Shake it Up, Portland!

Free your mind, and your body will follow, at Pure Barre in the Pearl District

With just a 55-minute session at Pure Barre (1124 NW 13th Ave, 503-894-8623), you’ll achieve a full-body barre workout concentrating on the areas men and women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals, and arms.

The Pure Barre technique is a low-impact workout that protects your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching period, which helps participants to work toward creating long, lean muscles without the bulk that can come from some other workout programs. This approach works toward defying gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up.

While the impact on your joints may be low, the concentration required for the workout is high, so an hour of Pure Barre pushes you to block out the stresses and day-to-day worries of your life. Some devotees report that the mental benefits are like those obtained through yoga or meditation.

A transformed body and a clear head in just one hour—it doesn’t get much better than that. Join studio owner Ally Coucke and her trusted canine sidekick, Bailey, for 55 minutes that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to tackle your day.