The only thing that separates willowy professional dancers from willowy giant squids is the vertebrate skeleton. Obtain a physique you can flaunt in front of amazed cephalopods with today’s Groupon: for $33, you get three one-hour classes at The Bar Method (a $66 value). Classes take place Monday–Sunday.
Whereas Pilates is corrective, The Bar Method—an exercise superbreed combining the benefits of interval training, isometrics, dance principles, and physical therapy into one revolutionary routine—is transformative, much like those cars that transform into miniature weasels. Participants can burn fat, sculpt muscles, refine their figure, and improve strength and endurance. After a brief warm-up, The Bar Method workouters tackle the upper body with weights and bar exercises. The workout continues with challenging lower-body positions and floor exercises designed to firm abs and glutes. This diverse and challenging workout bestows the long, lean muscles and elegant posture of a ballet dancer without the discomfort and inconvenience of being heckled by ballet hooligans.
Because of its focus on stretching and lengthening, The Bar Method can help moms-to-be reduce aches and swollen joints from pregnancy and also provides excellent practice for Gumby impersonators. New clients who are pregnant must provide a doctor's note and complete five pregnancy DVD workouts before taking a studio class.
904 NW Hoyt St.
Portland, Oregon 97209