In Syracuse, in September, it’s finally summer….we have had endless days of eighty degree temperatures and sunshine. I’m not sure why it’s happening now but I’m grateful for it. It made for a perfect night of barre on the rooftop! A new space opened up in downtown Syracuse at a local law firm with great views of the downtown skyline. And 15 floors up the terrace made for the perfect ending to the day and beginning of a new year. Shana Tova!
There were about 50 people who attended the Pure Barre Syracuse class. I’ll admit it was pretty cramped and when I heard barre class I didn’t instantly think of grabbing my mat but I’m happy I did since a lot of the work was mat based. The class ended up being more of a yoga-pilates mix with elements of barre. For full disclosure I’ve never attended an in studio Pure Barre class, just Barre classes from other dance and yoga studios. I liked the class and it definitely pointed out my current weaknesses. From sitting all day long my hips and pelvic floor are basically non-existent. As I’ve written about getting back into fitness after being away for so long has been a pretty humbling experience.
As far as Pop up classes go this was a good burn that offered some lively music in an incredible space. There was a lot of good energy and the occasional groan from a long lasting isometric hold..those are the best and I’ll admit they were probably coming most of time from my mouth. Pilates and Barre look so innocent but then after 45 seconds of pulsing your pointed toe while trying to pelvic twist in sync you discover… this is way harder than it looks.
I may try to take in a class at Pure Barre Syracuse‘s main studio just to see if it’s similar. It was a good introduction but I’m always nervous when no modifications are offered to moves in a class where there are very beginners and all ability levels.
After an hour of sweeting in the sunshine and enjoying the incredible views of the space, I would say the rooftop event was a hit and I can’t wait to see what other classes are offered in the future.
Question of the Day: Have you ever taken a pop up rooftop class?