The Real Deal: What a workout!  Dana makes it a point to greet every new student and learn of any injuries or limitations.  The studio has a very warm and inviting feeling, with no judgements.  The room will fill up fairly quickly with lots of chit chatting going on, Dana has a huge following of regular SHIFTers.  Once the class starts, all bets are off, the room quiets down and…

The Real Deal: CrossFit Studio City recently opened their doors, and took over the former Dove’s Bodies next to Studio Cafe.  They offer both traditional CrossFit classes and CrossFit Cardio.  For CrossFit newbies, 3 Fundamental classes are required prior to taking your first traditional CrossFit class, and are offered at 9:00pm every Tuesday and Thursday.  This is a no frills…

The Real Deal: We were so excited to see that a new pilates studio had opened in Studio City.  WundaBar is unlike any pilates class you have seen.  The WundaFormer is a hybrid of a reformer, wunda chair, jump board, and ballet bar!  Classes are small and intimate, perfect for the newbie or if you need a little extra attention.  The WundaBar ToolBox class is free and is required…

The Real Deal: Pulse Fitness in Sherman Oaks is not for the faint of heart.  Pulse is located at the corner of Beverly Glen and Ventura and has free parking in the underground structure.  They offer a variety of classes from spinning and zumba, to boxing and tread & tone.  The Tread & Tone class is 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 focusing on strength conditioning…and…

The Real Deal: SoulCycle is the latest fitness craze to hit LA courtesy of our East Coast neighbors!  It has a major cult following, and is the staple workout for some of the most toned and fit celebs like Kelly Ripa, Brooke Shields and Katie Holmes…just to name a few!  All SoulCycle classes are 45 minutes in length, except for the 60 minute SoulSurvivor class.  SoulCycle WEHO…

The Real Deal: Blazing Saddles is a brand new Indoor Spin studio in the heart of Sherman Oaks.  Susan Schwartz and the founders of Black Dog Yoga, Shirley and Steve O’Connor, decided to expand their horizons into the cardio world and Blazing Saddles was born.  They offer 50-60 minute spin classes throughout the week with top notch instructors.  The instructors have…

The Real Deal: Kick Ash Fitness, and it’s powerhouse leader Ashley Weinbach, offers small group training that blends kickboxing, cardio and strength training.  In class, which is held at “At Your Side Fitness Studio”, you’ll find yourself working through a circuit of exercises, moving from standing punching and kicking bag drills, to weight training and abs, to shadow boxing. …

The Real Deal:  There are truly so many fantastic things to say about Cycle House LA, the newest Spin Studio to hit the West Hollywood area.  For starters, they donate two meals to someone in need for every single class taken.  Then, there’s the fact that they are a green studio, fully committed to promoting conservation within the walls of their studio, which is spotless and has…

The Real Deal: The Valley has been hurting for a great spinning studio, and it finally got one! The Sweat Shoppe is located on Magnolia in the NoHo Arts District between Vineland and Lankershim.  This isn’t your run-of-the-mill spinning studio though. The Sweat Shoppe offers Classic Cycle and Sweat Cycle (think Bikram but on a bike).  The style of spinning is the same for both classes,…

The Real Deal: The Krav Maga Training Center, located in West LA, provides an optimal training environment for those looking to study self defense, fighting instruction, and boxing inspired fitness.  As the name suggests, the center focuses largely on Krav Maga, the official hand-to-hand combat system used by the Israeli Defense Forces.  Students of Krav Maga will learn the correct form of…

The Real Deal: V Pilates is located in Toluca Lake tucked away on Cahuenga Blvd…but with its hot pink and black exterior, the studio is hard to miss!!  Pilates Circuit Training is an intense 45 minute class that incorporates both strength and cardio.  The class is capped at 9 students, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance.  Trampolines, The Wunda Chair and…

The Real Deal: Breakaway Indoor Cycling is a small and intimate studio located in Encino.  What makes their cycling classes unique from others is that all the instructors are cycling and pilates certified, which allows them the freedom to mix things up a bit.  All classes have a maximum of eight students, which guarantees that everyone will get one on one attention.  There are multiple…

