At a Glance:
Address: 8714 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite C Los Angeles, CA 90069
Length: 45 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$29.99, 10 classes/$279.99, month unlimited/$199.99 with no commitment
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: high
Basecamp prides itself on being an in-and-out workout that challenges you during every second. While most studios have 60-minute classes, Basecamp classes run 35 minutes long with an additional five minute core section at the end.
Parking is definitely a bit of an issue around here, especially during rush hour because of the traffic. I found a $1.50/hour metered spot on Santa Monica, but beware that the surrounding neighborhood is permitted 24/7. I headed into the studio and couldn’t believe how bright and spacious it is—you can tell how much effort they put into the details. I checked in and was handed a towel before the front desk guy asked to fill up my water for me (that has NEVER happened, so kind!). Cubbies are behind the desk, which seemed a little weird to have them so far from the workout area but also nice so they’re guarded.
He brought me into the studio and set up my bike that was already labeled with my name. I also met the instructor who briefed me about the workout—a special 30-30 class where we alternate between one minute on the bike and one minute on the floor doing two exercises for 30 seconds each.
There are four letter groups that are all doing something different at each time, but the TVs and instructor make it easy to follow. My group started on the bike. This bike isn’t a typical spin bike but rather an “air assault” bike that doesn’t have a resistance knob but instead utilizes wind resistance, becoming more difficult the faster you pedal. You also push and pull on the handles to help it move so it’s a great full body cardio workout. Bikes are equipped with monitors that let you know your time, speed, and distance.
After one minute on the bike we had 10 seconds to transition to the floor. Each class is different, but ours focused on legs and consisted of only bodyweight exercises (though the studio has a bunch of equipment ranging from TRX to medicine balls to free weights). The instructor would model each exercise but they were also shown on the TV screen. Some moves we did were burpees, lunges, squats, squat jumps, side lunges, and high knees.
Once the 35 minutes were up, we all came to the floor for five minutes straight of core work—spending 45 seconds each on side planks, side plank dips, and crunches. During this time, a Basecamp team member cleaned our bikes and checked our mileage. Students are rewarded with a free tank when they reach the five, six, and seven mile club on the bike and I am proud to say I made it to five miles!
Pressed Juicery and Fresh Corn Grill are right next-door. Head about a block away to grab lunch or dinner at my personal favorite, Tender Greens. Rawberri is also nearby featuring organic, dairy free, gluten free & soy free Açai bowls, seasonal superfruit bowls. Rawberri is the first in the country to offer CoCo Whip, a nondairy frozen yogurt.
Tricks of the Trade
- Basecamp offers different workouts each day of the week that focus on specific muscle groups and various types of training (bodyweight, using light weights, TRX, etc).
- Towel service is included! They also have showers so don’t be afraid to go before work.