Associate Editor Emily Howald test drives the Behind Bars class at Time Out Studio.
behind bars pilates class
Intrigued by the bar workouts that pepper the coasts (promising tighter abs, thighs, arms, and butts), I sought out a similar class locally.
The 60-minute bar class uses isometric movements to sculpt and tone. It begins with an arm series using light dumbbells and small, muscle-centric movements. Next up: butt and thighs. I grabbed the ballet bar around the perimeter of the room and rose to my tiptoes while lowering to a squat for miniature lifts. The remainder of the class was a mix of deep stretching, butt-blasting leg raises, and a core and abdominal sequence that made my muscles quiver.
After a few classes, my thighs were noticeably narrower, my waist felt more defined, and my arms were more toned.
$20. Time Out Studio, 6001 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-866-0832, mytimeoutstudio.com