In early spring, Ivonne Landaverde realized she needed to take better care of herself; she began looking at places and things she could do to reach her goals. Her path towards better health began at Pure Barre in May, 2016.
“I had reached a very low point in my life, I was unhappy with myself,” Landaverde explained. “I was uncomfortable with the way I felt and looked and I was really desperate for a change. To me it was not about how many pounds or inches I lost. I really wanted to do something for myself; I wanted to be healthy and I wanted to feel proud of myself. I had reached a very low point where I hated to look at myself; I avoided mirrors and I shy away from being in pictures. I felt sorry for myself and the way I felt.”
Landaverde remembered her daughter asking her to be in a picture with her so she could share it online.
“I refused,” she recalled. “Later that night my husband told me ‘if something would happen to you, your children have no pictures to look back on; you have no pictures with your children’. That hurt me because in a way they were paying the price because I felt so uncomfortable. I was doing research on how to get fit and I came across a video. I watched it and decided it was time for me to do something.”
“The first day I went to Pure Barre I was very intimidated,” Landaverde recalled. “All the ladies in the videos were so fit and pretty and here I was weighing almost 300 pounds. The first time I walked in I felt so awkward.”
However, after her first 55-minute class, she was hooked. Even though she couldn’t do all the poses, the teacher and the ladies attending the class helped her. The awkwardness was gone.
“Ivonne has always been an intelligent, beautiful woman seeking confidence and courage within herself. She has found both those things, and more, while being at the studio. Her drive and motivation to push forward, when others would quit altogether, is truly the most inspiring. From her diligence to sign-up weeks ahead for classes to hold her accountable, to challenging herself daily in every class by finding that most perfect form for her, and her body; this woman is unstoppable,” explained Lauren Frame, Pure Barre Cumming owner. “Pure Barre Cumming is more than a fitness gym; it’s a lifestyle, it’s a community, it’s a family.”
“At Pure Barre Cumming, we acknowledge our clients and staff as family, and family comes before business. Our mission as a team is based on five beliefs that we strive to obtain every day in studio and out: humility, passion, unity, servant-hood, and thankfulness,” Frame added. “I also believe that knowledge is power; so, our entire staff is actively sent to trainings to learn, then educate our clients, on the newest techniques, form, and safety measures within the barre method. We plan to provide, educate, and implement health and fitness within Forsyth County. We want to broaden our method to everyone within the community, by continuously delivering the best program with the appropriate techniques, highly educated staff, and strong community within our studio.”
“My body, and my attitude about myself, have changed since I joined Pure Barre. I have lost many, many inches and many pounds. I actually feel my body getting stronger, my shape has changed in a way I honestly did not think possible,” Landaverde stated. “It is funny somewhat, like a love-hate relationship – the teachers push you to do the work, encouraging me to do my very best, and beyond! After class, I feel so good and energized, I forget how far they pushed me!”
“Ivonne has taught not only me and my staff, but the Pure Barre community as a whole, that each person is beautifully unique with his or her own mind and body. Everyone learns at different levels, strides, and approaches. That is what makes Pure Barre the best in fitness, because it can mold and transform all minds, body types, and age groups. You don’t have to be a certain person to be the best at barre. You just need to believe in yourself, and trust in the results; and the staff at Pure Barre Cumming will be there, alongside you, the whole time: guiding you, challenging, and changing you to be your best self,” added Frame. “Ivonne is a valued client and friend. As our relationship grows stronger, so does her form and technique. To say that we are proud of her here at Pure Barre Cumming, would be the understatement of the year. To us, she is much more than sticky socks on her toes; she is an ambassador and true model of Pure Barre and the future of the fitness industry.”
“I have gone down from a size 26 to a size 12. My daughter has tons of pictures with me. I am my daughter’s class mom. I am no longer embarrassed to participate in activities. I go out with my husband on date nights. All these positive changes have made my husband love Pure Barre also,” explains Landaverde with a smile. “My confidence is so much higher now. I am no longer embarrassed to go out and be seen, and plan to pursue my dream of becoming a real estate agent. And I look forward to wearing a bathing suit for our upcoming 4th of July weekend at the beach – no more covering up with a shirt and long pants.”
So far, our intrepid friend has lost 97 pounds. She’s working on running a marathon and ultimately be the healthiest she can possibly be. Her body is transforming right before her own eyes. And so is her personality, becoming stronger and assertive.
“I’m becoming the woman I’ve always known I could be; I just needed a little help! And Pure Barre did just that!” Landaverde asserted.
About Pure Barre
Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to fantastic music, Pure Barre is a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs, abs, and arms, and burns fat in record- breaking time. By taking Pure Barre classes, you will burn calories and gain lean muscle. Its low-impact, isometric movements target and tone certain areas of your body, and your heart rate will go up and down depending on how hard you work. You can see results in just 10 classes! For optimal results, classes should be taken at least 3-4 times per week. Your actual results will vary, as it depends on how often you are coming and what you are eating!
All classes are the same level as the technique was designed to work for people at all levels of fitness. That way, you can choose the class that suits your schedule, rather than being forced to work out at a specific time based on the level of class. The positions and movements are basic – it’s how deep you work in them that makes the difference. We are constantly changing our music and moves to keep each class fresh and exciting. In fact, you should never experience the exact same class twice! Studios periodically offer a few specialty classes, as well as intensives.