At a Glance:
Address: 613 N. La Cienega Blvd. West Hollywood 90069
Class length: 30 min
Price: first class free, 1 class/$26, 5 classes/$125, 10 classes/$240
Sweat Scale: high
Energy level: high
LA is the spot for new, trendy, and majorly effective workout classes. I came across this studio on Instagram and knew I had to give the butt-kicking climbing class a shot.
Rise Nation is on the corner of La Cienega and Melrose in the same building as Cycle House and Alfred’s in the Alley (I can always use those as landmarks). They validate valet in the garage for $5 or you can snag a street spot. I found one right out front and since the class is only 30 minutes, you don’t have to spend a fortune on the meter. I walked in, signed a waiver, and met Alex, the instructor, and Nick, the manager. Nick explained the versa climbing machines and led me upstairs where he set up the handles on my climber while I filled up my bottle with alkaline water.
Alex pushed a button and suddenly screens came down over the windows and the blinds quietly closed. The room was dark, the music loud, and there were light effects on the ceiling. It was quite a production! We began with a warm up where I had a chance to get used to the VersaClimber. The machine mimics climbing up a tall wall or steep mountain. It displays your distance, time, and stride length and has a knob to change the resistance.
Throughout the 30-minute workout we sprinted, slowly climbed, and briskly moved through intervals. During the first song I had already broken a sweat. The movement worked my legs, arms, and butt and got my heart rate soaring. I had to take a few breaks to chug water and try not to die. Having done a variety of workouts, this one takes the cake. We ended off of the machine with a stretch and a much needed deep breath.
What’s unique about this studio is the incredible roof top patio designed specifically for relaxation after class. Although it’s not yet done, Rise Nation will have smoothies and juices available along with the stunning views of the Hollywood hills. Check out my reviews on Carrie’s Pilates Plus and Cycle House for more post class options.
Tricks of the Trade
- After the first free class, they offer a new member special, 3 classes for the price of one ($26), which I went ahead and purchased!
- Bring an empty water bottle so you can hydrate with the complementary alkaline water.
- Just an FYI, this studio is not on ClassPass.
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