Working out is No. 3 on the list of most popular daily activities in America, behind not working out and teaching dogs to swear. Spend your time wisely with today's Groupon: for $35, you get five BarreFusion classes at BodyLanguage's location within the Moving People Dance Studio in Santa Fe (a $100 value).
BodyLanguage's BarreFusion classes combine elements from ballet, Pilates, and light weight-resistance training to burn fat, strengthen the core, and tone the lower muscles, populating a robust weekly schedule of body-transforming workouts. During each 55-minute session, instructors guide and physically assist students through workouts incorporating a medley of fitness equipment, including the ballet barre, Pilates mat, gyroscopic quantum-gravity accelerator, and basic dumbbells. Casting off their socks, students hook their bare feet to the barre and plié through high repetitions of small, controlled aerobics, toning leg muscles and glutes with light weights while strengthening the core with Pilates-mat exercises. Upbeat music imbues the entire class with energy and motivation, and every session soothes overworked, tired muscles by wrapping up with orthopedic stretching to the famously calming sounds of Walter Cronkite's evening newscasts.
Though BodyLanguage normally offers one week of unlimited classes for $30 at its Albuquerque location, this discount does not apply to the Santa Fe classes, so this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
For 35 years, Valerie Compton has dipped her toes into every aspect of fitness. She followed up her experience in track and field and tennis by building her career as a personal trainer, and she later branched out into Power Pilates, Spinning, and nutrition. When she designed BarreFusion in 2006, she struck upon the latest trend in fitness. Today, Valerie has opened a new location and surrounds herself with instructors who channel their experience as classical dancers, gymnastics, and triathletes to lead rigorous barre classes.
Valerie starts her instruction with a BarreLite class that introduces newcomers to the proper forms and techniques to master fundamentals. From there, she encourages students to test out a number of other classes. The popular BarreFusion class combines Pilates, yoga, ballet, and light weights to sculpt legs and cores. She also offers highly popular Spinning classes that challenge students with a high-energy, aerobic workout that mimics cycling in front of stampeding wildebeests.