No pain, no gain. This is the mantra you’ll likely be forced to repeat to yourself if you take a class at the newest workout studio in Beverly Hills. A new Cardio Barre location (one of only seven) just opened in the area and it’s a low-impact, high intensity workout that’ll make you feel the burn in your butt, arms, calves, hamstrings . . . and pretty much anywhere there’s a muscle. I was lucky enough to be able to take classes for a week at the six-week old studio, thanks to the ever-so-lovely Alisa Rattner Gonzalez (she’s the owner and the peppy person you’ll see right when you walk in).
In a nutshell, the hour-long sessions at Cardio Barre test your flexibility, balance, and core muscle strength by using light weights (one or two pounders, your choice!), your own body weight and quite a few ballet moves.