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Class Act: Cardio Barre

Ever since watching So You Think You Can Dance, I've been envying dancers' bodies. Problem is I don't have the time to take up dancing again and I want to get more of a workout than by just doing a few pliés here and there.

Cardio Barre is a unique class that has been a favorite in Los Angeles among many celebs including Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) and Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch). It combines barre work and light weights with a continual fat burning motion. The core of the workout deals with toning and resistance exercises for the butt, legs, torso and arms to sculpt muscles and elongate the appearance of your body.

Cardio Barre is supposed to give you a sense of center and balance that allows you to concentrate on the specific muscle group you are working on. As with most new classes, you’ll actually have fun while getting in shape -- Definitely a plus in my book.

If you don't live in the LA area it looks like they are franchising the class out but you can also buy a portable barre and DVD directly from the Cardio Barre site for your own use at home.

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