A ballerina's graceful balance is inspiring to aspiring dancers, captivating to houses of cards, and vexing to bulldozers razing cliffside condor habitats. Dwell on adroit appendages with today's Groupon: for $45, you get five one-hour fitness classes at The Bar Method in Pasadena (a $95 value).
The Bar Method helps sculpt graceful physiques with a low-impact workout that unites various movement principles, including dance conditioning, isometrics, interval training, and physical therapy. After a warm-up defrosts shoulders chilly from bear-hugging yetis, definition is coaxed from upper bodies with free-weight exercises and pushups. Intense leg and seat work at the bar whip stems and gluteal planes into the shippest of shapes, and abdominal work helps to increase core strength and chisel stomachs into sleek anterior washboards for passing scullery maids. The expertly trained instructors provide pupils with verbal and physical tweaks to correct their posing. Each movement emphasizes active stretching to elongate and strengthen bone pillows, bestowing bodies with the long, lean muscles of a ballerina without the hassles of dodging roses lobbed by rowdy audience members. Class sizes range from 15 to 26 students and take place in a studio equipped with large windows and open ceilings.
32 Mills Pl.
Pasadena, California 91105