Try a new ballet-inspired workout
Since when did exercising become synonymous with boot camp?
If you’re in the mood for something more graceful, try one of West Hollywood’s new ballet-inspired studios. Each offers classes that stretch your limbs and back--and emphasize posture--so your muscles appear longer and leaner. Plus, with their isometrics, jumps and dance combinations, they’re as results-oriented as regular barre classes but way more entertaining.
Best U Studio In the first update of ballet technology since the Renaissance, a pair of Angeleno pals and a Pilates instructor invented a patent-pending, U-shaped weighted metal bar that’s used throughout their signature class. You clip the bar onto the wall and clutch it for balance while you do high kicks and relevés--then you detach it and use it in fun dances around the room. Best U Studio, 931 N. Fairfax, West Hollywood; 323-650-2378
Body by Simone is a branch of the New York studio founded by Simone De La Rue, a former Broadway dancer turned celeb trainer. She organizes the hour-long group sessions ($35) like a ballet class. You warm up with stretches facing a mirror, then follow in a few simple dance routines and finally grab a mat for floor exercises. We love the HTB (Hips, Thighs, Buns) class, which whittles off inches in weeks. Body by Simone, 8623-8625 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-360-0335