Dance Cardio @ ModelFIT LA

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Class: Dance Cardio

Location: Weho

Work-out: Dance cardio

Difficulty: 3.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 60

Sweat Level: Sweaty

Parking: Metered street parking, valet or paid lot

Amenities: Towels, showers, filtered water fountain, lockers, swag for purchase

Requirements for class: sneakers

I’ve been reading about ModelFIT for years and I was BEYOND excited when they finally opened up an LA location at the end of last year! This super trendy workout is said to be responsible for the bodies of many celebs and supermodels (such as Karlie Kloss, Chrissy Teigan and Taylor Swift) and offers both strength training and cardio without the intensity of a bootcamp or cross fit class. The LA location currently offers Dance Cardio, Sculpt, and Cardio Scuplt (this being a combination of the Dance Cardio and Sculpt class).

When I went in for my dance cardio class yesterday, there was only one other attendee in my class, so it was like a semi private lesson! The studio itself was small, but clearly we had plenty of room. 45 minutes of the class was straight dance cardio (which is about 15 minutes longer than Body by Simone and Tracy Anderson, for comparison). However, the routines and moves were definitely easier than BBS and TA. At times I almost found some of the moves a little too repetitive and not challenging enough, but I appreciate how they kept it easy since pushing through 45 minutes in itself is a challenge. The last 15 minutes was spent on abs, glutes and a stretch. My instructor was Sarah and she was awesome!

I really enjoy classes like these and like to supplement cardio with sculpting classes so I can’t wait to come back and try the others. The showers and amenities also looked really nice (and new!). My only complaint is that parking can be a challenge on 3rd St (it’s right next to Sweetgreen), but supposedly the studio is working on getting parking in the future. ModelFIT isn’t on Classpass, and it’s $32 a class, but keep an eye out for promo packages and new client specials.

 

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Tropicana #Morning Spark Event with Tracy Anderson

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As part of Tropicana Orange Juice’s new #MorningSpark campaign, the brand hosted a morning of fitness with celeb-trainer Tracy Anderson at Palihouse in West Hollywood. Fellow bloggers and wellness journalists gathered to take Tracy’s signature class and refuel with some delicious breakfast bites and Tropicana orange juice.

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Luckily for Angelenos, rooftop workouts are still completely doable on a late November morning, and this event did not disappoint. Tracy led us through a shortened version of her class (you can take the full version at her TA studios) and it still provided an intense burn. For a review of her normal class, check out this post (I didn’t think I was going to make it!).

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Post workout, guests got the chance to take pictures with the legend herself, and were also treated to a delicious and healthy al fresco breakfast powered by Tropicana. Ms. Anderson also sat down for some interviews, and here are some fun facts!

Five examples of how Tracy Anderson likes to start her day in a positive way:

  1. I wake up and connect right away to my smell and put on one of Leanne Hirsch’s perfumer acurandera natural scents.  I am crazy about them all but into the Jungle Rose Mariri these days.
  2. I connect face to face and with a big snuggle with both of my kids
  3. I make my morning smoothie.  My favorite is frozen mango, my vanilla TA CLEAR protein powder and Tropicana 100% orange juice. I have been starting my mornings with it since I was a kid.
  4. I head right to my workout first thing every day.  When you make working out part of your life stance you look forward to it as a treat not a chore.
  5. I wash my face with Ecco Bella face wash and follow up with their day cream because I really care about taking care of my skin in a way that takes care of the planet and is organic for my skin.

Thanks for hosting, Tropicana and Fleishman Hillard!werkoutla-and-tracy-anderson

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!

 

Hot Pilates Cardio Dance @ Hot Pilates

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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!

 

Dancefit @ Platefit

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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.

Adult Jazz @ On the Edge Dance Studio

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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!

