We all know how hard it is to keep New Year's Resolutions. But ever since joining Classpass around two years ago (how time flies!), I've found that getting myself to fitness classes is easier than ever. In fact, I've found so many classes I actually like, and even *gasp* look forward to going to! The classes below are undoubtedly the ones I take most frequently.
1. Beatbike in Tarzana and Huntington Beach
I've extolled the virtues of Beatbike many times before on this blog. But for those that don't want to schlep to the Valley for a spin class, you'll be pleased to know they've opened a location in Huntington Beach! And I know, spin classes look and sound intimidating; I honestly never thought I would be the kind of person that goes weekly. But Beatbike consistently has great classes, great instructors, and great music that make their classes challenging but approachable. Add in that they lend you the shoes and towels, and there are showers, a juice bar, and a nice outdoor patio, it's no wonder why they've garnered a huge local following.
2. Fitmix Studio, Encino and La Brea
Pilates is one of the few workouts that I actually might describe as "fun," and while there are fab pilates studios all over the city, one of my favorite for when I want a good challenge is Fitmix. They have locations in Encino and on La Brea, and their "Endurance Pilates" classes are great, go-to choices for a challenging sweat sesh.
3. Lit Method on W. 3rd St.
From time to time, when I'm inexplicably in the mood for a really challenging fitness class, I head to The Lit Method on W. 3rd. These non-stop classes feature sprints on a rowing machine with TRX and mat intervals. You will undoubtedly work hard, sweat a ton, and hate me for recommending this in the first place.
4. Platefit, Brentwood, West Hollywood, and Studio City
Another studio that's a great go-to for those occasions when you want your ass kicked, Platefit features all kinds of fast-paced classes on their Powerplate. Essentially, the powerplate is a medical grade machine that uses vibration to activate your muscles, increasing the intensity of your workout. Thankfully, the classes are only 30 minutes long, and a few of my favorites include their HIIT and TRX classes. I definitely recommend sticking around for the recovery class, which will help prevent soreness and is a great way to wind down after the workout. They have studios in Brentwood, West Hollywood, and just opened a location in Studio City!
5. Yogaworks, Various Locations
Everyone knows (or has been to a class) at one of Yogaworks' many locations. The yoga studio juggernaut is known for their countless yoga classes, but their other studio classes are often underrated. With everything from Barre to TRX and sculpting cardio classes, it's a great place to start your fitness journey.