After missing The Andaz Hotel’s new boot camp this weekend in West Hollywood, it seemed like a good time to roll out this top ten summer fitness story in the hopes that it will inspire you to try that extreme pilates class, swing on the pole or just hit the Santa Monica bike path before June – the stairs are also free, and I’m starting first thing tomorrow.
The S Factor
For the most provocative work out in town, hit Shelia Kelly’s mid-town studio. Kick-up your sex appeal a notch or two learning how to shimmy up and down the pole and unleash your erotic side – not for the shy types but great for tipsy bachelorette parties.
The S Factor, 5225 Wilshire Blvd, Suite B (323-965-9685 or sfactor.com)
LA Fitness Zumba Classes
One of the top gyms in LA has gotten into the groove with Zumba fitness. The dance program includes several types of aerobic moves while listening to music blends of Latin and international beats that are contagious – you can’t get the sound out of your head for days – but still a fun way to shed the pounds.
LA Fitness, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (323-462-5199 or lafitness.com)
The Bar Method
Awaken the Black Swan within during a fitness routine that utilizes a traditional ballet barre to combine dance conditioning, deep stretches, interval training, aspects of isometrics and physical therapy that aims to build long, lean limbs and give you that light-on-your-feet, limber and enviable graceful posture.
The Bar Method, 8416 W 3rd Street (323-651-2226 or barmethod.com/)
Sky Sport & Spa
If you like to burn fat with a view, this penthouse gym overlooking the LA skyline, this is the spot for you. Jimmy Franklin has worked as Jackie Warner’s personal trainer (last scene on Bravo’s Work Out) and will custom-design a regimen based on your body shape from apple to pear that incorporate compound movements to tone your muscle fast.
Sky Sport Spa, 8500 Wilshire Blvd; Penthouse, Beverly Hills (323-459-1676 or skysportspa.com)
Dion The Trainer
Burn to the beat with multi-talented trainer to the stars Dion Jackson who also composes funky tracks for his straight forward circuit training with aerobics, crunches, weights and running – or personal fitness sessions that end with a massage. Think bods like JLo and Pam Anderson who are clients.
1538 N Fairfax Ave, Hollywood (323- 876-0854 or dionthetrainer.com)
This Rocky style work out combines high intensity boxing with cute pink and black weighted gloves (don’t worry they are only a half-pound each) with the current workout regime of choice – pilates. During active recovery – when your heart rate is up, the standing pilates follow several rounds of rigorous boxing moves.
Piloxing, 4129 Cahuenga Blvd., Toluca Lake (818-762-8855 or piloxing.com)
Known for spinning and yoga classes, if you want really toned arms, abs and butt, take Kimberly Foweler’s new RIPPED Yoga class with 3 pound weights. Downward dog, sitting tree and the warrior take on a whole new level when you’re lifting hand held weights in between and during postures.
YAS, 1101 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice (310-396-6993 or go2yas.com/yas_venice.asp)
The Studio (MDR)
Just steps from muscle beach, Sebastien Lagree’s SPX/System Dynamique workout is transforming bodies using elements of pilates, cardio training and weight-bearing activity with state of the art Megaformers. Ask for trainer Ky Eveans who will take you through 50 moves in 50 flowing minutes – think ‘crossfit’ without the impact on your joints.
The Studio (MDR) 330 Washington Blvd, Unit C; Marina Del Rey (310-561-9814 or thestudiomdr.com/)
Pilates Platinum – Spinlates
These small pristine studios are popping up around town from Brentwood to Hollywood. This is not your typical pilates workout lying flat on your back but more of a circuit training workout combining 30 minutes of SPX Pilates and 30 minutes of spinning. Just ask for “the 30/30” or “spinlates” training.
Platinum Pilates, 11755 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 60 Brentwood (323-466-0309 or pilatesplatinum.com)
Santa Monica Bike Path
If you loath the idea of being trapped inside a gym and love the great outdoors, yet don’t want to get eaten by a coyote in the canyon, the bike path runs from the Marina to Malibu. You can cruise for over eight miles by the ocean and, as long as you have a bike, it’s free.
For more information go to: www.santamonica.com