At a Glance:
Address: 418 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90004
Length: 60 minutes
Price: one class/$25, ten classes/$240, month unlimited/225
Energy level: low
Just when I think I’ve covered all of the studios near my apartment, a new one pops up! Ever since dr pilates opened in June, I’ve heard people raving about it and was excited to finally check it out.
The studio is on Larchmont Blvd across from Bricks and Scones. There is plenty of metered street parking on Larchmont and free neighborhood parking around the corner. I checked in on the tablet and took a seat at a table outside while the previous class finished up. The studio is gorgeous with big mirrors and brand new reformers.
My friend and I turned out to be the only ones in class so it became a private lesson with Christopher—which was amazing! Usually people pay big bucks for private reformer classes so I was pumped that we would be the center of attention (per usual, right). We started with legwork on our backs, pushing the carriage in and out, changing our footing often. Since there were two of us, Christopher always changed our springs and helped set up our machines during each transition (loving the personal attention!).
Although I’ve done reformer classes all over town, most of the exercises in this class I had never seen before. We did a lot of exercises that required multiple steps and Christopher always demonstrated beforehand. It was great to find ways to work our core, arms, and legs with one movement.
The class went by really quickly and near the end our machines magically turned into mats. These reformers are pretty crazy and can be used for just about everything! A platform was added and the shoulder rests were removed for us to practice teaser, roll ups, and the Pilates series of five. My core was on fire by the time class ended.
Dr pilates has a massage room in the back where you can sign up for massages and reflexology treatments. A 60-minute massage is $105, 90 minutes for $155, or a reflexology session for $80. Massages and Pilates?! What better combo?! Larchmont also has a Lemonade and Café Gratitude right down the street; could it get any trendier? The answer is yes. Shape House: An Urban Sweat Lodge is a few doors down from dr pilates and provides you with an hour long sweat that torches cals, reduces stress, and helps your skin glow all while you’re snuggled up watching HBO movies. Get excited (and follow me on Instagram) because I’ll literally be SWEATING there next week! A recap will follow on the blog, duh J
Tricks of the Trade
- The studio also offers one-on-one sessions if you’re interested in more attention.
- Sticky socks are required. They sell ToeSox along with essential oils, Quest Nutrition products, and dr pilates apparel in the front of the studio.
- Early for class? The outdoor space has tables and chairs to hang out on before or after class. I try to spend as much time as I can outside!