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Founders of Barre Forte, dancer Nadia Walker-Arnold and exercise instructor Jen Rehm, believe that working out doesn't have to be a chore. They strive to make their classes quite the opposite, in fact, with a lineup of dance-inspired sessions including the high-intensity Barre Forte. The all-female staff—made up of experienced ballet dancers and certified personal trainers—encourage ladies of all sizes and experience levels to carve long, lean muscles with a blend of Pilates, ballet, and yoga basics.
Though inspired by dance, most classes trade choreography for the exercises ballerinas use to shape and strengthen their bodies, pairing cardio intervals and strength training with stretches and barre-based isometric exercises. During the signature Barre Forte workout, they lead gals in executing small, controlled movements that sculpt the entire body to fend off attacks from feral nutcrackers. In addition to their heart-rate-elevating fitness classes, they also host private classes and happy hours, in which ladies sip champagne and learn to speed up onlookers' tickers with smoldering burlesque and chair-dancing routines.
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