 

Dance Cardio @ Body by Simone

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Class: Dance Cardio

Location: Weho

Work-out: dance cardio, abs and arms conditioning

Difficulty: 3.5

Next day soreness: 1.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: metered street parking, 1 hr FREE parking @ 901 Hancock Ave. (Corner of Santa Monica Blvd.) Adjacent to Tender Greens $0.75/30 mins thereafter. Open weekdays 7:30am–2:30am Weekends 9:00am–2:30am, AFTER 6:00pm there is a flat fee of $6

Amenities: Mats and towels provided, water for purchase, free filtered tap water, lockers and showers

Requirements for class: Sneakers

I have literally been waiting and praying for the day that Body by Simone would pop up on ClassPass and now my prayers have been answered! I took my first class last night and it did not disappoint. It was exactly what I was expecting – about 40 minutes of dance cardio that consisted of 4 dances, one plié sequence (though this sequence can be push ups, squats, planks, etc. depending on the instructor), and one final song that mixed all four of the dances together. The last 10-15 min. of class consisted of arm toning with 3 pound weights and then ab work on the mat, followed by a stretch.

BBS is like a less crazy version of Tracy Anderson’s dance classes, which are INTENSE. What I liked about the BBS class is that the trainer tells you what the moves are so you can follow along more easily (the rule of TA is that there is no talking so you just watch and try to follow). There are a list of set dances that all the instructors do, so the more you go, the more you will get them down. This class reminded me of a slightly more manageable JJ Dancer class because there is a recovery sequence mixed into the 5 dance cardio songs. My trainer was Bridget and she made all the new students feel welcome and comfortable. And yes, we were wearing the same pants! 🙂

BBS also offers a trampoline cardio class, a full body class (that incorporates cardio into full body conditioning) and then a Hips, Thighs & Buns class that focuses on the lower part of the body. Can’t wait to try them all!

Cardio Barre Fusion @ Modern Barre

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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).

Ballet Barre and Center @ Ballet Bodies

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Class: Ballet Barre and Center

Location: Weho

Work-out: Dance – ballet

Difficulty: Level 3 (2 for those with previous dance experience)

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level:💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: 4-car tandem lot in back/Street parking

Amenities: Water fountain and cups, swag and ballet shoes for purchase

Requirements for class: Wear tight-fitting clothes and ballet shoes if you have them. If not, socks/barefoot is fine.

I’ve been trying to get back to my dance roots and looking for a non-intimidating dance class. The class I took with Vanessa Dunn was just that. For people with previous dance experience, this will be more of a basic ballet class. For people new to dance, however, this will probably be a bit more challenging than the Ballet Basic class that is offered here. The majority of the class is barre work consisting of tendus, degagés, ronds de jambes and grand battements with a few balances and stretches. The last 10-15 minutes consists of some basic center work followed by a reverence.

I loved this class because it was a good dance workout that was not stressful. I got to work all the muscles I wanted to in order to develop leanness.  Also, the instructor does the moves with you the entire time. I only wish it were longer!

Pop/Hip Hop Choreography @ Moore Dancing

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Class: Pop/Hip Hop Choreography

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Dance

Difficulty: Level 4

Next day soreness: 1

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 Moderately Sweaty

Parking: Street parking

Amenities: Mats provided

Requirements for class: Non-marking sneakers

This is a fun and fast-paced class taught by the owner Tiffany Moore. According to the Moore Dancing website, this class is a level 3 (the hardest level). I definitely recommend it for people who have dance experience or who are good at picking up for choreography. However, the studio also has more beginner level follow along classes.

In addition, Tiffany is up in the front dancing the whole time, so you don’t ever have to split up into groups and watch each other dance or be watched. I’ve taken this class twice and both times broke a sweat and had a lot of fun.
The only pain point with this studio is that parking can occasionally be tough. It’s street parking on Montana or San Vicente. If parking on San Vicente, walk through the plaza that Socal Hot Yoga is in to get to the entrance on Montana. Be sure to give yourself at least an extra 10 min for parking.