Cycleates at Cycleates

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.cyclelates.com
Address: 1555 Vine St, Suite 110, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Length: 60 minutes
Price: 1 class/$25, 10 classes/$150, month unlimited/$179
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: medium

Pre Sweat

There is parking at the Bed, Bath & Beyond garage that Cycleate’s validates for one hour (afterwards it’s $2 every 20 minutes, so hurry back to your car!). I went to a 7:30 am class and happened to nab a metered spot right out front. The joke was on me though because it was $2/hr so I paid $2.50 just in case. I walked in, signed a waiver, and Bambi showed me around the studio. There are 15 bikes and 15 reformers, cubbies for belongings, and a spray tan both. The studio is pretty small but kept clean. We started on the reformers.

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Sweat

The combo class is 35 minutes Pilates and 20 minutes of cycling. The reformers are a little less fancy than other studios I’ve been to. We started with ab work and then moved to arm and back work. I liked that Bambi gave a few options for each exercise based on your level and encouraged taking breaks if you needed one.

While I felt the burn during the reformer portion, I was left wanting more during the cycling. Bambi turned off the lights and had the music up loud but I kept sliding off my slanted seat, slipping out of my shoe straps, and rocking back and forth on the loose handlebars. It was hard to concentrate on the jumps and sprints when I didn’t feel comfortable on my bike. After one song with lightweights, we finished class with a stretch.

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Post Sweat

Cycleates is right near the popular Hollywood and Vine intersection. Take advantage of its location by seeing a movie at The Arclight, grabbing breakfast at The Waffle, or having a gooey slice of grilled cheese heaven at The Melt. If you need groceries, not to worry, Trader Joe’s is across the street. Meet up with a date at Stella Barra or grab coffee at Starbucks or Groundwork. Last, but not least, hit up the Hollywood farmers market on Sundays!

Tricks of the Trade

  • Check your bike beforehand and make sure you completely tighten it. Bring spin shoes if you have them—the bikes are SPD clip compatible.
  • Get a reformer in the front near the mirror. The class went quickly so I had to look around and copy classmates pretty often. Also it was harder to hear in the back near the speaker.
  • They do have drinking water at the studio so don’t worry about arriving with an empty bottle.
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