OLD TOWN — A studio on Wells Street featuring women-centric Pure Barre fitness has opened in Old Town.
The Pure Barre Old Town location at 1350 N. Wells Street opened in late November and is the fourth studio of its kind in the city.
"It is mostly women who come here and the end result of that is basically [they're] ending up with the body of a dancer," said Rachel True, owner of the Old Town studio.
The workouts are meant to tone the body by working the muscles until they are fatigued and then stretching them out, True said.
"It not only strengthens them but it helps increase your flexibility and create long lean muscles," True said.
The fitness studio features a ballet barre that is used throughout the class.
The studio also has deals on classes for new moms and brides-to-be.
Those classes target parts of a woman's body they might be most self conscious of, True said.
"It's not a coincidence that we work your thighs, your seat and parts of your arms," she said.
True, a 32-year-old Old Town resident, is pregnant as is another instructor at the studio.
While the class isn't geared toward pregnant women, there are modifications that can be made to allow expecting mothers to participate.
Before opening the studio, True worked in finance and had moved with her husband to Ann Arbor, Mich., while he was studying to get his MBA.
"It's kind of this big joke," she said. "My husband went to get his MBA and I'm the one who opened a business."
Aside from the workout classes, the fitness studio also has a shop in the front that sells apparel and workout gear.