Getting in shape, much like speed-reading Russian literature, requires concentration and the strength to forge ahead through painful, protracted inner monologues. Forge ahead toward fitness with today’s Groupon: for $24, you get three classes at The Sculpt Barre in Laguna Niguel (a $72 value).
Combining fitness fervor with a balletic background, The Sculpt Barre's leading lady Joanna Cotta Leadbetter molds boorish bodies into statuesque physiques. Her one-hour routine promotes long, lean muscles and increased flexibility without relying on impact-based exercise, such as running on a treadmill or skirting the law. Drawing on dance doctrines, The Sculpt Barre's regimen is structured around the use of a ballet barre, which provides equilibrium and weight resistance as students work through short, precise exercises, working muscles to fatigue in stamina-building intervals. The studio's graceful gurus keep reps challenging and exciting by using upbeat music, while class sizes are kept small, allowing patrons personalized attention and ample space for posture-promoting pliés and celebratory high-kicks. Check out the class schedule for a list of available workout times.
The Sculpt Barre
Joanna Cotta Leadbetter spent more than a decade as a ballerina, wowing audiences with feats of graceful athleticism. Now, as the founder and lead trainer at The Sculpt Barre, Leadbetter blends this passion for dance with fitness—drawing from different disciplines to create intense, low-impact workouts. Leadbetter and her instructors lead small groups through different intervals at the ballet barre, which allows exercisers to use their own body weight for resistance. Combined with stretches, these barre exercises promise numerous benefits, including increased strength, better posture, and enough flexibility to finally fit inside a piece of carry-on luggage.