Adult Surf Class @ Campsurf

Camp Surf

Class: Adult Surf Lesson

Location: El Porto Beach (in Manhattan Beach)

Work-out: Surfing

Difficulty: Level 5

Next day soreness: 5

Duration: 90 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦💦 Drenched because you are in the water

Parking: Metered lot

Amenities: Surfboard and wetsuit provided

Requirements for class: Bathing suit, sunscreen and a can-do attitude.

This was the first time I had ever tried surfing (in the water and not on a Surfset system) and it was every bit as hard as I had expected. The instructors do a good job of going around and pushing each individual out over the waves, turning them around, and then giving a push back to the shore so the rider gets a chance to stand up and surf back to land. However, this is not for the faint of heart. I was thrown around by the waves and occasionally, even when I was with the instructor, he still couldn’t prevent me from being knocked off the board by a wave.

You kind of have to be fearless with this class so if you’re not dedicated to learning the sport, or at least there with a friend, it might seem like a long lesson. The class size is small (mine was 7) with 2 instructors. I kind of just floated around while the instructors were with others because I hadn’t gotten good enough to swimming out to catch my own wave.  I was incredibly sore that afternoon and even more sore for the next couple of days, though, I am so glad I got to experience it. Feel free to e-mail me at classpassla@gmail.com if you have additional questions about this lesson!

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Fit and Flow @ Pink Iron

Pink Iron

Class: Fit and Flow

Location: West Hollywood

Work-out: Weight training, cross fit, circuit training

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Underground lot

Amenities: Free showers and lockers; water and swag for purchase

Requirements for class: Sneakers and water

Don’t let the pink fool you cause this gym is no joke!

This was my first weight training class, and this is one of Pink Iron’s more “chill” classes. We started out with some foam rolling, which was nice but also painful (if you’ve ever tried foam rolling, you know what I’m talking about!). Then we did one-handed kettle ball lifts and lunges. There were 3 different circuits total. The second circuit involved doing hollow holds (for abs) and handstand holds – which are exactly what they sound like. The last circuit involved doing pull-up holds or ring holds. Finally, we stretched it out. It was a small class and there was some partner work involved, and the instructor, Rose, was really good about giving individual attention. I went with a friend luckily so it was pretty fun for us, but it was definitely harder than we expected!

Tennis Coaching & Sport Science

Tennis Doctor

Class: Beginner Tennis

Location: Marina Del Rey

Work-out: Tennis

Difficulty: Level 3

Next day soreness: 2.5 (in your wrist)

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Garage

Amenities: Rackets and tennis balls provided.

Requirements for class: Bring water and wear non-marking sneakers.

Jonathan is a hoot! I had so much fun at this class with him. He gives you a really good lesson on the basics of tennis. Having used to play in middle school and high school (though I was never that good), I really enjoyed his clear direction to build a good foundation. I’ve been to several of his lessons now and they’re great for people who know little to nothing about tennis but want to learn. In each class, Jonathan takes you through the five main strokes in tennis – forehand volley, backhand volley, forehand groundstroke, backhand groundstroke and the serve. Not to mention, the location is right on the marina, and beautiful!

My only complaint about these classes is that because there are different people each time, the class kind of resets each time. Therefore, it’s kind of hard to progress and build on what you learned the previous class. If I ever decide to give ClassPass a break, I would definitely consider taking more formal lessons with Jonathan.

Pilates Booty & Abs @ Eden Sassoon Pilates

Eden Sassoon Pilates

Class: Pilates Booty and Abs

Location: Beverly Hills

Work-out: Reformer Pilates

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3.5

Duration: 50 min

Sweat Level: 💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Metered street

Amenities: Socks, swag and water for purchase. Kitchen/sink to fill up your bottle

Requirements for class: Bring water and socks!

This was a nice little change from my normal megaformer Pilates classes. Alexi was a wonderful teacher who was attentive and knowledgable about appropriate form. The class was tough but not unbearably challenging like some of the other Pilates classes I’ve reviewed. It would push you just until you felt like quitting and then the exercise would switch so you really could stick it out through everything. The Pilates Booty and Abs class worked exactly those two areas, which was perfect for me since I feel like I’ve gotten bulkier in some places I don’t want to be bulky from taking other full body Pilates classes.

