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ClassPass Heats Up our LA Fitness Routine

ClassPass has arrived in LA with a fitness fury! For $99, ClassPass gives you access to 10 fitness classes a month at an endless amount of fitness studios all over LA. After New York and Boston’s success, LA LA Land has been added to the list thanks to the adorable Founder Payal Kadakia. ClassPass is constantly adding fitness studios too. It’s such a great deal because many of these classes offered are way more than $10 a class. You can go to 3 of the same studio classes out of the 10 each month. We covered the ClassPass fitness launch with Payal at Flywheel in West Hollywood not too long ago. Here are some of my favorite ways to mix up your workout routine in LA.

Cycle House

After taking numerous spin classes all over LA, this is by far my favorite 45 minute fly ride. I have had about five different instructors and every one has had me sweat more than I ever thought possible. The good looking workout crew around you will keep you inspired as well as the motivational instructors that will have you engaged every minute of the ride with their crazy bumping tunes and hardcore moves – up and down and all around, even using mini weights for arms while biking up hills and speeding fast. The end is blissful as you leave relaxed in a Zen courtyard with chilled scented towels and fruit. Shoes are provided and water is available.

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Photo credit: Melissa Curtin

Barry’s Bootcamp

I have been going here now for almost 7 years and still leave feeling like my senses are enlivened like a wild animal. This class incorporates the treadmill and weights, off and on for an hour, and they push you in ways that you might not think your body can handle. If you want to get in shape fast, go here! The loud tunes and jamming runs have your heart amped. I leave running about 3 miles every time, via sprints, running up mad hills, and sometimes backwards. The weights and floor exercises will leave you feeling like a Superhero soaked in sweat with everyone around you glistening and pumping iron like you just didn’t think was possible. Each day of the week focuses on a different body part, but you still get an all over body workout any day you go. Some of my favorite killer instructors are Chris Tye-Walker and Derek DeGrazio. Locations in LA include West Hollywood and Sherman Oaks.

Training Mate

Wow, the Aussies really know how to get you in shape with a smile and a lot of laughs. I can’t wait to go back to this insane circuit based high intensity workout that involves spinning, rowing on the erg, weights, lifting massive ropes, kettlebells, dumbbells, and more. If you make it through the three rotations of exercise stations with your three mates, you end in a beautiful outdoor courtyard for the abdominal workout. This training gym in West Hollywood had me smiling the whole time thanks to the motivational Aussie instructor Luke. His accent alone will make you work harder. Everyone in the class was friendly and fun – challenging and motivating each other to do the best they can! Improve your speed, power, and endurance with your new mates.

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Photo credit: Melissa Curtin

Aura Yoga

Right in Sunset Plaza (go down into the parking lot, and it’s on your left tucked in the corner), Aura Yoga uses light, music, and temperature to create a mood. I felt like a kid again (although somewhat challenged since I’m not a yoga expert like everyone in LA seems to be) since I hadn’t stretched, posed, and moved in this way in years, but most of all it helped me center my busy mind. The 85 degree temperatures warmed us up, and the beautiful calming instructor JQ ending by singing and sharing words of wisdom to help us find peace in our hearts. Next door, they have Aura Cycle. Can’t wait to try that one!

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Photo credit: Melissa Curtin

BeSpun

Pole dancing exercise just sounded too fun to not try. I would definitely go back to unleash my sexy side and learn some more moves. I came a bit early and got to see the professional instructor practicing and videotaping her routine for her competition in NYC. Margarita, the instructor, was really nice and patient, and probably the strongest girl I’ve ever known. She reminded me of a Cirque du Soleil gymnast. These girls are serious and legitimate pole dancers. I realized that after midway through the class the four girls next to me on their poles could climb to the ceiling in a minute and slide down in ways I could only dream. I only made it up the pole a small distance and kept my exercise grinding moves there. I learned some neat moves, like finally being able to swing around the pole gracefully and not jump on it. It was also neat that they give you free time with some amazing ‘get in the groove’ music to unleash your wild side and practice the floor, dance, pole, swagger moves you learned in a freestyle format. Have some fun and slide around that pole – weeeeeeh! Watch their amazing video on their site HERE.

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Photo credit: Melissa Curtin

Cardio Barre Brentwood, Santa Monica, and Hollywood

All classes in every location were packed with women of all ages, probably thinking of their ballet days. This class is hard – like ballet gone wild! The little tight movements make me feel like my body is getting strengthened and elongated. Every instructor I had was great – hard core and intense. Half the time was spent on the barre. This high energy/no impact class combines barre work with light weights with continual fat burning motion. I was able to keep up much better the third class. Cardio Barre includes toning and resistance exercises for your butt, legs, torso, and arms, and helps sculpt muscles and elongate the body. The Hollywood location is on the second floor. Bring your own towel for floor exercises and no need for sneakers.

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Photo credit: Melissa Curtin

Core Fusion Barre at Exhale Spa in Santa Monica at the Fairmont Hotel

I have a hard time with this fun, sweaty, fat-burning, muscle-sculpting class, but I know I need it. My body doesn’t want to move in ways that are being executed so naturally by the instructor Megan Strand. From balls between your legs, to hanging on straps attached to the barre, to slight movements here and there, I wince. This fast paced class transforms your body by 30 minutes of sweaty sprints with short recovery periods followed by muscle-defining barre-based sequences of movements that target your thighs, butt, and abs. This calorie torching, body-tightening workout will burn and make you shake, but will make you realize you need to keep going back. Complimentary valet is provided at this incredible hotel on the water.

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Photo credit: Melissa Curtin

Don’t ever get bored with your workout routine. Try ClassPass, and you’ll be excited and hooked on all your fitness options.

Other LA classes include:

  • B Fit Los Angeles
  • Bar Method
  • BRICK Los Angeles
  • Campsurf
  • CampVolley
  • Elevation Fitness
  • FlyBarre
  • Flywheel
  • Goda Yoga
  • GST Body
  • HALE Pilates Method
  • Hummingbird Pilates
  • InYoga Center
  • Keith Cooke Studio
  • Moore Dancing
  • One Down Dog
  • Pilates Plus Westlake Village
  • Poise Fitness
  • Pure Barre
  • Rock it Fit
  • S.E.L.F. Fitness South Bay
  • Santa Monica Yoga
  • Stadium Fitness
  • Stadium Fitness Yoga
  • Studio K Training
  • Studio Pulse
  • Sweat City Fitness
  • Sweat Garage
  • Swerve
  • The Changing Room
  • The Fit Factor Studio
  • The Green Yogi
  • The Main Barre
  • The Pilates Bodyshop
  • The Yogi Tree
  • UEvolution Mind and Bod

 

 

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