Before dance was identified as an effective workout routine, it was believed to be useful only for stamping down dirt floors in barns and avoiding falling hail. Give new meaning to your feet’s lives with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get 10 cardio-barre classes at Cardio Barre Costa Mesa (a $150 value).
Cardio barre, a dance-fitness workout created by former ballet and hip-hop dancer Richard Giorla, combines the flexibility and muscle sculpting of traditional ballet with low-impact cardio to build long, lean bodies. Students use the ballet barre for stability while they perform resistance exercises that engage the core and target the butt, the legs, the torso, and the arms to sculpt elongated sinews. The workout is infused with bits of cardio to burn fat and torch calories like a sintered metal replica of a giant donut. Classes run seven days a week; check the schedule for more details.
Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard’s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution—Cardio Barre. The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach’s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities Allyson and Rob Carrier have always dreamed of owning their own business— so when Allyson started taking Cardio Barre classes, Rob took note as he saw her body change and heard her talk about how great she felt because of the class. When they moved to Costa Mesa in 2010, they decided to bring Cardio Barre to Orange County with their own studio.