The Ballet Bod

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Class: The Ballet Bod

Location: AIR in Weho: 8474 W 3rd St #200, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Work-out: Ballet based toning and cardio fusion

Difficulty: 3

Next day soreness: 3.5

Duration: 27 min (30 with a stretch)

Sweat Level: A little dewy

Parking: Free lot

Amenities: Water station, blocks provided

Requirements for class: barefeet, bring a mat!

Yesterday, I was able to attend The Ballet Bod‘s U.S. launch event with founders Jenny and Winnie, and was excited to discover a new, challenging workout in 27 minutes. Having a background in ballet, I also really appreciated the fact that unlike barre, The Ballet Bod’s workouts actually incorporate real dance moves that have me feeling SORE today.

The class starts with a stretch and cardio warm-up on the mat, consisting of ballet jobs and grand battements. We then moved to the bar to do elevated tendus in first position with one leg on a block. These were KILLER! Finally, we ended with ab work on the mat and a nice stretch. I didn’t think 27 minutes of a ballet-based workout could be so intense, but it was!

The Ballet Bod also has an app subscription that allows you to do their workouts at home. The workout first started in Australia, and is now held for the first time in the U.S. Classes are from 8:30AM – 9AM at AIR in Weho, AND the best part is that they’re only $10 a class! If you’re short on time (and/or cash), this is the class for you!

 

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Platform @ Pure Barre

Pure Barre Platform

Class: Platform

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Barre

Difficulty: 3.5 (mainly because the moves were unfamiliar)

Next day soreness: 3.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level:💧💧A little dewy

Parking: Private lot, 90 minutes free with validation

Amenities: Water fountain, swag and water for purchase

Requirements for class: socks, a small towel

I was so excited to try Platform now that it’s on ClassPass, but man was this class a frenzy! I arrived about 10 minutes early, signed in, and was told that I NEEDED a towel. I was surprised because I never HAVE TO HAVE a towel in barre classes. The receptionist said I could purchase one for $13, but then later said for first timers, could use a sweatshirt or jacket. I ran downstairs to my car to grab one and barely made it back to class on time.

Each platform is set up at the barre already, you just need to grab two sets of weights. Then the class kicks off. It’s fast-paced, but the repetition rounds are relatively short. This actually reminded me of Cardio Barre. To be honest, I anticipated a lot more jumping and stepping on and off the platform, but instead, it was a lot of doing the barre moves with one leg on the platform. At least half the class looked lost. But the rounds moved so quickly that it was hard for the instructors to correct everyone before the next round started. At this particular Pure Barre location, it’s also hard to see what the instructor is doing if you’re located against the backside of the studio. Overall, it was a decent workout – a little different from regular Pure Barre due to how fast paced it was. I did not understand why they were so adamant about needing a towel since I was barely sweating. But, I was still pretty sore the next day so maybe I worked harder than I thought. The good thing is, with the amount of people who were lost, you would all be in it together.

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!

 

Cardio Barre Fusion @ Modern Barre

Modern Barre

Class: Cardio Barre Fusion

Location: Chestnut Hill, MA

Work-out: Dance cardio and barre

Difficulty: 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Street parking, small lot behind studio

Amenities: Mats provided, grippy socks and water for purchase

Requirements for class: Socks (preferably grippy)

I can’t seem to get enough of this class! I tried Modern Barre when I was in MA for Thanksgiving, and I first did their Signature Modern Barre class, which was a solid barre class. However, I then discovered their Cardio Barre Fusion class and now I’m hooked. The studio is owned by dancer and former Patriots cheerleader Julia Robinson, and the dance and cheer influence really comes through in this class (and I love it!). Half of the instructors are also currently Pats cheerleaders, so cool!

The first half of class is a dance cardio portion – it’s simple choreography that doesn’t require a dance background to pick up, but still a lot of fun and definitely gets your heart rate up. For someone who hates running like myself, this was exactly the type of cardio I like to do. In addition, most barre classes I go to in LA are low impact, and since I don’t do enough cardio, I found this to be a great way to get in both the toning and cardio I need in my workout routine. The remainder of class consisted of thigh and glute work at the barre, followed by arms and abs in the center of the room. One of my other favorite things about this studio is that each class ends with a signature lavender cool down, and the instructor comes around to gently give everyone a shoulder rub. Super relaxing! They also have an Ultimate Modern Barre class that is supposed to be more like a bootcamp, so I can’t wait to try that one! I just wish there was a class like this in LA (let me know if you know of one).

Beginner & Mixed @ Physique 57

Physique 57

Class: Beginner, Mixed

Location: Beverly Hills

Work-out: Barre

Difficulty: Level 4

Next day soreness: 3.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level:💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Free validated lot at Rite Aid for 2 hours (off of Canon)

Amenities: Towels provided, water and merchandise for purchase, showers and lockers

Requirements for class: Socks – preferably grippy

I was so excited when Physique 57 finally joined ClassPass! I signed up for a Beginner class and then a Mixed class the next day, and I must say that the Beginner class was not that much easier compared to Mixed! Both teachers I had were good, though Lyndsey was extra attentive to new clients and very sweet. The facility was nicely kept, and they have a beautiful locker room and shower area. The actual studios and equipment however, seemed a bit dated compared to more modern barre studios like Pop Physique. I think in terms of being fresh, modern and energetic, I prefer Pop Physique a little more.

The workout, however, was tough! A lot of the moves were different from other barre classes, which I appreciated and I found the classes especially challenging. Barre thighs were tougher than normal, and overall, it was a great workout. Though for me, it’s probably a once in a while studio since I have a ton of barre studios close to home (Pop Physique and Pure Barre are all within 2 miles of me). But if you’re looking for a barre studio with a shower (which is rare), Physique 57 will be a game changer!

