Between surfing, lifting weights at Muscle Beach and trying out the newest celebrity workouts, LA has so many fitness options that it can seem impossible to choose just one. The bad news: you’re gonna have to. The good news: we’ll help you get there.
Whether you’re a local or just visiting the City of Angels, each of these workout spots offers fun and unique ways to work up a sweat. When you want to get serious about working out (strong, sweaty, or even sandy) head here first.
Lagree Fitness Studio
Want to see how far you can push your limits in only 25 minutes? Stop by this studio’s West Hollywood and Westwood locations (with more to come) to try out the Supraformer — celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree’s newest fitness innovation/torture device. Instructors control these machines to tilt up, down, and side-to-side while you test your balance through core, ab, and leg exercises. Trust us — this fast, yet efficient, full-body workout will get your muscles shaking… and leave you sore the next day! If that sounds a little too intense, ease your way into it with their 50-minute Megaformer (the predecessor, and less intimidating cousin, of the Supraformer) class.
Sherman Oaks may be far from the ocean by LA standards, but Sandbox Fitness brings the beach to the valley! This studio offers nine different types of classes that will test your balance, strength, and cardio endurance, including Pilates, yoga, and TRX — all done in a giant indoor sandbox. Their newest class, Sand-Barre, will have you pliéing barefoot in the sand and leave you (and your muscles) feeling extra amped. To up the ante, many of the classes are done on their Surfset surfboards, so those sea legs and stability will be challenged to the max. You’ll be hanging 10 in no time!
“Good, good, good… good vibrations” is the core of PLATEFIT. With locations in Brentwood, West Hollywood, and Studio City, all PLATEFIT classes are done on Power Plates. Traditionally used as medical devices, these plates vibrate 25 to 50 times per second to intensify movements and help you burn calories faster. But it gets better — PLATEFIT offers a variety of classes, including BootcampFIT, HIIT – FIT, and TRXFIT. Feeling intimidated? Don’t worry — all classes are only 27 minutes long!
You can find this HIIT training workout nestled in a gritty, narrow room just two blocks from the Staples Center in Downtown LA. In a four-part, full-body circuit workout, you’ll run, row, suspend, and lift your way to a more toned bod. Expect a fast-paced, playlist-curated program guaranteed to keep you on your toes. And even though you might not have much energy to spare at the end of class (you’ll burn up to 900 calories during class, after all), Speedplay saves lots. Their studio is equipped with Woodway Curve treadmills that are manually-powered (read: you’ll be using your own two feet), so you can feel good about all electricity you’re saving while working up a sweat!
Hot 8 Yoga
If you want to turn up the heat during your workout, Hot 8 is for you. They’re cranking up the heat to a toasty 100+° at their six studios across the city. But Hot 8 trainers say a little heat does your boy good — increasing your flexibility, boosting your metabolism, and detoxifying your body. Whether you want to stretch it out or get your heart pumping, you can choose from over 200 classes per week, ranging from Yoga Sculpt to Yoga Barre. And no matter what, you’ll leave so sweaty you’ll look like you just took a dip in the Pacific!
If you were told to work out using a silk hammock hanging from the ceiling, your first question would probably be “how?” Enter: AIR in WeHo, where you’ll learn moves that’ll get you on your way to looking like an acrobat pro while getting in some serious strength training. Combining elements of core-focused conditioning, Pilates, ballet, and HIIT, you’ll use the gravity-defying hammock as a harness to do crunches, pull-ups, and more (who knew a twist on junior high gym class could be so fun?). Scared that you won’t be an aerial fitness master right away? Never fear — the studio offers AIR Foundation classes to show you the
If you’re looking for a morning jolt or fun weeknight activity, look no further than a 45-minute sweat session at CycleBar. Pedaling in Culver City, Santa Monica, WeHo, and soon Rancho Palos Verdes, they crank up the tunes (and the resistance) for a growing community of riders. You can bring your your competitive side and virtually race other riders during a Performance class, or you can go the Classic route and rock a mix of strength, endurance, hills, and drills. Whatever your style, they’ve got a workout for you.
