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We love the elliptical trainer for giving us a great workout without overly stressing our joints. But we find ourselves getting a bit bored with our same old workout playlist and audio-less soap operas on the TV--so we?re putting our rear ends in the hands of a workout called ElliptiFit.

Fitness pro and Elliptifit creator Annette Comerchero leads daily group classes in West L.A. designed to make elliptical training as fun as it is challenging. (Note to self: Some sessions start as early as 6:30 a.m., so there?s no excuse not to attend for post-holiday-meal recovery.)

During the $21 classes, sweaty devotees pump machines along to a synchronized soundtrack and workout-enhancing mood lighting. After a brief warm-up, Comerchero or one of her energetic instructors guides disciples through High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) exercises. Between intervals, there are exercises targeting the core, arms and side muscles, as well as backward-pedaling moves we never knew existed. The instructor suggests when to dial resistance controls up or down, and since the flow can be customized, it?s perfect for anyone nursing an injury. 

After class, a final stretch session feels great, but not as great as a glance at the calorie counter: We burned 500 calories in a single 45-minute workout. 

ElliptiFit, 11870 Santa Monica Blvd.; 323-400-5348 or elliptifit.com

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