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Pure Barre Fargo brings unique workout mix to Roberts Commons

Ginae Holland leads an afternoon class session at Pure Barre Fargo located in the Roberts Commons in downtown.David Samson / The Forum1 / 2
Ginae Holland leads an afternoon class session at Pure Barre Fargo located in the Roberts Commons in downtown.David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

FARGO - Pure Barre Fargo is ready to raise the bar on fitness.

The downtown workout studio held its soft opening Sept. 29-30 at 615 2nd Ave. N. in the Roberts Commons.

"We had 16 classes. It was actually great. All of them were full," co-owner Nichole Allmendinger said Wednesday, Oct. 3

Pure Barre is designed to be low impact, but with lots of repetition to tone and strengthen muscles, Allmendinger said.

At times, a ballet barre is used as part of the 50-minute workouts, primarily to provide balance, Allmendinger said. The classes mix elements of Pilates, ballet-inspired movement and yoga, with the moves choreographed to motivating music. Equipment such as mini-balls and small hand weights are also part of the classes.

"I was doing it in California before I moved here," Mimi Nguyen of Fargo said as she readied for the noon hour class Thursday, Oct. 5. "It's the only barre class that I've found I like. It's just a vibe. I just feel more at home."

Johnanna Albaugh says she likes the convenience of the downtown studio.

"It's fun," the Fargo woman said. "I like that they're in a lot of cities, too. It seems like no matter where you go in the country, there's a Barre."

Instructor Ginae Holland likes the low-impact aspect of the workout.

"The first time I did barre, I fell in love with it," Holland, of Fargo, said. "I feel my strongest and most beautiful in these classes, and I think every woman needs to feel that."

The classes are marketed primarily to women, but are open to people of all ages, Allmendinger said. Class sizes are limited to 20 people.

The instructor filters through the class during a session to help students with technique.

"It's almost like a personal trainer, but in a small group setting," Allmendinger said.

Allmendinger said she had been in Bozeman, Mont., when she came across a Pure Barre location. The experience led her to partner with Amy Bykonen of Bozeman to open the Fargo studio.

An introductory offer provides unlimited classes for a month for $99, something that normally will go for $139 per month, Allmendinger said. Packages of 10 and 20 classes can also be purchased. The drop-in rate is $25 per class.

Parking is free for 90 minutes on the street. During weekdays, class participants get their first two hours of parking free in the Roberts Commons garage. Parking in the garage is free evenings and weekends.

To learn more, go online to or on Facebook @purebarrefargo.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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