At a Glance:
Address: 2028 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$25, 2 month summer special/$147 (regularly $299)
Alright ‘Sweat and Repeat’ readers, you caught me wrap-handed! I’ve avoided writing this review because Robot Fight & Fitness is one of my favorite studios and I didn’t want the secret to get out! A couple years ago, way before I started my ClassPass adventure, I walked into ‘Robot’ and secretly hoping it was a film company with a similar name. To my surprise it was full of people working out and fighting. Overwhelmed and nowhere near the motivated ClassPasser I am now, I ran out as quickly as I came in! Now, I love it, and can’t wait to tell you more.
Robot Fight and Fitness has one of the largest mat spaces in Los Angeles (3000 sq. ft.) and can have up to four classes going at a time. The facility also includes an Olympic lifting area and a ring for practice matches. While most people look to ‘Robot’ for MMA, Muay Thai, and BJJ training (it’s a great studio for beginners and the instructors are amazing), I think I’ve found my home at Robot Fit classes. Robot Fit is a strength and conditioning program, the studio’s alterative to Crossfit without the injuries associated with that style of workout.
Robot Fight and Fitness is located near Barrington and Olympic Blvd. in West LA, and has pretty generous street parking. The short waiver is on an iPad and easy to read. If it’s your first time, you’ll be given a short tour. Lockers are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own lock. Robot Fit takes place in the front corner of the facility.
The coach, Orion, led the group in stretching, which is kept small to ensure safety and proper attention, and reminded us the importance of improving our flexibility. We then did a ramping (AKA the warm-up to us mere muggles) of callisthenic hangs, squats, and kettlebell swings. The workout was then divided into three sections: A, B, and C. We paired up to conquer each letter as a group, round robin style. This is the typical setup but every session has different exercises and it’s all written down so you don’t forget. This week’s workout included rows with rings, deadlifts, push-ups, and sprints in the alley next to the gym. We finished the training with another stretch.
This is a fantastic workout program for those who are hesitant to try Crossfit but still want an amazing conditioning class with an edge. It’s also a good for those with goals or injuries, past or present, because Orion really works with you to achieve your personal best. He is constantly monitoring the progress of those he works with. I can now actually do a proper push-up, a box jump, and the tiniest bit of a pull-up (all wins in my book).
You can stay a few extra minutes if you need to stretch longer, and there are chairs for those who want to watch some of the other students practice their fight skills. The facility is within walking distance of both Ralph’s and Trader Joe’s. You can also do some home-improvement shopping at the nearby mega-sized Bed, Bath, and Beyond. My absolute favorite thing is to swing by the Sawtelle Japantown neighborhood and grab some sushi to go! This is studio is also really close to Body-Spec, which offers body fat scans (check out the review here).
Tricks of the Trade
- This is a great place to go to workout as a couple (not bad if you’re single either, lots to look at).
- Plan to arrive a few minutes early, especially around rush hour.
- Don’t forget your water bottle, there is a fill-up station.
- They have showers if you need to refresh afterwards.
About the Author: McCall is an Actress/ Makeup Artist (currently working for Sephora), living in the heart of West Los Angeles. She is addicted to dark chocolate, Arctic Zero Dairy-Free ice cream, and a good dose of movie theater popcorn (specifically at The Landmark). Her ultimate ClassPass adventure would be either trapeze or horseback riding lessons. But overall, she’s down to try anything. If you see her at a class, or even at work, feel free to say hello!
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