I go back and forth with running. Sometimes I just don’t feel like it. (Misplacing my iPod Shuffle may have something to do with it.) After a year of screwing around and not going, I went back to Cardio Barre yesterday. What a workout. I am sore all over today – upper, lower back, hamstrings, quads, arms, butt. Even the abs, what little I have. And I love it.
If you’re unfamiliar, Cardio Barre is a barre class on speed. The class works your entire body. You’re doing squats (on tippy toes), plies, stretchy ballet arm moves, crunches, scorpion (my arch nemesis move), and other ballet-ish moves. A 1-lb weight can be hell. Don’t laugh. It’s true. Watch as everyone’s arms start to shake from lifting and squatting and twisting. Even the skinny minnies.
If you’re interested in getting all kinds of sore, there are plenty of Cardio Barre locations. If they don’t suit you, there are similar classes by The Bar Method and Pop Physique. I haven’t tried these other two studios but have heard great things about them. Lucky for you, Pop Physique is offering free classes this Saturday at their 3rd and Fairfax location. So you can kill your abs, legs, arms, and butt in class, and then walk over to Farmers Market for some grub. [#winning]
As for Cardio Barre, I’m going back. As much as I would like it, flab doesn’t go away by just sitting and blogging. I bought a 10-class card. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and I can’t get a refund. Ha!