This year was a sweaty one and, with 250 classes down, I have narrowed it down to my top ten classes of 2015!
- Adult Parkour Basics – Aerial Warehouse (Austin Gall)
Who knew I could learn to do a full front-flip by the end of the year, or jump off a ten-foot ledge? I didn’t, but Austin did and he pushed me (not literally). This was the class that took me out of my comfort zone and made me so much braver.
- Strength Training – 34 North (Orion Lee)
A hidden gem and the real diamond there is Orion. I followed this man from another studio (something I don’t even do with hairdressers) because he listens, understands, and really cares about your body. Any upper-body strength I have is from his teachings.
- Restorative Yoga – Yogis Anonymous (Leslie Kazadi)
Definitely a favorite spot for me to unwind at, I love a good stretch and meditation. The space is extremely calming, the music is super soothing, and the instructor, Leslie, has a wonderful voice. I can let it all go there.
- Rumba Caliente – LA Dancefit (Jhonaton Jimenez)
If you can’t take a vacation right now, this may be the next best thing. Rumba is a more sensual spin (their words!) on the Zumba dance craze. Just let the Latin beats take you away and dance like no one is watching.
- Speedx Training – SPEEDX (Cleveland Brown)
A mix of HIIT and Crossfit, the workouts here always vary and provide a challenge. Cleveland makes me laugh every time, has a super fun playlist and talked me through my first box-jump (which took months).
- Cycle Strength – Cry Baby House (Reilly Smith)
Los Angeles may not be the safest place to ride a bike (cough…especially when you’ve had yours stolen), head here for an indoor adventure! This class uses real road bikes and though the hills may not be real, your body will hardly know the difference. Please contact the studio for more details.
- Core Burn – Love for Pilates Santa Monica (Evan O’Neill)
Never have I ever been so terrified and so pleased with a Pilates class. If you need a butt-kicking workout, see Evan. She will scare the crap of you (treat your body with respect people!) and your abs will thank you for it.
- Boxing – Iron Boxing
In the words of Christina Aguilera, “Thanks for making me a fighter.” Bring yourself and water bottle, and they provide the rest. I love that you get to train in a ring here, and the team is sure to make you feel welcome.
- Speedplay 60 – SpeedplayLA Beverly Hills (Blake Raymond)
Circuit training at its finest and most glorious (Penthouse suite, anyone?). The classes are a combination of Woodway treadmills, rowers, and strength. If the workout doesn’t take your breath away, the views will. So don’t forget to snap a photo up there!
- NTC Santa Monica– Nike Training Club
You’ll look forward to finishing your Monday madness with this class! A bootcamp second to none, not just because of the instructors, but also the energy you’ll feel from your teammates. Best of all, it’s free! Nike.com/LA for details.
Rise Nation, Pink Iron, Circuit Works, Unplug Meditation, The Balance Center
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!