“Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.”
Was I always active?
I have always been somewhat active as a kid. I enjoyed going on walks after dinner, playing handball, tetherball & kickball. Yeah, the typical P.E activities! In middle school, I became more sedentary. In high school, I decided to tryout for my Pep (cheerleading) team. Surprisingly, I made the team LOL I really didn’t think I would. I was a cheerleader from 10th-12th grade. I was a base, the person lifting up the flyer (person in the air). We were conditioned – we ran and did bleachers often. It was very cardio-based. It was my form of physical activity throughout high school.
When did I start getting into fitness?
It wasn’t until after high school and starting college, I began to get more into fitness. However, I was completely clueless after signing up for a gym membership. I remember getting a complimentary personal training assessment. I did 3 sets of 10 bicep curls with 5-lb weights. I was SO SORE within hours – even until the next 3-4 days. I had no idea what bicep curls were until that day (freshmen year in college). Even after getting a gym membership, I was never committed. I had a gym buddy here and there but I mostly went by myself. I wasn’t consistent. One week, I’d go 3-4 times. Another week, I’d go 1 time.. if I had enough motivation. I was afraid of going into the weight room because I didn’t know how to use equipment. I was afraid of touching machines because I was basically…clueless. I just used the treadmill and elliptical. Cardio was all I did whenever I went to the gym!
Starting a consistent workout routine.
I was tired of not having a structured workout routine. I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to enjoy working out. While scrolling through my Instagram explore page (March 2015), I found Kayla Itsines page! That’s where I found a bunch of BBG pictures and instantly got motivated to look more into the program. After 2-3 days of following Kayla on Instagram & feeling more persuaded the program worked – I got myself to start. I fell in love with the process of having a workout routine I enjoyed – it was something I woke up and always looked forward to! After doing the guides for 3-4 rounds, I began incorporating other ways to workout.
Basically, fast forward 2 years and I can’t believe SO much has change. My passion for nutrition and fitness has grown drastically. I have found something I enjoy doing 🙂 So here I am, sharing 3 of my favorite workout/fitness studios in Los Angeles!
1. Soul Cycle
Soul Cycle is indoor cycling – a fat burning, full body workout. My first time at Soul Cycle was 11 months ago, April 2016. I clearly remember my first class. IT WAS INTENSE. It’s no joke. All those tap-backs, push-ups, sprints, climbs and hand weights. NO FREAKING JOKE. The best part is the environment. The instructors are all so awesome! They pump up the class & keep everyone motivated throughout the whole class – the lit candles (yes, lit), pumpin’ music & dim/dark rooms make the experience. If I go >2 weeks without taking a soul cycle class – I feel deprived. I honestly need my soul fix! Preferably at least once a week :’) it’s such a fun way to workout! The best thing is that the whole class is powering through it together. It motivates me! It tends to be my stress reliever or a great way to start my day off in a productive way!
2. Barry’s Bootcamp
I discovered this studio through ClassPass. Barry’s classes is structured around interval training – splitting a 1 hour class into strength and cardio. Everyday is a different workout, depending on studio location. They split it into Mon-Fri; Arms & Abs, Butt & Legs, Chest Back & Abs, Abs & Full Body. Friday, Saturday & Sunday are usually Full Body days – but it can differ from studio to studio. The 1-hour workouts are effective and SO much fun! These are classes you need to mentally prepare for. The treadmill interval running is something that challenges me every time. I’m not a runner so it’s something I have a hard time with . Each person has their own treadmill & floor stepper. The weights you choose are up to you. You will always feel challenged during the class & leave feeling proud of your accomplishments! The high-energy environment is what always gets me pumped up & motivated to challenge myself mentally and physically. I love it!
3. Basecamp Fitness
Basecamp is a studio with fast-paced interval training. I use to work near a studio, which was how I found about about them! It was convenient to get in my workout during my lunch break – just a 5 minute walk away. The workouts are 35 minutes total. The group environment, motivating instructors & workout structure was what made me stay! The classes are similar to Barry’s Bootcamp breakdown of either certain muscle groups or random fun challenges. Every class is 1 minute cardio (on assault bike) and 1 minute strength training (on the floor, with/without weights). The strength training keeps your muscles working! From TRX, medicine balls, kettle balls or own body weight – it all is a way to challenge yourself! On the assault bike, the faster you bike, the higher the resistance. If you bike 5, 6 or 7 miles in total during your workout class – you get a shirt as a prize once you’re a member! Also, if there is no class, you can totally use this place as a gym. Convenience!
These are currently my top 3 favorite fitness studios in LA! I’ve been to many studios and I love many of them – however, these are ones I find are great all-around. Workout structure, workout room environment, staff service & cleanliness of facility! If you have the time and are in the area, I recommend you to check out my favorite workout studios! 🙂
Awesome recommendations! Do feel like LA is the sort of place where it’s taken for granted that most people are a member of a gym?
Thank you! Being a local in LA, I’m definitely super lucky because gyms and fitness studios are everywhere. Nothing is too far of a drive – and the studios are all expanding too! The fitness industry has been on the rise!
Sounds awesome! I’d love to check out LA at some point, my work has an office there so even more reason to see it! By the way, if you’re interested, we have a great community of fitness enthusiasts over on our FB group. Feel free to join us and drop a link to some of your articles, I reckon the members would love it! Here’s the link if you’re keen – https://www.facebook.com/groups/theactiveyou/
If you like Barry’s and Soul, I also recommend Speedplay! Barry’s is my favorite workout in LA but Speedplay is a close second!
I LOVE LOVE Speedplay! I’ve only been there once but I definitely want to go back!