The Best Workouts in 13 Los Angeles Neighborhoods
The new rage for boutique exercise programs has left Los Angeles fitness buffs spoiled for choice. So even if you never cross the 405, one these 13 workouts is waiting practically outside your door.
Brentwood: Burn 60
This is one of those high-intensity interval training classes (H.I.I.T.) where you are racing over to the treadmill for ten minutes of nausea-inducing sprints, then racing back to the floor for painful reps of arm, ab and butt work. In other words, a really good time.
159 S. Barrington Pl.; 310-476-5656 or burn60.com
West Hollywood: Platefit
Inside this shoebox-sized studio off Beverly Boulevard, you stand on a vibrating treadmill called a Power Plate that basically destabilizes your body so much, your muscles get a killer workout just trying to stand still. (That’s before the teacher starts calling out leg lifts.) There’s so much going on, you only need 27 minutes to get a full body workout.
309 N. Kings Rd.; 323-782-1770 or platefit.co
This high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.) sesh has something other rigorous workouts around town don’t: heart rate monitors. Throughout the one-hour class, you make sure to stay within a target zone that boosts your metabolism during and after class. So the fat-burning keeps happening even after you hit the showers.
2091 E. Colorado Ave.; 626-788-9755 or orangetheoryfitness.com
Silverlake: Pop Physique
In one huge ground-floor loft on a retail stretch, this deceptively easy-looking barre class mixes classic Pilates and ballet moves with props like weights and rubber balls. Your legs will be shaking by the end of class, and you’ll understand why this is the best butt workout in town.
3501 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-665-7777 or popphysique.com
North La Cienega: LaGree Fitness Studio
Pressed for time? Take a 25-minute class on the Supraformer, a patented update of the Megaformer that tilts laterally (like you’re balancing on a surfboard) and inclines (like you’re on a treadmill). You’re working so hard just to stay stable, you don’t need a whole hour to really feel the burn.
375 N La Cienega Blvd., #1; (424) 274-2899 or lagreefitnessstudio.com
Marina Del Rey: YogAqua
This is year-round fun, since you don’t actually get in the water (it’s not like a sweaty Ashtanga series of moves or anything). First there’s 30 minutes of getting used to maneuvering your stand-up paddleboard, then an hour of yoga moves tailored to your proficiency in yoga.
13977 Palawan Way; 805-283-9642 or yogaqua.com
DTLA: Sanctuary Fitness
This just-opened warehouse space gym is kinda bonkers, but we love it: It has spin classes in a rainbow-lit room and a giant H.I.I.T. training room that’s much sunnier and roomier than most CrossFit gyms. Between the assisted pull-ups, waterwheel rowing and plyo-box jumping, you’ll appreciate the cheery sunlight as much as the bubbly, non-shaming instructors.
718 Jackson St.; sanctuaryfitnessla.com
Sherman Oaks: CorePower Yoga
Need to fit into your high school prom dress like, tomorrow? Sign up for the Hot Power Fusion class, where you’ll move at a brisk pace through sun salutations and other flowing postures…in a room heated from 100 to 103 degrees. Water retention, say bye-bye.
13920 Ventura Blvd.; 818-784-9642 or corepoweryoga.com
Santa Monica: The Class by Taryn Toomey
This early morning just-over-an-hour class is a combo platter: You’ll do simple calisthenics, plyometrics (that’s fancy talk for jumping) and aerobics, along with shouted affirmations that encourage you to push yourself harder toward physical and emotional well-being. You’ll pant, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry…and the next day, you’ll be perfectly sore.
At Yogis Anonymous, 1221 Second St.; 877-958-9644 or taryntoomey.com
Malibu: Soul Cycle
Here’s the thing you need when you’re hitting the beach: a toned midsection. Also, here is what most people don’t know about spin classes: The only way you can keep up with the increasing speed and wheel resistance is to really activate your core. So take this 45-minute class and you’ll be crop-top ready.
3874 Cross Creek Rd.; 310-973-7685 or soul-cycle.com
West Third Street: Air Fit Now
Have a bad back, a yearning for a strong core and/or a secret desire to join Cirque du Soleil? Then this antigravity yoga studio is your jam. You’ll wrap yourself in ceiling-mounted silk bands then stretch, climb and do crunches before cooling down in the band as if it’s a cocoon.
2474 W. Third St.; 203-305-8447 or airfitnow.com
Burbank: Piloxing Academy
This is the sweatiest little workout hybrid you’ve never heard of. A mix of Pilates and boxing, this hour-long class takes you from the barre to floor exercises while you’re wearing weighted gloves and practicing hooks, jabs and uppercuts like there’s no tomorrow.
2220 W Magnolia Blvd.; 818-762-8855 or piloxing.com
Larchmont: Flywheel Sports
Like competition? Join the Type A spin devotees here; you sign up to your speed and bike resistance displayed on the TorqBoard for all to see. For an extra-added challenge, take sculpted celebrity trainer Lacey Stone’s super-tough class.
147 N. Larchmont Blvd.; 323-446-2425 or flywheelsports.com