Box & Tone at Pulse Fitness Studio

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.pulsefitnessstudio.com/
Address: 14396 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Length: 60 minutes
Price: 1 class/$20, 10 classes/$180, month unlimited/$280
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: high

I hate looking awkward during a workout and boxing never fails to give me an uneasy feeling. At the Nike event a couple weeks ago (one of the best nights of my life, seriously), I was put into the class run by Prevail. Two days later, I dabbled in some uppercuts with my Fitspot trainer, James. I was feeling more confident about my technique so I signed up for Box & Tone. Continue reading

Bodyvibe at Firm Body Evolution

At a Glance:

Website: www.fbespa.com
Address: 8704 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Length: 60 minutes
Price: 1 class/$25, 10 classes/$200
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: medium

After rotating through the typical workouts for so long, it’s always fun to throw a sweatventure into the mix. I was so excited to find that another studio using vibration technology was recently added to the schedule, Firm Body Evolution. Continue reading

Strength Training with James from FitSpot

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.fitspotapp.com
To use, download the app FitSpot
Length: 60 minutes
Price: personal training for one/$59, two people/$70, three people/$90
Sweat scale: medium

When FitSpot reached out with an opportunity to try the brand new personal training app, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Let me explain. Uber is to transportation as Soothe is to massages as FitSpot is to personal training. If my analogy went over your head, FitSpot is an on demand personal training app. Download, log in, request a session at a gym, your home, or an outdoor place of your choosing, and be prepared to sweat like crazy, minutes or days later—whenever you want!

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Iron Signature Boxing at Iron Boxing

At a Glance: 

Website: http://ironla.com/fitness
Address: 1919 Broadway Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Class Length: 60 min
Price: 1 class/$25, 5 classes/$100, month unlimited/$149
Sweat Scale: high
Energy Level: high

I recently read a few articles proposing that boxing is going to become the next ‘it’ workout. It’s not exactly fresh but the ever-dependable boxing workout is making a trendy comeback. Apparently in New York City there are boxing gyms that are bringing the same amount of glamour that SoulCycle brought to spinning (think white everything, spacious bathrooms, amazing amenities). Models like Gigi Hadid claim that boxing is how they achieve their sexy, strong arms and toned physique. So I decided to take a hit (I’m sorry, I mean hint) and try out this old but new craze!

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Hollywood with Morning Crunch

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.morningcrunch.com
Address: 7600 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Length: 60 minutes
Price: 5 classes/$95, 10 classes/$175, five weeks unlimited/$129 (new clients)
Sweat scale: low
Energy level: low

Los Angeles has many wonderful things to offer including perfect weather 99% of the time. Morning Crunch takes advantage of this by holding outdoor bootcamps around the city. From Santa Monica to Downtown, Marina del Rey to Pasadena, and many places in between, Morning Crunch holds AM and PM workouts for people eager to sweat with a breeze.

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Kettlebells at B Fit Los Angeles

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.bfitlosangeles.com
Address: 1551 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first week free, 1 class/$25, 10 classes/$220, month unlimited/$150
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: medium

I’ve been avoiding this studio because of the mandatory “rumble roller”—no idea what that is but the $45 price tag, or $5 to rent, made me a bit uncomfortable. When I realized it was on my block, I had to check it out for the mere convenience.

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Elliptifit

At a Glance:

Website: www.elliptifit.com
Address: 11870 Santa Monica Blvd #207, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Class Length: 45 min
Price: 1 class/$25, 10 classes/$170, Unlimited/ $190 or $99 using Auto Pay
Sweat Scale: medium
Energy Level: low

You asked, I listened! Of all the workouts I’ve tried so far (many more reviews to come) this is the one that piqued people’s curiosity. I was even going to save this for later, but it just couldn’t wait!

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Chest and Back Strength Workout/Kickboxing at Foxy and Fierce

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.foxyandfierce.com
Address: 7129 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (in Hollywood Dojo)
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$20, 10 classes/$150, month unlimited/$115
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: medium

Barre, spin, and Pilates have been my go-to workouts so much so that I have been bad at trying new things recently (blogger fail!). While I love pushing my body in different ways, it’s always a bit difficult to get completely out of my comfort zone. Kickboxing was something that I hadn’t ever given a chance so I was extremely excited to find that there is a studio just one block from my apartment! Continue reading

Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak at Circle X Ranch

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/circlexranch.htm
Address: 12896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu, CA, 90265
Hike length: 6 miles, about 2.5 hours-3 hours

If you’re in need of an escape from the city, look no further than beautiful Malibu. While Runyon Canyon is great for people watching and a quick “hike”, Sandstone Peak is the real deal. With breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Mountains and amazing rock formations, these 6 miles are sure to give you a taste of nature that you’ve been missing. Continue reading