Palm Beach is full of beauty gurus. But few do it better than Anushka Blau. The owner of Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre in West Palm Beach, Blau recently opened La Barre by Anushka (561-833-9393). Inspired by a method developed by the late dancer Lotte Berk, the workout combines ballet, yoga, Pilates and core strengthening. Lauren Kornblum, co-founder of La Barre, was trained in the principles of Berk’s method and excels in helping students reach their full potential, something I experienced firsthand when attending one of the classes.
To describe myself as a workout novice would be an understatement. Sure, I am a card-carrying gym member, but my fitness prowess begins and ends at the treadmill. My anxieties abated when I learned some of Lauren’s students travel from afar just to study the method.
Under Kornblum’s guidance, the hour-long class flies by. Pilates-inspired stretches lead into more intense moves on the barre. Exercises on the barre and floor as well as training with bands and weights are all designed to tone muscles and build endurance. Shaking limbs are normal (as I discovered), and first-timers are encouraged to listen to their bodies, though the class is designed for all levels.
Kornblum ends the workout with yoga and a few moments of meditation. I left feeling slightly exhausted but fully rejuvenated. La Barre is the perfect exercise for those looking to sculpt, improve flexibility and enjoy camaraderie with a supportive group of fitness fans.