After joining Classpass about 6 weeks ago, I feel like I'm finally getting back into fighting shape. Or at least, I'm now somewhat able to get through a full workout without wanting to give up or pass out. I definitely joined with an initial intimidation that took some time to get past; after working out in a gym at my own pace, putting myself out there for different kinds of workouts wasn't easy. But I was surprised by how quickly I took to some of these classes, and felt a sense of camaraderie with the other beginners who were just as nervous as I. I've been consistently going to about 2-3 classes a week; though some classes have been maybe too out there or challenging, I've been surprised by how much I've enjoyed others.
1. BeatBike in Tarzana : Cycle 45 with Lisa
For me, cycling always immediately brings to mind the Spirit Cycle episode of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in which Kimmy develops a cult-like devotion to her spin class. I definitely thought cycling would not be for me, and couldn't imagine actually enjoying it. But regardless decided to give it a try. And I have to admit that, *gasp,* I may actually like it. I've been mostly sticking to Lisa's classes, and always enjoy her upbeat and creative playlists. If you're going to sweat out all the water in your body in 45 minutes, at least you can listen to an Adele-Backstreet Boys mashup.
2. Speir Pilates in Santa Monica : Reformer Barre Burn
Out of all the fitness classes I tried, I was already the most familiar with Pilates Reformer classes (thanks Mom!), so finding the right studio through Classpass was a priority. I've tried a few different places, and really enjoyed the Reformer Barre Burn at Speir Pilates. The class was a perfect pace for me-- challenging, but not overkill. I really liked the addition of barre movements (as I still can't stomach a FULL barre class), and Andrea paid close attention to form.
3. Whole Life Balance in Santa Monica : Aerial Yoga
Like cycling, aerial yoga seriously intimidated me. I really didn't believe I was graceful or adventurous enough to pull it off; apparently, you don't need to be! I appreciated this class because it was clearly an introduction to using the aerial silks, and focused a lot on stretching (which was a nice break from some of the more intense workouts I've had).
4. Playlist Yoga in West Hollywood: Playlist
One thing I've learned throughout this process is that I need something to make my workouts fun/tolerable. The music at Beat Bike helps get me through the most grueling parts of the workout, and my experience at Playlist Yoga was similar. The instructor was great, the studio is beautifully minimal, and the music is contemporary and cool for a yoga class.
5. Sandbox Fitness in Sherman Oaks : Surfset 101
I knew a bit about Sandbox Fitness before my Surfset 101 class (namely, that it takes place on sand), but was not expecting it to be so hard. Which in hindsight is really silly, as I went surfing a few months ago and didn't even make it an hour before I wanted to pass out. Merging plyometric movement, cardio exercises, and weight training with their unique faux-surf set-up, I felt like I had gotten my money's worth about 10 minutes in. I'm guessing this workout takes a bit of an adjustment, but has the potential to be really fun and effective.