Orland Park’s latest fitness addition will be offering its particular discipline for free Sunday and Monday.
Pure Barre, located at 14932 LaGrange Road, is opening to the public on Nov. 5. Before then, the gym that uses a ballet barre and other strength-building techniques from the dance world will have free classes.
Pure Barre will hold its sample classes at the following days and times:
Sunday; 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Monday; 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
The classes are about an hour long and the goal is to develop long, lean muscles similar to how dancers build muscle, said Mary Bertke, the studio lead for the new Orland Park location.
“The goal is to work each muscle group through small isometric moves,” Bertke said.
The exercises themselves are low impact, making the workout a little more accessible for people with back or joint issues, but the classes are still a challenge, she said.
“Instead of a treadmill, or something very intense like CrossFit, this is in between,” Bertke said. “Maybe someone has tricky knees or back issues. Anyone can do it. If someone needs more instruction we can give it to them.”
Classes have less than 25 people in them, leaving space for instructors to work more personally with attendees, Bertke said.
“Working out is a personal thing,” she said. “Everyone needs to find what works best for them.”
Classes will be available seven days a week, and more times can be made available as more people request them.
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