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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BeatCycle at Vie2 Cycling

At a Glance:

Website: http://vie2cycling.com
Address: 1708 19th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Length: 45 minutes
Price: first class free, first two weeks unlimited/$49, first one month unlimited/$99, one class/$25, 10 classes/$210, month unlimited/$159
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: high

As you can probably guess, I’m running low on new studios in my neighborhood so every once in a while I love to venture west and seek out a new place to sweat a bit closer to the ocean. I love when I hit the jackpot and this time I did!

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Aqualillies Synchronized Swimming Fitness

At a Glance:

Website: http://www.aqualillies.com/fitness/
Address: (season starts again in April) Annenberg Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Length: 75 minutes
Price: $35 drop-in, $160 full season (6 sessions)
Sweat scale: hard to tell underwater
Energy level: medium

Sometimes I say to myself, “Only in LA” and my experience with Aqualillies had me repeating that phrase quite a bit. I couldn’t help but tell anyone and everyone! The Aqualillies is a professional synchronized swim/dance team who has successfully brought back the art form of “Water Ballet” into mainstream culture. Think of those classic swim numbers in the movies from the golden age. You can’t help but look in awe as they float with their makeup set perfectly. These women have opened for Bon Jovi! Lucky to be invited to participate, I set out to my local sports shop and bought a new cap, goggles, and swimsuit. Would I be as graceful as them or would I sink to the bottom?

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Nike Training Club

At a Glance:

Website: www.nike.com/LA
Address: 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Length: 60 minutes
Price: free!
Sweat level: high
Energy level: high

I’ve always wanted to be an athlete. I’ve dreamed of running through a tunnel of high-fives. The crowd would be shouting my name. I would score the game-winning point. Daydreams…right? That’s not to say I didn’t play sports in school, but I was mediocre at best. Ever felt the same way? I think Nike can change that mentality. After training with them, now I am an athlete.

Back in April, Rachael and I were lucky enough to attend The Nike Training Club Tour event (which was partially sponsored by ClassPass this year!). We were absolutely spoiled. The weekly Nike Training Club events, maybe not on the same scale as their tour, are no exception in treating the attendees like rockstars.

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You’re Invited: Six hours of free fitness @ SIX:02

Join me on Saturday, June 6th at the SIX:02 retail store on the Third Street Promenade for six hours of sweaty group fitness classes. From 12:02 to 6:02, SIX:02 will be offering six free workouts with live DJ tunes brought to you by Refinery 29 and organic sweetgreen snacks.

Check out the schedule below and RSVP here (space is limited):

12:02: Nike Training Club (NTC): Nike Training Club is a full-body functional workout developed by Nike professional trainers and inspired by world-class athletes. This high intensity, multi-directional session will inspire you on your journey to becoming a better athlete.

1:02: Dance It Out: This workout is part intense muscle conditioning, part electrifying dance party. Easy-to-follow moves blend everything from ballet to belly dancing to booty shaking.

2:02: Interval Insanity: Challenge your body and mind to the max with this nonstop, high-intensity, muscle-burning class. Open to all fitness levels; can-do attitude required.

3:02: Power Vinyasa: A fusion of Ashtanga and Bikram, incorporating deep rhythmic breathing and movement. Each student is encouraged to dedicate the practice to a loved one.

4:02: Upper-Body Blast: Use your own body weight, and fast-paced drills to chisel your chest, back, shoulders, and arms.

5:02: Nike Training Club (NTC): Nike Training Club is a full-body functional workout developed by Nike professional trainers and inspired by world-class athletes. This high intensity, multi-directional session will inspire you on your journey to becoming a better athlete.

I will be at the 12:02 and 2:02 classes if you want to sweat together–comment below if you can join!

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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C9 Champion Yoga Event at Shutters on the Beach

Oh my gosh, what a great weekend to be an LA resident—and a fitness blogger! This morning I had the opportunity to attend a yoga event with celeb instructor Kristin McGee sponsored by Target’s athletic wear line, C9 Champion. The event was held at the gorgeous Santa Monica hotel, Shutters on the Beach (which was also a top contender for my wedding venue, until the east coast won out), and we were all sent C9 gear beforehand to wear!

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Once I arrived and grabbed some coffee in the lobby, I headed down to the Promenade room to find bright yoga mats and equally bright workout gear. The morning started with a 45-minute class where Kristen led us through a series of sun salutations, warrior poses, and some mat Pilate’s moves. Afterwards, we were free to help ourselves to smoothies, granola, and exercise clothes (every girl’s DREAM). There were also masseuses available for 15 minute massages—perfect after a workout but before heading to actual work. Of course, my friend and I had to sneak away for pictures with some of my new gear by the beach!

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Tomorrow I will be attending the Nike Women Los Angeles Tour in downtown LA to sweat with 2,000 STRONG ladies. Can’t wait to see some of you there!!!!

Ryde4 Cycling

At a Glance:

Website: http://ryde4.com
Address: 1233 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Length: 60 minutes
Price: first class free, one class/$18, 10 classes/$150, month unlimited/$120
Sweat scale: high
Energy level: high

I didn’t like spinning before I moved to LA but ever since I tried Flywheel I became instantly obsessed with the intense cardio rush. I push myself harder in spin than I do in a lot of classes and walk out with an amazing wave of endorphins. When I heard about this outdoor class I knew I had to get myself over to Santa Monica asap.

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