Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam
@lisahannam

The Prettiest Workout I Have Ever Done

When I work out, I ugly work out. So you’ll have to imagine how amazing it felt to try the new Gold Barre class at Equinox in Yorkville. The class is inspired by pro athlete Tara Lipinski and how she trains for her sport, figure skating. As you’ll see in the video below, the arm and leg movements are so graceful, despite the intensity of every. Single. Move.

The movements are small and repetitive, so you do feel it. The workout includes skaters on Gliders (just use a towel on a hard-surface floor if you don’t have Gliders), deadlifts, squats at the barre and tons of balance work. But when  barre instructor Paulina Witkowski, who is also a dancer, tells you that the judges are holding up signs that read 10 and that your fans are tossing bouquets of roses at your skates, you get through it. It is truly the prettiest workout ever.