Event Roundup Week of 9/28-10/3

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This week is full of fun fitness events around LA!

Tuesday 9/29 – Barre sock brand Pointe Studio is hosting a free hip hop dance class with Groov3 (one of my faves!) at Beatbox LA at 7PM. A few spots are remaining so if you want in, e-mail Allie ASAP at allie@pointe-studio.com.

Tuesday 9/29 – Another one for tonight! ClassPass and Nike are teaming up for a Nike Training Club session and private shopping event at the Grove tonight from 7:34 to 9:34! It will be an hour long workout followed by an hour of shopping and attendees will receive a $25 gift card! Check-in starts at 7PM and you can sign up via ClassPass.

Saturday 10/3 – October officially kicks off breast cancer awareness month. Bloomingdales nationwide are kicking off its Pink Campaign with AM yoga at all of its store locations. Check in starts at 8:30AM and yoga begins at 9AM. $10 ticket will go towards Cancer Vixen and the Tutu Project. Everyone will also receive a yoga mat and a Pink gift bag for attending. Sign up here.

Sunday 10/4 – Online wellness publication Well + Good is hosting an LA Sweat Series this Sunday at Athleta Santa Monica on 3rd St with Xtend Barre. Check-in starts at 9AM and the hour-long session starts at 9:30AM. No RSVP required; event is first come, first serve. For more information, check out the event page here.

Know of a cool fitness event that’s not listed here? Email me at werkoutLA@gmail.com and I’ll share it!

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Meditation and Gentle Yoga @ Maha Yoga

Maha Yoga

Class: Meditation and Gentle Yoga

Location: Brentwood, near Brentwood Country Mart

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: Level 1

Next day soreness: 0

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: No sweat

Parking: Street parking

Amenities: Water for purchase, mats, blocks and blankets provided

Requirements for class: Yoga Mat

The studio almost feels like a daydream. It’s bright in the sunlight with windows everywhere and simple white sheer curtains. At night, which is when this class takes place, it feels very magical as the curtains flow in and out in the wind. 
I walked into this class after a very hectic week, both at work and personally. I needed something that would relax me and clear my head so that I could be at my best. This class was exceptional for doing that. Through aromatherapy and calming music, instructor Bettina Ho took us on a calming, peaceful journey. I can’t recommend this class to anyone who just needs a break from it all enough. 
Reviewed by Cassie

Unplug Clarity @ Unplug Meditation

Unplug

Class: Unplug Clarity

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Meditation

Difficulty: Level 3

Next day soreness: 0

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level: No sweat

Parking: Street parking

Amenities: Complimentary fruit water and tea, swag for purchase

Requirements for class: Wear whatever is comfortable.

This studio was so serene and pleasant. As soon as you walk in, there is light aromatherapy and an overall calm ambiance. The staff are very friendly and wonderful and the facilities are very clean.

This was my first meditation class, and it was a lot harder than I expected. This obviously was not a physically challenging class, but mentally, it requires a lot of focus. I am pretty sure I did the mediation part incorrectly because I found myself continuously falling asleep, which is the opposite of what you’re supposed to do in meditation. The environment in the meditation room is very relaxing. There is light music playing with dimmed lights and comfortable cushions you sit or lay down on. The instructor sits on a platform at the front of the room and instructs you at the beginning of the class, but does not talk through the class. In the middle, everyone silently meditates (which is where I had issues staying awake). The class I went to, “Clarity,” is designed to help you discover peace, balance, equanimity and contentment as you explore different states of awareness. Natalie, the instructor, told us to let our thoughts pass by like clouds while we observe them without getting into them. That was my main takeaway from the class. We were supposed to gain awareness around one idea, but because I kept falling asleep, I’m not sure I succeeded.

The benefits of meditation are not a secret, so I plan on going back maybe when I’m a little more well-rested to give this another try.

Bend + Burn Fitness Series by Style Firm LA

BendandBurn

Style Firm LA is a new activewear brand launched here in LA. They are doing a free monthly fitness series at Bloomingdales in Santa Monica where different studios come to lead a variety of workouts. Tonight’s workout was led by Yogafit.

Class: YogaFit

Location: Studio is located in Brentwood

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Instructor Marxel (who teaches at Yogafit and Hot8) led quite the workout at Bloomingdales! I was definitely breaking a sweat between all the balancing, planking and attempted head-standing. If all of this was done at Bloomingdales, I can only imagine the intensity of a real studio class!

I attended the first event in Style Firm’s Bend + Burn series last month hosted by Orangetheory and had a great time so I was thrilled when the Style Firm ladies reached out to me about this one. Not only do you get a great workout, but there are always great refreshments, bubbly and snacks afterwards from Kombrewcha, Seasons 52 and more. Not to mention, we each got multiple swag bags and a bunch of Quest Nutrition goodies (which I LOVE). If you haven’t been to one of these events, be sure to sign up for the next one because they are a real treat! Marissa and Natalie of Style Firm also informed me that they will be hosting a fitness class at all LA Bloomingdales on Oct 3, so check back to get more info on that!

As someone who lives in workout clothes almost daily, I was also thrilled to discover that Style Firm has THE MOST comfortable sports bra I have ever worn. Not only is it soft with non constricting elastic, the Sculpt Web Sport Top is really stylish as well. Check out the pic below to see the cute back! You can get one here and save 25% with code “NAMASTE.”

