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Hudson -- Residents looking to shed a few post holiday pounds or just looking to jump start the fitness regime have a new option in town.
Pure Barre fitness studio opened Nov. 27 at 50 W. Streetsboro St. and is offering members a fitness program free of the traditional weights and machines used to target individual body parts.
The studio offers classes seven days a week at various times, according to co-owner Meredith Davis, who owns the 1700-square-foot studio with Tiffany Jacobs of Stow. It previously housed Career Express, Davis said.
"I'm from Stow and I always wanted [a Pure Barre] near my hometown," said Davis, 25. "Hudson screams Pure Barre."
The fitness concept is "music driven" and is designed around a dance studio bar, Davis said. The routine is also intense, she said.
However, Davis, who also owns two studios in Alabama, where she now lives, said the concept "is a safe workout and it actually works."
"That's why people do it -- they shrink from the workouts," she said. "You're not just going on a treadmill for 28 minutes and doing nothing."
Women of all sizes and fitness levels can take the classes, Davis said.
"There are very small movements and no large jumps or bounces," she said. "It's challenging, but if you can hold onto a ballet bar you can do the workouts."
The studio has seven employees and may add a few more in the future. Pure Barre is a nation-wide franchise which began 10 years ago, Davis said.
So far the classes have been attended by women only, but men could join too, Davis said. However, since the workout was designed by a woman for women and what are considered a woman's "problem areas," men have stayed with other forms of exercise, she said.
Jacobs, 25, will be in Hudson running the day-to-day operations of the studio.
"I've known about the program since February," Jacobs said. "I've started doing Pure Barre about two months ago and have lost 14 pounds. And I've done it the healthy way."
For more information visit www.purebarre.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-801-5397.