BootcampFit at Platefit

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.platefit.co
Address: 309 N Kings Rd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
Length: 30 minutes
Price: 1 class/$27, 10 classes/$220, month unlimited without contract/$220
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: high

Los Angeles truly does have the most unique workouts—something that I appreciate more every time I exercise in another city. From machines that simulate climbing to vibrating plates, they sure do know how to keep it interesting around here.

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SWEAT at Prevail

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.prevaillosangeles.com
Address: 5957 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Length: 45 minutes
Price: first class/$20, 1 class/$25, 10 classes/$230, month unlimited/$249
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: high

I’m seriously embarrassed and kind of sad that it took me almost two years to get the courage to take a class at Prevail—one of everyone’s FAVORITE boxing studios in LA. I giggle a little too much to even take myself seriously while I’m wearing the gloves. I decided to finally take the plunge and signed up for class.

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Paddle Board 60 Minute Session at Marina Paddle Fit

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.venicepaddleboards.com
Address: 4601 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Length: 60 minutes
Price: one hour rental/$30, two hour rental/$40, SUP Yoga class/$20, Paddle Fit class/$20
Sweat scale: low
Energy level: low

I have been dying to try paddle boarding ever since my husband and I were in Mexico and I watched him from the shore with a drink in my hand. Not wanting to get in the ocean, I decided to sit that activity out, but I knew I needed to give it a shot in the calm marina water.

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Running to a New Beat with TomTom Spark

It may surprise you that I used to get my workouts in primarily by running outside. I moved to LA from Memphis, Tennessee almost two years ago. My neighborhood there was right on the Mississippi River—it was safe, affordable, and (most importantly to me), flat.

Since we didn’t have a lot of fitness studios in Memphis, my regular source of exercise came from either visits to my local gym or running along the river. When the weather was just right, I used these outdoor runs as a time to mentally check out from my daily stresses from my elementary teaching job that was always throwing unexpected curve balls. Running was the best escape.

Moving to Los Angeles brought with it completely new experiences, and a wide range of fitness classes were now at my fingertips. Although I went for runs every now and then, having to dodge the traffic on Sunset Blvd scared me to death. So slowly but surely, my workouts moved off the streets and indoors.

Sometimes all we need is a new gadget to get back in the game. I recently received the new TomTom Spark Cardio + Music and decided to let it reignite my love for running and sweating outside.

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Using this watch has reintroduced me to running as a form of therapy. This fitness watch is unique because not only does it do the obvious and monitor your heart rate and track your activity, but it also holds up to 500 songs and connects via Bluetooth to wireless headphones. That means you no longer need to carry your phone everywhere you go and can finally unplug while you run! I’ve always hated bulky phone arm straps and cramped hands from squeezing my phone too hard, so this is huge for me. It finally pulled me away from social media, allowing me to separate from sounds notifying me of a new text, phone call, or email—those things can wait until I’m done.

Having an all-inclusive fitness tracker also allows me to keep track of my stats and improve. TomTom MySports Connect opens right when you plug the watch into your computer and is easy to use. It breaks up each workout into heart rate zones (a form of data that I’m familiar—and obsessed—with because of Orangetheory Fitness classes), shows a map of the workout, average heart rate, elevation, and more. Check out the details from my Hollywood hike below.

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A lot of my exercising is still done in group-fitness settings, but the watch allows me to switch between modes of exercise including run, bike, swim, gym, and treadmill.

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While sweating in silence is some people’s jam, I’m all about getting pumped up through music, and find that I run fastest to a heavy beat. If you’re looking for a playlist that will get you in the mood to PR your next run, download this playlist of favorites from LA’s hottest fitness instructors!

