Hot Pilates Cardio Dance @ Hot Pilates

Hot Pilates Cardio Dance

Class: Hot Pilates Cardio Dance

Location: WeHo

Work-out: Dance Cardio, Pilates

Difficulty: 4

Next day soreness: 3.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦💦💦 Drenched

Parking: Free lot at Sunset Plaza

Amenities: Shower, towels and mats provided, water and swag for purchase

Requirements for class: grippy socks and lots of water

Hi All! First I apologize for the stall in reviews lately. Life has been getting busy so I’ve just been sticking to a few usual classes and studios. But one of the new favorites I’ve recently tried is this heated dance cardio class at Hot Pilates.

Hot Pilates is already one of my favorite studios, but when I discovered the Cardio Dance class, I knew I was going to come back every week. I’m not a regular cardio (running) person so dance cardio, you could say, is totally my jam. Cindy is amazing and will make you feel like Beyoncé during class, even if your moves aren’t quite exact. Which is okay! Everyone has a great time.

If you’re wondering how the heck does one do dance cardio in a heated class without passing out, that is a great question! I thought the same thing. However, Cindy pushes you just hard enough so that when you get to the point where you think you might faint, the class format gets switched up so everyone has active recovery. Each class is also different so you won’t get bored, and I guarantee you will pick up a few moves you can use outside of class (at the gym or going out :P). Class starts with about 5 dance cardio routines and then switches to ab and/or glute work and then ends with an extended stretch. I 100% appreciate the long stretch at the end and I feel like most classes don’t spend enough time stretching everyone out, which is essential to recovery and helping lean out your muscles. The class is offered every Monday and Wednesday night, so check it out!

 

Fithaus w/ Style Firm LA @ the Parker

Stylefirm Fithaus

Last weekend, I also had the chance go attend Style Firm LA’s Fithaus experience at the Parker in Palm Springs. Any time there’s an event at the Parker, you know it’s bound to be a good time, but Fithaus went beyond a beautiful location and delivered a great workout with delicious brunch and treats.

Fithaus brunch

Fithaus is a series of wellness events around large music festivals such as Coachella and Stagecoach, this particular one was centered around stagecoach. This particular event was cohosted by Style Firm LA and Qalo. Style Firm is a line of body shaping activewear, available on its website and Bloomingdales, and Qalo is a silicon wedding band concept that takes the place of your normal wedding band when you’re doing activities such as working out. I might also add that they have the cutest logo! (See below on the black tote.)

Qalo rings Qalo rings

The day kicked off with a workout by Best U studio. You incorporate the metal U’s throughout class as you would dumbells, and don’t let the pretty colors fool you into thinking it’s easy. They come in 4 and 8 pounds and I could not even lift the 8 pound one while trying to do abs.

Fithaus Best U

Post workout, everyone was treated to a beautiful and delicious brunch with sips and a slew of different fun station for flower crowns by Cake & Punch, flash tattoos by Annabee Jewelry, coconut body oils by Kopari and other swag.

Cake and Punch

Cake & Punch specializes in event production and I have to say their flower crowns made from real flowers are possibly the most flattering ones I’ve ever worn. In fact, a week later and my flower crown still looks beautiful and fresh. (insert basic joke here :P)

Flower Crowns

Guests were also treated to some very pretty flash tats by Annabee, who had a station set up to get you ready for the festival.

Annabee

My friend and fellow blogger Amanda also came with me and we had a blast lounging at the Parker. Qalo had a cute little area set up, and Stylefirm also brought a pickup truck full of their latest styles

Qalo loungeQalo Lounge

Stylefirm truckStyle Firm Truck (with DJ in the background)

Style Firm LA definitely knows how to host a fun wellness event, and they actually hosts these pretty regularly. Best part? It’s all free! Be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook to RSVP for their next event!

Yoga for Bad People + Q&A w/ Gunnar Peterson @ Propel Co:Labs

Made to Move Propel

Last week I was invited to go check out a 4-day experience put on by Propel Water. The experience, called Propel Co:Labs, was housed at a beautiful residence in Venice where a number of different workout programs and brands came together to host classes and other fun wellness activities.

Yoga for Bad People

I attended a session with Yoga for Bad People founder Heather Lilleston, who specializes in leading yoga retreats at beautiful destinations around the world. Currently, they only offer classes in NYC. Although we were not on a tropical beach halfway around the world, the setup at Propel Co:Labs felt like a serene little getaway, and combined with Heather’s practice, I felt completely zen post class.

Gunnar PetersonImage by Propel

After the workout, everyone headed upstairs for a much anticipated Q&A session with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson. You’ve seen his work on Khloe Kardashian (talk about an amazing transformation!), as well as on J.Lo, Angelina Jolie and Sofia Vergara. He debunked some common myths about fitness (giving the advice that if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is!), and I was hoping that he would tell me that you DON’T need intense cardio to burn fat. But alas, that one holds true. The heart is a muscle, after all, and you need intense aerobic exercise to strengthen it just like any other muscle.  Fun fact from Gunnar: he does not consider basketball intense aerobic exercise because the players are always stopping and going, and the way he sees it, cardio means a continuous exertion. I guess that will remind me not to take breaks during my treadmill sessions in bootcamp then. In addition, Gunnar reminds everyone that if you do try something new in your fitness and wellness regimen, be sure to do it in isolation. If you are trying too many things at once, you won’t know which one is actually effective.

Propel Mocktail

Following the Q&A, the roof deck was set up with a delicious and healthy post-workout lunch. Propel also made these beautiful mocktails with their new flavored water line. We got to mix and mingle with the fellow attendees, many of whom were also bloggers, editors and fitness instructors. Big thanks to Propel for putting on this amazing event and for the invite!

NYCers, don’t miss the chance to go check out this event when Propel Co:Labs hits NY!