TRAIN West Hollywood offers group cycling classes seven days a week and provides top-notch equipment. Specialty classes such as Just Dude It! fuel students' calves and craniums with rock ‘n’ roll beats, and the late-night danceCYCLE class culls the club spirit from within, releasing it to the atmosphere to bond with ambient sweat beads. Group cycling classes are scheduled daily throughout the day; a complete schedule is available here.
As mentioned in the Los Angeles Times, Harmony Studios' extensive schedule of small-group and private Pilates sessions accommodates students with a wide variety of skill levels and fitness goals. Inside the 4,000-square-foot facility, private classes partner students with an experienced fitness guru in order to hone proper form and develop an appreciation for electrolytes. The one-hour group classes cap attendance at five students to ensure that each pupil receives individualized attention and sufficient high fives. Each session begins with focused breathing exercises and stretches intended to loosen hip joints, backs, and ship-sinking lips to help ease students into practice before beginning the muscle-toning regimen. A series of meticulously aligned movements engages the entire body with many repetitions of each exercise, forging slender limbs and sturdy cores with the tensile strength of diamond-woven linens. Instructors tailor the difficulty of sessions to suit each student by proffering subtle modifications and calling out algebra problems.
Elevation Fitness’s coaches and trainers believe in functional fitness—a style of exercise meant to condition the body for facing life’s daily rigors. Based upon biomechanical principles, functional training increases strength and range of motion to decrease the potential for injuries or waking up one morning as a cyborg. Trainers draw exercises from a wide range of sources, strapping clients into the yellow TRX suspension harnesses that dangle from the gym’s exposed wooden rafters or stretching and strengthening muscles with reformer-enhanced Pilates routines.
The quote, written in pink cursive letters above the workout space, says it all: “Building Lean, Mean Girlie Machines.” The brainchild of certified CrossFit coach and former fitness competitor Holly Holton, Pink Iron Gym’s mission is to create a supportive, intimidation-free environment where women can achieve fitness goals. Holton's quest to realize this goal has led to numerous media appearances that showcase her commitment to serving women of all ages and fitness levels. In an interview with E! News, which lauded Pink Iron Gym as Hollywood's Hottest New Gym, Dancing With the Stars pro Lacey Schwimmer said, "It's a safe haven… You're not going to get hit on, you're not going to worry about how you're looking. You're here for yourself and that's all that matters." In addition to a main training room, a cardio area with cardio theater, and a private training space, the gym houses a spa-style dressing room with an old-Hollywood makeup counter. Here, women will find blow dryers and fluffy towels that double as full-body sweatbands.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Although many of The Bar Method's exercises take place at the ballet bar, the program is only partially inspired by the long, lean musculature of ballet dancers. Created by Burr Leonard, the workouts also incorporate the brief, fat-burning bursts of activity known as interval training and the muscle-shaping techniques of isometrics. Combine all this with the science of physical therapy, and you get The Bar Method: an intense yet safely designed approach to exercise meant to cinch the silhouette, increase muscle definition, and boost energy all day long. Sessions introduce beginners to basics, such as maintaining good form and refraining from breaking out into Swan Lake choreography.