Dancefit @ Platefit

Platefit

Class: Dancefit

Location: Weho

Work-out: Dance cardio/toning on a powerplate

Difficulty: 2.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 30 min

Sweat Level:💧💧A little dewy

Parking: Street parking

Amenities: Filtered water, towels

Requirements for class:  grippy socks or barefoot

This was my first power plate class ever and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was a quick and easy class that tickled my insides. It was fun and high energy, and I wish it had lasted twice as long. The class consisted of basic dance cardio moves on the power plate and then ended with ab work lying down on the plate. Because the plates were limited in size, you have to work to balance on your machine, but other than that, it didn’t feel harder than a normal class because of the vibrating plates. Though I hope my muscles worked harder and I just didn’t notice. My friend took a Bootcamp Fit class and thought it was quite difficult so I’m assuming the difficulty varies depending on the type of class you take. The machines also turn off every 9 minutes, so you just have to keep hitting the on button to keep it running. It feels like you’re the only one vibrating because you can’t see anyone else moving, but in reality, everyone else is also vibrating.

The studio is new and clean, and the staff is very friendly. It is a tiny room though, so classes fill up but street parking was surprisingly easy to find.

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Iron Signature Boxing @ Iron Boxing Brentwood

Iron Boxing BW

Class: Iron Signature Boxing Bw

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Circuit Training Boxing

Difficulty: 4

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Street parking (they will have validation in the building lot for a few dollars, but that hasn’t happened yet as of 3/18/16)

Amenities: Lockers, showers, filtered water, towels, gloves and wraps

Requirements for class: sneakers

This is a brand new studio that just opened last week and the locker room is BEAUTIFUL. I have been meaning to try Iron Boxing in Santa Monica, but never made it over there, so I was beyond excited that the Brentwood location opened less than a mile from my apartment! I went last Friday evening with a friend and there were only 6 people total in the class, so there was a lot of personalized attention. Ask for a walk through of the studio because the front desk didn’t really give me the rundown until I specifically asked (even though they knew it was my first time). There is only one bathroom for women and one for men, but these are separate from the locker rooms. The locker room is clean and big and full of amenities, with combo locks and 2 showers.

The studio itself is part gym, part boxing studio and there is also individual gym time offered where people can go and use the machines (treadmills, etc.) and the equipment. The boxing class takes place in a ring area and there are punching bags and a series of circuits set up. The class consisted of a cardio warmup, three circuits total that included boxing, punching bags, weights and cardio, and finished with ab work on mats and a stretch. It was an intense workout (kind of like Prevail, but with less people and more instructors). There were 3 trainers total for the 6 of us, so the ratio was pretty good. The area below my right shoulder blade was really sore the next day, so I hope that means I’m working a muscle I don’t normally work! I brought my own gloves and wraps but my friend rented hers for free from the studio. Overall, it was a nice and intense workout with a lot of personalized attention.

Reformer/Barre Burn @ Speir Pilates

Speir Pilates

Class: Reformer/Barre Burn

Location: Santa Monica

Work-out: Reformer pilates and barre combo

Difficulty: 3.5

Next day soreness: 2.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Free street parking on side of studio, metered parking on opposite side

Amenities: Lockers, showers, swag for purchase, filtered water, free coffee and tea bar

Requirements for class: grippy socks

It’s tough competition for pilates studios in LA because there are so many to choose from. But, I have to say WOW, bravo! to Speir Pilates, the chicest pilates studio I have ever set foot in. I’m a sucker for clean, cute design and this place is absolutely gorgeous. The coffee and tea bar in the back is definitely a huge plus, but being in this studio just makes you feel good.

As for the workout, it was great. It wasn’t as intense as megaformer or supraformer pilates, but it was a good workout nonetheless. The barre combo was also a nice unique change from the norm, and the class was everything I expected it to be. In addition, because these are not megaformer pilates machines, we also got to use the jumpboard, which is a great leg and cardio workout. For those of you who’ve never used a jumpboard before, its a flat wall that attaches to the end of your reformer, allowing you to “jump” on it by lying down and pushing away from the carriage. Everything else was pretty standard pilates and barre moves. We did half the class on a mat – planks, leg lifts, abs, weighted arm exercises and barre thighs, and half on the reformer. I can’t wait to go back and try their other class formats!

