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Raise the Barre
Jasmin Rosemberg | Photo: Courtesy of Physique 57 | March 5, 2014
Kick off the season with the newest and best in barre workouts.
1. Cardio Barre: This quintessential California workout designed by a dancer blends cardio, balance and strength—minus the hard impact. With free childcare and new Power Hour classes in Beverly Hills, it’s easy to get your fun, 600-calorie burning fix. 469 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 424.777.0032
2. Exhale’s Core Fusion: Core Fusion Barre+Cardio, the seventh class just added to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel’s branch of the cultish 10-year-old Exhale program, is a lively and fast-paced combo: 30 minutes of cardio-driven interval training, plus 30 minutes of token barre sequences for expert sculpting. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.319.3193
3. Physique 57: A favorite of Emmy Rossum and Mindy Kaling, this full-body barre powerhouse—with outposts in New York and Dubai—just brought its infamous Famous 57 class to Beverly Hills. The spririted 60-minute session combines creative choreography with mat-based Pilates, utilizing multiple muscle groups. 320 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.0570
4. Pop Physique: Created by a former ballet dancer, this cool, Silver Lake-born boutique program involves one hour of Pop Sculpt group exercises, which draw upon ballet barre and British Lotte Berk technique. Try out the brand-new locations in Brentwood and Highland Park. 11740 San Vincente Blvd., Suite 210, Brentwood, 310.207.9600; 5709 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park, 323.488.6268
5. Pure Barre: The new SaMo studio has just joined the burgeoning boutique fitness program’s 195 national locations. This intimate, low-impact workout, which limits class size to 25, works with small weights and your body’s resistance for 55 minutes to safely target trouble spots. 201 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.3927