Pointe Studio’s Sanity Not Vanity Series @ SoulCycle Manhattan Beach

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This past weekend, I was lucky enough to join Pointe Studio in its Sanity Not Vanity class at SoulCycle Manhattan Beach. Pointe Studio is an athletic sock brand specializing in cute grippy socks. This is the second class in heir #SanityNotVanity series, which is a free workout series and campaign with a great message:

A bit about it from Allie at Pointe Studio:

We are getting a little fed up with some of this unrealistic #fitspiration shit and are pretty bummed out that people are losing sight of the mental benefit of breaking a sweat everyday. Personally this has been a huge breakthrough for me. Working the brain is just as important as the booty in our minds. To combat this we have started doing pop up classes focused on the value of mental strength and empowerment- we have nicknamed it sweat therapy LOL.  You can read more about it here and here
To participate in future #SanityNotVanity events, be sure to follow Pointe Studio on social! Thanks for hosting such an awesome event with a great message! Now onto the review of the class.

Class: Soul 45

Location: The Point, Manhattan Beach

Work-out: Spin

Difficulty: Level 4

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level💦 💦 Sweaty

Parking: Free lot at the Point

Amenities: Showers, shoes for rent and water/swag for purchase

Requirements for class: socks

This is SoulCyle’s newest LA location. The studio seats about 60 people and is conveniently located. Jake, my instructor, was one of the best SoulCycle instructors I’ve had. His energy was excellent and his class was just the right amount of challenging and motivating. I was even sore from doing the weight work the next day! I would definitely recommend checking out SoulCycle MB, and pre or post workout, there is plenty to do at the new shopping and dining center!

Y7 Studio LA Pop-Up

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Class: Y7 LA Pop-Up

Location: Rebecca Minkoff store on Melrose Ave, current permanent Y7 location is at 8270 Melrose Ave in Weho, 90046

 

Work-out: Hot Yoga

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 💦 Sweaty

Parking: Metered street parking

Amenities: Mats available if you don’t bring your own

Requirements for class: Bring water!

Who would’ve thought that hip hop and yoga paired so well together? When I initially heard about hip hop yoga, in my mind it was more rap heavy and less melodic, but in Y7’s hip hop yoga class, the beat flows with the vinyasa. I like my yoga classes high energy, and this was a high energy class that motivated me without being too aggressive (in movements and in music). It was a good mix of throwbacks and top 40 hip hop and the music was low when the instructor guided you through the movements, and then cranked up when you flowed at your own pace. We did about 3-4 flows, first couple of times with the instructor, and then we got a few minutes to flow on our own after we learned each sequence. Like all good workout classes, we started with a warm-up and cooled down with a stretch.

Kristen was a great instructor and pushed us without being too difficult. The particular class I took had a lot of balancing sequences. The space was small (since it was in a back room of Rebecca Minkoff’s flagship), but functional. The ambiance was very calming, even though the class was energetic. Fake candles lined the walls and the room was kept dark throughout class, which I really enjoyed. The vibe was definitely a little edgier and cooler than your average yoga class. Y7 is a New York favorite, and they’re hoping (and so am I) that with enough love from LA, they can have a permanent home here as well. The pop-up goes until Sunday and you can sign up via ClassPass or here.

Dailey Barre @ The Dailey Method

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Class: Dailey Barre

Location: Venice

Work-out: Barre

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Metered parking right out front in alley lot, or free street parking

Amenities: Water fountain, swag for sale

Requirements for class: Socks (preferably grippy)

This was my first time at The Dailey Method and found it to be a nice change from my other barre classes since a lot of the movements were very different from the other barre classes I’ve taken. Audrey M was my instructor and she made sure that all the newbies understood the correct form and movement, and I thought the extra attention was great. She is however, not shy with her corrections and at one point grabbed my head pretty hard so just be aware! It was definitely a good workout, and left me breaking a sweat and sore the next day.

The studio is very cute and clean, and there was a wide range of ages who attended the class. Most people seemed like regular clients, though it appeared that my class had about four newbies, a higher than normal number. One cool thing I noticed was that the studio offers babysitting and specific prenatal classes. Parking is also very easy, so that’s always a plus!

Pop Sculpt @ Pop Physique

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Class: Pop Sculpt

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Barre

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Free lot in plaza with validation at front desk

Amenities: Water fountain, swag for sale

Requirements for class: Socks (preferably grippy)

I’ve been going to Pop Physique for four years now, and it’s still just as good. This was one of the OG barre classes, and although it may not be as trendy or exclusive as some of the other boutique fitness studios popping up, it’s always a good workout. The barre thighs section still burns aggressively, even though I am way more fit today than I was four years ago. In addition, there are so many Pop Physiques around LA that you can always find one in a convenient location.

I like Pop Physique more than Bar Method and Pure Barre because I think the atmosphere is more fun and vibrant. The crowd skews on the younger side and IMO, they generally play better music than the other barre classes. I also like that it’s hard word floors instead of carpet, which is easier to workout on and more cleanly. This is my go-to workout when I don’t plan extensively in advance to take a class. You can almost always find a spot. Ali F is one of my fave instructors in Brentwood, she’s amazing and gives everyone so much personalized attention!

MultiTAsk @ Tracy Anderson Method

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Class: MultiTAsk (not on ClassPass)

Location: Studio City

Work-out: Hybrid Muscle Conditioning + Dance Cardio

Difficulty: Level 4.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 50 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Free lot behind studio and metered parking out front

Amenities: Water fountain, towel service, smoothies and swag for sale

Requirements for class: Sneakers and comfortable clothing

I finally got to try out the legendary Tracy Anderson method thanks to Racked LA’s #rackedfitclub. The class I took was a condensed version of two of their 50-minute popular classes – the AtTAin Definition and CaTApult Cardio, with two of TA’s lead trainers Maria and Stacey. The MultiTAsk class was 25 minutes of each. The movements used in the AtTain Definition portion were definitely very unique and unlike any other class I’ve taken. We used a combination of hand weights and different ankle weights, and even towels to perform each movement. It was fast-paced and challenging.

