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Some people like dances classes. I am not one of these people. I like books, I like food, and I like yoga. So naturally, when Celene suggested we try a class at Bar Method Silverlake, I had my reservations about the ballet-inspired workout. How much natural rhythm and grace does this take? Will there be any "fancy footwork?" Do I have the right clothes?  

Lucky for me, The Bar Method was the perfect mix of yoga, pilates, and aerobics with a ballet flair. The foundation of the class is a series of exercises consisting of very small repetitive movements. You can expect to "pulse" every muscle in your body, including triceps, glutes, calves, and abs. While for the first ten reps of each exercise, you're not entirely sure if you're working anything, by the last ten reps, your muscles are screaming, shaking, and begging for mercy. The class moves quickly from one exercise to the next, so you don't have time to get bored or think about what you're having for dinner. The instructor remembers everyone by name (even us newbies) and comes by to carefully adjust your form to ensure maximum muscle work.

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At first I was a little skeptical of the price of classes. $22 seems like a lot to me--and I'm used to a pretty pricey yoga studio. But the facility is divine. Guests have access to an immaculate locker room with showers, and complete with toiletries. I could absolutely see myself taking a morning class and getting ready for work without having that "Ew, gym bathroom" feeling. And judging from the instructors very tight, lean, yet feminine physique, Bar Method does a body good.

If you're not in the L.A. area, check out a Bar Method studio near you. They're everywhere! 

 

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