June 2021 by Petra W
The instructors are great! Erika and J. Especially. Not the most transparent billing though.. if you don’t have time to check your account you will end up with less classes available or extra charges . Very unusual type of memberships and extra charges for classes that are any different than rest of them. Some girl at the front desk is not very helpful though, she is very cocky and treats you with superficiality. I was happy to find the type of aerobic exercise, but disappointed with the system.
April 2021 by Zack J.
I dont know how much more we could have been clear about her only trying it out for a month. And regardless if it auto renews, which we didnt know it was going to do, you should understand and refund the money. You are just finding excuses to make sense of charging me another $160 for no reason. I would understand if maybe she went to a class or two and then we wanted a refund but thats not the case here. She didnt even use all of her classes from the first month that we paid for. We didnt call until well after it was charged?? I called your business as soon as I saw it was posted to my account and my girlfriend even sent you an email. And no you did not refund us the money, you just transferred it to a store credit so that we could use it to buy your overpriced merchandise instead. Please give me my money back. We have bills to pay too. We're all hurting during these times, not just you and your business. You could have just refunded the money and who knows maybe we would have been back or even referred your business. You just decided to take my hard earned money that you did nothing to earn and try to rationalize it for yourself why it is okay. It's not okay! It really shows that you do not care about your customers and the hardships they are going through and that you only care about you and your business.
March 2021 by A W.
This review is from the perspective of someone who doesn't work out but wanted to give the idea a shot. I wanted a workout that required minimal "effort" and maximum efficiency (not fat, not fit, my goal is to get more toned and incorporate a sustainable workout lifestyle) hence barre suited my needs. LOCATION: Very good plaza, right next to Nekter Juice Bar and Starbucks, both well known staples, and Tea Maru, a house-made-boba shop that wasn't very good the one time I tried. (Will give it another shot and update.) PARKING: Easy, ample parking right in front. COMMUNICATION: Monica (the owner) and Alani are exceptional. They quickly answer any questions you have, both via email and phone. WORKOUT: My favorite thing about Pure Barre is that there are stretches (and time for rest+water) in between each set. Extremely important for someone who isn't used to working out. Some other places I went to didn't have this. Also, everyone is extremely motivated and it pushes you to try your own best. STUDIO: Clean and efficient. During COVID times you have markings on the floor to indicate your 6 feet wide area around you. Lighting depends on instructor. Equipment all provided, which is very convenient. (Some places required me to bring my own mat, not a fan.) DID I SIGN UP?: Yes, I did in the end because I just wanted a set routine that I can see myself maintaining regularly. This was probably my best shot at it. My first class (Bahareh) played a huge role in it (see section on instructors below), and the plaza location helped a lot too. CLASS TYPES: This location has enough Foundation classes that I felt would be suitable for me. If I'm not wrong, the order of difficulty is Foundation, Classic, Pure Empower, Pure Reform. CLASS TIMES: Barre everyday, which is great since my biggest qualm about Equinox is they don't have enough barre classes. Weekdays multiple morning classes as well as late afternoon/evening classes. Weekends only morning classes. INSTRUCTOR: THIS VARIES. - BAHAREH made all the difference in my decision to continue. I took my free trial Foundation class with her and she kept the workout challenging while keeping the newcomer in mind. She picked sets that had a beginner version while also allowing for veterans to modify it to harder versions to suit their needs. Best of both worlds. She also helped me fix my stance/position as required, while also demonstrating and making sure I understood what was going on. Very good teacher, highly recommended. Also very motivational for when you feel your muscles dying. - JENNA: If you are a veteran you will love her; if you aren't, look elsewhere. She filled for a Foundation class I took and I'd like to point out that some people take a FOUNDATION class for a reason. The Pure Barre veterans commented after class about what a good workout it was and how they didn't expect that from a Foundation class. Meanwhile, I am stuck with a class I didn't enjoy because I either can't keep up or the class was too difficult with zero modifications available to new weaklings such as yours truly. Also, she didn't help, direct, or correct any of my positions despite me visibly struggling to keep up and knowing I'm doing some positions wrongly (because I don't feel the muscle burn in the right area). Overall, I'm sure she is a great teacher, it was a good workout. Just wouldn't recommend for people new to barre or new to working out. - Will update with other instructors as I try out their classes. Figured it'd help other newcomers interested in booking classes. (I wish someone could've written me a guide.) MEMBERSHIP: The membership price on the plaza website is outdated and they emailed in to change it. Their communication skills are very timely and top notch as they called to clarify the situation. Overall, I am now fairly convinced that I received a good offer, usually available during festive times or if you sign up quickly. Current prices are set at $89 4x/month, $159 8x/month, and $199 unlimi
July 2020 by Ann J.