The Real Deal: Barry’s Bootcamp, trademarked as “The Best Workout in the World,” delivers an hour-long sweat-fest that is definitely not for the faint of heart.  Created by Barry Jay, the bootcamp has gained momentum and popularity from celebrity attendees and a ton of press.  The workout features a combination of cardiovascular treadmill running and weight training. …

The Real Deal: Griffin White has been teaching kettlebell boot camp for over three years now.  His class is an hour full of unique kettlebell moves to challenge your strength and flexibility and provide enough cardio to keep you sweating.  If you’re new to this type of workout, kettlebell training offers similar benefits to dumbbell training, plus more.  The weight of the kettlebell…

The Real Deal: The Culver City stairs are located off of Jefferson Blvd. and are sometimes referred to as the “other stairs” on the westside. The massive stone steps follow a sharp, steep climb to the Baldwin Hills Overlook which is arguably one of the best views in all of Los Angeles.  From the ocean to the Hollywood sign, you can see it all!  The stairs are quite challenging…

The Real Deal: Equilibrium Pilates is not your average pilates studio.  It doesn’t just offer pilates, but the super-charged, muscle-exhausting, extreme SPX pilates!  It also has spinning, but not just any ol’ spinning…Real Ryder spinning, the dynamic, core-engaging, calorie-burning, ultimate cycling experience!  If you’re looking for a new exercise spot that…

The Real Deal: Swerve Studio in West Hollywood is one of our favorite fitness studios with some of the most unique classes.   Swerve encourages individuality, spirituality and offers a judgement-free environment.  Not only do they offer a huge array of fitness classes, but they have a small gym next door for circuit training and personal training.  They also carry some of the best…

The Real Deal: Body Theory is a reincarnation of Tae Bo conveniently located on Lankershim Blvd.  Irene and Michael Blanks opened Body Theory in NOHO and it has been packed ever since!  Body Theory offers a variety of classes plus they also offer childcare for children from 7 months to 12 years of age for an additional fee of $5.  Classes are $20 each but packages…

  AS OF AUGUST 22ND 2011, REALRYDER CYCLING STUDIO IS CLOSED.   The Real Deal: If you want ripped arms, visit your neighborhood bootcamp.  If you want a toned midsection, attend some pilates classes.  If you want strong legs, go run some stairs. Having said that, if you want ALL of this, PLUS a heart-pumping cardio workout, then you need to try RealRyder immediately!  Real…

The Real Deal: In one word…AMAZING!!  Slimmons Studio, one of LA’s best kept secrets, has actually been around since 1974 and has been going strong ever since!!!  Tipping the scale at 268 pounds, Simmons decided it was time for him to get in shape and couldn’t find a gym that was right for him, so he decided to open his own!  He has since written nine books,…

The Real Deal: Revolution Fitness is tucked away in a courtyard off Montana Avenue and is THE place to spin in Santa Monica.  Once you walk in, you are immediately welcomed by the warm and friendly staff at the front desk, who will also help you in getting your bike adjusted if you need.  The majority of the classes are 50 minutes, and are both challenging for seasoned spinners and non-threatening…

The Real Deal: The Westside finally has its own super sweaty yoga studio with the recent addition of Hot 8 Yoga in Santa Monica! The boutique space has two rooms which are heated between 90 and 100 degrees throughout the classes.  The floors are made of PVC, so they are slip-resistant, hypo-allergenic and shock absorbent.  Additionally, Hot 8 has an air purification system that they…

The Real Deal: IntenSati is a combination of the words Intention and Sati (which means mindfulness).  Patricia Moreno created the class to not only promote weight loss, but a healthy and positive state of mind as well.  The class is a combination of aerobics, strength training, dance, yoga, and martial arts…along with spoken positive affirmations.  The class begins with…

The Real Deal: Dove Rose means business, and will definitely whip you into shape!  Dove’s Bodies is located next to Studio Cafe on Ventura Blvd, but can only be accessed through the back.  Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-10:30, and Saturdays from 9:30-11:00.  Dove offers a variety of services ranging from personal training to private bootcamps and fitness…

