thanks to you. Hopefully I can keep it up.

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    1. I actually stopped going for awhile as well and just started back up this month for March Madness Challenge!! Have you tried any of the platform classes? I was hesitant after the first one but have started sprinkling those in a couple days a week. It is SO nice to have the cardio mixed in with the barre workout!

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    2. How did you like it? It tooks tough!! My studio is going to offer it hopefully staring in April. Looking forward to it because it reminds me of step aerobics with PB twust. I use to be step junkie. Also, it appears to be more dynamic movement. A diffent concept than tradition PB to work mucles in different way.

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    3. I am officially ADDICTED to it! I took 7 platform classes in March. I think it's similar to when you first start barre, it takes 10 or so classes to really feel like you get the rhythm. So I am just now really starting to "get" it. Being able to get in a really awesome cardio workout with my beloved Pure Barre mixed in, is the best! Anything that saves me from having to run ;) Our platform teacher gave me good advice when you first start, which is to just make sure you go consistently to platform at least two days a week and then it will start to click. You are also right, it is a different concept, the movements are bigger and obviously faster. You have to let me know what you think after you take a class!

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  20. You are such an inspiration! While many gals would kill to have even your Day 1 body, it is really impressive the chang ein your body from day 1 to day 60. I just started pure barre and googled before and after pics. I had my little boy 3 years ago and while I have run sporadically since, I am missing the tone. especially in the seat, thighs, abdominal area. This really gives me something to work towards and inspiration. There are lots of fit people in the barre studio, but its hard to know how fit they were when they started and what else they do.

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    1. Oh my gosh! Thank you SOOO much! You can definitely do it and you are starting at the perfect time before summer! Have you tried any of their platform classes? That's an INTENSE workout. I have started to take 2-3 of those a week.

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  21. I just started Pure Barre about a week ago and was searching for "before and after pictures" for a little inspiration and came across yours- you look phenomenal! Thanks for posting!

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