FlexFitClub with Ladies First Events @ Playlist Yoga

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As 2016 is drawing to a close, I’m taking a moment to be grateful for the fitness community, especially the strong network we have in LA. Reflecting on some of the amazing events I’ve attended this past year, I feel very fortunate to have such a group of people who come together to support each other, both in fitness goals and personal life goals. To all the new friends I’ve made because of this and the old ones who I wish I saw more of, cheers to you!

Back in late November, I had the opportunity to attend a Ladies First Events fitness event after reading about its awesome sweatworking sessions in Well+Good. I loved the concept that founders Joanna and Donna Vo started for Ladies First Events and was thrilled to be surrounded by the crowd of accomplished bloggers and girlbosses of the fitness community who came out for the event.

The group yoga class, held at Playlist Yoga, provided the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with wellness minded social-media gurus. In fact, it was nice to start seeing some familiar faces at these events, as well as meet new people (which I guess is the point!). Being an introverted blogger is at times hard for me since it’s not second nature for me to go up to strangers and just start chatting, but the fitness community is definitely one of the most supportive and easy to break into communities out there. For that, I am grateful.

In addition to the amazing class led by Playlist CEO Missy Faul, the event was also sponsored by Nike’s Brahaus, which fitted everyone with a new Nike sportsbra, and 1915 Organic cold-pressed juice, Karuna beauty and Justin’s Nut Butters. It was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon and I hope to attend more of Ladies First Events in the future to continue supporting its empowering spirit.

Check out the video from the event below and see the full gallery here.

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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!

 

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.

YFStrength @ YogaFit Brentwood

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Class: YogaFit Strength

Location: Brentwood

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: Level 4.5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 45 min

Sweat Level:💦💦 Sweaty

Parking: Street parking/validated lot

Amenities: Water fountain, $1 mat rentals

Requirements for class: Bring plenty of water (when I went, their fountain was out), and a towel

I think I have finally found a yoga studio to replace CorePower Brentwood (which was removed from ClassPass). I was expecting a slow-paced flow class (and to be quite honest, a lot of yoga classes bore me with the repetitive flow sequences) but that was definitely not what I got. Marxel’s class was 45 minutes of non-stop, high intensity yoga (and once you’ve taken the class, you’ll know that is not an oxymoron). There wasn’t a single second where I was bored because I was trying to fight through the burn the entire time. This class is comparable to CorePower’s sculpt class, but arguably harder, though with out the heat and 15 minutes shorter so that it is bearable. Though, they also have a heated class called YogaFit Sweat so I can’t wait to try that one.

We did jump squats with weights, running in place with weights, side lunges, back flies, abs and glute work with a ball and many more sweat-inducing, heart-pumping exercises. On the YogaFit scale, this class is rated a difficulty 3 out of 3 –  hard. But, it was an amazing workout and you get your first week free so I will be back to try out all the other classes. The studio itself is pretty new and clean, and there is metered parking out front and validated parking at the VA lot.

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!

Meditation and Gentle Yoga @ Maha Yoga

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Class: Meditation and Gentle Yoga

Location: Brentwood, near Brentwood Country Mart

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: Level 1

Next day soreness: 0

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: No sweat

Parking: Street parking

Amenities: Water for purchase, mats, blocks and blankets provided

Requirements for class: Yoga Mat

The studio almost feels like a daydream. It’s bright in the sunlight with windows everywhere and simple white sheer curtains. At night, which is when this class takes place, it feels very magical as the curtains flow in and out in the wind. 
I walked into this class after a very hectic week, both at work and personally. I needed something that would relax me and clear my head so that I could be at my best. This class was exceptional for doing that. Through aromatherapy and calming music, instructor Bettina Ho took us on a calming, peaceful journey. I can’t recommend this class to anyone who just needs a break from it all enough. 
Reviewed by Cassie

Free Fitness Series Hosted by Style Firm!

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Style Firm is a LA-based activewear brand and they are hosting a couple of cool fitness events next week!

First we have their Bend + Burn series with YogaFit next Tuesday, a studio I’ve been waiting to try. I attended their first Bend + Burn series with Orangetheory and had a blast! The class also ended with some awesome goodies, including treats from Quest Nutrition.

Next they have a yoga retreat coming up on Sunday at Malibu Wines co-hosted by Soho House, Equinox and Juice Served Here. Tickets are $45 each.

