At a Glance:
Address: 8920 Sunset Blvd, Suite 200B, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first class free, 10 classes/$225, month unlimited/$199 w 3 month minimum
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: medium
Although I had a very inspirational first time at yoga, I left really craving a sweat. When I came home, I immediately searched for a class with high intensity and signed up for E-Fit Burn at the same studio where I did my aerial fitness class.
As I knew from my last visit, there is parking right underneath the building, on the bottom floor. I took the elevator to the second floor and walked down the hall to enter the gym. Unlike many classes on ClassPass, this one is actually at a gym so there are people working out and training nearby during classes. I signed in, filled up my water bottle, and headed around to the back where the group classes meet.
This class was set up Cross Fit style with a workout of the day. We started with a warm up of seven exercises, some using a resistance band that was placed above our knees. Next, we moved into the interval training. On the mirror were two sets of four exercises. Each set was done five times, 30 seconds of exercise followed by 15 seconds of rest, totaling 15 minutes.
The first set consisted of kettle bell deadlifts, slow motion push-ups, sit ups holding a kettle bell, and side shuffles. In between the two sets we had a one-minute break. The next set involved explosive step-ups (stepping up on a riser and then jumping up on one foot), swimmers (basically fluttering our arms and legs while laying on our stomachs), planking using an ab wheel, and kettle bell thrusts.
Lastly, we all stood around in a circle hopping on one foot, throwing an 8-pound ball at each other, hard, and I’m not kidding. The goal basically seemed to be to knock people over. It was odd.
As seen in my Aerial Fitness review: Elevation is located on Sunset Strip so there is plenty to do within walking distance. Right across the street are the very popular Rock and Reilly’s Irish Pub (started by a fellow Virginia Tech alum!) and Pearl’s Liquor Bar. I also spotted a few nail salons.
Head five or so blocks to the right of Elevation to find Nicole Miller, H&M, BCBG Max Azria, DryBar and a variety of trendy eats.
Tricks of the Trade
- The classes are all small so make sure you’re ok with getting extra attention or bring a friend so you feel more comfortable.
- I hate to say this, and I don’t want to harp on it, but I didn’t find the instructor to be very friendly. He often singled people out and didn’t always explain the nuances of each exercise, but was quick to correct in a somewhat harsh way. While this class did leave me sore the next day, I don’t know I would go back.