About Figure 4
Pure Yoga is proud to further enliven our programming with Figure 4, a barre-based class to complement your yoga practice.
Created by professional ballet dancer Kate Albarelli, Figure 4 combines elements of classic dance training, yoga, and free weights. This combination is part of a high energy class that works the heart and the limbs in tandem for faster, more effective results, helping to create a long, toned and flexible body.
Figure 4 derives its name from the well-known ballet stretch where dancers cross the ankle over the other knee and bend forward, creating a “four” with their legs. The number also denotes the four areas of the body that are sculpted within the hour-long class: abs, arms, glutes and thighs.
The Four Legs of Figure 4:
- Variation in tempo presents continual muscle surprise and formation.
- Participants use their natural body weight as the primary form of resistance to build strength without burning out and tearing muscle fibers.
- The intrinsic muscles that are close to the bone are stabilized – as opposed to resistance machine work that bulks the outer muscles.
- Isometric positioning moves the tiny muscles inside the foot, knee, hip and back joints to improve bone density right where women and men carry most of their weight (the hips and back respectively).
Private Figure 4
Like personal training at a gym, our private Figure 4 program is a great way to advance your ability, focus on specific areas of the body, and address individual needs.
Benefits of Private Figure 4:
- Arms / Abs - Address these hard to tone areas with focused moves and routines.
- Butt / Thighs - Strengthen and slim these major muscle groups.
- Alignment / Posture - Great for those with injuries or beginners, learn proper alignment and posture to enhance the benefits of the Figure 4 routines.
- Pregnancy - Pre-Natal and Post-Natal - Stay toned as you prepare for the birth of your child and get back into shape post-delivery.
- Figure 4 Teen - A safe, fun, confidence-building workout for teens 13 and older.
- Figure 4 Men - Focuses on men's major muscle groups, including the chest and core, for a high-energy personal training experience.
About Kate Albarelli
Kate Albarelli, a dancer with 15 years of professional ballet and dance company experience, crafted Figure 4 while teaching fitness and Kinesiology in New York.
Known for her hands-on approach and emphasis on alignment and posture, Kate has danced with nationally recognized companies for 15 years and is a leading instructor in the fitness and kinesiology industry. She developed Figure 4 exclusively for Pure Yoga.
Meet the Figure 4 Teachers
See what people are saying about Figure 4
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-Natural Health Magazine
"Get a lean dancer's body."
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-Well + Good NYC
Figure 4 is "raising the barre."
"A whole new experience at the barre."
-NBC New York
Sculpt a ballet booty"
"I found this class challenging and enjoyable."
"Figure 4 gets you fit for the big day."
"Gym Class: Ballet Is the New Yoga."
"The celeb fan base is huge."
"The class that is turning people into instant addicts and hard bodies."
"Would you wear a tutu to barre class?"
"Figure 4 is a challenging and tough program taught by encouraging, kind and attentive teachers in a friendly studio atmosphere. The results are transformative! I feel leaner and stronger than I have in years!" ML
“Always challenging, very effective and attentive.” DK
“After several years of doing core exercises, I had reached a plateau and wasn't seeing any changes to my body. After one week of Figure 4, I noticed a change, after several weeks, my body is tighter and stronger than ever! How can't it be, not a single moment of class is wasted. Your body and muscles are worked from every which way from start to finish. It is hard, but the results are worth it!” LGR
“After years of running, I was spending more time in physical therapy than in the park. I decided that I needed some core strength. Never one for treadmills or machines, I tried Pure Yoga in my neighborhood. Figure 4 was introduced and I was not sure how it would go, never having been a dancer, or picked up any free weights (and avoiding all forms of sit ups) . I love it! It’s fun, active, tough and produces amazing results. My husband definitely noticed (and appreciates) the difference.” NW
“Although Figure 4 is a challenging workout, I've never felt overwhelmed or intimidated by it. Every teacher I've worked with is clear with instructions, helpful with adjustments, and generous with encouragement. Though I've been a member for only a short time, I'm already noticing changes in my endurance, energy level, and strength. It's an incredibly rewarding practice, and it's quickly become my favorite way to start my day.” ST
"Figure 4 is beyond challenging. The strength training moves make you shake like a leaf. The ballet bar helps targets areas of your body that you can't do alone. It's intense, with instant results. Creator Kate Albarelli leads a challenging and addictive class. She's encouraging, fun, and makes you work. Her precise core moves help you target areas you can't do alone giving you a body to die for. Kate is great and in no time you'll feel leaner, tighter, and stronger. In two weeks, I can see the difference in body. It's painful, with a major payoff." AL
"The Figure 4 class at PURE Yoga changed my life by giving me the body I always wanted. The classes are intense and are a daily part of my exercise routine. I especially love the instructors; I find them to be more hands-on than anywhere else making sure my form is correct for every pose." LG
"Figure Four's addictive quality is enhanced by the camaraderie of the class and spirited teaching techniques of Kate and her crew. It is the most challenging strengthening program I've attempted and the results are as obvious as the sweat that pours off my body." LB