I love trying new workouts to mix with outdoor runs and hikes. Here are some of my favorite fitness studios. Click the studio name for more info.
If you’re not afraid of heights and want to work on your upper body strength, try the ABC (Aerial Basics & Conditioning) class at Aerial Warehouse. And while you’re at it, throw some tumbling, trampoline, and parkour into your workout mix too!
I love this studio because every class is different and they incorporate more rotational movements than your typical vinyasa flow class. If you prefer a moderate pace, try Love Flow, and for more of a challenge, go for Yoga Sculpt or Tough Love.
Even if you think you don’t have the courage to dance in front of strangers, try one of Moore’s follow-along classes (no intimidating choreography!) and you’ll be smiling and sweating instantly. I love Jerrod’s hip-hop cardio U-Jam class on Saturdays.
The Westside’s only climbing gym is spacious, friendly, and offers a great 3-part intro series for newbies. Bring a friend so you’ll have a belay partner, or contact me if you need a belay. Climb on!
Studio K utilizes the Kinesis Machine which has an attached weight belt to focus your core. The HIIT class targets speed, power, balance, and multi-directional movement to keep you fast and nimble. They also offer a fun aerial yoga class.
Studio MDR teaches Lagree Method Pilates on the specially designed “megaformer” and it’s one of the most unique and challenging workouts I’ve ever tried. You will sweat and shake instantly.
The trainers at Velocity are all former college and pro athletes and the group classes are very small so you feel like you’re getting a private, elite training session. Try Trigger Point to learn foam rolling and pressure point release techniques.
If you’ve never done downward dog on a paddleboard with the upside down water and skyline as your view, you must try YogAqua. No paddling experience necessary, but it helps to have some basic yoga knowledge.
After all these crazy workouts, take some time to quiet the mind and body at Unplug Meditation. There are a variety of drop-in classes and beginners are very welcome. My favorite is Mantra.
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