At a Glance:
Address: 109 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Length: 55 minutes
Price: first class/$17, 1 class/$27, 10 classes/$240, month unlimited/$199
Sweat scale: low
Energy level: low
In case you were wondering, yes, the name Sassoon does ring a bell with you probably because you’ve heard of the hair mogul Vidal Sassoon. Well, Eden Sassoon is the daughter of Vidal and created this Pilates workout out of her love for fitness. I’ve been hearing murmurs of its difficulty and wanted to give it a shot.
Parking is terrible so factor in at least 15 minutes to look around. There are some metered spots on La Cienega and a two-hour free city lot on La Cienega and Gregory Way (I can’t speak to this lot but know it’s 2 long blocks away). The area also has a ton of permit restrictions. The studio is on the second floor of Scratch Bar and the door is marked Eden Pilates. I walked upstairs, signed a waiver, and hopped on a reformer. The studio must be a converted apartment…that I would die to have lived in…gorgeous floors, spacious, really well decorated.
I knew it was going to be a challenging class when we went right into abs. We started sitting on the box doing forward crunches and then oblique crunches. Each exercise throughout the entirety of class was done for what seemed like a while—longer than I’m used to for sure—ending with a pulse and/or hold.
After we were “warmed up” we went into legs with some arm work peppered in for good measure. Instead of switching from leg to leg, we worked our left leg for 20 minutes (I checked the clock) and then our right for 20 minutes. Halfway through each leg I thought I was going to die from the heavy resistance of the springs. We did squats, lunges, presses, and bridges, sometimes using dumbbells at the same time.
Next we moved into arms where we used the straps to work our biceps and triceps. After killer crunches involving way too much leg movement and a long plank with a pulse (?!), class was over and Mike told us to stretch as needed.
For a craft cocktail and some foodie fare, check out Scratch Bar directly downstairs. They make everything from scratch and were featured on Chopped and Guy’s Grocery Games. Craving something a bit more upscale? The studio is located on the popular “Restaurant Row” section of La Cienega, which features Benihana, Fogo de Chao, Morton’s Steakhouse, The Stinking Rose, and Lawry’s the Prime Rib. If you need groceries, Trader Joe’s is down the block.
Tricks of the Trade
- Grippy socks are required.
- While I wouldn’t come to this class as a complete beginner, Mike was welcoming and really nice about correcting form.
- They have Allegro 2 Reformers that are a bit different from the Allegro that I’ve seen at other studios.
- The classes are not leveled so keep that in mind if you’re newer to Pilates.