The second half of class was even harder. It was non-stop 25 minutes of cardio dance in a heated studio. Because Tracy Anderson believes that muscles work better when warm, the studio likes to keep their air conditioning off. (I think I actually saw a space heater in the corner of the room). You can imagine how hot it became in a tiny space with about 40 people dancing and jumping non-stop. I felt like I was going to collapse, but also highly accomplished afterwards. We were also treated to complimentary recovery smoothies post class as part of Racked Fit Club.

I’d like to take more classes to see what results come from training with one of the “best” studios around. However, classes are SUPER expensive. A membership costs $1500 initiation with $900 monthly, and a 10 class pass is normally $425 and each class is $45. Unless I miraculously fall into some money in the near future, I think I’ll stick with my ClassPass membership and go see Miss JJ Dancer, who’s workout is comparable.

Reform & Ride @ Studio Elevate LA

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Class: Reform & Ride

Location: Culver City

Work-out: Hybrid Pilates + Spin

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 50 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Free lot behind studio and metered parking out front

Amenities: Water fountain, bicycle pedal cages so you don’t need spin shoes

Requirements for class: Grippy socks recommended but not required, and sneakers for spin if you don’t have spin shoes

I’ve been meaning to check out this studio since it opened a few months ago and I’m glad I finally did! The girl at the front desk was super helpful for my first time, which is something I appreciate as so many studios have neglectful front desk staff when it comes to giving the rundown for first timers. The studio is new, clean and minimalistic.

The workout itself was unique because it combined 25 minutes of pilates on the proformer machine with 25 minutes of spin. It wasn’t as challenging as some of the other reformer pilates or spin classes I’ve taken, but I like the tone and cardio combo and it might be great for someone just getting into a regular workout regimen. The spin bikes though, I was not a fan of. It was hard for me to tell what resistance I was at and the cages for my sneakers made me feel a little off balance. I’ve read that Leah, the owner and a former Pilates Platinum instructor, leads great classes so I’ll probably come back and take just a pilates class with her.

Adidas by Stella McCartney Launch Party Workout w/ Celeb Trainer Nicole Winhoffer at SIX02

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Photo by Adidas Women

This past Friday, I had the fortune of attending SIX02’s Adidas by Stella McCartney launch party and workout led by celebrity fitness trainer Nicole Winhoffer. Her clients include Stella McCartney and Madonna and after attending one session with her, I am officially hooked. She has an incredibly charismatic and hilarious personality and she has moves! (She has a professional dancer background).

The workout was an intense cardio and conditioning burn and worked almost every muscle in my body. It started at SIX02 in Santa Monica, where we checked in and then ran the quarter mile to Reed Park, where the rest of the workout unfolded. It was high energy, with models in front and a live DJ, and Nicole’s shining personality of course. Unfortunately, she is based in NY and her NW Method currently does not have a home here :(. After the workout, we all went back to SIX02 for light bites, juices and a killer swag bag. Ms. Ellen Pompeo, aka Dr. Meredith Grey, made a special guest appearance as well!

Like I said in my previous post, LA is lucky enough to be home to some of most fitness-minded people in America! There are always free events going on and SIX02 has a ton of them. You can sign up for more cool events like this one by checking out their page.

Yoga on the Pier with Celeb Trainer Juliet Kaska

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Event: Yoga on the Pier with Celeb Trainer Juliet Kaska (of JK Zen Pilates)

Location: Santa Monica Pier

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: Level 2.5

Next day soreness: 1.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level:💧💧A little dewy

We’re privileged enough to live in LA, where fitness is a priority and there are plenty of fitness events for those looking for cool ways to stay active. Even better, a lot of these events are free! This weekend, I was fortunate enough to train with two celeb fitness instructors (post on the second session to follow) and had a great time with both.

This morning’s session was with celebrity trainer Juliet Kaska, whose clients include Karlie Kloss and Kerry Washington. It was my first time doing yoga on the Santa Monica Pier and it was definitely a nice change of scenery! The event was hosted by Vionic Shoes and Lorna Jane Activewear, and Juliet did a good job of balancing the workout between brand new yogis and more seasoned vets. Early birds were gifted a pair of flip flops by Vionic shoes and everyone was treated to some snacks after class. The class itself was pretty zen, and a great way to start a Sunday! Juliet also has a pilates studio that is on ClassPass called JK Zen Pilates, and after this morning’s session, I’ll be sure to go check out one of the pilates classes at her studio.

Kayak Rental @ Marina Paddle Fit

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Class: Single Person Kayak Rental

Location: Marina Del Rey

Work-out: Kayaking

Difficulty: Level 2.5

Next day soreness: 2.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty but you’ll get pretty wet from the water so bring a towel/change of clothes!

Parking: Free lot

Amenities: They will hold your keys so you can put everything else in your car

Requirements for class: Bathing suit recommended since your lower half will be wet! Sunscreen is a good idea.

This was my first time kayaking and after being a little nervous at first, I caught on to it in no time and had a lot of fun. Your arms will get really sore and your seat will get wet from the kayak being previously wet and/or from the water that will drip from the paddle as you switch sides. Depending on how fast you go, this can be a great cardio workout as well!

This was a great hot, summer day activity and I will go back to try out the hydrobike and possibly stand-up paddle boarding. They don’t provide instruction so I recommend being somewhat comfortable on a paddle board first if you decide to go that route. The only rule they give you is that boats have the right of way. Also, the wait list gets long for a rental so be sure to sign up early!