The Studio (MDR)
The Studio (MDR) is no joke. Their 50-minute class is taught on the Megaformer using the Lagree Method (read: torture) and integrates Pilates, cardio, and weight-bearing moves that’ll target each and every muscle (even ones you never knew you had). You will work up a pool of sweat, but you will also see the results (hello, strong, lean bod). And fast. The total-body-sculpting class is full of energy, the teachers are hands-on, and the environment is positive. Trust us when we say it never gets easier, you just get stronger. Check out one of their three Westside studios — if you’re east of the 405, it’s worth the trip.
If you haven’t heard of SoulCycle, you might be living under a rock. This indoor cycling studio phenomenon has built a cult-like following and is one big dance party on a bike. Picture this: for 45 minutes, you’ll be shoulder-to-shoulder riding as a pack, crushing hills and sprints to the beat of one-of-a-kind playlists. The lights are low and you’re in the zone soaking in every motivational word from the instructor (that sounds a lot like what we imagine bootcamp taught by Oprah would be). Oh, and their newest class, SoulActivate, takes things up a notch with 60 minutes of HIIT and strength training (think: Tabata and heavier weights). Whichever kind of ride you choose, you’re guaranteed to leave drenched.That’s what we’d call a successful sweat sesh.
Santa Monica Power Yoga & Meditation
You’ve got options with this Santa Monica studio: zen out in-person, at home, or on the road. The best part is, Santa Monica Power Yoga & Meditation is donation-based, meaning all you have to do is contribute a few dollars in the donation box on your way out of class (you can donate as much or as little as you want, but $15 is recommended). Or, you can pay a small fee to get access to online yoga videos (similar to what you’d experience at the studio) — taught by your choice of instructor and based on the level and length you choose. That way you can practice your best bridge in the comfort of your own home, at any time of day. Whichever route you go, they’ll have you #nama-slaying it.
You’re not only doing your body a favor by sweating it out at Cycle House, but you’re also helping others. For every ride, the studio gives two meals to a person in need. Their signature class is an intense 45 minutes of calorie-torching interval training and curling, pressing, and shadow-boxing. And it doesn’t matter whether you stop by the Santa Monica, West Hollywood, or new Studio City location, you’ll find upbeat music and even more upbeat instructors as you jam out and push your cardio limits!
This 55-minute full-body workout will get your butt in shape. Literally. Pilates Platinum uses Lagree Fitness Megaformers to perform slow, isolated movements that create a burn that hurts oh-so-good. The torturous machines deliver a heart-pumping, muscle-quivering, and muscle-lengthening workout, giving you a hard beach body to flaunt on Santa Monica’s shores all year-round. And since members can work out at any of Platinum’s four locations, there’s no excuse not to stop in and show your muscles some tough love (with a little help from the Megaformer, of course).
At Rise Nation, you can simulate climbing the Santa Monica Mountains without leaving the streets of West Hollywood. During the class, you’ll stand vertical on a VersaClimber machine and move your arms and legs to different speeds and intensities for a 30-minute full-body burn. And it might just be the most lit climbing experience you’ll ever have, since the studio looks and feels like one of LA’s hottest nightclubs. There’s even a light-up art installation hanging from the ceiling!
DogTown CrossFit in Culver City has something that most other CrossFit boxes don’t have (aside from their two four-legged mascots, Kettlebelle and Kip). DogTown knows that a lot of athletes struggle with the dynamic skill set needed for gymnastics-style moves. That’s why they offer strict gymnastics programming, The Skill WOD, to develop core strength and pull/press progressions (think muscle-ups and pull-ups) in conjunction with their day-to-day WODs. And they have the coaching and tools to get you maneuvering the parallel bars (almost) like Simone Biles. Fitt Tip: don’t miss their annual Crush Cancer event — outstanding workout, upstanding cause.
