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Runners step up to the barre


Kate Albarelli and Gia Alvarez

This month, Pure Yoga is launching its first run club on the Upper East Side—and it comes with the benefits of barre workouts for pavement-pounders.

Pure Run Club was designed by Figure 4 founder Kate Albarelli and athlete and run coach Gia Alvarez, who’s also leading the Lululemon Madison Ave. spring run club in the same neighborhood. It includes a 45-minute endurance run followed by a Figure 4 class specifically tailored to runners’ needs.

“Unlike running, barre classes focus on small muscle movements and refined strengthening, and this new muscular awareness brings strength and alignment to your run technique,” says Alvarez.

Among the specific benefits the duo says runners will reap at the barre? Core stability for better form, increased range of motion, and hip and glute strength to prevent IT band injuries and quad overuse.

The club meets once a week for seven weeks, on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. If it’s a success, we may see more running-barre combo platters (and time slots) in the future. —Lisa Elaine Held

Pure Rub Club, April 24–June 12, 9:30 a.m. run followed by 11:00 a.m. Figure 4, at Pure East. Members $145, Non-members, $200, www.pureyoga.com