 

Full Body @ Barry’s Bootcamp Hollywood

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Class: Full Body w/ Astrid Swan

Location: Hollywood

Work-out: Bootcamp/circuit training

Difficulty: 5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 💦 Sweaty

Parking: 90 minutes validated lot

Amenities: Lockers, showers, swag for purchase, Fuel Bar (smoothie bar)

Requirements for class: sneakers

I finally dragged myself over to the new Barry’s in Hollywood this morning and it did not disappoint. The new space is gorgeous and there is exponentially more room than the West Hollywood location. My only complaint is that there is only one bathroom. But, plenty of lockers and amenities. It’s nice that there is a big validated parking lot, and a smoothie bar where you can order drinks before your class and have it be ready for you when you’re done. Lockers came with combo locks and the ladies’ locker room was clean and spacious.

The workout room itself is set up just like the Weho location. Treadmills against a wall of mirrors with floor stations behind them. This is the second time I’ve taken Astrid’s class and even though the cardio portion was split up into three different rounds (my first class with her, we did 25 minutes straight of cardio), it still didn’t feel any easier. Barry’s is one of the hardest cardio workouts I’ve ever done, especially since I am not a runner. The treadmill rounds consisted of alternating intervals between jogging/walking, running and sprinting all with or without incline. The inclines were 0, 3, 6 and 9 and suggested jogging speed was 6, running was 8 and then your personal best for sprinting. I mostly jogged between 4-5, ran at 6-7 and “sprinted” at 7.5+.

The floor portion, although favored by me, was in no ways easy. First round included bodyweight exercises like walking planks and pushups, second round worked arms using resistance bands of three different difficulties (I tried the middle level and had to go down to “easy”), and last round consisted of chest and abs with a heavy weight. I used a 12lb dumbbell (the lightest one I could find haha). The first 4 rounds were about 9 minutes each, and the last two were about 5 minutes, and then we ended with a stretch. Overall, always a fantastic workout but definitely not for the faint of heart. Highly recommended and effective (and no slacking with Astrid)!

Personal Training Session @ Crunch Gym

Tashe Private Training

I have to admit, every time I’ve joined a gym and been offered a private training session, I’ve made every excuse to back out of it. But when Tashe (pronounced Tash-E) reached out to me on Instagram after reading about my first experience at Crunch gym (where I wasn’t too sure of what I was doing since I’m normally not a gym person), I knew I had to take the opportunity to try it. I met her last Thursday night for my first private training session at a gym.

Tashe (who is also a figure skater trainer) first did an initial assessment of my body, asking the standard questions regarding injuries, health, etc. before we began our session. I told her that one of my hips tended to click when I did leg raises (does that happen to anyone else?). From there, she had me do a few squats and could see that my hip was very tight and my lower ab area around it was weaker than the rest of my body, causing my hip to click when I did leg raises. Tashe then showed me a few stretching and foam rolling moves to do before and after each workout to help open up my hips and strengthen that area of my body. Then, the hard work began!

Tashe asked what I normally liked to do at the gym (LOL), and I told her, I didn’t like machines or know how to use them and generally like floor work, so that’s what my session consisted of. We used a mat, a bosu ball and a set of 10lb weights, and did a full body workout including cardio. I was sweaty and out of breath by the end of it. The best part was that the cardio portion had the same intensity as doing intervals on the treadmill, but I didn’t even have to think about it while doing side skier intervals. After that, the session ended with a stretch and cool down where Tashe did a mini should massage to help my alignment.

I was definitely sore the next day! My favorite thing about the session was that Tashe was so knowledgable about body alignment and injury prevention, especially for dancers (she also has a dance and figure skating background). The session felt like it was part training and part physical therapy, and it was nothing like being yelled at to lift and squat like I had previously pictured. I would definitely recommend a session with Tashe to find out where your weak areas might be, and ways to strengthen and correct your body and workouts going forward. You can shoot her an email directly to get set up. As an added bonus, you don’t have to pay the gym membership if you’re doing a session with her!