FusionFest @ Exhale

Exhale Venice Fusion Fest

Class: Core Fusion Barre

Location: Venice

Work-out: Barre

Difficulty: Level 2.5

Next day soreness: 1.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💧💧A little dewy

Parking: Metered and Free Street Parking, validated Garage for $1.50 cash up to 90 min.

Amenities:  Towels, water, yoga apparel and accessories for purchase. Mats provided.

Requirements for class: Socks required.

I came here for FusionFest and took a class with Briana, and I must say, I liked the whole experience and class here much better than the Santa Monica location. Briana was very energetic and her class was unique and fun. It was not the exact same as other barre workouts, which I appreciated.

The studio itself had a fun vibe with plenty of great workout gear for purchase, and also had fun knickknacks like candles and scented oils. FusionFest kicked it up a notch with free snacks and drinks and a nice little swag bag. Although FusionFest (a free event) was not booked through ClassPass, exhale is offered via ClassPass regularly.

Pilates Sculpt @ Hot Pilates

Pilates Scupt @ Hot Pilates

Class: Pilates Sculpt w/ Greg Louis

Location: West Hollywood, Sunset Plaza

Work-out: Pilates

Difficulty: Level 3

Next day soreness: 2.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦💦Drenched

Parking: Free lot at Sunset Plaza

Amenities: Showers, Lockers, free towels and mats provided. Juice Served Here and water for purchase.

Requirements for class: Bring water and dress for 100 degree class

I took this class once when Shannon (the owner) subbed and found that Greg’s class wasn’t as challenging, but still a good workout. It’s great for beginners and more intermediate levels alike. It was a full body workout but not too hard that it was unbearable, especially in the heat.

Level A1 @ Rise Nation

Rise Nation

Class: Level A1

Location: West Hollywood

Work-out: Versa Climber

Difficulty: Level 4

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 30 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Lot next to studio (when I went I was not charged to park, but from reading others’ experiences, it seems like the lot generally charges).

Amenities: Towels, Alkaline Water Fountain and Juice Bar/Cafe on deck outside the studio

Requirements for class: Bring water bottle and sneakers are preferable (though if you forget and only have socks, that’s not a deal breaker)

This was my first time ever using a versa climber (thanks to Marino Wellness for introducing me to the experience), and the first 15 minutes are KILLER. This workout supposedly burns about twice as many calories per min as a spin class (hence, why it’s only 30 minutes, which is way more than enough). The class is mostly cardio-based, and you are on this machine moving both arms and legs to “climb” for the entire time.  General consensus from my class was that everyone thought they were going to pass out for the first 15 minutes, and then your body adjusts to it and the second half is not as bad.

The energy of the instructor I had, Adam, was great. He definitely kept everyone motivated. The ceiling of the studio is also incredibly cool (as pictured above), and the best part is that the studio opens up to a rooftop deck which houses a juice bar and cafe so you can go reenergize afterwards. It was a unique and challenging experience, and I will definitely be back!

MDR 2.0 @ The Studio MDR (East)

Studio MDR

Class: (MDR) All Levels 2.0

Location: Culver City

Work-out: Megaformer Pilates

Difficulty: Level 5

Next day soreness: 5

Duration: 50 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦💦 Drenched

Parking: Metered and Freet Street Parking

Amenities:  Towels, power bars, water and apparel for purchase.

Requirements for class: Grippy socks required.

Studio MDR is one of my favorite workouts on ClassPass. The workout is incredibly challenging, but you always leave feeling better for it and wanting to come back. The studio and machines are all clean and relatively new and the space is very inviting. Most classes work your entire body, from core and upper body to legs and booty. My favorite instructors are Natalya and Leianna, though supposedly Ky is amazing. (Unfortunately, his classes are usually not available on ClassPass).

This definitely isn’t your entry-level pilates class, though they now have a basics class for beginners. The range of class times is great as well, starting as early as 5AM until 9:20PM. The instructors are all inviting and encouraging, and definitely not snooty like some instructors at other reformer pilates classes. I highly, highly recommend this studio (with locations in Marina del Rey and Culver).

Sweat-Flow @ Sweat Yoga

Sweat Yoga

Class: Sweat-Flow

Location: Santa Monica

Work-out: Hot Yoga

Difficulty: Level 2

Next day soreness: 1

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Metered Street Parking

Amenities: Showers, Lockers, Mats for Rent, Towels, Clover Juice and water for purchase, in-store yoga merchandise.