The Real Deal: 220 Fitness Concepts in Santa Monica will be officially opening in October and is located on Main Street.  The gym will feature state of the art of equipment, top-notch trainers and the most unique and fun classes.  Some of the amazing classes featured are…Sunset Beach Yoga, Dance Party, 220 Sand Challenge, Kangoo Boot Camp, and Kangoo Jumps RUN.  Kangoo Jumps…

The Real Deal: CorePower Yoga just opened this month and is located on Ventura Blvd. at Colbath Ave. in Sherman Oaks.  CorePower Yoga classes combine heat, music, breath and movement.  Most of the classes are held in heated rooms, anywhere from 80-105 degrees.  The classes offered are CorePower Yoga, CorePower Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, Yoga-Pilates, Yoga Sculpt, and Corerestore.  CorePower…

The Real Deal: 818 Fitnessis a hidden gem located in a strip mall on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills!  818 Fitness offers Yoga, Latin Jam Workout, Hit, and of course…Kick2Fit.  The class had about 30 people, and most were regulars…both women and men.  There is a small stage at the front of the room where regulars can show of their amazing moves and VERY toned bodies! …

The Real Deal: Fit Body Boot Camp is one of the most unique, creative and fun workouts that we have tried in a while.  Irma Sandoval, the instructor, was so full of energy and enthusiasm…and it was 6:00am!!!  In the beginning, the boot camp was offered as a traditional beach workout, but was soon moved to the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics because too many clients were…

The Real Deal: Teresa Ann Volgenau (TAVLifestyle Fitness) teaches an outdoor group FUSION class, and is also a personal trainer.  The class is located in the Silver Lake/Los Felix area, class locations vary and are sometimes held at Bellevue Park or Griffith Park.  Teresa was a former ballet dancer and has always loved fitness and the outdoors.  Teresa…

The Real Deal: Christine Clark is a fitness guru!  Not only does she teach TRX at M3 Fight and Fitness, but she also teaches spinning at Pedal Spin Studio and at Pilates Plus…both in Montrose.  Christine is ball of energy and gave me the TRX workout of a lifetime.  She teaches three TRX classes per week at M3 Fight and Fitnesson Honolulu Street.  The studio also offers Brazilian…

The Real Deal: This is by far the most unique spin studio that I have been to.  Cindy Bell, one of the owners, wanted to make her studio stand out from the rest and she definitely accomplished that!  Not only is there a disco ball and strobe light in the middle of the room, but they play the most amazing music.  The class was packed at 9:45 in the morning, and most everyone…

The Real Deal: Topham Street Gym is located in Resdea, just off of Reseda Blvd.  Leslie Maltz, the owner of Topham Street Gym, prides herself on the that fact that it is the ONLY green gym in the valley.  They do not use any artificial energy when it comes to working out, all workouts are driven by your body’s own ability to perform the exercise.  They will also be getting…

The Real Deal: Fitness Aly (a.k.a. Aly Krebs Covington), loves fitness and her passion truly shows during boot camp.  The Boot Camp Blast class is filled with inspiring women of all ages and sizes with a common goal…to get fit and have fun!!  Aly also coaches the Lululemon Calabasas Run Club and is a personal trainer at Future Physique Gym in Westlake Village.  Please…

The Real Deal: Kristi Vacanti of Pilates Plus SFV (located in Encino) just opened an amazing new studio next door.  Circuit San Fernando Valley offers a variety of classes ranging from power yoga to dance and the ultimate…TRX!  Most of the classes are a combination of cardio and strength training, with half the time spent running on the treadmill, and the other half on the ballet barre,…

The Real Deal: Bryan Kest has become somewhat of a legend amongst yoga lovers here in Los Angeles.  All of his classes are on a donation basis, although it is suggested to leave $12 in the box on your way out.  Kest has two studios, both in Santa Monica with different schedules for each.  Classes taught by Bryan are the most popular (make sure you get there early!), but the studios offer…

