With the summer months in full swing it’s the perfect time to get your body bikini-ready. We all need a little extra motivation when it comes to working out, so I’ve rounded up my top 12 classes in LA to get fit and have fun in the process. Many of these classes can also be found in New York and throughout major cities across the U.S. or offer DVD's so you can try them at home. From boutique dance studios to high intensity boxing gyms, these innovative fitness routines are sure to whip you into shape fast. And, they sure beat going to the gym! Bonus: Read on for some special Glow Girl deals.
The Class by Taryn Toomey is an incredible and unique mind-body experience that blends boot-camp cardio, yoga, sound, pilates, and freestyle dance together. This game-changing workout founded by fitness guru and it-girl Taryn Toomey is physically and mentally demanding but somehow the hour long class flies by. Between the inspiring verbal guidance and the carefully curated music play list (think Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Eminem), it's possible to surpass your physical and mental limits, and reveal a new level of endorphin-release and power. I found The Class by TT just over a year ago, and it has been an enlightening experience for me and my favorite current workout. I am a Natalie Kuhn groupie and look forward to her empowering athletic classes filled with inspiration and energy each week. Be ready to scream, cry, sweat and push your body to the limit. The Class by TT has a cult following and is a favorite among celebs and models including Naomi Watts, Christy Turlington Burns and many more. There is nothing else like it out there so check out the video below to get an idea of what to expect!
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2. BoxUnion – Los Angeles
BoxUnion recently opened its doors in Santa Monica and offer fat-burning cardio classes that will have your body toned in no time. This amazing new boxing studio has reinvented shadow boxing and heavy bag drills with cardio and core work to create a lean sculpted body! The fat-melting 45 minutes sessions burn a ton of calories and will make you sweat big time. I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated to try this class but was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the super fun workout. Here's how it goes--you warm up with a variety of exercises like mountain climbers, planks and push ups and then move on to a variety of boxing routines with the heavy bag including freestyle punching. The studio is clean and beautiful, the music is great and what's even better are the Malin+ Goetz products found in the full service bathrooms.
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3. Body By Simone – Locations throughout Los Angeles and New York
Like to mix in some dance moves to get in top shape? Meet former Broadway dancer Simone De La Rue, Founder of the fitness craze workout Body By Simone. She has crafted an energetic vibe and dynamic dance cardio workout that has helped clients of all fitness levels achieve incredible results. Simone and her inspiring teachers give you the tools you need to achieve your ideal body--they change up the routines regularly so you never get bored. There are a variety of classes to choose from including Dance Cardio, Full Body, Trampoline Cardio and more. I prefer the classes with a bit less dancing so my personal favorites are the Hips, Thighs & Buns and the Trampoline classes. Simone loves to share all her best-kept fitness secrets and is the personal trainer for some of the best bodies in town. Loyal celebrity clients include Anne Hathaway, Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Sandra Bullock, Chrissy Teigen, Emily Blunt and too many more to list (I have personally taken class next to many of these A-listers)! If you don't live in LA or NY, you can order her workouts below on DVD.
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4. PLATEFIT – Locations throughout Los Angeles, more to come soon!
PLATEFIT uses the medical Power Plate device for it's signature workouts that are effective, fun, and fast. These circular vibrating pedestals equal serious burn, engaging the muscles to contract 30 to 50 times a second. Each high-intensity class is extremely efficient and is only 27 minutes long--perfect for busy working Moms or anyone with little free time looking to get in top shape fast! Sources have claimed that a 30 minute workout on the power plate equals 90 minutes of traditional training. YAY! PLATEFIT offers a broad range of classes like BootcampFIT, Barre/DanceFIT, and the super challenging HIIT-FIT taught by encouraging, fun instructors. High-intensity not your thing? They also offer CelluliteFIT and RecoveryFIT classes to smooth out cellulite and for muscle recovery. I like to do the BootcampFIT for the burn followed by the CelluliteFIT class for recovery. Between the great music and fast-paced routine, your class at PLATEFIT is over before your know it.
5. Tantris –Los Angeles
Music mogul Russell Simmons is quickly setting his place as a lifestyle guru with the opening of his hot new Indian-themed yoga studio in West Hollywood. The inspiring classes seek the enlightened type, offering what he dubs as a “devotional yoga” experience. Inside the two-story wellness center also lives a blow dry bar stocked with beauty products from Jessica Alba’s Honest Company and a retail space where you can score all the latest activewear fashion from the Tantris apparel line. A one-stop shop for all things enlightened, this eclectic studio will have you feeling good from the inside out. Celeb fans include Lady Gaga, Usher, Jessica Alba and A-Rod. I recently took a great class here and thought the studio was beautiful with a traditional yogi vibe!
