LA’s Best Workouts for Travelers: Let’s Get Physical
Keeping up with your fitness regimen can be a challenge when traveling to a new city, especially as gym-goers are now opting for more intimate, high-intensity workouts in a group setting. However, LA is shaping fitness trends nationwide with a surge in boutique fitness studios offering one time passes for fun classes with impact.
To plan your visit to some of the entertainment capital’s most popular classes, here’s a list from downtown to Santa Monica. As a tip to staying healthy and fit while on your trip, plan your workout as a way to explore different parts of the city!
West Hollywood/Beverly Hills
- Rise Nation: Get ready for a 30-minute full body climbing workout on the studio’s Versaclimber machines, promoting a more balanced and functioning body by minimizing impact on the bones and joints. After your climb, sip a fresh-pressed juice on Rise Nation’s outdoor rooftop patio with views of the Hollywood hills.
- SpeedPlay: Take in 360-degree penthouse views during an indoor/outdoor rooftop workout at the posh Beverly Hills studio. Keep it moving by working out on row machines, treadmills, lift weights, and run sprints on the outdoor astro-turf. After your class, visit the iconic Robertson Blvd. nearby for a healthy post-workout snack.
- Prevail: Channel your inner Muhammad Ali and learn how to pack a punch at Prevail, LA’s premiere fitness boxing gym. Group classes teach basic principles of boxing and allow you to practice on the bags and with instructors while rotating through a 45-minute training session. The studio is a few blocks from The Grove outdoor shopping center and farmer’s market.
- Cycle House Beach: Located directly across from the Santa Monica Pier, Cycle House offers one of the most intense indoor cycling rides in the city. Featured on E! for their reality show, “Hollywood Cycle,” the newest beach location will get you sweating with up to 1,000 calories burned each class. Plus, there’s free parking next door and a West Hollywood studio on Melrose Avenue.
- Aerial Physique: Ever wondered how Cirque du Soleil performers glide and twist down silk during aerial performances? Try your hand at aerial aerobics with a semi-private class on Santa Monica’s stylish Montana Avenue; each introductory class accepts no more than four students per session.
- Pop Physique: Lengthen and tone your muscles during the one-hour “PopSculpt” ballet-based workout that incorporates the ballet bar, weights and resistance balls. The studio sits a block from the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place shopping center, offering rooftop dining with views of the Pacific Ocean.
- YAS Fitness Centers: Slow things down with a yoga class, pump up the intensity with a spin class, or take a combination yoga and spin class at YAS, who recently opened their doors to downtown. after establishing a strong following at their Venice beach and Silverlake locations. With your first class at only $10, this studio is hard to pass up!
- FlyWheel Sports: Looking to get competitive? FlyWheel’s “Torqboard” shows your ranking and speed during each indoor spin class. The studio is located in the heart of Larchmont Village; the countless boutiques and quaint gourmet eateries that line the main street make this area one of the city’s hidden gems. FlyWheel also offer barre classes and have a West Hollywood location in the heart of the city.
- One Down Dog: This Silverlake studio offers one of the most diverse class selections with sessions like “Chill,” “Core,” “Flow,” and more. The music is loud, the classes are fun and the staff are friendly. Try the cardio-heavy sweat class to burn some major calories, and plan to stick around to shop from their selection of workout and yoga apparel.
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