This fat burning fitness class has inspired the openings of cardio barre franchises all over Los Angeles with locations in Valley Village, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills and Eagle Rock, amongst others, and is now making a splash in Santa Monica.
Founded by Richard Giorla, Cardio Barre is an addicting workout that will keep you coming back. The one hour class is a high energy/low impact workout that combines light weights and repetitious movements that lengthen and tones the muscles without bulking them up; essentially creating the illusion of a dancer’s body whether you are a talented dancer, dreadfully uncoordinated, or somewhere in between.
This is one of the best workouts Los Angeles has to offer and it’s perfect for those who want to lose weight, maintain weight, or sculpt your body by mastering techniques that tone your muscles.
It’s also fun. The music is current and poppy and caters to the energy that the workout asks for.
The first half hour is devoted to stretches, cardio, and upper body toning, while the last half hour focuses on strengthening and lengthening your thighs, hamstrings, calves and even your feet, ending with a five minute yoga-type stretch session that focuses on body, mind, and soul.
Located at 3009 Lincoln Blvd, between Navy and Pier Ave, the studio is newly equipped with two ballet bars in the center of the workout space and two long bars along the mirrors that bookend the room, making it a smaller space than some of the other locations but giving it a more intimate group-inspired feeling.
Look out for Kamilah, an awesome addition to the instructors at the Santa Monica studio. Kamilah demonstrates every choreographed movement for newcomers while making her way around the room to help every individual master their own technique. She energizes you, keeps you on your toes, and makes sure you feel grateful for the hour you’ve put aside for yourself.
Parking is available in a small lot or on the street. Prices are $18 a class but each studio gives their own discounted pricing packages.