The Real Deal: This is the BEST backyard bootcamp!  Brooke and her husband own and operate the bootcamp at several locations across Los Angeles.  It is hardcore, and definitely perfect for anyone that wants to get in some serious shape!  Brooke is serious about getting you in shape, but makes the class so much fun.  Brooke isn’t afraid to push you beyond your…

The Real Deal: Urban Warrior is a new class at Swerve and is taught by Jennifer Cassetta, who is a third degree black belt instructor for the World Pro HapKiDo Federation.  Jennifer recently moved to Los Angeles and is very excited to share her skills with all of us.   If you are looking for a Tae Bo style kick boxing class, this is not the one for you.  Urban Warrior…

The Real Deal: Yoga for Regular Guys and Girls (YRG), is exactly what its name professes…a no nonsense approach to yoga for the every day person without a yoga background.  YRG was created by former WWE wrestler Diamond Dallas Page (DDP), who after an injury, began practicing yoga to rehabilitate.  He soon realized that yoga was for everyone, not just for people who could bend like…

The Real Deal: RPM Fitness is located on the second floor of a mini mall at the corner of Lankershim and Moorpark.   The spin room is very open with tons of windows, and lots of sunlight!  The studio also offers pilates, (both mat and reformer), private training, bootcamp, and body barre.  The studio is owned and run and by Karyn and Cynthia Graham, sisters with…

The Real Deal: RPM Fitness is a hidden gem located in a strip mall in Toluca Lake.  Pilates Beat is an amazing class, and is not at all your typical mat pilates.  Cynthia teaches the class and also co-owns RPM Fitness.  She is so motivating and really helps to push you through each move with her positive attitude.  The first half of the class focuses mainly on the upper body.  Just…

The Real Deal: Sonki Fitness Boot Camp is an outdoor fitness experience for all ages and fitness levels.  If your idea of a boot camp workout involves a drill sergeant screaming at you to do 20 more push-ups, then you will be amazed to find that Sonki Fitness is just the opposite.  Sonki Hong, the creator of the workout, is a very mild-mannered man but knows how to motivate his clients by…

The Real Deal: Runyon Canyon is legendary amongst the Hollywood elite.  On any given beautiful and sunny day, you are bound to see an A-Lister or two with their pooch or personal trainer jogging the trails.  It’s also been rumored that Errol Flynn once lived on the grounds.  You can walk the basic trail, but for those that crave more, you can venture high into the canyon for…

The Real Deal: What once was a hidden gem nestled within a quiet Santa Monica neighborhood, has now become a workout hot-spot for outdoor fitness fans.  The biggest draw of doing the Santa Monica Steps or “The Stairs” (either name works), is that they are free to the public and open 24-7, 365 days a year.  There are two sets of steps, wooden ones that are wider across and offer…

The Real Deal: Circuit Works is an hour long class that consists of 60 second increments of continually changing aerobic and anaerobic exercise.  The room looks like a huge obstacle course!  Half the class starts on either the treadmill or the bike, while the other half is at one of the many strength training stations.  There are flip charts on the wall…

The Real Deal: What can I say, Peeler is GREAT!  His bootcamp is very tough, but he uses very basic moves…it’s almost like being at recess all over again!  Brian Peeler might be most well known for his role on the Bravo TV Reality hit, The Workout!  He is easy going, but tough at the same time.  The bootcamp meets in Woodland Hills at Warner Center Park on Tuesdays and…

The Real Deal: Burn 60 offers a total body workout in a boot-camp style format, but without the boot-camp style instructors.  It is an amped up cardio workout combined with strength training.  The workout is very similar to Barry’s Bootcamp in that classes are split in half, with some students running on the treadmill while others complete a weight circuit on the floor.  Contrary…

The Real Deal: Drake stadium is usually open to the public, except when there is a UCLA soccer game, track meet, or practice.  Drake has many unique qualities that appeal to the fitness crowd.  You can workout on the stadium stairs (you will see people doing crazy things like hopping up three sets of stairs at a time!!), on the track (4 times around is a standard mile), practice your long…