Physique 57

Best New Fitness Class, August 2010
If you teach at one of L.A.’s Bar Method franchises or lead a Core Fusion class at Santa Monica’s Exhale Spa, don’t show up at the new Physique 57, or you’ll be turned away. In a rivalry that’s getting heated, all three studios base their classes on the muscle-sculpting regimen of Lotte Berk, a German dancer who fled the Nazis for London and then developed a series of exercises that were taught at a ballet barre and focused on isometric movements. Unlike its competitors, Physique 57 (which takes its name from the length of the workout, just three minutes short of an hour) features classes with a duo of instructors, so you can count on extra correction and encouragement. Beginners will need it.