Workouts should be intense enough to make muscles strong and supple, and engaging enough to keep brains from leaping out of the skull from boredom. Get fully fit with this Groupon.
- $39 for five body-sculpting classes ($95 value)
Each 60-minute class burns excess calories and builds muscle tone with high-intensity workouts that blend stretching exercises and light weights with barre-dancing exercises and Pilates moves. The classes of 20 students or less are set to the trendy sounds of electro, indie rock, and hip-hop. To see a schedule of classes, go to Pop Physique's website and choose your location.
At the end of a fruitful career that led her from the Cincinnati Ballet to the Sacramento Ballet, Jennifer Williams funneled her dance savvy into creating the barre-inspired exercise system taught at Pop Physique, a 2013 CityVoter finalist for Best Gym. Her fleet of handpicked and personally trained instructors pairs graceful ballet moves with other low-impact exercises in order to chisel cores without injuring muscles. Deep stretches further preserve tendons and leave each student more relaxed than a tortoise moseying past a state patrolman with a radar gun. Sessions run multiple times a day, seven days a week at an expanding network of SoCal locations. The roomy studios are lined with sprung dance floors and design accents that lend each location a distinct personality and a chance to forget its past as a storage room for defective food processors.