Long lines and lean limbs, dancer’s bodies are nothing short of enviable. Which is why when the first barre studios started popping up years ago, we ran to the nearest one. Fast-forward to 2015, and now there are dozens of ballet-inspired barre workouts to choose from. In Los Angeles, we’ve tried them all. Whether you want serious toning or high-powered cardio, these are the best barre studios in the city. Scroll through to choose the one that’s right for you!
Physique 57 is no joke—don’t expect a fluffy workout. Within the first few minutes of the warm-up, you’ll know you’re in for a real body-changing 57 minutes. The class is a perfect mix of cardio and sculpting, and after each toning section, there’s an activity recovery of stretching. You start with the smaller muscles groups like arms and abs so your body doesn’t tire out before the end of the workout. Come prepared to work, and you won’t be disappointed.
320 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
Cardio Barre is, as you may expect, perfect for cardio lovers. You’ll do both barre and floor work with heavy ballet influences. The class moves quickly through tendus and battements, so if you’re just starting out, be sure to choose the beginner level class. The strength portions of this class aren’t as intense as some of the others on this list, but that doesn’t mean this workout is any less challenging. You will be dripping sweat (even you miss a passé or two).
Multiple locations: Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Downtown, Hollywood, Irvine, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Studio City, Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills
Xtend Barre gets right into it. The warm-up in the center will get your heart rate up and your muscles ready for the toning to come. From rubber bands to Pilates balls, you’ll use all the accessories, and your muscles will feel it. Complete with the barre class staple, the flat-back series, you’ll find all the hallmarks of a classic barre workout here. It doesn’t move quite as quickly as some of the other options, so it’s great if you find barre studios a little intimidating. On the flip side, it offers plenty of modifications if you want turn up the intensity.
8254 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
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