The studio (owned by famous salon guru Vidal’s daughter Eden) is very well-maintained, beautiful and clean. It is located right above Scratch Bar on La Cienega’s restaurant row, so parking may be a bit tough during dinner hours. However, for people who enjoy Pilates, it’s definitely worth checking out!

Surfset @ Sandbox Fitness

Sandbox

Class: Surfset 101

Location: Sherman Oaks

Work-out: Surfboard circuit training

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level: 💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: 6 tandem parking in the back/Metered street

Amenities: Water for purchase

Requirements for class: Bring water, and a towel for TRX classes

This workout was unlike anything I’ve ever done. I took the intro Surfset class and it was a great to get accustomed to using the surfboard while still providing a good workout. The class was a series of different circuit training moves on the board, which incorporated a lot of balance. We did push-ups, planks, squats and burpees all on the board. In addition, the instructor also added some surf moves such as “swimming” and popping up onto your board. I feel like whenever I go to try surfing for real, this would be a good intro for the feel of being on the board. The class only has room for about 8, and the instructor, Jenna was very attentive.

At first it seemed a little daunting, but once you get the hang of the board and can balance a little better, it wasn’t too hard and I had a ton of fun. Sherman Oaks is a little out of the way for some, but I highly recommend everyone try this!

Lagree Method @ Pilates Plus

Pilates Plus

Class: Lagree Method

Location: West LA

Work-out: Reformer Pilates

Difficulty: Level 4.5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 50 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Metered street

Amenities: Socks for purchase, water fountain.

Requirements for class: Bring water bottle and grippy socks!

I went to the first class of the day on a Saturday and arrived about 10 minutes early. The instructor did not get there until about 3 min before class started so everyone just  kind of gathered on the sidewalk. From reading Yelp reviews, it looks like the instructors typically run late. The studio itself was clean and well-kept, but nothing really special.

The class, like other megaformer pilates classes, was tough and definitely a good workout. But overall, the experience was kind of bland. The crowd here also seemed a little older than the other pilates studios I’ve been to. I think this is a good class if you can’t get into more popular pilates studios and if it’s convenient for you to get to.

Pure Barre @ Pure Barre Brentwood

Pure Barre Brentwood

Class: Pure Barre

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Barre

Difficulty: Level 2.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 55 min

Sweat Level: 💧💧A little dewy

Parking: Free underground lot with validation

Amenities:  Mats and equipment provided, water fountain available. Apparel and snacks for purchase.

Requirements for class: Socks required.

This was my first weekday morning class, so I was definitely a little sleepy for this. It was a standard barre workout, and I did appreciate the instructor (Kara) switching it up so that it was not the same as other barre workouts I’ve taken both at Pure Barre and elsewhere. I broke a little bit of a sweat (but I may also have not pushed myself the hardest due to me being sleepy). This location has convenient parking and classes starting at 7:25AM and lasting until 8:45PM.

The studio, albeit small, was well maintained and had the feel of a lululemon store. It is also located next to Corepower Yoga Brentwood (which has left ClassPass) and is a popular destination for the Brentwood crowd.

Yoga Sculpt @ Corepower Yoga

Corepower

Class: Corepower Yoga Sculpt w/ Sarah West

Location: Wilshire in Brentwood: UPDATE – as of 7/1/15, Corepower Wilshire is no longer on ClassPass. This has been confirmed by the ClassPass team. However, other locations in LA are still on ClassPass.

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: Level 4.5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦💦Drenched

Parking: Free underground lot with CP validation

Amenities: Showers, Lockers, towels and mats for rent. Free water fountain, bottled water and large selection of merchandise for purchase.

Requirements for class: Bring water, mat, towel and dress for 100 degree class.

Whoever thinks yoga isn’t a hard workout should take this class and have his/her mind blown. This is probably the most challenging workout class I’ve ever taken in MY LIFE. The poses themselves are intermediate (CP2 Level) but with the added weights, the class is killer! There is a 3 min. cardio section as well where everyone jumps and runs in place nonstop for 3 min – in an 100+ degree room. There are also many upper and lower body toning reps done with the weights (each person has a set of 3lbs and 5lbs, which the studio provides), and an intense core/ab session. This class is definitely a full body workout and not for the faint of heart.