78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2008
I love barre workouts. I own a lot of DVDs devoted to this method and it's very effective, especially on the lower body. Like another reveiwer stated, the set and the production quality is bad. Really bad. It looks like something a high school AV Class threw together for a class project. The set is dark and ugly, the camera work is inadequate, cutting off body parts, and failing to show different angles to help with proper form. The instruction, is so-so, although I felt form pointers and modifications were a bit lacking.
If you're looking for really good, thorough instruction and a little more refined production quality, check out Lotte Berk, or if you can get your hands on some Bar Method DVDs, definitely do that. This isn't a bad DVD for a first try, there is just lots of room for improvement.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2009
I absolutely love pure barre. I have been searching and searching for a program to streamline my body and make me appear willowy and slender and this is it. I did the firm for awhile but it was starting to bulk me up with endless lunges and squats. This program is awesome, I cannot rave about it enough. My butt has never been so lifted and my thighs have NEVER been this thin. Yes, the camera angles and editing can be annoying but I'll take a compromise in that regard to look as good as I am doing pure barre. If you want an amazing body get this dvd, you won't regret it. When is Carrie coming out with more dvds? I'll buy them all. :)
Edited to add that I have been doing pure barre at least three times a week for over six months and my body is still changing for the better.
Update: I've continued to work out to this dvd along with the two most recent Pure Barre dvds and I have never been so well proportioned in my entire life. I have slim, toned thighs that are rock hard and a stomach so flat it is nearly concave. Honestly, if you are in the least bit pear shaped this workout is for you.
84 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2008
The only reason I gave this video even 2 stars is because the instructor clearly knows her stuff. My legs burned after the workout, and she moves quickly from exercise to exercise without a lot of set up, which is nice. However, there is no to very little stretching between difficult sets, and when you do get stretching it's only a few seconds. I paused the video to continue the stretching. This video has a lot of problems. First, I believe it was produced by a child. The camera even cuts off the top of her head for some of it. There is one hilarious scene with an overhead shoulder press in which halfway through the set, the camera operator finally figures out that the viewer cannot see the instructor's arms (during an arm workout!). So, the camera sluggishly tilts up, but by the time you can view the entire exercise, it's over! For most of the sets done at the barre, the very top of the instructor's head is cut off by the camera, and her feet are not always in the entire frame. The camera was too close. On top of that flub, you get very few side views of the instructor, so you can't see which way her foot is moving and you have to rely on her instruction, which is OK, but not always enough. If you are a beginner, you probably won't get it.
As if that is not enough to deter you from buying this, the set is HORRIBLE! There is a black floor and a mix of bright pink and white floor/can lights along the wall in the background, and you can even see an extension cord. It is very industrial, no soft colors, all very dark and not at all pleasant to look at. AND, the instructor is wearing all black against a black floor. Also, the music is the same 10 beats repeated over, and over, and over...
I wish I had never wasted my money on this video. I am no beginner, but if you are, this is NOT for you. There is little to no modification for beginners and you can't always see what the instructor is doing. The only reason I think I did most of the moves correctly is because they are familiar from other videos. If you want a good set of ballet inspired videos, you should try the Lotte Berk Method 4 pack. There is an entire beginner video (Basic Essentials), and on each of the 4 videos one of the instructors modifies the moves to make them easier.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2009
Production issues aside, (which are not as bad as some make them out to be) this workout was painful. Of course, this is a good thing if you are trying to change your body. If you are familiar with barre type exercises and you enjoy them, this is the next step up. I have done Callanetics and Bar Method, but Pure Barre really managed to humble me. My legs were trembling throughout the thigh work. The seat exercises are relentless. She starts you off at the bar and then goes down for floor work. Seriously, I kept thinking, "This is Super Callanetics on steroids!"
I really liked the instructor, Carrie. She was tough and encouraging at the same time. My only gripe is that the stretching didn't last longer. I can't believe I waited so long to give this a try. I will definitely be purchasing the newer Pure Barre DVDs when they hit the market next month :)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2010
I'm also glad I ignored the negative reviews and bought this DVD. I now have all three of her workouts and find this one to be the most effective and difficult. I'm an advanced exerciser who has been a gym rat my whole life and has done it all: cardio (HIT, step and running) heavy weights, martial arts etc. I am now focusing on these workouts that provide the body shape I want and give me the greatest results in the least amount of time. I have never been in better shape. This is a very advanced workout and I suspect if one is a beginner or unfamiliar with these types of workouts, they are probably not assuming the correct form and pushing themselves to the point where they should be or they would be shaking to the point where they can hardly go on. Carrie's coaching is exactly as Lotte Berk (where this workout originated) would have taught it and her form and coaching is perfect. The 45 mintues feels very long when you're doing it right. The only thing I miss is the back dancing which I love.I don't get all the criticism about the set or her dark clothes, that's hardly noticeable to me. I like this workout so much, I ordered her new workouts which are being released this month and available on her website: [...]. The other workouts I do are The Bar Method (my favorite), Squeeze Stronger, Cardio Barre, Physique 57, Core Fusion, Tracy Anderson and the many good Ballet workouts that are available out there. Give it a shot, but remember to pay close attention to form, --FOCUS--, and push yourself to the end of every single set with all the strength you can muster and you will see dramatic results after a few workouts.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2013
This DVD has been in my regular rotation for several years (which should say something). Long enough that I can relate to every mediocre-to-bad review that I see here.
