I tried the Megaformer and here’s what happened

Allow me to introduce this post by saying that for one year I begged and pleaded that my best friend Colleen make the leap and switch from a regular gym membership to ClassPass. Thankfully, as a ClassPass ambassador, we were given a free month to gift to a friend as a holiday present. I immediately texted Colleen and let her know that now she really had to start because her first month would be free!

The timing was perfect; she was on winter break and had plenty of time to try out the Atlanta fitness scene. I immediately recommended that she try a megaformer class—the one workout that promises to make my muscles shake no matter how often I go.

Read on to find out what happened from her perspective…

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Strength at Uplift

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.upliftstudios.com/Uplift-Studios-Los-Angeles
Address: 8254 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Length: 55 minutes
Price: one class/$28, 10 classes/$260, month unlimited/$300
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: medium

While Los Angeles is blessed with so many great places to workout, I always feel like New York City is one step ahead of us. Thankfully, the new trend is for NYC based studios to head west and set up shop where blizzards are less likely to prompt a class cancellation. Enter: the opening of Uplift!

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Pure Barre Platform Preview!

If you like Pure Barre…or just fun in general…you’re going to LOVE the new Pure Barre Platform class.

I had the opportunity to test it out at the Hollywood studio with Pure Barre Senior Master Trainer Shalisa (@shalisa_p) last week and not only had an epic workout but also had such a blast.

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The new platform is about one square foot around and six inches or so off the ground but it completely transforms the exercises, allowing you to have a much greater range of movement. The workout is still low impact but tiny pulses are replaced by quick bursts of high intensity movement. This leads to an increased heart rate and a lot more cardio than your average barre class.

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solidcore all levels

At a Glance:

Website: http://solidcore.co
Address: 650 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203
Length: 50 minutes
Price: 1 class/$37, 10 classes/$330, month unlimited/$309 with 3 month commitment
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: medium

Solidcore is the premier megaformer class in the DC area…for a good reason. The prices reflect how in demand the classes are which is why when I got word of mock teacher classes I signed up quickly for two! These free classes are during off-peak times in order for training teachers to get experience in front of students. While they only happen a few times a month, I was lucky enough to be in town and it was well worth it!

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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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The No Excuses Gym Bag: Be Prepared for Anything

If you’ve made your rounds through at least a few of the many fitness studios in LA, you’ve noticed that facilities and services vary greatly. Some studios have fully stocked locker rooms, free filtered water, free cycle shoes or rentals, towel service, etc. Other studios keep it simple and don’t offer a lot of the extras. Luxury amenities are wonderful, especially if you use ClassPass and aren’t necessarily paying more for the extra services. But don’t let the locker room determine where, when or if you work out! Below, you’ll find everything you need to pack to be prepared for just about anything.

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Speedplay LA

At a Glance:

Website: http://speedplayla.com
Address: 8500 Wilshire Blvd, Penthouse, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$30, 10 classes/$250, month unlimited/$300
Sweat: high
Energy level: high

Sometimes I’m in need of a class that’s going to challenge me and make me sweat profusely. While barre and Pilates classes aren’t hard to come by in this city, finding a killer bootcamp can be challenging. With the first location in DTLA having opened in May and the Beverly Hills studio on July 8th, Los Angeles has just been blessed with a brand new killer class.

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Apparatus Class Mixed Level at Strong Body Pilates

At a Glance:

Website: http://strongbodypilates.com
Address: 13033 Ventura Blvd, Suite F, Los Angeles, CA, 91604
Length: 55 minutes
Price: 1 class/$35, 12 classes/$378, month unlimited/$230
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: low

I’ll be honest; I stalk the ClassPass site for new studios. Unbeknownst to me, I stalked so hard that I ended up at this studio on their first day with CP. Continue reading