RSVP for either or both events by e-mailing RSVP@StyleFirmLosAngeles.com.

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Y7 Studio LA Pop-Up

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Class: Y7 LA Pop-Up

Location: Rebecca Minkoff store on Melrose Ave, current permanent Y7 location is at 8270 Melrose Ave in Weho, 90046

 

Work-out: Hot Yoga

Difficulty: Level 3.5

Next day soreness: 2

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level💦 💦 Sweaty

Parking: Metered street parking

Amenities: Mats available if you don’t bring your own

Requirements for class: Bring water!

Who would’ve thought that hip hop and yoga paired so well together? When I initially heard about hip hop yoga, in my mind it was more rap heavy and less melodic, but in Y7’s hip hop yoga class, the beat flows with the vinyasa. I like my yoga classes high energy, and this was a high energy class that motivated me without being too aggressive (in movements and in music). It was a good mix of throwbacks and top 40 hip hop and the music was low when the instructor guided you through the movements, and then cranked up when you flowed at your own pace. We did about 3-4 flows, first couple of times with the instructor, and then we got a few minutes to flow on our own after we learned each sequence. Like all good workout classes, we started with a warm-up and cooled down with a stretch.

Kristen was a great instructor and pushed us without being too difficult. The particular class I took had a lot of balancing sequences. The space was small (since it was in a back room of Rebecca Minkoff’s flagship), but functional. The ambiance was very calming, even though the class was energetic. Fake candles lined the walls and the room was kept dark throughout class, which I really enjoyed. The vibe was definitely a little edgier and cooler than your average yoga class. Y7 is a New York favorite, and they’re hoping (and so am I) that with enough love from LA, they can have a permanent home here as well. The pop-up goes until Sunday and you can sign up via ClassPass or here.

Yoga on the Pier with Celeb Trainer Juliet Kaska

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Event: Yoga on the Pier with Celeb Trainer Juliet Kaska (of JK Zen Pilates)

Location: Santa Monica Pier

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: Level 2.5

Next day soreness: 1.5

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level:💧💧A little dewy

We’re privileged enough to live in LA, where fitness is a priority and there are plenty of fitness events for those looking for cool ways to stay active. Even better, a lot of these events are free! This weekend, I was fortunate enough to train with two celeb fitness instructors (post on the second session to follow) and had a great time with both.

This morning’s session was with celebrity trainer Juliet Kaska, whose clients include Karlie Kloss and Kerry Washington. It was my first time doing yoga on the Santa Monica Pier and it was definitely a nice change of scenery! The event was hosted by Vionic Shoes and Lorna Jane Activewear, and Juliet did a good job of balancing the workout between brand new yogis and more seasoned vets. Early birds were gifted a pair of flip flops by Vionic shoes and everyone was treated to some snacks after class. The class itself was pretty zen, and a great way to start a Sunday! Juliet also has a pilates studio that is on ClassPass called JK Zen Pilates, and after this morning’s session, I’ll be sure to go check out one of the pilates classes at her studio.

Yoga Sculpt @ Corepower Yoga

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Class: Corepower Yoga Sculpt w/ Sarah West

Location: Wilshire in Brentwood: UPDATE – as of 7/1/15, Corepower Wilshire is no longer on ClassPass. This has been confirmed by the ClassPass team. However, other locations in LA are still on ClassPass.

Work-out: Yoga

Difficulty: Level 4.5

Next day soreness: 4

Duration: 60 min

Sweat Level: 💦💦💦Drenched

Parking: Free underground lot with CP validation

Amenities: Showers, Lockers, towels and mats for rent. Free water fountain, bottled water and large selection of merchandise for purchase.

Requirements for class: Bring water, mat, towel and dress for 100 degree class.

Whoever thinks yoga isn’t a hard workout should take this class and have his/her mind blown. This is probably the most challenging workout class I’ve ever taken in MY LIFE. The poses themselves are intermediate (CP2 Level) but with the added weights, the class is killer! There is a 3 min. cardio section as well where everyone jumps and runs in place nonstop for 3 min – in an 100+ degree room. There are also many upper and lower body toning reps done with the weights (each person has a set of 3lbs and 5lbs, which the studio provides), and an intense core/ab session. This class is definitely a full body workout and not for the faint of heart.