Orangetheory Santa Monica

At a Glance:  

Website: http://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/santa-monica
Address: 1431 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$30, 10 classes/$199
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: high

There’s nothing better on a Saturday than working up a great sweat and then vegging out on a yummy brunch. Luckily, I’ve had that perfect afternoon two weekends in a row, and am still feelin the pain as I write this.

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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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Control Method Open at I Heart Fitness XO

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.iheartfitnessxo.com
Address: 11440 Ventura Blvd. Ste #107, Studio City 91604
Class length: 55 min
Price: first class/$15, 1 class/$35, 10 classes/$200, month unlimited/$249
Sweat Scale: medium
Energy level: low

Sweating in LA is all about location, location, location. It’s no wonder that I only make it to the west side on weekends. Traffic patterns rule our life and the worst part is that the traffic has no pattern…it’s 24/7! I picked this studio because of it’s location to my work and I was so curious about the very vague class name.

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Group Reformer at Pilate-ology

At a Glance:

Website: http://pilate-ology.com
Address: 13630 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA
Class length: 60 min
Price: first class $10, 1 class/$25, 10 classes/$200, first month unlimited/$140
Sweat Scale: low
Energy level: low

I walk by this place daily and always notice the “first class $10” sign but haven’t really had an intention to try it. However, when I accidentally signed up for Pilates Plus at 5:45 AM instead of PM, not realizing until I was asked to rate the class and swearing that ClassPass messed it up, I needed to find a plan B. Thankfully, there were still 2 spots left and I booked at Pilate-ology immediately. 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

Runyon Canyon

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/facility/runyoncanyonpk.htm
Address: 2000 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Hike length: about 60 min
Price: free
Sweat Scale: medium
Energy level: medium

In Los Angeles we are blessed with pretty much perfect weather 365 days of the year. Having lived here for 8 months (and just getting back from snowy DC 24 hours ago), I can attest that there is nothing better than the LA climate. Never do I have an excuse to curl up inside under a blanket and binge watch Netflix because it’s always going to be around 74 and sunny (pros and cons, people). With that being said, outdoor workouts are extremely popular and Runyon Canyon is my hike of choice. Continue reading

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

Barre Lab

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.barrelab.com
Address: 1947 North Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90068
Length: 60 minutes
Price: 1 class/$20, 10 classes/$180, month unlimited/$160
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: low

This studio is brand new to the LA barre scene, replacing Pop Physique Hollywood. When they opened on January 1st, the held free classes for a week but I couldn’t make it. Since Instagram is their only form of communication until the website is complete, I saw that they were having two more free classes and signed up immediately.

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