Supraformer Class @ Lagree Fitness Studio

Lagree Fitness

Class: Supraformer

Location: Weho

Work-out: Reformer Pilates

Difficulty: 5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 25 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Metered street parking

Amenities: Bathroom, water fountain

Requirements for class: pilates socks (though I’ve seen a few people do barefoot)

I had heard about Lagree Fitness prior to taking the class, so I was mentally prepared for the Supraformer. I was glad that the class was only 25 minutes because it went by quickly, but it was incredibly challenging. The machine is like a megaformer pilates machine, except it also tilts up and down on all four sides. The moves on the machine are like what you would do at a megaformer studio, such as donkey kicks, runner’s lunges, reading the paper, etc. However, after a few reps, the instructor will click a button on the remote and all the machines will automatically start to incline.

I was excited to take a class with Mr. Sebastian Lagree himself (who invented the Lagree method on Megaformer and Supraformer) and he did not go easy on us! At one point, there was a move where the machine was tilted up to the highest level (6), and we held on in our lunges with arms outstretched. You would definitely fall off and probably hurt yourself if you let go. My advice is, if you don’t think you can hold the positions when the machine is elevated, take the weight level down! Mr. Lagree saw me struggling at a few points and helped me decrease the spring weight, which is better than falling. The good thing is, he was good at spotting who needed assistance, since once you’re in the position, you can’t really move out to change the springs yourself. Also as a note – the second from the right machine in the row facing the mirrors is a prototype, so the spring loads may be a little different. If you feel like your springs are extremely heavy, I would check with the instructor to make sure you’re on the right ones because the colors on that one are different from the others.

Check this class out, it’s a super efficient 25 minutes and you will definitely be sore the next day! Also, if it’s your first class, the check-in desk is located in the back hallway, so be sure to go through the studio and sign in there.

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Lorna Jane Warehouse Sale

Lorna Jane Sample Sale

Lorna Jane is having a 3-day warehouse sale in Santa Monica starting today! Street parking is available today, Friday, and the lot will be free and open on Saturday and Sunday.

Pricing is as follows:

Sports bras: $45

Bra tanks: $40/$45

Singlet tanks: $20

Tights/Carpis/Leggings: $55

Jackets: $100

A select few windbreakers (by the door): $40

A select few slouchy pants: $20-$30

Sleeveless vests: $45

Gym/Travel bags: $20

Towels: $10

Candles: $15

Visors/hats: $15

Weight training gloves: $15

Sweat bands and smoothie mason jars: $5

Yoga mats: $20/$25ish

Overall, I didn’t think there were any super great deals. In the past, there has been a samples/damages section that is heavily discounted (like $5), but they don’t have any this time. None of the really new stuff were there (I was eyeing the Wrap Me Up Sports Bra and it couldn’t be found), but then again, I’ve never been a Lorna Jane fanatic. If you really like the brand, it might be worth checking out.

 

Strength @ Uplift Studios

Uplift Studios

Class: Strength

Location: Weho

Work-out: Strength Training, HIIT

Difficulty: 4

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 55 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Metered street parking (or free residential on side streets north of Melrose, but read signs!)

Amenities: Bathroom, water and swag for sale

Requirements for class: sneakers, bring your own towel if you need one

I came here last night to celebrate Uplift Studios’ grand opening in LA (not to be confused with Uplift Health and Wellness, which is also on ClassPass). The studio is located where Xtend Barre used to be. The studio manager, community manager and my trainer, Leslie, were all there and very warm and welcoming. ClassPass Founder and CEO Payal was also in town, so it was awesome to meet her in person!

Uplift is unique in that it is a women’s only studio, and it is wildly popular in NYC. My class was only 5 people, and there was a lot of personalized attention. The workout was tough! We worked every muscle in our bodies using weights (recommended 5-12lbs), and did tabata cardio bursts in between. I am definitely sore everywhere today. This is one of those workouts where you can fit your cardio and strength in at once. Although Uplift offers three types of classes, Strength, Sculpt and Endurance, each class will still give you a well-rounded workout. AND, they have a great motto: “Strong women uplift each other.” Love it!