Blake Raymond from Speedplay LA – “Tonight Belongs to U” by Jeremih

Wes Ferguson from Sweat Garage – “Fix This” by the Chain Smokers Remix

Lindsey Duggan from AIR – “Be Right There” – by Diplo and Sleepy Tom

Jake DuPree from CompleteBURN – “Work ft Drake” by Rihanna

Taylor Gainor from LIT Method – “Open Wide” by Calvin Harris

Andrew Nunez from Vie2 – “Lean On” by Major Lazer

Rush Kemp from Reebok Crossfit Lab – “Secrets – Diplo Remix” by Tiesto

Shannon Decker from Aura Cycle – “I don’t get Tired #IDGT” by Kevin Gates

Edwina Cheer from Training Mate – “Cheap Thrills” by Sia

Paris Alexa from Solocicla – “Faded” by Zhu


You can keep up with my TomTom Spark Cardio + Music journey on Snapchat (sweatandrepeat) and Instagram.

This post is sponsored by TomTom, but all opinions are my own.

Supraformer at Lagree Fitness Studio

At a Glance:

Website: http://lagreefitnessstudio.com
Address: 375 N La Cienega Blvd, Suite 1, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Length: 25 minutes
Price: first class/$15, one class/$18, 10 classes/$120
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: medium

Just when we thought the megaformer was enough to tame our body into that of a fit goddess, Sebastien Lagree has done it again. The Supraformer is a brand new creation that is guaranteed to kick your butt in 25 minutes. While it has a striking resemblance to the megaformer, this machine actually tilts up and down AND left and right with the click of a button.

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Aqualillies Synchronized Swimming Fitness

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.aqualillies.com/fitness/
Address: (season starts again in April) Annenberg Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Length: 75 minutes
Price: $35 drop-in, $160 full season (6 sessions)
Sweat scale: hard to tell underwater
Energy level: medium

Sometimes I say to myself, “Only in LA” and my experience with Aqualillies had me repeating that phrase quite a bit. I couldn’t help but tell anyone and everyone! The Aqualillies is a professional synchronized swim/dance team who has successfully brought back the art form of “Water Ballet” into mainstream culture. Think of those classic swim numbers in the movies from the golden age. You can’t help but look in awe as they float with their makeup set perfectly. These women have opened for Bon Jovi! Lucky to be invited to participate, I set out to my local sports shop and bought a new cap, goggles, and swimsuit. Would I be as graceful as them or would I sink to the bottom?

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Tidal Turbulence at Sandbox Fitness West Hollywood

At a Glance:

Website: http://sandbox-fitness.com
Address: 8317 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048
Length: 45 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$26, 10 classes/$220
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: high

Sandbox Fitness opened in Sherman Oaks last year and was one of my very first reviews. While that location is conveniently located a couple blocks from my office, many people don’t love traveling into the valley to workout. Fret no more; Sandbox has opened a West Hollywood spot in a prime spot!

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30-30 at Basecamp Fitness

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.basecampfitness.co
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.

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Maui Volcano Bike Tour with Haleakala Bike Company

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.bikemaui.com
Address: 810 Haiku Road #120, Haiku, Maui, HI. 96708
Length: 10 hours +/-
Price: $120-$155 per person
Sweat: low
Energy: medium

The best part about honeymoons and vacations in general is being able to sleep in and have no set schedule. After such a busy, stressful time, it’s great to rest and relax. If I had my way, this would mean sitting on the beach or at the pool with a Moscow mule in one hand and a book in the other. Unfortunately, I’ve been told that marriage is all about compromise and my now husband can’t sit for more than 15 minutes without getting antsy. To please him, we signed up for three excursions while we were in Maui—a bike tour, snorkeling trip, and luau—and I have to admit, they were all a blast and made our trip even more incredible.

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Shift by Dana Perri

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.shiftbydp.com
Address: 14374 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Length: 55 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$20, 10 classes/$180, month unlimited/$300
Sweat scale: medium+
Energy level: high

I consider myself an LA fitness connoisseur so when I was taking a class at Strong Body Pilates I was shocked to hear about a studio where all classes are done on a spring floor. Count me IN. Better yet, first class is free. Obviously, I signed up immediately. Continue reading