6. Pilates Platinum – Locations throughout LA
Beloved by influencers and celebrities across the globe, this popular studio uses the revolutionary Megaformer for its challenging workouts that are extremely effective for increasing core strength. This Pilates machine uses the same principles as traditional Pilates, but adds resistance and extra repetitions for a tough and energizing workout (it's actually like Pilates on steroids). I found this class to be one of the most challenging workouts I have ever experienced, but was told to take five classes and not to get discouraged. A favorite for celebs like Alessandra Ambrosio and Marcia Cross, these 55 minute fat-burning classes give you quick results for serious full body toning and flexibility.
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7. ModelFIT – Los Angeles, New York
ModelFIT’s whole mission is about living a balanced life. Earning its name from some of the sexiest supermodels in the game like Miranda Kerr, Chrissy Teigan and Karlie Kloss, this fitness regime shares all the secrets to scoring that model bod. Co-developed by ex Victoria Secret trainer, Justin Gelband, these effective sculpt classes stress precision and form. Class instructors focus on a technique with smaller, slower moves, meaning less bulk and more lean. I tried a class taught by Justin when he was in LA and it was SO much fun! Although ModelFIT classes are technically in the group setting, one-on-one attention from instructors makes them feel more like personal training sessions. It's no wonder these sculpt sessions are a celeb favorite too!
8. YogaHop - Locations in Santa Monica and Pasadena, Los Angeles
YogaHop is a low key yoga studio with two locations in LA known for their fun one hour yoga classes set to amazing music. It great for people who are not necessarily looking for "zen" yoga but an energizing and physically challenging flow yoga workout. Upon entering YogaHop’s boldly colored confines and hearing hip-hop jamming out of the booming speakers, a headset-microphoned teacher leads the class through the postures. I enjoy taking founder Matthew Reyes class as he connects with the students and elicits a special energy from them. I have seen some of the most impressive yogi's in LA practice here, but at YogaHop anyone would feel at home with the eclectic mix of people it attracts including some A-list celebs.
9. Physique57 – Los Angeles, New York City, Hamptons, Beverly Hills, Dubai, Bangkok
Physique57 is a challenging barre-based exercise that utilizes intervals of cardio, strength training, stretching and recovery to lengthen and tone arms, thighs, glutes and ab muscles while burning fat. One of my favorite things about this classic barre workout is that it's very effective and results can be seen after only eight sessions. This is also how devotees like Chrissy Teigen, Alessandra Ambrosio and Suki Waterhouse keep their bods toned and tight! See the link below to take advantage of their at home streaming platform, Physique On Demand.
Buy DVD: Physique57 3 DiscWorkout Series
10. SoulCycle – Cities throughout the U.S.
Everyone already knows about SoulCycle but I could not publish this article without mentioning this fitness phenomena, especially when they are about to get a bike facelift! The company was sold last year to Equinox but originally was the shared vision of co-founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice. This wildly popular indoor cycling studio is home to that signature yellow wheel and a fitness routine that offers one of the biggest endorphin releases out there. The inspiring community-oriented workout is as efficient as it is joyful and addicting. Set in a dark candlelit room to high-energy music, rockstar instructors guide riders through a meditative fitness experience that’s designed to benefit the body, mind, and soul. It's important to find the instructor and vibe that works with your personality to get the full experience of this class. Also, always be sure to check out the instructors play list on the SoulCycle website to make sure their tunes are your thing. SoulCycle has become a workout obsession for so many fitness enthusiasts (my hubby included) over the past ten years and has an endless list of celeb fans including Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and David Beckham.
11. Burn 60 – Los Angeles
Burn 60 is a fast-paced workout designed for all fitness levels and combines the spirit of group fitness with personalized attention from a certified Burn 60 trainer. Beloved by A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Naomi Watts, this fun and effective workout combines a mix of treadmill cardio intervals with strength resistance work. Each Burn 60 workout offers modified levels of walking, jogging or running doubled with targeted floor work using weights, bands, kettle bells, and suspension training. The 60 minute class is intense but you can burn at your own pace.
12. Exhale - Several locations throughout the U.S.
Exhale, founded by fitness veterans Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito, offers multi-disciplinary workouts that combine fitness and movement with spa and healing therapies all within a modern setting. You can choose from a variety of barre, cardio and yoga classes at all levels. Spa services include massages, body therapies, facials with innovative, cutting-edge technology, waxing and nail care. In addition, exhale offers transformational services including nutrition coaching, detox and cleansing programs, cupping, reiki and acupuncture by experienced licensed practitioners. I have been a fan of the core fusion barre workout there for many, many years and take these classes religiously when I am in New York and the Hamptons. Their retreats and workshops are fun too! Many serious power women, models and actress Allison Williams are big fans of the classes and services offered there. Exhale has a variety of their body burning workouts available on DVD.
Buy DVD: Exhale Core Fusion 30 Day Sculpt
What are some of your favorite calorie-burning workouts? Please do share!