Boxing has taken over the fitness scene, and for good reason. The hard-hitting, high-intensity workout is the perfect combination of cardio and stress relief. But slipping on your first pair of gloves and coming face to face with the bag can be intimidating. That’s why at BoxUnion off Ocean Ave. it’s their mission to make sure you feel welcome, and most importantly, have fun. First-timers are encouraged to take their Form and Footwork class, just so you can get down the fundamentals. And once you do, check out their all levels signature BoxUnion Class that’s sure to make you sweat.
New York transplant Rumble has gone cross-country to open their first LA location in WeHo. From their cult-like celebrity following and swanky vibe to their killer hip-hop and house beats, you’ll feel as though you’re walking into an ultra-exclusive club. Rather, you’ll be getting ready to give it all you’ve got in a total-body sweat sesh. 10 rounds of bag work, HIIT, strength training, and metabolic conditioning — all packed into 45 minutes. You’ll punch it out on their specially designed teardrop-shaped, water-filled bag (as opposed to sand), making it safer and easier on your joints. The best part? Letting your inner Ali out and feeling like a total badass.
Breaking down our inner walls, pushing beyond our limits, and experiencing a breakthrough is the name of the game at this posh Miracle Mile studio. They’re committed to giving you the highest-quality service and workout with their lineup of weight training and cycling hybrid classes. Trust us — they’re celeb tested and approved (just ask Kate Hudson). They’re hardcore proponents of strength training before cardio to burn fat and maintain muscle, which is how all of their classes are set up. Take, for instance, their signature 123 STACK class that packs in 10 minutes of ab work, 20 minutes of strength training, and 30 minutes of cycling. Beyond their uber chic design, luxe amenities, and state-of-the-art heart rate monitor tracking system, they’ve got a friendly (not to mention chiseled), all-star team of instructors that makes this place stand out from the rest.
At Physique 57, every (tiny) movement and minute counts. We’re talking muscle-defining arm exercises, intense thigh and booty sequences, waist-chiseling ab moves, and fluid stretches that’ll get your muscles shaking and flat out fatigued. The Beverly Hills barre-based workout claims to transform your body in as few as eight workouts. If you’re new to barre, start off with their Beginner class. But once you’ve got a few classes under your belt, you’re going to want to go big or go home and take their S.B.T.® (Sweat Burn Tone) class — a non-stop, fast-paced, high-intensity sweat sesh that will always keep you and your muscles guessing. And if you can’t make it to the studio, don’t fret — you can get the same workout at home through their On Demand online program or their DVDs.
Australian accents. Cheeky humor. Intense training. What more could you ask for? With circuit-based HIIT classes named Thunder Down Under (their signature lower body class) and Bondi Burn (their signature upper body class), you know you’re in for a good time (and a great sweat). This studio’s take-no-prisoners approach uses a combination of resistance and cardio exercises, and stands behind their motto “You can do anything for 45 seconds”. Your first class is free, so grab your mates and hit up one of their two locations (WeHo and Studio City). Cheers!
The OG of HIIT, Barry’s Bootcamp is a magical combo of run-your-heart-out cardio, body-toning strength training, signature red-tinted studios, killer music, and kickass instructors. Each day focuses on different opposing muscle groups, so you’re sure to get a balanced workout with enough time for recovery in between. And it should come as no surprise that you’ll find high-end, eco-friendly Woodway treadmills here. They’ll make the 25 minutes of running intervals that much more enjoyable (okay, tolerable). South Bay is their newest LA outpost with all the Barry’s touches we know and love, like their famed Fuel Bar, but you can also find them in Hollywood, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, and Venice. Fitt Tip: you can pre-order your shake before your workout so it’s waiting for you after class.
**Updated by Katherine Chang, September 2018