At the helm of Equilibrium Fitness' studio is Annabelle Rosemurgy, an equestrian and former Olympic athlete whose performances required enough core strength to pull off a handstand atop her horse during competitions. In her studio, she helms a team of certified instructors that leads a host of amped up Pilates routines and RealRyder indoor cycling classes.
Fifty five-minute SPX Pilates classes initiate novices into the intense practice, designed to keep on incinerating calories hours after the sessions end. The studio’s bread and butter, however, are the SPX and Systeme Dynamique classes—variations on the Pilates method—that use circuit training to target extra weight in the hips and thighs and isolate muscle groups all over the body to sculpt, tone, burn fat, and increase flexibility. Even the studio's indoor cycling sessions target core muscles, strengthen the upper body, and torch calories, getting legs pumping on RealRyder bikes that allow riders to steer and lean, simulating the real cycling experience of avoiding potholes and the maneating Sarlaccs that live inside them.
Although Metro Fitness already boasts 11,000 square feet of treadmills, ellipticals, and Hammer Strength equipment, the gym is always in the process of improvement. Metro Fitness recently opened saunas in both the men's and women's locker rooms, which already feature showers and vanity areas.
The relaxed gym prides itself on its uncrowded space, which also hosts group fitness classes, including yoga, kickboxing, and indoor cycling. Private personal training makes it easy to stay on track with fitness goals without using baby rattles as free weights.
On the second floor of a two-story office building sits Revolution Cycling Studio, a pedaling and yoga house in Eagle Rock. Sliding glass doors offer lovely views of trees and greenery, while hardworking riders inside are treated to either a 45-minute class for beginning riders on Saturday mornings or 60-minute sweat and burn sessions during the week. The Rev Tone and Ride class is very popular, and riders are urged to reserve a bike ahead of time. For those who want to lengthen muscles and gain flexibility, the studio also offers a lunchtime yoga class on Wednesdays taught by a trained Iyengar Yoga instructor. Best of all: the first class for potential riders is always free.
At this sleek Hollywood studio located near Sunset and Vine, a fitness mash-up of spinning and Pilates offers unique 55-minute workouts that burn calories and tone muscles. A spacious, airy industrial room with polished wood floors, mirrors and concrete pillars, this Cyclelates studio is clean and bright. The sessions themselves are fairly straightforward: 20 minutes of spinning on a stationary cycling machine and 35 minutes of Pilates on a Reformer machine. Classes run seven days a week from early morning to night, and drop in sessions are available for anyone looking to explore the unique exercise regimen, without plunking down the cash for a full package. Private instruction is also available, as are areas for yoga, spray tanning and consultation with nutritionists.
Made in LA founder Andrea Lawent “never heard ‘change’ and ‘comfortable’ in the same sentence.” While she encourages students at Made in LA to work at their own pace, she won’t accept them to give anything less than 100% of themselves and at least 20% of their imaginary friends. A veteran of the dance and fitness industries, she opened the doors of her Hollywood Blvd. fitness and rehabilitation studio—which is equipped with 35 spinning bikes and a 2,500 square foot private training gym—in 2008. Since then, Made in LA has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine and has attracted a host of celebrity clientele including Carmen Electra and Laura Prepon.
Alongside a seasoned squad of fitness gurus, Lawent provides students with a wide variety of offerings that include her famous rock-and-roll themed spinning classes, boot camps, yoga classes, and personal training sessions. Students of any ability level perch on one of 35 spin bikes or take advantage of a 2,500 square foot private training gym