Adult Jazz @ On the Edge Dance Studio

Jazz @ OTE

Class: Adult Jazz

Location: Culver City/Palms

Work-out: Dance technique

Difficulty: 3.5 for dancers, 4.5 for non-dancers

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 75 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Small lot (parking can be tight so you might need to circle around a few times, apparently there’s a lot behind the plaza as well, but ask the lot attendant)

Amenities: Bathroom/changing room, bring your own water (there might be some for purchase at the front desk)

Requirements for class: barefoot for warmup, jazz/ballet shoes if you have them

Kim Borgaro’s class is my favorite jazz class out of all the ones I’ve tried in LA. Kim’s class is the perfect technique-based class for non-professional dancers. I used to take her class years ago at YNS in Culver City, but due to mismanagement, Kim was unfortunately forced to leave and I was left without a fun, technique-based jazz class that both challenged me and was also non-intimidating. I’ve taken classes at Edge and other studios, but I found that Kim’s class is the perfect balance of fun, sassy and technical moves while in a judgment free zone.

If you’ve ever taken technique based classes when you were younger and love to dance and perform, this is the perfect class for you! Class starts with a warm-up, followed by a stretch and crunches and pushups. Next, there is a short center section of tendus, dégagés,pliés and passé balances. Then, you travel across the floor to do some technique work like grands battements, developés, chaine turns and pirouettes. Finally, class ends with a routine (as seen in the video above). Kim is a great instructor and caters to all levels (you can choose to do a single turn, a balance or triples if you’d like), but will challenge you to keep improving.

She also offers children’s classes at her studio (if you have kids) and also adult contemporary and ballet.

AND BONUS: She’s doing a recital in May and her adult jazz class gets to perform (if you choose to do)! So if you thought you gave up your childhood dreams of performing on stage, here’s your chance. Start going to class now to start getting ready!

 

Normatec @ Great Earth Sports Performance

Normatec

Class: Normatec

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Leg recovery – compression massage therapy

Difficulty: 1

Next day soreness: 0

Duration: 20 min

Sweat Level: No sweat

Parking: Validated lot

Amenities: N/A

Requirements for class: socks and comfortable clothing (no dresses/skirts)

This place looks like the inside of a spaceship and when I come here, I definitely feel like I am stepping into “the future.” This place focuses on helping athletes and active people recover and make the most of their performance. Normatec is a type of massage therapy that uses compressed air to squeeze your muscles. You sit in a chair and put on these leg cocoons that massage you. You can also control how much pressure you want. The highest setting was a little too much for me so I think I took it down a level or two. But, if you are someone who likes very firm massages, and can take the pressure, you’re going to love doing this on the highest setting.

From there, you are just chilling and letting the pressure move up and down your legs, from your feet to thighs. It’s quite nice. The “studio,” if you can call it that, also offers cryotherapy, along with biomechanical movement analysis (identification of faulty movement patterns and limitations of the musculoskeletal system), and CVAC sessions which are rhythm-based changes to pressure, temperature and air density that happen in these pods. These three offerings are currently not on ClassPass (though cryo at one point was). If anyone needs a rest day, this is the place to be!

Semi-Private Training @ Ballet Bodies

Semi Private Ballet Bodies

Class: Semi-Private Training

Location: Weho

Work-out: pilates

Difficulty: 3.5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: metered street parking, small tandem lot behind studio (fits 4 cars)

Amenities: Towels provided, water fountain with cups, shower

Requirements for class: socks or barefoot

I won a semi-private training session at Ballet Bodies through their Instagram contest a couple of months ago and I came here with a friend. My trainer was Kate Highstrete who teaches the ballet stretch class and is also a dancer with the Los Angeles Ballet. She was great at listening to your needs and individualizing. Even though there were two of us, she was still able to personalize some of the moves for us depending on our strengths. And for a fan girl moment, I also think it’s cool that Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Miranda Kerr and Rosie Huntington-Whitely are all part of Ballet Bodies’ normal private-training clientele.

The class consisted of work on two reformer pilates machines (not the M3, but I believe these were the standard kind). Normally, you can go in and tell your trainer if you’d like to have a specific area of focus, but we did full body. We started with leg work that focused on inner thighs, then moved to abs, arms, glutes, calves and finished with a stretch. BTW, my thighs are BURNING today!

It’s nice that Ballet Bodies offers the option of doing semi-private with a friend so you can both push through the pain together. When I told Kate that I felt like I was bulking up from taking too many megaformer classes, she offered the insight that maybe I was doing the group class exercises with too heavy weights (since group classes are not modified to the individual and I am on the smaller side). Light bulb! I’m going to have to remember to adjust going forward. Overall this was a great experience, and I’ve loved all the trainers I’ve had at Ballet Bodies. If anyone is seeing Don Quixote by the Los Angeles Ballet, be on the lookout for Kate! And in case you guys were wondering, the move in the picture above was not part of the normal private training lesson :).