DARIEN — Two years ago, when Stephanie DiMugno was a kindergarten teacher at Bridgeport public schools, going to classes at Pure Barre in Darien was a source of stress relief.

“I found it to be such an outlet,” she said of the barre-based technique classes. “It’s a mind/body connection. The gym is great, but this is life changing.”

What gave DiMugno the added push to keep attending classes at the studio was the 15 percent discount offered to teachers and nurses.

“I was always into fitness,” she said. “I came here and fell in love with it. I found out about the discount and it sold me. It makes a difference on a teacher’s salary.”

DiMugno came to love Pure Barre so much that she began training to become an instructor six months after she began taking classes and now works as a teacher at the studio. But DiMugno exemplifies the commitment Pure Barre has to teachers and nurses. In addition to giving them discounts year round, teachers and nurses get a free month of classes for the course of May in honor of teacher and nurse appreciation weeks which were May 6-12.

“Being in this community, we want to show people we’re thankful,” said Pure Barre Manager Melissa Buck. “They take care of everyone else, so we want to thank them. Let them take 55 minutes and get lost in class.”

More Information

First week is free

Pure Barre is located at 313 Heights Road. The first week of classes are free and classes after that begin at $25 for the first class, then $30 after. For more information, visit http://purebarre.com/ct-darien/

Many of Pure Barre’s existing clients include teachers who work or live in Darien, as well as nurses from nearby hospitals in Stamford, Norwalk and Greenwich. This is partially thanks to Pure Barre’s class schedule, created with working women in mind. The studio offers 37 classes a week, including six to seven classes on weekdays and three to four on weekends. The 55-minute class offerings span from 7:15 in the morning to 7:15 at night and include midday classes, so anyone can catch a workout before work, after work or during their lunch break.

“When creating the schedule, we’ll see what’ll work for teachers and nurses,” Buck said. “We try to find times for everyone. We found that sweet spot with early morning, late evening and lunchtime classes.”

Making room in the schedule for women with busy professions is something the women of Pure Barre prioritize in order to create a space for them in the Pure Barre community. Buck, DiMugno and Pure Barre co-owner Kristin McClutchy all said the classes are an encouraging atmosphere that produce not only a good workout, but good friends.

“It’s a family,” McClutchy said. “It’s nice to have teachers and nurses in our lives here.”

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