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Barre class—a total-body barre and mat workout based on classic ballet movements—is one of the hottest fitness trends out there, and for good reason: It promises a long, lean, sculpted bod without the bulk, making barre super popular with Victoria’s Secret models and regular folk alike. And while it’s its own brand of tiny-movements torture—the classes' ubiquitous "one inch up, one inch down" refrain couldn’t be more deceptively simple—there’s probably no better workout for serious booty-lifting—it may even surpass the glute-busting of spinning classes and the toning of yoga. We gritted our teeth through a gazillion tucks, pliés and relevés to find the best barre classes in L.A.