Richard Giorla’s Cardio Barre in La Jolla can help reshape clients through his signature workout form

Live your dreams by working to develop the strong, shapely body you want at Cardio Barre in La Jolla. (Courtesy Photo)

Hollywood’s best-kept secret has reached the shores of San Diego as Cardio Barre opened its newest studio in the heart of La Jolla at 7580 Fay Ave., No. 107, between Pearl and Kline streets.

Created by dancer/choreographer Richard Giorla, Cardio Barre combines weight training, flexibility and cardio moves in a no impact one-hour session. Another benefit is that using the ballet barre helps isolate muscle groups, which becomes very effective in body sculpting. It gives you the core strength to lift your own body weight.

At Cardio Barre, you burn fat; you turn your muscles in a lean sculpted body. The class can be modified to any individual’s level of intensity to make it challenging for everyone. Men and women (over the age of 14) can get in shape through a fun and effective workout designed to shape, tone and define their bodies. Cardio Barre La Jolla offers three levels of difficulty for Intro, Beginners and Advanced.

Testimony from Kristin Bergqvist:

Cardio Barre La Jolla is located at 7580 Fay Ave., No. 107, between Pearl and Kline streets, in La Jolla Village. For more information, call (858) 454-1954 or visit

“I’ve always been pretty physically active. I’d work out three, maybe four, times a week and was always able to maintain my weight and clothing size  — until I started pushing age 30! In the past year or so I’ve really noticed that the pounds don’t come off like they used to. I gained a little weight last fall and thought I’d hit the gym hard for a few months and that would be all I’d need. Wrong! By the end of this summer I knew I needed to step up my game.

“I first heard about ‘barre’ classes (and this is embarrassing) on the ‘Millionaire Matchmaker!’ One of the ‘matches’ was a barre instructor and she had an incredible figure. I did a little research and really liked the idea of an intense yet low impact exercise that could give you the body of a dancer. If you’ve ever seen ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ you know those girls have incredible bodies!

“I had always turned to running as my go-to exercise, but I was experiencing a lot of pain in my joints, particularly my knees. I read that every running step can actually be putting up to five times your body weight on your joints … and with a few extra pounds on my 5’6” frame, I was feeling the burn in a bad way! I also read that running can cause the elastin in your skin to breakdown and sag from the impact of each step, not something I want to worry about as I get older!

“I looked up barre studios in my area and found out that a Cardio Barre studio had just opened in La Jolla. I started out going to the studio three times a week. I became stronger after each class and loved the endorphin rush! After three weeks of classes, I was talking to Cristiana, the owner of the studio, and she shared her success story with me. I told her my goal was to be in the best shape of my life for my 30th birthday! She recommended I try coming to class five times a week, as that’s when she really started seeing results.

“I’ve been coming to class five times a week for a month now and am seeing major improvements in my body as well as my mind. I’ve lost 1-inch off my thighs and 1-inch off my waist after four weeks.

It has been three months since I started Cardio barre and even though I knew this workout would give me results I’m still surprised by the numbers! I’ve lost 12 pounds! 4-inches off my waist, 3-inches off my thigh and 2-inches off my arms. I fit in the jeans I wore in college again! I haven’t made any conscious adjustments to my diet, however, since starting this class my craving for sweets is almost completely gone!

Aside from physical changes, I’ve noticed that I handle stress a lot better and am happier overall — all the endorphins, I guess! I can’t speak more highly of this workout.  As our instructors say when we’re at the peak of class, ‘It’s an hour out of your day, push yourself!’ “

Cardio Barre La Jolla
Address: 7580 Fay Ave., Suite 107, La Jolla
Phone: (858) 454-1954

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