Propel Workout with Gunnar Peterson Recap

You know those things that you look forward to for so long and are so excited about? There is nothing worse than when they pass by so quickly.

My second workout with celeb (read: Kardashian) trainer, Gunnar Peterson, has been something I’ve counted down for months. I was eager to meet the NYC Propel Ambassador gals and spend some more time with bloggers-turned-friends, Whitney and Gwen. With the anticipation bubbling, I didn’t even want it to start for fear that it would end too soon. Well, I was right. Although it’s over, I am so thankful for such a great experience and can’t want to share the deets with you!

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The 12 Movement Costa Mesa

This weekend, some ClassPass friends and I all jumped in the car and headed an hour south to the land of pristine streets and perfectly trimmed palm trees: Orange County.

ClassPass teamed up with one of the most popular fitness studios in the area, The 12 Movement, for a killer workout complete with some post sweat treats.

We arrived to the studio and I was surprised that it was half gym, half fitness studio, kind of like Reebok Cross Fit Lab in LA. They showed us the women’s locker room complete with four showers and complimentary towels. After stashing our things in the lockers (make sure to bring a lock!), we headed into the room where the class would be taking place.

Stepping into the studio made me panic a little…I was here for an event not so much a killer workout; joke was on me! There were free weights, weighted balls, treadmills, trx-style bands, stationary bikes, and giant parkour style boxes spread out throughout the room. Written on the mirrors were fun words like “burpee” and “sprint”.

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Our instructor, Ryan, was motivating from the get-go, giving us some insight into his training (he’s been stationed overseas in the military a few times) and his past (including when he was in an accident and woke up paralyzed for four months only to be told he may never walk again). Listening to these stories helped push the fear out of my head and prepare for one tough workout.

Ryan led us around the room explaining each of the stations before we broke into groups. Similar to Training Mate, the class was separated into seven stations with two exercises per station. We rotated between each exercise for 40-seconds six times before moving to the next station. Some of the workouts included sprinting on an incline, pedaling up a hill, burpees, tricep dips, and wall sits while passing a weighted ball.

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Once the class officially started I loved how Ryan continued to offer motivation as he circled around the room hyping everyone up. Although the moves were tough, 40 seconds was completely doable.

We ended class with one more cardio blast as a team and then headed into the lobby to taste juice by Project Juice and shop clothing by Reva Wear. My fellow ClassPass pals and I fell in love with the black and white striped jacket and will now be #twinning around town. You can shop our look here.

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Post class we treated ourselves to some fancy soup filled dumplings at the South Coast Plaza Mall…the mother of all malls! It turned out to be the perfect Saturday!

Robot Fit at Robot Fight & Fitness

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.robotfightfitness.com/
Address: 2028 Stoner Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$25, 2 month summer special/$147 (regularly $299)
Sweat: high
Energy: high

Alright ‘Sweat and Repeat’ readers, you caught me wrap-handed! I’ve avoided writing this review because Robot Fight & Fitness is one of my favorite studios and I didn’t want the secret to get out! A couple years ago, way before I started my ClassPass adventure, I walked into ‘Robot’ and secretly hoping it was a film company with a similar name.  To my surprise it was full of people working out and fighting. Overwhelmed and nowhere near the motivated ClassPasser I am now, I ran out as quickly as I came in! Now, I love it, and can’t wait to tell you more.

Robot Fight and Fitness has one of the largest mat spaces in Los Angeles (3000 sq. ft.) and can have up to four classes going at a time. The facility also includes an Olympic lifting area and a ring for practice matches. While most people look to ‘Robot’ for MMA, Muay Thai, and BJJ training (it’s a great studio for beginners and the instructors are amazing), I think I’ve found my home at Robot Fit classes. Robot Fit is a strength and conditioning program, the studio’s alterative to Crossfit without the injuries associated with that style of workout.

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The Phoenix Effect

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.phoenixeffectbootcamp.com
Address: 7264 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first class/$5, 1 class/$24, 10 classes/$200, month unlimited/$299
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: high

There’s nothing like chowing down with friends while watching the Super Bowl. Knowing how much I would eat, I decided to rev up my Sunday workout from the usual Pilates to a brand new bootcamp class. Continue reading