POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) - Cindy Sites is 51 and her physique has hardly changed since her youth. She believes she owes it to the fact that she trained as a classical ballerina for 15 years.
"I was in the best shape of my life. And then life happened and I had children and I craved my pre-baby body. So I went back to the ballet barre," says Cindy.
And ballet plays a prominent role in the workout program she developed called "The Figure Method". "The Figure Method", combines ballet, yoga, pilates, some weight-lifting and cardiovascular exercise.
Julie Wender owner of the Go Figure Studio in Potomac tells us of her clients: "They see the most difference in their posture, their upper bodies, slimming in their hips and legs. Flattened abdominals, lifted seats. It's good, it's all good."
Julie opened the studio right after Thanksgiving and is teaching the Figure Method to women of all ages.
Class participant Susie Blumenthal says, "I love it. It integrates ballet, which I grew up doing my whole life."
"It is really intense. But it is only an hour so you know you can get through it," says Leanne Gill, another active participant.
The short, intense repetitions mean you workout key muscle groups more thoroughly than you would on your own.
"We're not satisfied with just looking good, feeling good as we age. We want our clients to feel like they're improving with age, Sites says.
Classes at "Go Figure" cost $28; less, as part of a package deal.