In last week’s reader survey, I had an overwhelming amount of responses from all of you, for which I am so thankful! From that survey I found that a lot of you really wanted to read more Pure Barre related content. I am so happy to that so many of you are Pure Barre addicts, like myself, and that a lot of you are curious about trying Pure Barre… it makes me so excited. So, today I wanted to share with you my journey on becoming a Pure Barre instructor.
Rewinding a bit, I first began Pure Barre a little over a year ago. I was obsessed from the moment I stepped out of my first 55-minute class. Overwhelmed? Yes. But hooked none the less. You can read about my original Pure Barre experience here. I woke up excited to lift.tone.burn. in the studio and was totally bummed anytime I didn’t make it off of the waitlist due to a full class. Every single class I felt challenged (in a good way!), eager to continue to learn the technique, and proud of how much better I felt after class.
What initially drew me in to the workout was the small class atmosphere. Before I began Pure Barre I worked out at a large gym that was packed 24/7. Often times I felt uncomfortable surrounded by muscular men, wasn’t sure if I was working a machine correctly, and didn’t feel like my body was changing very much. After a week’s worth of Pure Barre classes, I could tell a difference in parts of my body. That’s what kept me coming back daily. I also loved the friendships and people I met through the classes. I also loved how instructors would come around throughout class and provide hands-on corrections and words of encouragement. I left each class feeling confident and really excited to keep going back.
Fast forward to earlier this summer, I found out that a girl who I met through Pure Barre decided to open her own studio close by. An idea immediately popped into my head about becoming an instructor. I decided to let the idea settle and to think on it for a bit. After thinking about it for a week, I finally met up with Melody, the studio owner, and we chatted about the opportunity. I really liked the idea of working in a brand new studio and going through the whole process together as a team. That was something that was both important to me and Melody. I met with Melody a few more times to talk specifics (like time commitment, etc.) and then I signed on the dotted line to officially become an instructor!
After a week at Disney, I made the drive with the Pure Barre High Point team to Spartanburg, South Carolina to the Corporate Training Facility. We spent the weekend learning more about the technique, meeting with Master Trainers (#goals), and getting to interact with other studios across the country who were training to become instructors, too! It was a great weekend that made me really appreciate Pure Barre and the instructors. Once training ended I headed back to North Carolina even more excited to become an instructor. I spent countless months practicing and perfecting the technique before our studio opened.
After the initial nerves settled, I was so excited to teach my first class! I’ve been teaching for a few weeks now and each day I wake up so excited to head to the studio to instruct class. Do I feel nervous jitters some day? Heck yes! Some days I walk in the studio feeling like I’m taking my first Pure Barre class haha! But it is so rewarding seeing new clients enjoy their first class. It’s a pleasure seeing the same familiar faces day in and day out (especially since I work from home most of the time! I need social interactions, people!!!) And the best part? Hearing clients say that they can see their body changing, can feel themselves getting stronger and more flexible, and that they truly enjoy coming to my class! I absolutely love that.
So, a lot of you have emailed and sent in questions about how to go about becoming an instructor. My situation was a bit different, since it was a brand new studio, but if you are thinking about becoming an instructor I highly suggest reaching out to your local studio owner/manager to see if they’re hiring. They will be able to provide you with details based on your specific studio! You can see studio locations HERE. A lot of you have also asked about the time commitment associated with being an instructor. There is definitely quite a bit of time to be put forth, especially in the beginning as you are working towards your teacher’s certificate. Is it worth it? Totally! I teach 4-7 times a week (each class is 55 minutes) and spend quite a bit of time still practicing since I’m still a new teacher!
So, I realize that was a novel, and I applaud you if you made it through! I wanted to be as thorough as I could be with you all! If you have any other questions I haven’t covered, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – I am more than happy to chat Pure Barre with you!