Though ballet barres are usually used to operate swan puppets, they also provide assistance when trying to perfect pliés. Work out like a music-box dweller with today's Groupon: for $35, you get three Pure Barre classes at Pure Barre – Aspen (a $69 value).
The Pure Barre technique, founded by dancer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr, send limbs into a total-body workout at the ballet barre as they perform precise, small isometric movements. The robust schedule draws students into the clean, minimalist studio six days a week, where dedicated barre instructors lead 55- to 60-minute workouts set to motivating music or rhythmic talk radio.
The highly controlled movements are designed to help patrons to burn calories and outfit the thighs and abs with lean muscle. A low-impact exercise method, joints stay protected because routines do not involve any hopping, bouncing, or leaping from second-story windows.