Requirements for class: Bring water and dress for heat.

This was a great class to take after a stressful day. The workout was not too challenging, but was really helped relieve stress with many holding poses, flow, and twists. There was a lot of freedom to flow at your own pace, which has its ups and downs. For more beginning level yogis, this may be challenging to remember the names of some of the moves and the sequences. My instructor was Layna Dakin and she was pleasant.

The studio itself, being new, was very nice and clean. The room was spacious and had a relaxing vibe, and there are no crazy rules about not being allowed to enter the studio if you’re running a few minutes late. Class also ends with cool wet towels for everyone.

Core Barre Fusion @ Exhale Santa Monica

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Class: Core Fusion Barre

Location: Santa Monica

Workout Type: Barre

Difficulty: Level 2.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Fairmont Hotel valet (free for 2 hours with validation) or metered street parking on 2nd right outside studio or Santa Monica lot free for 90 minutes.

Amenities: Free mat rental, towels and water

Requirements for class: Wear socks, grippy socks preferred.

First of all, the  front desk staff was very careless. When I first arrived and told them it was my first time at the studio, they made no effort to show me the ropes and just told me to wait in the studio and someone will tell me what to do. When there was no instructor in the room, I came back out to ask and again the front desk said when the instructor arrived he’ll ask if someone is new. The instructor was very nice, but when he instructor arrived, I had to go up to him to tell him it was my first time, and ask him about what things I needed, towels, etc. He actually said that usually the front desk tells me about those things. When I mentioned what they said, he laughed and said how everyone was trying to place responsibility on each other.

That aside, the class itself was very similar to other barre classes like Continue reading

Fly 45 @ FlyWheel

flywheel

Class: Fly 45

Location: West Hollywood (there’s also one in Larchmont)

Workout Type: Spin

Difficulty: Level 3

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦💦Drenched

Parking: Validated parking available in the building

Amenities: Lockers, showers, spin shoes and towels are complimentary.

Requirements for class: Bring water

Unlike most spin studios, Flywheel has a monitor on your bike that keeps track of your RPMs, resistance (referred to as torque in class) and Power output (the cumulative level of your workout). You’ll see how hard your worked and how you ranked compared to the riders next to you. There are positives and negatives to the monitor — I find myself very focused on making sure I’m on the right torque but at the same time I want to know how far I’ve gone and how many calories I’ve burned. The great music and instructors will keep your focus on the ride like Karen Maxwell. Get ready, no cruising allowed!

GROOV3

Groov3

Class: GROOV3

Location: Various, permanent studio opening in Culver City June 6th, 2015

Workout Type: Dance

Difficulty: Level 2

Next day soreness: 1

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦Sweaty

Parking: Depends on location, though the new permanent studio may have a lot.

Amenities: None/Depending on location

Requirements for class: Bring water and wear sneakers

This is a feel-good class that will have you leaving in a good mood. The class is very high energy and both times I’ve taken it, the instructors have been amazing. It’s fun, it’s not intimidating like a lot of dance classes can be and it is a great cardio workout. I love GROOV3 because it is for dancers of all levels, but you still can learn and perform a legitimate routine and do a cardio workout without it being high impact. This is great for people who love to dance and who hate traditional cardio workouts. This has to be a the most fun class I’ve taken on ClassPass and it’s great to go with a group.

Pilates Booty @ Hot Pilates

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Class: Pilates Booty

Location: Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood

Work-out: Pilates

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦💦Drenched

Parking: Free lot at Sunset Plaza

Amenities: Showers, Lockers, free towels and mats provided. Juice Served Here and water for purchase.

Requirements for class: Bring water and dress for 100 degree class

A great class and good lower body workout that will leave you sore the next day! Shannon and Cindy are both great instructors and you will definitely work muscles that never see the sun. Challenging but not unbearable.

Welcome to ClassPass LA

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This blog is dedicated to exploring and reviewing all that ClassPass has to offer in Los Angeles.  Each post will feature a different studio, rated on the following:

Workout type: Barre, Yoga, Cardio, Cycle, Pilates, Circuit/Strength Training, Tennis, Dance

Difficulty: Level 1-5

Next day soreness: 1-5

Duration of class

Sweat Level: 💧No Sweat, 💧💧A Little Dewy, 💦Moderately Sweaty, 💦💦Sweaty, 💦💦💦Drenched

Location

Parking

Amenities

Requirements for class: such as mat, towel, grippy socks, sneakers, water, etc.