M.A. Ferguson-Rich
Ohio.com correspondent


At least some Hudson residents are keeping their New Year's fitness resolutions, if the class sign-up at Pure Barre is any indication.



"We have 36 classes scheduled per week," says co-owner, Tiffany Jacobs, "and many of them fill up so quickly we have a wait list."



Pure Barre opened at 50 W. Streetsboro Street, just after Thanksgiving, by Jacobs and Meredith Davis. Jacobs lives in the area while Davis resides in Alabama, where she owns two other of the franchise studios.



It is low-impact fitness workout, designed to tone women's bodies into dancer-like litheness says Jacobs. The workout focuses on problem areas such as the underarms, the stomach and thighs, and what they refer to as "the seat." Participants use a ballet bar, a ball and other items. The workout is accompanied by music. There are no weights or machines.



What's different about this program is that the movements are very small, measured in inches, rather than the jumping or high-impact moves required in other programs.



Dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr began the franchise. She opened her first studio in the basement of an office building in Birmingham, Michigan in 2001 and franchising began in 2009. There are Pure Barr locations in more than 30 states.



Jacobs says the focus is on toning the muscles, and the result is a swift loss of both inches and weight. She says that you don't need to have experience in this form of exercise, which it is new to almost everyone who walks in the door. Clients run the gamut from those doing advanced fitness training, to some who haven't worked out in years.



Courtney Bush had just finished her noon class on Sunday, and was already at the desk signing up for more.



She says that she participates in cardio, boxing and weightlifting programs already, and that she found Pure Barre a challenging workout. It was a different type of movement than she was used to, and she found it very effective.



"I highly recommend it," she said.



Though Pure Barre focuses mainly on women's fitness, they do welcome men.



The studio is open seven days per week, and you can attend an initial class without charge. Classes are $20 per session, with package and monthly plans available.



They can be reached at 330-801-5397 or www.purebarre.com