DaVinci BodyBoard at Pilates Studio City

At a Glance:

Website: http://pilatesstudiocity.comhttp://davincibodyboardstudiocity.com
Address: 11650 Riverside Dr, Suites 1 & 2, Los Angeles, CA 91602
Length: 25 minutes
Price: first class $11, 1 class/ $22, 8 classes/ $144
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: medium

If you live near Studio City, this class is a must try because it is FUN! I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time!

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Meditation Hypnosis at The Yogi Tree

At a Glance:

Website: http://theyogitree.com
Address: 4475 Vineland Ave, Ste 31, Los Angeles, CA 91602
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first class $10, 1 class/ $16, 10 classes/ $125, month unlimited/$99 w 6 month contract
Sweat scale: low
Energy level: low

Every Sunday when I’m looking for a class that’s going to rejuvenate me for the week to come, I stumble upon this hypnosis class. I don’t know about you, but the only experience I have with hypnosis is when the prom court got hypnotized for one of the spirit days. I remember some having to sit down because it wasn’t working and others dancing around per the instruction of the hypnotist. It kind of freaked me out but I’m all about trying everything once (that’s a lie…I’ve never tried mayonnaise). Continue reading

Tabata Body & Lock Box Body Sculpt at Lock Box LA

At a Glance:

Website: http://lockboxla.com/
Address: 5925 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Length: 30 minutes per class
Price: first class free, 1 class/ $25, 10 classes/ $220, month unlimited/$225
Sweat Scale: Tabata- high, Body Sculpt- medium
Energy Level: Tabata- high, Body Sculpt- medium

I spoke with my family on my way to class and said “Hey Mom! I’m trying Tabata with my friend Dida!” She said “What?! Fajita?” I said “No, Tabata!” She now jokes, “Focaccia, Fajita, Tabata with Dida” as the way to describe my training…love you Mom. Tabata is actually an extremely time-efficient, driven, and challenging workout that at it’s core is only 4 MINUTES. That’s it! And it can be partnered with Body Sculpt, an equally short but strong and intense weight lifting class.

*You may notice that I am reviewing not one but two classes in the same sitting! I love combining great cardio with some toning mixed in, so I was excited to try this studio! These classes were considered separate reservations on ClassPass, and part of me is a tiny bit bummed that now I only have one class left at this studio for my month! Continue reading

Adult Parkour Basics 18+ at Aerial Warehouse

At a Glance:

Website: http://aerialwarehouse.com/
Address: 3961 Sepulveda Blvd. 100, Culver City, CA 90230
Length: 75 min
Price: 1 class/$40, 10 classes/$350, 20 classes (with 3 month commitment)/$500
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: high

I first knew I would never join the USA Olympic Gymnastic Team when, at my gymnastic themed 4th birthday party, I failed to place for any real awards, despite the fact that it was MY birthday. I think the other dead giveaway for my lack of gymnastic talent is that I cannot achieve, let alone attempt, a cartwheel, handstand, or the splits. Despite my inability to contort my body, I signed up for Parkour (defined as “the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.”)

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Cryotherapy at CryoHealthcare Inc.

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.cryohealthcare.com
Address: 351 N. La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
Length: 1.5-3 minutes
Price: 1 session/$65, 10 sessions/$450, month unlimited/$299
Sweat scale: LOW
Temperature: -235°F

Since moving to LA one year ago I have tried things that I didn’t even know existed. I’ve splurged on $12 smoothies at Beaming, climbed a stationary Versa climber as lights pulsed overhead at Rise Nation, and vibrated on a Power Plate at Xcceleration Station. However, nothing could prepare me for this adventure. Let’s just say there was absolutely no sweat involved. Continue reading

Wunda-ful Chair (Level 1-3) at Whole Body Method

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.wholebodymethod.com/
Address: 2205 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Length: 55 minutes
Price: 1 class/$33, 12 classes/$325, month unlimited/$260
Sweat scale: low
Energy level: low

Life is all about trying new things and Sundays are all about exploring new neighborhoods in Los Angeles. I decided to do both and signed up for a Wunda Chair class in Echo Park—an area I had yet to venture to although it’s only a 6-mile straight shot down Sunset from my apartment. Continue reading

B|X at Brick CrossFit

At a Glance: 

Website: http://www.brickwesthollywood.com
Address: 7811 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90046
Length: 60 minutes
Price: 1 class/$25, 10 classes/$220, month unlimited/$239 w no commitment
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: medium

To someone who frequents barre and pilates classes, CrossFit is definitely one of the more daunting workouts. Graceful pliés are replaced by grunts as CrossFitters try to break personal lifting records. I decided to suck it up and try it out. Continue reading