The production quality sucks. So what? If I wanted nice production value I'd watch Core Fusion and die of boredom.
The music belongs in a bad porno. Honestly, it kind propels me to get the workout over with and not dawdle.
The camera angle frequently doesn't show important things like hip, leg & foot positioning. Which is why you should really get a good grasp of basic barre theory from a Bar Method DVD or Lotte Berk.
Carrie isn't so incredibly slender and sleek that I long for her physique. So what? I bet she is in way better shape than I am, evidenced by her businesslike, perky commentary while I sweat and whine.
I am in full agreement that if you don't already have an in-depth grasp of barre workouts and the body mechanics you need, this workout could seem easy and like a waste of time. If it's not hard as hell, you're not doing it right. Try, try again.
Now that I've addressed all of the gripes, here's why this is my all-time favorite barre workout. It crams everything necessary to have a RAD body into under 45 minutes. It goes by at a screaming pace, but that's why I love it. I don't want to spend all day working out. That's why I pop in a DVD instead of driving to the gym. My favorite part is the standing glute work, it's like standing pretzel and it's the best barre glute set I've ever done. When I do this workout regularly, I get envious glares from the ladies and blatant ogling from the menfolk. I'm going to reiterate: if it's not hard as hell, you're not doing it right. Not for beginners, but if you love barre you should try it. All you need is a sturdy chair or support and 1-3 lb hand weights.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2009
I was hesitant to order this DVD given all the negative reviews. But I was curious and finally gave in. I am so glad I did. This is an amazing workout. You will feel it most in your lower body, but every muscle in your body is addressed. This video deals with very small controlled movements - which might take some people a while to master. If you are unfamiliar with barre type workouts, this probably isn't a good first choice. The negative reviews are right when they say the production value leaves a bit to be desired, but if you are already familiar with Pilates and barre type workouts it isn't such a big deal. Also, there are two new Pure Barre workout videos which were made using a different production company. I haven't tried these yet, but you can be sure I'll be ordering them. So if you're put off by the negative reviews maybe wait a while to see if the newer videos have better reviews. Bottom line, if you're new to Barre or exercising you should probably look else where first. Otherwise if your looking for an awesome total body, no impact workout that will definitely give you DOMS, buy this video you won't be sorry.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2008
This is the most cheaply made video. It may as well be a home video that was made in someone's basement. The sound quality is also terrible. I recommend ballet inspired videos such as Tracy Effinger's "Squeeze",Bar Method Body, or any of the Callanetics videos, especially the two new ones. Don't waste your money on this cheapy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2008
I have been doing Pure Barre every other day for three weeks and all I can say is, "Wow!" I love the results I'm getting. I'm looking longer and leaner. My midsection is shrinking and my waistline looks more tapered.
I had read all the reviews stating how poor the video quality was so I knew what to expect. I was not put off by it in the least. Ultimately, I judge by how effective a work out it is and this one delivers. I'm seeing results in a short amount of time so I know that this workout really works. Prior to Pure Barre, I was doing boot camp style workouts using weights and I had reached a plateau. Pure Barre helped me break out of my plateau and I'm seeing positive changes.
I also want to add that I do Turbo Jam cardio workouts 6 times a week. Pure Barre is the perfect compliment to my cardio workout.
Buy it and use it. You won't be disappointed.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2008
I bought this DVD based on a review in the Washington Post about the classes they offer. I thought buying this DVD would be a good substitute for the class but I was somewhat disappointed. Although the video is tough and does work out all parts of the body it didn't really seem to have much to do with ballet training as the video promises it does. The stretches are pretty remedial and only last for a minute.
The production on the video isn't great either and the music and atmosphere tend to get boring. I did feel my muscles for a bit after the workout and will continue trying it in hopes that it will produce some noticable results.