I love this studio. If you need an intense challenge then pure barre is your spot. I do have weak wrists so if you're the same then it's best to bring workout gloves or wrist wraps.
July 2020 by korina lofi
Think you've got what it takes to conquer the routes because you go to the gym regularly and are in decent shape? Well put that pride away and think again! I didn't realize it initially since it was my first time bouldering, but I soon accepted that my strength was not going to be a trump card for routes beyond V3. You have to practice and master good technique and finesse to finish the harder routes. Pace yourself and take breaks because you will tire yourself out quickly in less than 2 hours if you attempt climb after climb.
February 2020 by Paulina L.
Nice! I like all the instructors I had so far but of course Bahareh is amazing! I always get a great work out, I also like the music. Studio is clean and people who work there are very nice. Great alternative or supplement to a traditional work out, yoga or Pilates, etc. Bring special socks, towel and water
January 2020 by Winnie L.
One of the best Pure Barre Studios I have been to. I've moved around quite a bit, through that and travel have been to over 15 different studios and have lost count of the number of different instructors. The staff and clients are all so friendly and inviting! There are 3 class choices you can take. Classic, Reform and Empower. If you've never taken the class, they offer a Foundations class every so often for beginners. This is by far the best workout I've tried. It works all the areas I want to tighten up, arms, core, legs and seat. I have never been stronger.
January 2020 by Christine N.
I went with a friend that wanted to sign up and got me a free-trial class. we went on Monday. The process was a bit confusing for the person trying it out. My friend had to input my info in to get me a free class. I can understand the process for this. Once she did, I received an email confirming they received my email address and details. Second email came to confirm my class date/time. When you open up the email, there's no address of the location, no links to click on to find much info. Barely any info on what to expect, what to wear/bring to the class. I had to ask my friend to send me the details. Even on their website, it's hard to find what you need. You'd think the basic info would be readily easy to find. I think they should look into updating their website to be more user friendly. I tend to not have interest with websites you have to hunt for info. Takes a lot out of your busy clicks. A few days before the class, I received a call confirming my attendance. On the day of the class like super early, I received another call to confirm I was coming that night. Arriving to the class, if you don't have the Gripe Yoga Socks you can't enter the classroom. I wish they let you know advance how much the socks were. The basic ones was $18 (pricey) for someone who doesn't know if they want to sign up or not. I think they should have a less pricey options for those maybe never coming back. Our instructor, Sofia (Sophie) was really nice. She asked if I had any type of injuries she needed to be aware of so she could help to modify the workout. She was GREAT with showing me what to do to avoid additional injuries. Thumbs up for her and her training style. I definitely got a great workout from her class. She has a great music compilation, not too loud and just the right beats to keep you going. Her communication was easy to understand and she helped everyone get the positions right. Does it work! You betcha! I felt sore in places I never knew could get sore! It was a good painful sore as they really work the isolated areas. I see what the hype and benefits are. I'm not a huge fan of Yoga but I do like this style of workout better. VERDICT - I liked it a lot. Good workout and the hour went by very fast. Giving them a 3 star cuz their website sucks and their confirmations didn't have details that you should have. Please change your website to be more user-friendly. SPACE - Clean and simple on the aesthetic. At the end of the class, the instructor walked around with cleaning wipes to sanitize the equipment/mat you used during the class. I cleaned my stuff well, but not sure if everyone else does. I recommend you cleaning it before the class if you are a germaphobic. LOCATION - located in the Quail Hill Shopping Center, the directions will have you go in circles, just turn into the plaza and they are location next to the Nekter Juice Bar for convenient pre and post workout quenching.
