Sip and Repeat

I love a good sweat (almost) as much as Rachael, but my workout rarely varies — I go to bar method 4-5 times a week, and occasionally a jog that ends with chocolate. While my workouts don’t always have the diversity we should all strive for, my smoothie game definitely does. I exercise to eat, people!

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I love having a smoothie before or after a hard workout because I can pack in a ton of nutrient-rich food and still feel like I’m treating myself. If I’m working out later in the day, I reach for a pre-workout smoothie for the energy I need without the heavy stomach feeling. All my smoothies are dairy-free, because that helps me avoid an upset stomach, but that is a personal preference – though I will say, almond milk is delicious! Here are some of my favorites. Continue reading

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CHILL and RESTORE at One Down Dog

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.onedowndog.com
Address: 4343 Sunset Blvd, # 208, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Length: 75 minutes CHILL / 60 minutes RESTORE
Price: 1 class/$20, 10 classes/$150, first month unlimited/$40, month unlimited (6 month commitment)/$95
Sweat scale: low
Energy level: medium

Before having a chance to write about my Chill class, I had already taken another at One Down Dog…so I decided to make this review a two-in-one.

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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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Cycle House

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.cyclehousela.com
Address: 8511 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Length: 45 minutes
Price: first class free, 1 class/$29, 10 classes/$260, month unlimited/$300
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: high

Cycle House is definitely trending in LA. I’ve heard from many readers that it is their favorite spin studio so of course I had to check it out. Reservations book up fast on ClassPass and popular times tend to sell out through their website.

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Yoga Booty Ballet at Swerve

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.swervestudio.com
Address: 8250 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Length: 55 minutes
Price: 1 class/$18, 10 classes/$155, month unlimited/$155 ($100 for new clients!)
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: high

When Danielle Cuccio reached out via Instagram about taking one of her classes, I did some research and found that not only is she a private yoga instructor with her own wellness company, but also she writes a blog, The Beauty Blender. Danielle invited me to either Yoga Booty Ballet or Power Flow Yoga. We all know that I am not yoga’s bigger fan, so I opted for the one that included the words booty and ballet thinking it would basically be a barre class…I was completely wrong!

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AIR Foundation at AIR Aerial Fitness

At a Glance:

Website: airfitnow.com
Address: 8474 W 3rd St, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Length: 50 minutes
Price: 1 class/$30, 10 classes/$280, month unlimited/$175
Sweat scale: medium
Energy level: low

The best thing about living in Los Angeles is the abundance of fitness classes beyond the usual exercises. I’ve had the chance to learn how to pole dance, get my heart racing while bouncing on a trampoline, and plank on a wobbly surfboard. I’m always looking for new workouts that challenge different muscles so I decided to give aerial fitness another shot.

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