Event Roundup Week of 9/28-10/3

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This week is full of fun fitness events around LA!

Tuesday 9/29 – Barre sock brand Pointe Studio is hosting a free hip hop dance class with Groov3 (one of my faves!) at Beatbox LA at 7PM. A few spots are remaining so if you want in, e-mail Allie ASAP at allie@pointe-studio.com.

Tuesday 9/29 – Another one for tonight! ClassPass and Nike are teaming up for a Nike Training Club session and private shopping event at the Grove tonight from 7:34 to 9:34! It will be an hour long workout followed by an hour of shopping and attendees will receive a $25 gift card! Check-in starts at 7PM and you can sign up via ClassPass.

Saturday 10/3 – October officially kicks off breast cancer awareness month. Bloomingdales nationwide are kicking off its Pink Campaign with AM yoga at all of its store locations. Check in starts at 8:30AM and yoga begins at 9AM. $10 ticket will go towards Cancer Vixen and the Tutu Project. Everyone will also receive a yoga mat and a Pink gift bag for attending. Sign up here.

Sunday 10/4 – Online wellness publication Well + Good is hosting an LA Sweat Series this Sunday at Athleta Santa Monica on 3rd St with Xtend Barre. Check-in starts at 9AM and the hour-long session starts at 9:30AM. No RSVP required; event is first come, first serve. For more information, check out the event page here.

Know of a cool fitness event that’s not listed here? Email me at werkoutLA@gmail.com and I’ll share it!

Dailey Barre @ The Dailey Method

Dailey Method

Class: Dailey Barre

Location: Venice

Work-out: Barre

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Metered parking right out front in alley lot, or free street parking

Amenities: Water fountain, swag for sale

Requirements for class: Socks (preferably grippy)

This was my first time at The Dailey Method and found it to be a nice change from my other barre classes since a lot of the movements were very different from the other barre classes I’ve taken. Audrey M was my instructor and she made sure that all the newbies understood the correct form and movement, and I thought the extra attention was great. She is however, not shy with her corrections and at one point grabbed my head pretty hard so just be aware! It was definitely a good workout, and left me breaking a sweat and sore the next day.

The studio is very cute and clean, and there was a wide range of ages who attended the class. Most people seemed like regular clients, though it appeared that my class had about four newbies, a higher than normal number. One cool thing I noticed was that the studio offers babysitting and specific prenatal classes. Parking is also very easy, so that’s always a plus!

Pop Sculpt @ Pop Physique

Pop Physique

Class: Pop Sculpt

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Barre

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Free lot in plaza with validation at front desk

Amenities: Water fountain, swag for sale

Requirements for class: Socks (preferably grippy)

I’ve been going to Pop Physique for four years now, and it’s still just as good. This was one of the OG barre classes, and although it may not be as trendy or exclusive as some of the other boutique fitness studios popping up, it’s always a good workout. The barre thighs section still burns aggressively, even though I am way more fit today than I was four years ago. In addition, there are so many Pop Physiques around LA that you can always find one in a convenient location.

I like Pop Physique more than Bar Method and Pure Barre because I think the atmosphere is more fun and vibrant. The crowd skews on the younger side and IMO, they generally play better music than the other barre classes. I also like that it’s hard word floors instead of carpet, which is easier to workout on and more cleanly. This is my go-to workout when I don’t plan extensively in advance to take a class. You can almost always find a spot. Ali F is one of my fave instructors in Brentwood, she’s amazing and gives everyone so much personalized attention!

Pilates @ Xtend Barre

Xtend

Class: Pilates

Location: West Hollywood – UPDATE: Xtend Barre Weho is now closed as of 2016.

Work-out: Mat Pilates

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 3

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Street Parking, or you can pay $5 to valet with Crossroads and that money can be credited towards your next class or Xtend merchandise

Amenities: Merchandise for purchase

Requirements for class: socks and water

This class pleasantly surprised me after an initially stressful parking situation. The class is right on Melrose, so street parking was difficult but I ended up finding free parking on a side street perpendicular to Melrose (La Jolla, I believe). Amber, the instructor, was very sweet and what I especially liked about this class that differentiates it from other pilates/barre classes was that stretching was incorporated throughout the entire class, and not just at the end. Having been a dancer for 15 years, this really appealed to me.

The workout was also different from a lot of other studios, and the use of a resistance band and a heavy rubber ball was incorporated. I left with my booty on fire, and appreciated Amber taking the time to check in with me, since it was my first class.

Pure Barre @ Pure Barre Brentwood

Pure Barre Brentwood

Class: Pure Barre

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Barre

Difficulty: Level 2.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 55 min

Sweat Level: 💧💧A little dewy

Parking: Free underground lot with validation

Amenities:  Mats and equipment provided, water fountain available. Apparel and snacks for purchase.

Requirements for class: Socks required.

This was my first weekday morning class, so I was definitely a little sleepy for this. It was a standard barre workout, and I did appreciate the instructor (Kara) switching it up so that it was not the same as other barre workouts I’ve taken both at Pure Barre and elsewhere. I broke a little bit of a sweat (but I may also have not pushed myself the hardest due to me being sleepy). This location has convenient parking and classes starting at 7:25AM and lasting until 8:45PM.

The studio, albeit small, was well maintained and had the feel of a lululemon store. It is also located next to Corepower Yoga Brentwood (which has left ClassPass) and is a popular destination for the Brentwood crowd.