December 2019 by Shiva A.
Bahareh is the BOMB! I take a lot of group classes and I really appreciated her Pure Reform class. I loved the combination of traditional barre with resistance bands. Her cues were on point and she was really good coming around and adjusting forms. The music was so good too. I will definitely be back to take her classes.
October 2019 by MaryAnn W.
I've been coming here off and on for years now. I recently signed up for a few months and so glad I did! It is an AWESOME full body work out, hitting all the right trouble areas, with core throughout. I was especially happy to discover Bahareh's class! She is AMAZING! Not only does she lead a high energy, FUN and totally challenging class, she is SO MOTIVATING! I seriously feel like I can take on the world after her class. Her inspiration and positivity carries beyond the workout, plus she is funny, is so real and clearly loves what she does. I know I am not alone in my opinion - her classes are PACKED! Wish she taught more because her class is an incredible way to kick start my day!
September 2019 by Mooshie O.C R.
Love my gym and the instructors are the best ,esp bahareh, Shadi And Sofia ... love love it
January 2019 by Cynthia VanderHouwen
Best way to start my day!
September 2018 by Janani V.
I was introduced to Pure Barre Irvine by a friend and decided to try out the classes cause I got a good Groupon deal for a month of unlimited classes. My first day I took the Pure Barre Empower class (rookie mistake) which uses extra weights and is cardio heavy. I had to take a lot of breaks through class because it was intense but the instructor, Sophia, was very encouraging! I came back and have been taking classes with Bahareh ever since and let me tell you, she is a force unlike any other! Her energy, encouragement and support are phenomenal. She helped me make adjustments to certain postures based on my needs. She also adjusted my posture so that I don't hurt myself and gave me modifications that ease the pressure on my lower back and knees. Nadia at the front desk was also super helpful and welcoming! Pure Barre is INTENSE but uses small movements to help you exercise muscles you didn't even know you had. It has been a great addition to my routine and 2 weeks since I started. I know I will be continuing this journey towards a fitter + healthier me!
February 2018 by Layla A.
I'm just about finished with my first week and I have to say that I have fallen in love. I did cardio barre for a couple years and it was a great workout don't get me wrong, but not as great as pure barre. Cardio Barre was very fast and it tired you out very quickly. Pure barre goes at a manageable speed yet works out every muscle in your body. You definitely feel like you've worked out but not like you're about to die. What I like the most is that it's a different workout every class. You don't fall into the routine of doing the same exercises every time. The instructors are all great, they come around and correct your form if you need it, are constantly giving you positive feedback, and motivating you throughout the entire class. And the girls at the front desk are super friendly and helpful. You get your first week free and your first month at a discounted price of $99, BUT if you go to 3 classes in your first week you get a $20 discount on top of that. They also have monthly specials and a student discount. It's obviously a little pricey there's no doubt about that but I think that if you stay committed then it will be worth it. Also, most exercise classes are more expensive than this and don't even offer specials. I highly highly recommend!
February 2018 by Taylor L.
Love pure barre! I have been going on and off for years, and always end up coming back because IT REALLY WORKS. I always see a difference in my body with just 3 classes. I feel longer and leaner when I go consistently. I'm really glad they have a lot of different class times (especially mornings) cause no matter what your work schedule is for the day, they'll have a class time that makes sense. The staff is friendly, the teachers are fun and very informative when it comes to what exercises we are doing and why it's working. If you want your body to feel firm and toned, then commit to a few pure barre classes!