Playlist @ Playlist Yoga

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Class: Playlist

Location: Weho

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: 3

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60

Sweat Level: Sweaty

Parking: Metered Street Parking and Validated Lot ($3 for 90 minutes)

Amenities: Towels, mats for rent for $3, water and swag for purchase

Requirements for class: mat and maybe some water

I know people RAVE about Playlist Yoga and I finally found out for myself what makes this place just so awesome. I came here this past Sunday for a #flexfitclub event with Ladies First Events and I have to say, I’m sold. This is officially my new favorite yoga studio. From the cool lockers labeled with names like Britney to Jay Z, to the impeccably curated playlist (get it?), this place is just 100% on point with ambiance and workout.

Studio manager Missy Faul led us through a vinyasa flow that was the perfect balance of challenging and rejuvenating. To its namesake, the music at Playlist perfectly complemented all the yoga, and you could literally feel all the good vibes in the room. One added thing I personally liked about Playlist over other trendy studios in LA was that at no point did we have to memorize a sequence and flow on our own. I can’t wait to come back and try the Remix class, which is Playlist’s version of sculpt!

 

Reformer Core Burn @ Love for Pilates

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Class: Reformer Core Burn

Location: Santa Monica

Work-out: Reformer Pilates

Difficulty: 3.5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 50

Sweat Level: A little dewy

Parking: Metered Street Parking

Amenities: Grip socks for purchase

Requirements for class: Must have grippy socks!

I’ve been meaning to try out Love for Pilates for a while now, and finally deviated from my normal pilates rotation to go check it out. The studio was small and well-kept, with no frills. The machines were all relatively new (since the Santa Monica location opened not too long ago), and each reformer was custom adjusted to each person’s height, which was nice.

The class was more challenging than I expected, for a non-megaformer pilates class. Though the class focused on core, we still worked arms and legs in addition to abs, which I appreciated. My abs were definitely sore the next day! In terms of overall difficulty rating, I would say it was a little harder than Speir Pilates and just slightly easier than Pilates Platinum. MDR and Carrie’s are definitely still a lot more difficult.

My only complaint about the studio is that neither the studio nor my instructor were particularly warm or welcoming. There were definitely the “regulars” that were greeted with more enthusiasm, but overall, I got the vibe that newbies and Classpass attendants were not part of the “in crowd” yet. With so many other great reformer pilates studios nearby, I’m not sure I would go back. I will note that I attended class the day after the election, so maybe that was affecting people’s moods.

 

Hot Pilates Sculpt 60 @ Set and Flow Yoga

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Class: Hot Pilates Sculpt 60

Location: Hollywood

Work-out: Mat Pilates

Difficulty: 3

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60

Sweat Level: A little dewy

Parking: Free underground lot

Amenities: Water station, lockers, showers, kombucha and juice bar, snacks and swag for purchase, mat rentals, towel rentals

Requirements for class: barefeet, bring a mat and towels

This was my first time to Set and Flow Yoga and the facilities are GORGEOUS. Talk about amenities galore! However, be warned that if you are looking this studio up on Classpass, they don’t tell you that mat and towel rentals will cost you! Other than that, the facilities were exceptional.

The class itself was not too difficult. It involved your typical mat pilates moves that worked your core, glutes, legs and arms. The studio was full, but spacious, and there is a little room at the end of the hallway where you can grab your desired weights and blocks before heading in. Unlike a traditional mat pilates class, I also liked that this class incorporated small cardio bursts into the routine, but nothing too rigorous. The class ended with a cool down stretch, which is always appreciated.

After class, you can cool down with some kombucha on tap, as well as an assortment of juices that the studio sells. There are lots of products and snacks that you can browse, and I definitely recommend spending some time to check out everything that’s offered. This studio has been open for less than a year and it’s one of the best spaces I’ve seen. I would love to check out its other, more intense classes, such as barefoot bootcamp.