I decided that since I was unable to commit to a monthly membership at my local Pure Barre studio, I would try out the On Demand feature so I could still enjoy this style of workout in my weekly fitness routine. I already have all the essential equipment necessary to make the On Demand classes work so I figured this was the best option for me. (Modern technology for the win! 💪🙌)
On Demand offers a free intro class that is a 52 minute video where the first 5 minutes is talking about the concept of the method followed by technique and their own specific language terms used during their workouts. The actual introductory workout starts at 5:00 on the video. I highly recommend viewing this video and giving it a try if you're curious about starting this style of workout in the studio or at home. This intro class is very similar to the classes I have taken at the studio. Sometimes the live classes can be quick and difficult to grasp essential form technique. After watching this video, I feel like I have a better understanding of some of the things I need to be doing better in each of the exercises I have done in my live classes.
My On Demand experience has been very positive so far. I have been using the On Demand classes for two weeks now. The majority of the classes utilize a wall for support, mat, and/or the double tube resistance band. I was hoping more classes used the mini ball as a prop since I really enjoy using mine in my workouts. (I love props when working out). Speaking of props, I have also used my Lebert Equilizer Bars in place of the wall when I need a little more stability. You can also use a chair as a support if you don't have a barre or suitable wall space.
With any type of workout, there are always pros and cons. Some of the pros for doing the On Demand classes are:
- being able to do a class at home at any time that is convenient for my schedule
- picking my workout focus and length of time
- pausing the video so I don't miss essential cues or rewinding when I need to see or hear something again
- going at my own pace
- having access to classes when traveling
- price - a single class at my local studio is $24 or $99/month unlimited. On Demand classes are unlimited $29.99/month.
- not having the live feedback of an instructor with proper form either when initially performing an exercise or during fatigue phases when I start to disengage my form
- accountability - this isn't really an issue for me but I have heard others comment on not being able to commit to doing workouts at home because they can't rely on getting themselves motivated
- not having the space or necessary equipment to adequately participate in the online classes (you really only need a wall or chair for support, band, and light weights- a solvable problem)