ClassPass is an awesome way to bring variance to your workout routine and get your booty off your regular block. For $99 a month you can work out at unlimited boutique fitness studios and indulge in any of them up to three times during that month. After experiencing a number of hot studios on the Westside that subscribe to ClassPass, I’ve found my topFAV. And yes, I indulged three times. Each time I was greeted with warm smiles, personal attention, and a fabulous instructor. Today, I sat down with Lisa Hirsch, the owner and CEO of my favorite WestSide ClassPass Pick, The Studio MDR. She’s beautiful, full of life and ambitious for all the right reasons. The studio is adorable and immaculately clean. But, don’t be fooled – the workout is crushing! And, I can’t get enough!
The Studio MDR West and East glows hot pink from the stunning lacquered ceilings onto the street, enticing passers-by to jump on a sleek Megaformer™ and give the ultimate Lagree Method workout a go. Light also beams continuously from Lisa Hirsch. She’s radiant and super passionate about what she’s creating and facilitating within each of her fitness studios. “There are people who come in here that can’t look at themselves in the mirror at first,” she says empathetically. It’s when they begin to build strong self-confidence in mind, spirit and body – when they can look in the mirror and like what they are looking at, that makes Lisa brighten up even more than she even naturally does. She talks about reaching out to her clients and loving it when they begin to reach out to her for guidance and help. It’s her beautiful spirit and deliberate actions that sets the tone for the empowerment, good vibes, friendly interactions and friendships that ensue, and the fantastic full body workouts that transpire at The Studio MDR.
Sweat will pour from your body. Your limbs will shake to the core. You will leave wanting more, for all that you are able to accomplish. And, it’s no accident. The Pilates inspired machines and program, created by Sebastian Lagree, “strengthens the body, tones and elongates the muscles, improves endurance, jump-starts the metabolism, burns fat, increases flexibility and postural alignment, and restores the body’s natural balance,” creating a “lithe and powerful body, resistant to the everyday stresses of work and life” (Lagree Method). Each of the instructors that Lisa hires are initially trained by Sebastian himself and then worked with until they are ready to hit the floor by her Head Trainer, Ky Evans or other training staff. Ky is who originally trained Lisa using the Lagree Method while she was working as a top executive in the music biz. He teaches intense classes, one that is actually just for men entitled Megamen.
By the time her trainers hit the floor of The Studio MDR, they are masters of form, are able to administer incredible care for each of the clients in the room, so that their movements are safe, correct, and effective. He instructors also all emit light friendly personalities that create a positive secure place to push past limitations and plateaus. You simply have to be better than fantastic to be a MDR trainer. Lisa has such a high standard that after a year in, she actually fired herself. Giggling as she told me this, I was amazed. She cares so deeply for the product that she provides, that she even took herself out of the training position. I’m sure she’s great. But, running a business – especially a booming boutique business that is expanding fast (her third studio is slated to open soon in Playa Vista) – takes a massive amount of nurturing, time, energy, passion, patience, the ability to make smart decisions quickly, and so much more. And, Lisa doubles down on all of that because of her determination and heart to be there personally for each of her clients.
If you want an intense workout, want something different, want to lean out and strengthen your body, and on top of that are looking to do that all in a super cute space with super positive vibrations, then drop into The Studio MDR in either Marina del Rey (West) or in Culver City (East) and soon in Playa Vista. You will be taken care of, inspired and empowered to work your tush off and feel great doing it. Get your ClassPass and get to The Studio MDR! It’ll leave you wanting more, more, more!