ClassPass is perfect for Mix It Up May. I barely ran this week, but I’m sore from using muscles that haven’t been engaged in forever. ClassPass is a monthly membership to fitness classes in LA. You can visit a bunch of different studios, like cycling, yoga, dance, circuit training, and pilates. If you’re a ClassPass member you get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. You can take unlimited classes but you can only visit the same studio up to 3 times a month. With LA having thousands of workout classes and studios, it’s hard to commit to just one. It’s nice to mix it up. If I wasn’t a runner I would totally sign up for this year round. I’m thinking it might be a good option for when I’m in need of a break from running. So far I’ve loved it. I was skeptical about finding good classes and getting enough spots, but it seems the opposite is the problem. There are so many options! My goal is not try a bunch of new studios over the next two weeks. Considering Marta, Ellen, Anna, Alaina, Cecilia and Brianne are signed up too, it’ll also be a fun social activity. Pros and cons of what I’ve tried so far are below.
- A high energy workout with loud music.
- I loved the arm weights sequence.
- You get alkaline water, apples and bananas at the studio.
- Changing room is nicely stocked with essentials (lotion, deodorant, hair ties).
- They have free shoe rentals.
- The staff is very welcoming.
- 75 minute validated parking across the street.
- You get super sweaty. Not ideal if you’re like me and try to plan other activities for right after your workout.
- Changing room is super tight. I showered there because Brent and I were going to dinner afterwards and it was cramped.
- Great for toning and strengthening.
- Calmer vibe. Sometimes you don’t need someone yelling at you after a long day at work.
- Plenty of parking options both at the studio and on neighboring streets. It was fun to be in my old neck of the woods (Inglewood and Venice) where I lived when I first moved to LA in 2007.
- Worked my hips that are in need of strengthening. Great for runners!
- If you’re looking for cardio, you’re not gonna get it here. Considering doing a short run beforehand.
- I wasn’t sure if I was doing all the moves right and could have used more assistance.
- Half and half combo makes the class go by really fast.
- Less of a “party on a bike” feel. Feels like a normal spin class and less like a scene.
- Underground parking validated for 2 hours right next to the studio. Great for downtown which is usually super tricky!
- I love the half and half concept, but I didn’t feel like I could really get into either one. I would have liked 45 minutes of each. Especially with the yoga, I wanted more.
- The class was a little empty. Could be that most people were at happy hour on Friday afternoon 🙂
- Fun music and great instructor who was eager to help.
- Made me re-think that ellipticals are easy sorority girl machines (sorry Alaina!) I worked hard! Great if you’re looking for cardio.
- Loved the 20 second interval sequence
- Perfect for a group of girls (Alaina, Marta, and Ellen went) It’s just a funny concept to get a bunch of girls on ellipticals working out to music. Think Cycle House on an elliptical.
- I didn’t really understand the whole ab sequence. Maybe I was doing it wrong.
- Not in the coolest location. In an old strip mall on Santa Monica Blvd.
In other news…
It’s been a while since I’ve posted some Sunday night week prep recipes. A few coming tomorrow, including the Meatless Monday enchiladas and rice Alaina and I made last week at The Gourmandise School. Best gift ever. Maybe a 30th Bday party idea? We had so much fun cooking up a storm.