By Madalynn Amos

Like so many others, I have a complicated relationship with fitness. I was an athlete in high school, but fell away from sports during college. Once I graduated, I didn’t think there were enough hours in the day to add exercise into my schedule. 

Restarting my fitness journey was more difficult than I had anticipated. I tried weight lifting, swimming, running, power walking, then I realized I didn’t want to exercise by myself. I wanted to be working out with others, but that felt impossible. 

Then I stumbled across Pure Barre. I felt safe under their COVID-19 protocols and tried a class- and it changed my life. I started to believe that it was possible to meet, befriend, and exercise with an incredible community of supportive people.

Pure Barre Woodbridge Classic Class

This community offers a sense of accountability because people look for you and wonder where you’ve gone. Members have compassion for one another, we have built friendships despite never seeing each other’s full faces (masks stay on at all times, and everyone faces a wall or away from others to sip their water). The classes bring joy, and you can hear it in the music and laughter. You have pride in yourself for holding your plank for a minute longer or for going an inch lower in your lunge. It makes me want to go back for more classes. 

Pure Barre Woodbridge is a shining example of this culture. The owner, Chelsea Shea, the teachers, the sales associates, and the members welcomed me to the area. When I wake up the day after class and my legs feel like jelly, I’m grateful for PBW. I’m thankful for the teachers who push me and my friends who come to class to lift, tone, and burn alongside me. I enjoyed it so much, I joined the PBW team!

Pure Barre Woodbridge Class on St. Patrick’s Day

Pure Barre Woodbridge is just getting started; I’m so excited to be a part of this ever-growing community. For information on how you can get started, you can call 703-904-6322 or email