Kickboxing @ All About Kickboxing

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Class: Kickboxing

Location: North Hollywood/Burbank

Work-out: Kickboxing

Difficulty: Level 3

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level:💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Street parking/small lot

Amenities: Glove and wrap rentals, shower

Requirements for class: Bring water, and wraps and gloves if you have them

I ventured far outside of my normal hood to take this class with a friend. The gym was no frills (it reminded me of a garage) but the class was a good workout. It started with a cardio warmup, and then everyone got their own punching bag for the remainder of class. We did different punching and kicking drills. The class is oddly barefoot/with socks (though it could get slippery with socks) or you can wear special boxing shoes if you have them. We ended class with some partner work and a few plank holds.

The owner was very nice and the vibe was very unpretentious. The regulars of the gym were helpful and it was a great workout if you’re in the neighborhood. They even offer 30 min. lunch time classes for those trying to fit in a quick workout.

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YFStrength @ YogaFit Brentwood

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Class: YogaFit Strength

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: Level 4.5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level:💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Street parking/validated lot

Amenities: Water fountain, $1 mat rentals

Requirements for class: Bring plenty of water (when I went, their fountain was out), and a towel

I think I have finally found a yoga studio to replace CorePower Brentwood (which was removed from ClassPass). I was expecting a slow-paced flow class (and to be quite honest, a lot of yoga classes bore me with the repetitive flow sequences) but that was definitely not what I got. Marxel’s class was 45 minutes of non-stop, high intensity yoga (and once you’ve taken the class, you’ll know that is not an oxymoron). There wasn’t a single second where I was bored because I was trying to fight through the burn the entire time. This class is comparable to CorePower’s sculpt class, but arguably harder, though with out the heat and 15 minutes shorter so that it is bearable. Though, they also have a heated class called YogaFit Sweat so I can’t wait to try that one.

We did jump squats with weights, running in place with weights, side lunges, back flies, abs and glute work with a ball and many more sweat-inducing, heart-pumping exercises. On the YogaFit scale, this class is rated a difficulty 3 out of 3 –  hard. But, it was an amazing workout and you get your first week free so I will be back to try out all the other classes. The studio itself is pretty new and clean, and there is metered parking out front and validated parking at the VA lot.

Ballet Barre and Center @ Ballet Bodies

Ballet Barre and Center

Class: Ballet Barre and Center

Location: Weho

Work-out: Dance – ballet

Difficulty: Level 3 (2 for those with previous dance experience)

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level:💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: 4-car tandem lot in back/Street parking

Amenities: Water fountain and cups, swag and ballet shoes for purchase

Requirements for class: Wear tight-fitting clothes and ballet shoes if you have them. If not, socks/barefoot is fine.

I’ve been trying to get back to my dance roots and looking for a non-intimidating dance class. The class I took with Vanessa Dunn was just that. For people with previous dance experience, this will be more of a basic ballet class. For people new to dance, however, this will probably be a bit more challenging than the Ballet Basic class that is offered here. The majority of the class is barre work consisting of tendus, degagés, ronds de jambes and grand battements with a few balances and stretches. The last 10-15 minutes consists of some basic center work followed by a reverence.

I loved this class because it was a good dance workout that was not stressful. I got to work all the muscles I wanted to in order to develop leanness.  Also, the instructor does the moves with you the entire time. I only wish it were longer!

Pop/Hip Hop Choreography @ Moore Dancing

Moore Dancing

Class: Pop/Hip Hop Choreography

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Dance

Difficulty: Level 4

Next day soreness: 1

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Street parking

Amenities: Mats provided

Requirements for class: Non-marking sneakers

This is a fun and fast-paced class taught by the owner Tiffany Moore. According to the Moore Dancing website, this class is a level 3 (the hardest level). I definitely recommend it for people who have dance experience or who are good at picking up for choreography. However, the studio also has more beginner level follow along classes.

In addition, Tiffany is up in the front dancing the whole time, so you don’t ever have to split up into groups and watch each other dance or be watched. I’ve taken this class twice and both times broke a sweat and had a lot of fun.
The only pain point with this studio is that parking can occasionally be tough. It’s street parking on Montana or San Vicente. If parking on San Vicente, walk through the plaza that Socal Hot Yoga is in to get to the entrance on Montana. Be sure to give yourself at least an extra 10 min for parking.