The Real Deal: As much as we love our crazy pilates classes, it was a nice change to slow it down.  Grace Anatomy is a boutique studio located on Moorpark in Studio City, and is a hidden gem pilates studio.  Grace Wang, the owner of the studio was so sweet and helpful.  She explained the difference in their style of pilates compared to other studios in the area.  Grace Anatomy focuses…

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: Cardio Barre is a low impact high intensity workout.  The class consists of tight and precise movements of the legs, abs and arms, both with and without light weights.  All classes are 60 minutes in length and incorporate exercises utilizing the ballet bar, as well as floor work.  The studio is very large, and can hold about 75 people.  They offer both beginner and…

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: Bar Method is a low impact, yet still intense sculpting and conditioning class that guarantees results!  Don’t be scared away by the name, though.  You needn’t be a ballerina to appreciate the benefits of this workout!  Bar Method is appropriate for all levels and works to elongate your muscles through fat burning and interval training. Classes are taught in…

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: Ballet Bodies is a great studio located on Beverly Blvd in the heart of West Hollywood.  They offer a variety of classes, including private and group reformer classes, ballet for adults, circuit aerobics, mat ballet, private ballet (for the serious ballerina), and jump.  They have a main room for the group classes, which can hold 6-8 comfortably, and two private rooms…

The Real Deal:   JK Zen Fitness is a pilates studio conveniently located on Robertson Blvd that offers both beginning and advanced level classes, providing the traditional pilates reformer experience.  Underground parking is also available (with validation)! While it can be found in the hallways of a big building, once you step inside the walls of the studio, you immediately get the “zen”…

The Real Deal: Breedlove Pilatesis tucked away from the bustling sounds of Abbot Kinney in an adorable cottage.  The quaint surroundings almost make you feel like you are on a mini vacation and the warm welcome you’re sure to receive from Mary, the studio’s owner, will put any newcomer at ease.  The studio is small, but full of charm, and the space accommodates two separate rooms,…

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: Hoopnotica is an international workout craze that gets you in shape and makes you feel like a kid again.  Depending on your level of expertise, you can burn anywhere from 300-600 calories an hour.  Hoopnotica utilizes a 1.5 pound hoop that is just enough to make a difference but won’t weigh you down.  Their headquarters are based in Venice Beach, but over 30 countries…

The Real Deal: i Heart Fitness is a new pilates studio in Studio City and will be opening June 1st.  Owner Sara Kapuchinski combined her love of fitness and health, plus some of the best pilates instructors around and opened this incredible studio.  The FitFormer pilates machine looks similar to a basic reformer, but has cutting-edge additions and modifications to give you…

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: Lotus Kitty offers a variety of cycling, yoga and boot camp classes daily.  The studio is very welcoming and has a warm and intimate feel, plus, the maximum class size is about 12 people.  On top of the daily cardio classes, Lotus Kitty offers a 6 week intensive KatCamp.  The next session will begin on February 21st, costs $700, and classes are Monday-Friday,…

The Real Deal: Yoga Shelter is located in Studio City and is a Michigan transplant.  Yoga Shelter occupies the former Angel City Yoga location on Ventura Blvd and is directly across the street from Kings Road Cafe.  The studio is extremely warm and friendly and the classes are amazing.  There is plenty of street parking, just be sure to have a credit card or plenty of quarters (an…

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: Hunt Pilates in Sherman Oaks is a very small and intimate studio that is great for all fitness levels.  Kathryn Hunt has an extensive background in dance, pilates and gymnastics and is a wealth of knowledge for all of us.  Hunt Pilates offers an array of classes from mat pilates to the reformer, and even a jump rope class which I can’t wait to take.  Pilates…

The Real Deal: Pilates Plus San Fernando Valley is a full body workout guaranteed to whip you into shape, and is unlike any pilates class that you have experienced before.  Each move lasts for one minute, and uses your own body weight in addition to the weight chosen for the machine.  This is a no nonsense workout with very little downtime, and is a hybrid of traditional pilates…

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: Core Barre is just one of the many classes offered at one of our favorite places to work out, Revolution Fitness in Santa Monica.  Core Barre is offered several times a week in a small room Rev appropriately calls the COREner. While most of the class exercises have a traditional ballet feel, you also use small weights, bands, and weighted medicine balls to give these classic…

The Real Deal: Physique 57, which has been all the rage in New York City, has finally made its way out West!  The workout has inspired somewhat of a cult following, and celeberities such as Kelly Ripa swear by it as part of their regular fitness regimen.  While the concept is similar to other barre workouts, Physique 57 places a greater emphasis on maintaining a higher heart…

The Real Deal: Melissa Adylia Gutierrez of Controlled Burn Fitness is all about proper form and getting in shape.  Her studio is located in the adorable town of Montrose, my new home away from home!  Melissa has an adorable studio and teaches an amazing class.  As a former dancer, she is very aware of form and injury prevention. Melissa offers a variety of classes, all of which…

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: 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: The Heartbeat House is tucked away on Glendale Blvd in Atwater Village.  This is a no frills studio, you are there to workout, not to buy clothes, jewelry or fancy water.  This is not your ordinary mat pilates class.  If you are looking for classic mat pilates, do not take this class.  It is fun, funky and will engage every part of your…

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: 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: Pop Physique is a full body toning class that incorporates ballet, pilates and light weights (1 and 2 pounds).  Pop Physique has two locations, one in Silver Lake, and a brand new location in Studio City.  Pop Physique is an amazing class for both toning and stretching.  The class is an hour long and focuses on the importance of breathing and proper execution of form. …

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: 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…