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The stylish fitness routine aptly named Pop Physique is a ballet-barre-inspired workout that caught fire in and around Los Angeles in 2008. The exercise routine was created by Jennifer Williams, a former professional ballet dancer (with stints in the Bay) who taught pilates in SF for seven years following her dancing career. Williams eventually defected south to LA but in March 2012 she opened an SF outpost of her wildly popular mini-chain of Pop Physique studios. The workout promises many things including a "popular physique," better posture, and a hotter sex life.
When I entered the airy studio in Russian Hill and into a room of cute, perky girls, I immediately felt inspired to embrace the workout. "I'm sure this is why the other girls in here look so skinny-mini," I thought to myself. The workout itself was unobjectionable. The music carried strong beats and the moves were not too challenging. There was no excessive sweating and my hair never fell out of a high pony. At the end of the hour, I didn't feel like I burned through very many calories (and certainly not the estimated 500 calories). But I did leave feeling inspired to live a healthier lifestyle. The routine is the perfect update to Jane Fonda's Jazzercise that uses fun, social vibes to keep the stylish girls coming.
If you're skeptical about the results and not eager to battle the Russian Hill parking scene, then try this trio of workout DVDs before taking the plunge. But if you're looking to shed more than a couple pounds ("just 3 pounds" à la Regina George) then this may be the workout to skip until you're looking for a lighter workout for a little tone and a lot of fun. And until then, follow along on Pop Physique's well-maintained blog and Instagram feed for free doses of fitness inspiration.
· Pop Physique [Official Site]
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