Style Firm Scult Web Sport Top

Speedplay 60 @ Speedplay BH

Speedplay LA BH

Class: Speedplay 60

Location: Beverly Hills

Work-out: Circuit Training

Difficulty: Level 4

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Street parking or free 2 hour parking at the Beverly Hills Tennis Courts

Amenities: Water fountain, showers, fresh fruit

Requirements for class: Sneakers

Wow – I know I’m not the first person to say this, but the view is breathtaking. Especially during sunset. You get a full 360-degree panorama of the entire LA skyline, and it sure makes the workout a whole lot more enjoyable.

The class was a great full body workout, but kind of chaotic due to there being so many parts to it. We started with a circuit of 5 different workout stations, each had 2-3 different exercises for 6 minutes. Then, the second half of class was 4 different workout stations, each with 2-4 different workouts for 3 minutes. And then we finished with a stretch. The exercises incorporated use of machines like the rowing machine and the manual treadmill – which takes a little to get used to, and bosu balls, weights and mats. The chaotic part was that there was only one instructor for about 25 people and each group was doing something different and some people didn’t know how to reset the machines or didn’t remember what the exercise was since a lot of them were unique. The instructor was also calling out different exercises and pacing for each of the 5 groups. There was a lot going on, but I think if you come back often, it won’t be too hard to remember what you’re doing. I will definitely be back for that view!

Free Fitness Series Hosted by Style Firm!

Bend + Burn

Style Firm is a LA-based activewear brand and they are hosting a couple of cool fitness events next week!

First we have their Bend + Burn series with YogaFit next Tuesday, a studio I’ve been waiting to try. I attended their first Bend + Burn series with Orangetheory and had a blast! The class also ended with some awesome goodies, including treats from Quest Nutrition.

Next they have a yoga retreat coming up on Sunday at Malibu Wines co-hosted by Soho House, Equinox and Juice Served Here. Tickets are $45 each.

RSVP for either or both events by e-mailing RSVP@StyleFirmLosAngeles.com.

Soho House yoga

Abs & A$$ @ Carrie’s Pilates Plus

CPP

Class: Abs & A$$

Location: West Hollywood

Work-out: Megaformer Pilates

Difficulty: Level 4

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 50 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Underground lot for $2 with validation (enter on La Cienega) or metered parking

Amenities: Water fountain with cups, grippy socks for purchase

Requirements for class: Grippy socks or barefoot.

I finally made it to Carrie’s Pilates Plus for the last day of the #ClassPassChallenge. Let me start with the con: the front desk girl (Jocelyn?) was LESS than helpful. She was on the phone when I walked in so she didn’t say anything to me (or look at me), so I just initialed my name. I sat down and waited for her to be done with the phone, and then I told her that I was new and asked if she could give me a rundown of the studio. She looked at me like she had no idea what I was talking about and then handed me a waiver to fill out. She then got back on the phone and after waiting for a while and not having her acknowledge my presence or instruct me one way or another, I just went into the pilates room.

Luckily, the instructor (Kate Kuendal, subbing for Jessica Lee), asked if there were any first timers and seemed surprised when I said it was my first time because it wasn’t on the sign in sheet (surprise). Since I had used the Megaformer before at Studio MDR, there wasn’t too much of a learning curve. I really enjoyed the class – it was hard but not as hard as the MDR classes. Kate paid attention to form and corrected as she went along. I’ll come back, but hopefully won’t have to deal with the girl at the front in the future. From reading other reviews, it seems like she’s not really welcoming to other people either.

Beginning/Intermediate Jazz @ Studio Maesto

Studio Maesto

Class: Beginning/Intermediate Jazz

Location: Santa Monica

Work-out: Dance

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Street Parking

Amenities: Water for purchase

Requirements for class: You can bring jazz shoes if you have them.

What I love about Studio Maesto is that they have real, technique based dance classes. I danced for over 10 years when I was younger and sometimes I really just want to take a dance class to fill that void in my adult life. I’ve taken Jazz and Hair, Hips and Heels at Studio Maesto, and both were fun. I would say Hair, Hips and Heels is less technique based so anyone can take it and have a good time.

I believe I had a sub (Lisa) for my jazz class, and the first bit of class was a stretch and a little across-the-floor work. However, you don’t need too much experience to get the hang of it. The dance routine we learned for that class was a chair dance and I loved it! It was a fun, energetic class rooted in technique so you are still learning proper form and moves. This class is good for someone looking to learn jazz as an adult and someone who has had previous dance training but haven’t kept it up but want to take a non-intimidating class here and there.

FitBallet

FitBallet

Class: FitBallet – UPDATE: This studio is no longer on ClassPass as of 2016

Location: Studio Maesto in Santa Monica (though they will be moving to a new location in Santa Monica soon)

Work-out: Hybrid

Difficulty: Level 3

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level:💧💧A little dewy

Parking: Street parking

Amenities: Water for purchase

Requirements for class: Bring a mat

FitBallet recently came to LA from NY and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Owner Julie reached out to me to try out her class and said that no dance experience was required, even though the name had ballet in it. A lot of the moves were ballet inspired (pliés, relevés, grand battements, tendus) but ballet form wasn’t strictly enforced. The other moves in the class or conditioning/toning moves like sit-ups, push ups, leg lifts, bicycles and arm work with weights. Half of it was done standing and half of it was done on a yoga mat.We did the same warmup series twice, and then 2 repetitions of circuits each containing 3 different exercises. Having danced for more than a decade, I really appreciated the deep stretching at the end. Overall though, I thought the class was a good workout, but a bit repetitive. This is a unique workout though, so check it out if you want to change up your routine!