CLASS PASS SERIES-Run, Reform, Repeat!!

As you may already know I am a huge fan of these combination classes certain studios have on ClassPass. There are a few with spin (cycle) and pilates, one with spin and TRX and one with TRX and boxing I have been to, and they were all pretty cool. So someone mentioned Fitmix on La Brea and said I would love it, so I made a point to try it out.

This studio is located on the corner of La Brea and Clinton in the West Hollywood area. Be careful looking for it because I passed it a few times.┬áThere are 3 first come, first serve parking spaces. If you can’t snag one of those, you can park at a meter or on a residential street, but make sure you READ THE SIGNS.

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As soon as you enter the studio you will be greeted by a row of treadmills. Then, off to your right, you will see 10 customized pilates reformers. On your left, past the treadmills, are bathrooms. If you look upstairs past the treadmills, the Fitmix studio has a little lounge area. I didn’t go up and check it out, but I like the idea. It makes the studio as a whole more welcoming.

I actually recognized the instructor of this class as the instructor of a spin class I recently took. A very friendly female, so I was immediately excited to take the class. Not to mention, other class goers were chatty and friendly, and that always makes a workout a little more pleasant, in my opinion.

Fit Mix has two class options. One is endurance pilates, which is an entire class strength training and core stabilization moves on the pilates reformers. The other class is called the Mashup, which is 25 minutes of cardio intervals on the treadmills and then 30 minutes of endurance pilates. I signed up for the mashup class, since I wanted to see what a workout with running and pilates combined would feel like.

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In this class, we started with 15 minutes on the treadmill, pushing up the incline and speed minute by minute. It was tough and I definitely worked up a sweat. Then we went over to the reformers and did about 10 minutes of pilates based moves. Then, we went back to the treadmills for about 10 more minutes and then spent the last 15 minutes of class doing more pilates moves.

I really enjoyed the variety. I get more of a sweat from the intensity of the interval running. The reformers don’t really do it for me as far as intensity goes, but I know they are good for balance and core strength.

This is definitely an enjoyable class, and you can chose to kick back your speed on the treadmill if sprints aren’t really for you. I liked the variety, music and ambiance. I will definitely be back!

FIT MIX

601 N. La Brea Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90036

CLASS PASS SERIES: Megaformers Take Over The Valley!

I have been patiently waiting for the past few weeks for Pilates Plus to switch from the regular reformers to the Megaformers I so love to be tortured on. I had called about trying out one of their classes the other week and they said the new reformers would be in that next week…and so they came…and so I went.

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This studio is located on the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Woodley in a shopping complex. Had I not seen the California Pizza Kitchen it was shown next to on the Class Pass map, I might have missed it. The parking structure has multiple levels. The annoying part about that is you go down and the attendees want to park your car. I am not a fan of that, so I drove around them since it was early enough in the morning. For anyone else who is interested, this studio does validate for the first 2 hours you are in the building, so you can feel free to leave your car with the lot attendees. If you don’t want to and it is early, however, you might be able to slide by them.

This studio is undergoing remodeling, so the door where you walk in is where the actual class takes place. I happened to be early so I practically walked into someone on their reformer. The room is small and there is plastic draped over everything since they are remodeling. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when they are done, because right now it seems a little crammed and clustered in the areas surrounding the workout equipment.

The teacher was bright and bubbly and was eager to assist first-timers in various exercises. The workout was hard, as usual. Lots of planks, plank to pikes, standing lunges on the reformer, standing lunges with weights. My balance/core stability is forever challenged by these classes that use the Megaformer. I curse myself under my breath and shake like crazy, but then I feel amazing after I leave.

If you do this sort of workout often and eat nutritionally sound most of the time, after a few classes, I guarantee you will see definition in places you never thought you would have definition. My shoulders are getting more cut…a nice look for tank tops in the summertime!

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This is one of a few Pilates Plus locations, but if you are looking to use the Megaformers, call the studio ahead and make sure they have them. As mentioned before, they are brand new at this location.

PILATES PLUS -ENCINO

16101 Ventura Boulevard

Suite 210

Los Angeles, CA 91436